2014 MIT Family Weekend Schedule

The MIT Parents Association looks forward to welcoming you to campus for Family Weekend!

We will continue to update the schedule as new additions become available. Please check your Family Weekend Program Book when you arrive for the most up to date schedule. Locations of events will be printed in the Family Weekend Program Book, which you will receive when you check-in on Friday, October 24.

*Only events with an asterisk are included on the Family Weekend registration form because they have a ticket fee or require pre-registration (all other events are first come, first served). These events are:


Friday, October 24, 2014

8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Registration/Check-in
W20-3rd Floor, Coffeehouse, Stratton Student Center (map)

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Open Classes
Observe MIT’s world-class faculty in action. Open classes and lectures will be posted on the Family Weekend website in mid-September, or view the list in the Family Weekend program when you arrive.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tours and Presentations
Take a guided tour of MIT laboratories and facilities and learn about the latest research by world-renowned faculty.

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
*One-on-One with Elon Musk [ticket required]
Hear from entrepreneur, inventor, SpaceX CEO/CTO, and Tesla Motors Chief Product Architect Elon Musk who will be the closing speaker for the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium. MIT AeroAstro will offer a limited number of tickets to families.
Have questions about the Elon Musk event? See the Family Weekend FAQs.

2:00–4:00 p.m.
Outside the Classroom
Learn about different options your student has beyond course work.
Topics will include global opportunities, entrepreneurship, career exploration, and research.

3:30–5:00 p.m.
Department Receptions
Meet faculty, staff, and students to learn about your student’s major or prospective field of study.

5:00–6:30 p.m.
*Senior Class Toast
Seniors and their families are invited to join the MIT Alumni Association for a reception and sparkling toast to the Class of 2015.

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Concert
View live performances by MIT’s Wind Ensemble and Festival Jazz Ensemble.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

7:30–10:00 a.m.
Registration/Check-in
W20-3rd Floor, Coffeehouse, Stratton Student Center

8:00–10:00 a.m.
Camp Kesem Brunch and Presentation [$5 donation recommended at the door]
Whether the debate of which meal is the most important has been settled or not, no one can deny the benefits of starting the day with good company. Come join Camp Kesem MIT, a completely MIT-student run organization that provides a week-long, sleep away camp completely free of charge to children whose parents have or have had cancer. We hope to see you there!

8:30–9:30 a.m.
*Chocolaty Breakfast [ticket fee]
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with the MIT Lab for Chocolate Science. Lab members will discuss the science of making perfect chocolate and offer samples of their tasty confections.

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Conversation with President Reif
Join in a community discussion with L. Rafael Reif, MIT’s 17th president, as he answers questions from current students and the audience about MIT’s mission, values, culture, and priorities.

10:45–11:30 a.m.
From Baker House to Mars
Professor Dava Newman SM ’89, PhD ’92 is an MIT alumna, housemaster, professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and expert in the field of aerospace engineering. She will discuss human exploration from Earth to Mars, art and design inspiration for science and engineering, and how MIT students are leaders who change the world.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Family Weekend Fair
Enjoy performances by student groups and meet their representatives. Children under 12 can enjoy balloon artists and face painting.

11:45 a.m.
Get Your Cheer Gear!
W34 (entrance facing Kresge), Johnson Athletic Center
Pick up free MIT gear that will help you show your enthusiasm for the Engineers.

2:30–3:30 p.m.
TIMtalks (Think. Inspire. Motivate.)
Inspired by the popular TEDtalks model, current MIT students will share how they have turned failure into success and describe their efforts, obstacles, and triumphs at MIT.

3:00–5:00 p.m.
HallowMIT
Presented by MIT Recreation, Student Activities Office, and the MIT Parents Association. Free healthy snacks, crafts, artists, and a performance by Jenny the Juggler. Halloween costumes are welcomed, but not required.

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Joint Services ROTC Pass in Review
Army ROTC, Navy ROTC, and Air Force ROTC students will march past a parade reviewing officer for examination. Featuring cannons, Humvees, a fire truck, and band.

5:00–7:30 p.m.
Living Group and Affinity Group Events
Experience your student’s living environment at a reception hosted by residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. Check with your student for the event time and day (Saturday or Sunday).

8:00–10:00 p.m.
*Family Weekend Songfest [ticket required]
Enjoy performances by several of MIT’s student a cappella groups.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

9:00 a.m.–Noon
Living Group and Affinity Group Events
Attend a reception hosted by residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. Check with your student for the event time



*Events with an asterisk are included on the Family Weekend registration form because they have a ticket fee or require pre-registration (all other events are first come, first served).
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