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BW Parent and Family Weekend


All parents and family members are invited to Engage: Parent and Family Weekend on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, 2023.

Come and experience a fun-filled BW weekend with your student! Enjoy social activities and learn more about academics, support services and everything BW.

Parent and Family Weekend is open to all parents, guardians, siblings and family members of current BW students.

Can't attend in person?      Sign up for virtual events >>

Get the App

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We are excited to announce the mobile app for Parents & Family Weekend is now available!

With this resource, you get access to the most up-to-date information as well as networking tools, notifications and more. Click here or scan the QR code.

Plan for the Weekend

Plan on two exciting days of events and activities.


Registration is now closed.


BW has partnered with many area hotels and motels at all price levels. See the full list of lodging options. Please be sure to mention that you are associated with Baldwin Wallace University for the discounted rate.

Campus Map

Free parking and locations on campus are all within walking distance. Plan your arrival with the BW virtual map.

Order Commemorative Parent & Family Weekend T-Shirts

If you would like a t-shirt, please use this link to Luna Marketing to place your order before midnight on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 27, 2023

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. — Parent and Family Check-In
President’s Lounge, Strosacker Hall

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. — Visit the BW Spirit Shop
Main Floor, Strosacker Hall

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. — President’s Reception
Lower Level, Strosacker Hall

6:30 - 6:45 p.m. — Kick-Off & Welcome to Parent & Family Weekend
Lower Level, Strosacker Hall

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.— Academic Showcase
Lower Level, Strosacker Hall

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. — BW Symphony Orchestra
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
A free concert featuring works by Jessie Montgomery, Barber and Franck.
Full event details >>

7:30 p.m. — The Dining Room
Blackbox Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
A series of 18 vignettes set in different eras that intertwine and overlap, bound together by the family dining room.
Full event details & tickets >>

8:30 - 9:30 p.m. — Choose Your Own Adventure
During check-in, you may choose your own adventure for our social events for the evening.

Painting with a Twist (Participant limit of 50)
Join BW Student Government for a guided painting experience by Painting with a Twist – Strongsville. We will paint the Baldwin Wallace skyline, and you get to take your painting home! No experience required – ALL levels welcome. All supplies will be provided.
Student Activities Center (SAC)

Last Call Team Trivia 
Join the Fraternity and Sorority Programming Board (FSPB) in person or virtually to test your trivia knowledge — no experience required. Bring yourself, family and friends to enjoy some Friday night trivia.
Quarry Room, Strosacker Hall
Sign up to participate virtually >>

Mix-n-Mingle Bonfire
Circle of Warmth (behind Student Activities Center (SAC))
(Rain activity: Games in The Hive & Quarry Room, Strosacker Hall)

Haunted BW Tour (Participant limit of 50)
BW is a very old campus with a long history and some well-kept haunted secrets that will be revealed on an evening lantern tour. Many of BW’s buildings are well over a century old; there is something in these buildings that cannot seem to ever leave. And we are not talking about fifth- or sixth-year students. Dan Karp, Chief Marketing Officer for BW, will be your guide as you and your student explore campus in search of stories that haunt BW. A one-hour tour includes access to rarely seen areas of campus, history and hair-raising stories that make BW one of the most haunted colleges in the U.S.
Front Steps, Marting Hall

• Cleveland Area Events 
Prefer to create your own adventure? Just 12 miles up the road (a 20-minute drive), you will find the "All-American City" of Cleveland. Take advantage of all that this thriving major metropolitan area has to offer. Browse local events on the Destination Cleveland Event Calendar.  

8:00 - 9:30 p.m.— Grab & Go Goodies
Grab some goodies before heading to the Choose Your Own Adventure events.
Lobby, Strosacker Hall

Saturday, October 28, 2023

All events are in the Lou Higgins Center unless otherwise noted.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. — Parent and Family Check-In
For guests who did not check-in on Friday.

10:45 a.m. — Campus Self-Guided Tours

10:45 a.m. — Jacket Walk

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. — Welcome & Tailgate Kick Off

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Parent Engagement Zone

11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Open Play Cornhole

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Tailgate Lunch Program

12:45 p.m. — BW Marching Yellow Jackets

1:30 p.m. — Football Game vs. Capital University
George Finnie Stadium

7:00 p.m.— Women's Soccer Game vs. Capital University
George Finnie Stadium


Please feel free to contact the BW Parent and Family Programs office staff with questions.

Marc West
Director, Parent and Family Programs
Phone: (440) 826-2111