In order to better acquaint parents with
daughters' college lives, Mount Holyoke
decided to include a focus on parents within
the existing May Day celebrations. This first
focus came in 1946. Parents were invited
to the pageant, activities, and morning classes.
1951 was the first actual Parents Day. There
were concerts and plays, athletic demonstrations,
and lectures to entertain the parents.
However, as the school grew and grew, the
hosting capacity of the school was diminished
and for 1974's event the administration
was forced to make a difficult choice.
cut out half of the visitors clogging Mount
Holyoke's resources over this weekend;
they opted to change the event to Father's
Weekend - Not much changed
besides the name and the invited parent between
Parents' and Father's Weekends. The weekend
was still full of Mount Holyoke showcases.
A new addition though soon became very popular:
the Father-Daughter dance. Sometimes special
events, like a sophomore carnival for students
and fathers alike, were held on this weekend.
In 1974, though, pressure to return to the
both-parent system built up, and the college
sent out a
poll to best assess student desire. The poll
response was clear -- people wanted parents
back, 5 to 1.
Now returned to invited parents and other family, Family Weekend is still not
much change do the original version.
Parents attended lectures, plays, and
musical performances. The school hosts
showcases to demonstrate the opportunities
here. While it is impossible to capture
a true look into college life, Family
Weekend offers a glimpse.