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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.

  • giftd

    Friday, December 2, 2022 | ALL DAYHoliday Gift Project gifts due

    Holiday Gift Project - gifts due

    The Holiday Gift Project benefits economically distressed families.

  • campus

    Friday, December 2, 2022 | ALL DAYLast day of classes

    Last day of classes for the Fall 2022 semester.

  • Provenzano Student Art Gallery

    Friday, December 2, 2022 | ALL DAYPerception

    The exhibition is the second to occur in the new Provenzano Student Art Gallery. It will contain over 20 artworks of various mediums (painting, sculpture, installation, photography) by current HWS students. The work was selected after a call for art was distributed by the Provenzano Gallery student staff. The theme of that call was "Perception," so the works are each a unique take on that prompt. The Gallery is fully run by student interns: Gretchen Warner, Jimmy Cherry, Sophia Velto, Arielys Antonio, Cori Chapman, & Adriana Croce. They circulated the call, selected the artworks, and will design and install the exhibition. 

  • Tucker

    Friday, December 2, 2022 | 9:30 AMExhibit: The Future I Fear is Coming


    Leslie Tucker 
    November 10-December 10, 2022
    Opening Reception November 10, 5-7 pm

    These works explore how we respond intrinsically to our environment, exploring how we evolve into who we become according to what society demands from us over time. In the exhibition "the future i fear is coming,” history folds into the present, transitioning into the tale of a future potentially post-apocalyptic society. Jean Baudrillard's observations from “The Illusion of the End” (1992) in which he observes that “post-apocalyptic narratives necessarily imply that any present status quo must be understood as temporary,” firmly address the inevitability of impermanence. The idea that our current circumstances are permanent is a mirage: this reality can be disrupted at any moment. 

    Image: I am the First and I am the Last, 2015, photo-composite printed on Endura Metallic chromogenic paper, 49 x 50 in

  • Norman Kent

    Friday, December 2, 2022 | 9:30 AMExhibit: Norman Kent: Carving a Path

    Curated by Lizzy Nafz '24
    Reception: Thursday, Nov. 10, 5-7 p.m.
    The Solarium Gallery at Houghton House

    Carving a Path features the works of artist Norman Kent. In 1933, Kent was appointed the first and only Studio Art faculty member at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Over the course of his ten-year career at HWS, he helped build the arts department while creating a vast body of images capturing the beauty of the campus grounds and surrounding Geneva community. This exhibition traces a history of Kent’s time in Geneva as illustrated in a selection of his many woodcut prints and watercolor paintings, offering the viewer a unique lens through which to view a vital moment of this region’s past.

    Carving a Path was created in partnership with Historic Geneva whose work with the exhibition’s curator, Lizzy Nafz, began with an internship in Summer 2022. Many of the artworks and documents on display are on loan from Historic Geneva as well as the HWS Archive. Special thanks to John Marks, Becky Chapin, and Tricia McEldowney for their support.

    Solarium Gallery Hours:
    9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
    1-3 p.m. Saturday
    Closed during holidays.

  • bell ringing

    Friday, December 2, 2022 | 11:30 AMKettle Bell Ringing

    Kettle Bell Ringing for the Geneva Salvation Army at Eddie O'Brien's

    Email serve@hws.edu to sign up for the shift.


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.