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The families of our students play an important role in the HWS community. The Office of Parent Programs supports special family programming for events including new student Orientation in August, Homecoming and Family Weekend in September, and Commencement in May.

These parent webpages will help direct you to the various offices on campus that can assist you and answer questions. In addition, on this site we will post events of interest to parents throughout the year. You can also stay connected by joining the HWS Parents and Families Group on Facebook.

If I can assist you in any way, please contact me.

Best regards,

Jennifer Murray
Director of Parent Programs
(315) 781-4068


While we enjoy seeing parents and families on campus throughout the year, we have a few major events that wouldn’t be the same without you.

  • Global Education

    Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | ALL DAYCGE Advising Sessions

    For students interested in semester study abroad programs in Fall 2023 or beyond. Join CGE staff for focused advising on programs available based on your academic interests, tips on writing application essays, information on credits/grades, financial aid, the application process, etc. Sessions fill up fast, reserve your spot today. Sign up here (scroll to Step #3).

  • house decorating

    Monday, September 26, 2022 | ALL DAYSpirit Week: House Decorating Contest

    Spirit Week: House Decorating Contest

    Decorate your theme house, senior house or Odells unit to show off your school spirit! Judging will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

    Odells, Greek, Senior and Theme Houses wanting to participate must pick up the mandatory MYSTERY item from the Student Engagement office.

    Submit this form to participate!

  • spin

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 7:10 AMSpin

    Spin with Donna

    Spin is a fitness class that is performed on stationary bikes to music. Our instructors will guide you through an entire cycle adventure that will challenge the fittest participants, but is very modifiable for those that are just starting their fitness journey. Classes will climb, jump, sprint and have a nice flat ride through the countryside. All of our instructors are both very passionate about fitness and will try to motivate you to work at your peak performance, all the while cueing form and intensity. You'll have a great ride time after time and have tons of fun!

  • Bogin

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 9:30 AMExhibit: U.A.C. Bungalow Paintings

    U.A.C. Bungalow Paintings
    August 26-October 1
    Michael Bogin
    Reception: September 30

    The path to the U.A.C. bungalow leads uphill through a green tunnel of leaves. Two thick mud walled rooms are surrounded on all sides by a broad tin roof covered verandah. Standing on the verandah looking out over the paw-paw trees and banana plants, I could see the turtle shaped silhouette of Adakluto in the distance rising above the tropical forest. Sometimes I would sit on the verandah reading and small children from the village would sit on the railing and watch me for hours.

    These paintings start on the verandah of the U.A.C. bungalow enveloped in the press of heat and humidity, and then, when my work goes well, something happens.

    Davis Gallery Hours
    Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
    Saturdays: 1–3 p.m.
    Or by appointment: call (315) 781-3487

    Image: artist's studio, 2022

  • photo booth
  • Italian language table

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 2:30 PMItalian Language Table

    Italian Language Table

    Come and practice your Italian with language instructor Cinzia Catani.


For Parents and Families

Your student’s success is our priority. The links collected below are those frequently requested by parents and families seeking to support their student’s academic and personal journey. Please reach out to hwsparentprograms@hws.edu with questions or concerns not addressed on this page. We are here to help at every step.

Below are links to frequently visited webpages. A complete list of Offices can be found in the About section of the website.