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Spelman Family Weekend Schedule

Family Weekend Events and Activities

Day One: Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Manley College Center, Upper Concourse

Please stop by to pick-up your registration packets, event tickets and t-shirts. Representatives from the Parents Association will have information available as well. 

Campus Tours & Wellness Tours
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Manley College Center, Upper Concourse

Stretch your legs and take pleasure in a walking tour through campus or a personal tour of the Wellness Center to learn more about your student’s home away from home. 

** Masks must be worn inside the Wellness Center during tours **

11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Manley College Center, Alma Upshaw Dining Hall

Everyone is invited to an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. The Upshaw Dining Hall has a variety of options for everyone. Family members will pay $7.00, and students will use their meal plan. 

Museum of Fine Art Tour

12 - 5 p.m.
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, First Floor

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.| Museum of Fine Art Tour

Spelman Museum – Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center

Black American Portraits Travels to Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Featuring New Acquisitions including a New Work by Calida Rawles

Spelman Museum of Fine Art Black Portraits ExhibitionFollowing its debut at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2021, the group exhibition "Black American Portraits" travels to Atlanta’s Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Co-curated by Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s Executive Director Liz Andrews and Tate’s Britton Family Curator-at-Large Christine Y. Kim (both formerly of LACMA), the exhibition reframes portraiture to center Black American subjects, sitters and spaces – this time placing Black women portrait artists center stage.

New to the exhibition at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will be four acquisitions: a new painting by Calida Rawles - who will celebrate her 25th anniversary as a Spelman College alumna in 2023, two works by Augusta Savage, and a photograph of Spelman Alumna Stacey Abrams by Sheila Pree Bright.

Market Friday
12 - 5 p.m.

Families can purchase products from local vendors, from t-shirts to custom jewelry.

Update on Housing
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sisters Chapel
Parents and Families can hear about our campus housing.

Denim and Blazer Welcome Party
6 - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Parents and families can mingle with faculty and staff while enjoying good food and music.

Day Two: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Manley College Center, Upper Concourse

Attendees can pick up pre-registration packets, pre-purchased paraphernalia and event tickets.

Helene Gayle
President’s Breakfast
9:30 a.m. *TICKETED EVENT*
Manley College Center, Alma Upshaw Dining Hall
President Helene Gayle, M.D., will give an overview of the College while parents and families enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet.

Parents and Family Association Meeting
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sisters Chapel
Families gather with other members of the association to learn how to get more involved.

Update on Spelman Dining Services
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Sisters Chapel
Parents and Families can hear about the wonderful strides we are making to improve our campus dining experience.

Parents and Family Annual BBQ
3 - 5:30 p.m. *TICKETED EVENT*

Manley College Center, Upper Concourse

Embrace the spirit of Spelman College at our annual Family Weekend BBQ. Enjoy a traditional barbeque, music and fellowship! 

Day Three: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023

1 p.m. | Worship Service
Sisters Chapel

Amey Victoria Adkins-JonesCulminate your weekend by joining us for a nondenominational service with Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones. 

Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Theology and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Duke Divinity School, she received her Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University in 2016 with a certificate in feminist theory. She was the first Black woman to graduate from the program in Christian theology and ethics.

Professor Adkins-Jones is finalizing her first monograph project, "Immaculate Misconceptions: Black Mariology, Freedom, Fugitivity," a theological account of the rise of the global sex trade. She is at work on a second project, "See No Evil: A Theology of Black Life" a theological account of technology and anti-Blackness. Her scholarly work has been published in several academic journals. 

Outside of academia, Professor Adkins-Jones is an ordained Baptist minister who frequently preaches and teaches around the country and brings pastoral sensibility to her work centering social justice. She is a practicing birth worker, a trained iconographer, and has a career background in UX copywriting and design. A ‘displaced Southerner,’ she joyfully builds community and hospitality with her family in Newark, New Jersey.

Sunday Brunch
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Manley College Center, Alma Upshaw Dining Hall

Everyone is invited to an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Family members may purchase tickets at the door for $7.00 each, while students use their meal plan.

Additional Information

The Spelman College Bookstore is open during Family Weekend!

Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

There will be complimentary parking for all Family Weekend participants in the Spelman Parking Deck after 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023 until Sunday, February 19, 2023.

Parents and families are also on Facebook. Visit and “Sign-Up” as a new user. Once you have completed this process, search for Spelman College and Family Network to become a member. We look forward to collaborating with you to enhance your experience with Spelman College.

On behalf of the Spelman College Community, thank you for participating in Family Weekend 2023. We hope that your time with us has been fun-filled and engaging! 

We encourage you to join us again next year for Family Weekend 2024!

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