Family Weekend Draws a Record Crowd

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Parents attend workshops and hear from President Beilock.

Family wearing Dartmouth apparel.
Students and their familes showed their Dartmouth spirit during Family Weekend. (Photo by Perry Smith)

Nearly 3,000 parents and other relatives and supporters were on campus for a record-setting Family Weekend for the Classes of ’24 and ’27.

On Saturday, President Sian Leah Beilock and Dartmouth trustee and parent Todd Sisitsky ’93 discussed Dartmouth’s plans for the future before many attendees at the Hanover Inn.

“I think Dartmouth’s educational ecosystem is totally unique, and it is not an ‘either/or,’” President Beilock said. “It’s not that we’re a small college or a really amazing university—we are both, and our College, our undergraduates, their experience is better because of the graduate and professional schools.”

Sian Beilock and Todd Sisitsky
President Sian Leah Beilock and Dartmouth trustee Todd Sisitsky ’93 talk to family members on Saturday. (Photo by Perry Smith)

Beilock also touched on some of her main priorities from Inauguration on Sept. 28, when she outlined such priorities as mental health and wellness, sustainability, brave spaces for discussion, innovation and impact, and fostering lifelong connections to Dartmouth.

Other activities over the weekend included tours and workshops, a mindfulness retreat, and sessions on such issues as fostering curiosity, creativity and compassion and information on Dartmouth’s many off-campus study opportunities. Parents of seniors also shared “what we wish we had known” to parents of the first-year students in a scheduled session.

Family at cookout
Attendees enjoy a Family Weekend cookout with their students. (Photo by Perry Smith)

Attendees and their students also enjoyed a Family Weekend cookout and could attend various athletic events, which included a 1-0 women’s soccer victory over Cornell, a 2-0 men’s soccer victory over Penn, a 2-0 women’s field hockey victory over Brown, and a strong margin for women’s tennis in the Fall Foliage Fest against St. John and UMass.

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