Family Weekend 2021

All parents and family members are cordially invited to join us for this year's event! Please note: masks are required when indoors at all times, for all people.
Parents with their student at Family Weekend

Basic Details 

Wells College Friends and Family Weekend

October 22–24, 2021
Wells College
Aurora, N.Y.

There is no registration fee, but advance registration was required by Monday, Oct. 18 at this link.

Parking and Transportation

Free parking is available in the Woods Lot, located behind the library. To access the lot, simply enter campus from the north entrance off Route 90 and follow the signs.

To see a map of campus, please click here to view a PDF. The maps also indicates the locations of handicapped-accessible parking throughout campus. Driving directions and a link to the map are also available from

Schedule of Events

The final schedule listed below is subject to change. You can also download a copy of the printed version from this link.

Friday, October 22, 2021

1:00–5:30 p.m.
Check-In (Lobby, Main Building)
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Dinner (Dining Hall, Main Building)
7:30 p.m.
Dance Concert (Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall)
9:00 p.m.
Performance by Mark Rust, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Barler Auditorium)

Saturday, October 23, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Check-In (Lobby, Main Building)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brunch (Dining Hall, Main Building)
Noon–2:00 p.m.
Haunted Hayrides (Meet in front of hte Sommer Center starting at noon)
To see the hayride route, please follow this link to view the full map.
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Meet-and-Greet with Wells Faculty and Staff (Stratton/Zabriskie/Sommer)
At this informal mixer, you'll have a chance to ask questions from faculty representing a wide variety of disciplines. In addition, representatives from Financial Aid, Athletics and Student Affairs will be on hand to take your questions.

Stratton Hall

  • Health Sciences: Lindsay Burwell, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Biochemistry: Leah Elliott, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • English and Creative Writing: James Miranda, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
  • Pre-Law/Criminal Justice: Amanda Cassleman '11, Lecturer in Criminal Justice
  • Education: Susan Wansor, Education Program Coordinator

Zabriskie Hall

Sommer Center

  • Student Affairs
  • Athletics
  • Financial Aid 
1:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer Game (Turf Field)
3:00 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Game (Turf Field)
3:00–5:00 p.m.
Wells Photo Booth & Bingo Fun — Families and students, dress up in your Wells gear and head over to the Sommer Center for a photo booth plus bingo games with prizes! (Sommer Center, Smith Hall)
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Dinner (Dining Hall, Main Building)
7:30 p.m.
Dance Concert (Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall)
9:00 p.m.
Haunted Trail with the Inns of Aurora — Vans will transport students and family members to the entrance of the trail! (Meet in front of Macmillan Hall right after the dance concert)

Sunday, October 24, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Brunch (Dining Hall, Main Building)

Staying Safe in the Time of COVID 

All individuals at Wells College, community members and visitors alike, are expected to follow all COVID-related safety measures that are in effect.* At the present time, all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — are required to wear masks indoors at all times (except when drinking or eating). Unvaccinated individuals must also practice social distancing at all times while on campus. For more details, please visit our COVID-19 info page.

Other Information

Campus Store
Zabriskie Hall, 1st floor
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Dining Hall
Main Building, north side
Click here for to see menus >>
Monday through Friday
    • Breakfast: 7:30–10:30 a.m.
    • Continental Breakfast: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Continuous Dining: 1:30–5:00 p.m.
    • Dinner: 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
    • Continental Breakfast: 9:00–10:30 a.m.
    • Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Dinner: 5:00–7:00 p.m.

The Grind Café
Zabriskie Hall, 1st floor
Friday: 7:50 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Resources and Links

Area Hotels
Click here to see a list of selected hotels in the region, including options in Aurora, Ithaca and Auburn.

How to Get to Campus
Map and driving directions:

Questions? Contact:
John Bennett, Director of Student Leadership, Activities and Orientation
Charles Kenyon, Dean of Students

Page last updated Oct. 22, 2021.

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