Family Weekend

Families of current students are welcome to join us on campus for Family Weekend October 27–29, 2017.  

Family WeekendThe Family Weekend tradition is a great opportunity for the whole family to experience Hope and visit their student.

In addition to a weekend full of planned events, families can get the full Hope experience by enjoying a meal at Phelps Dining Hall, purchasing a Flying Dutchmen sweatshirt at the Hope-Geneva Bookstore, and attending select classes and seminars with your student.

The President's Breakfast is another weekend highlight. Each year the Parents' Council invites family members to hear from Hope's president as he shares insights as a leader on campus.

Other weekend traditions include campus tours for siblings, chapel, athletic events and the annual Nykerk Cup Competition.

Family Anchors Award

The Family Anchors Award, presented by The Hope Fund and Alumni and Family Engagement, is given in honor of the outstanding and significant contributions family members make in the lives of Hope students. Family members are recognized for their presence, endeavors, dedication and care for their student’s personal development and academic success.

Hope students are invited to submit a 500-word essay about a family member who has taught them a significant lesson and apply it to their experience at Hope. Essays should include:

  • Your name
  • Your year at Hope
  • Your phone number
  • The name of the person you are nominating and writing about
  • Their relationship to you
  • Their address, phone and email

Students can submit their essay by emailing it to