The College’s Homecoming Weekend kicked off last Friday with an open house hosted by DavisConnects. Advisors shared with parents the resources they offer and the role the center plays in connecting students with potential employers and finding career and internship opportunities. Later in the afternoon, they had the opportunity to explore Colby’s Special Collections and Archives.
That evening, students and parents enjoyed performances from the various a capella groups on campus, including Mediocre, The Megs, and the Colby Eight, just to name a few. The performance, which took place in the Lorimer Chapel, included songs such as “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” by Soulja Boy.
The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid also hosted tours of the campus and information sessions throughout the weekend. Many families took advantage of the opportunity to explore the College more intimately.
Brian Grant, parent of Bridget Grant `24, spoke highly of his campus tour.
“I really enjoyed the campus tour I took Saturday morning. I thought the tour guides, Grace and Lucy, were excellent.”
Parents had the opportunity to have meals in the dining halls. Food trucks from across Maine lined up on the road leading to Bobs parking lot, offering a wide selection of appetizers, snacks, and meals, including plant-based tacos and brats, donuts, popcorn, burritos, savory waffles, and gyros. Students and their parents were also able to relax in the beer garden behind the Bobs patio.
The Colby Museum of Art was also open during Homecoming weekend and held tours of its current exhibitions.
Mina Ekstrom `24 told The Colby Echo about her parents’ visit. “It was really nice to see my parents and get to show them around the campus. One of my favorite places to show them was the Colby art museum and the art department facilities. We spent some time looking at the Time and Tide Flow Wide: The Collection in Context, 1959–1973 exhibition at the museum. That show was a great way to both explore the school and get to know more about the history of the art museum,” she said.
The soccer, field hockey, and rugby teams competed this past weekend. The football team took on Amherst while families and students cheered from the stand. A tailgate took place next door on the grass behind the stands.
“I really enjoyed the football game. I went without much particular interest in the game, mostly because I felt like it’s something you should do when at a homecoming weekend. But the game ended up being truly exciting, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to some of the other parents and the positive Colby spirit in the stands,” Grant said.
Saturday concluded with a drag show that featured performers from the Portland area.
Lucy Harden `24 reflected on the weekend activities.
“One of the things my dad wanted to do was sit in on one of my classes, and that wasn’t really presented as an option. So maybe Colby could allow parents to visit classes on Fridays. Other than that, I heard great things about the events on Saturday,” she said.
Many parents expressed how much they enjoyed this year’s Homecoming Weekend, which in previous years had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think the weekend was well structured [and] organized. I can’t think of anything the school should have done but didn’t, and there was nothing I didn’t enjoy. I had an excellent overall experience,” Grant said.
~ Maura Thompson `24