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Order a 2015 Senior Yearbook by June 1

May 20th, 2015

The Quad, the Stanford University yearbook, was not produced this year. As a result, a team of Stanford seniors has created a “Senior Yearbook” to capture graduation portraits, quotes from members of the graduating class and photographs from events to commemorate the four years the Class of 2015 has spent on the Farm.

Parents are invited to order copies for graduating seniors. Place your order by June 1. The yearbook will not be shipped.

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Five things to know about Stanford’s Commencement

April 16th, 2015

Convocation students

Richard Engel, a Stanford graduate who is the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, will be the 2015 Commencement speaker. Stanford’s 124th Commencement Weekend, which is June 12-14, will also feature a Baccalaureate address by civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. Read more about both. Commencement annually attracts about 30,000 people. So families are encouraged to make travel arrangements well in advance and to visit the website to get an overview of the entire weekend. Elaine Enos, executive director of the Office of Special Events and Protocol, shares five things parents should know as they prepare for Commencement Weekend 2015.

When should parents make hotel reservations for Commencement?

Consider making hotel reservations as soon as possible. For your convenience please visit the travel and lodging website for ideas. There are a limited number of hotels in the immediate Palo Alto area, so reservations can be challenging if you make them at the last minute.

Is there any limit to the number of family members who can attend the main graduation ceremony?

No. There is plenty of room in Stanford Stadium for everyone who wants to attend. Please note that the majority of the audience will be seated facing the sun and there are very limited shaded areas. Temperatures can climb into the 90s that day so please make sure everyone has comfortable clothing, we recommend hats, and lots of water and sun block. No umbrellas are allowed as they impede the view of others in the stadium.

Please note that diplomas are not awarded at the main ceremony in the stadium. It is at the department ceremony that students actually receive their diplomas. These ceremonies are shortly after the main graduation and are located throughout campus. Families should check with their graduate’s department about whether or not its ceremony has limited seating or will be ticketed.

What if families have a member who has difficulty walking?

If a member of your family is disabled or has mobility concerns, we strongly encourage you to plan in advance by visiting the Disability Resources page on our website. There is a form to request special assistance. For specific questions or concerns, please contact our Stanford’s Diversity and Access Office at: email:;
Voice: (650) 725-0326 or TTY: (650) 723-1216.

The campus is very large and we are limited in what we can do if asked to respond on the day of events. After the main ceremony in the stadium families will have approximately one hour to make their way from the stadium to their graduates diploma site. University staff will also be on hand throughout the campus to assist you with directions.

The Wacky Walk has become a Stanford Commencement tradition.

The Wacky Walk has become a Stanford Commencement tradition.

Many families may find it easiest to use a wheelchair to transport a disabled family member from one location to another. Or, it may be easier for you and your family to drive rather than walk to your graduate’s diploma site. The Diversity & Access Office can help you plan the best routes beforehand. For most families in general, it is simply a matter of allowing for more time.

I cannot stress this enough: Families should plan their campus activities early and before they arrive at Stanford if they have a member with mobility challenges. We’ve seen the experiences of families greatly diminished because mobility issues were so challenging for them.

Is there enough parking so that families can drive to the stadium for Commencement?

Parking is available in the lots surrounding the stadium for the Commencement ceremony, but it is limited, and some of the lots require a permit. It’s best to plan in advance by visiting the parking and transportation website. The campus will be very crowded throughout the day, and there will be a great deal of traffic congestion. The easiest way to get around the many events is by walking, so comfortable clothing and shoes are strongly recommended.

What is the Wacky Walk?

Most colleges and universities have a traditional processional graduation march. But at Stanford, seniors generally run onto the field in costumes that celebrate their college experiences. The Wacky Walk humor is often irreverent, but very amusing and celebratory. The Wacky Walk generally lasts for about 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.


For answers to more questions about Commencement, visit the “For Parents” part of the Commencement website. Call the Commencement information line at 650-725-1957 or send us an email by visiting this website. More answers to frequently asked questions are available at this website.

Stanford seeks student input on campus climate, safety

April 16th, 2015

Stanford is encouraging all students to participate in a survey on campus climate that will be launching next week.

The anonymous online survey asks students about their perceptions of campus culture and safety, including their experiences with sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence. The university will use the results to better understand the prevalence of these incidents in the campus community and to inform improvements in programs.

A link to the survey will be emailed next week to all Stanford students over the age of 18 who are enrolled in degree-seeking programs – undergraduate, graduate and professional. The survey will be open until May 8.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring a safe campus community here at Stanford,” President John Hennessy wrote in an email to all students, encouraging them to participate in the survey. “Hearing the experiences and perspectives from all of you is critical to that effort.”

Answers to the survey questions will never be linked with individuals. Summary results of aggregated data will be provided to the Stanford community when they become available. Most students should be able to complete the survey in 10-15 minutes.

Hennessy encouraged all students to participate in the survey, even if they have never personally experienced or witnessed incidents of sexual misconduct.

“It is essential that all students participate in this survey, whether or not you feel these issues affect you personally,” Hennessy wrote. One objective of the survey is to determine the frequency of acts of sexual misconduct at Stanford, and a high response rate is critical to the reliability of the results.

Students who participate in the survey will have the option of receiving an Amazon gift card or anonymously allocating the value of the incentive to one of several non-profit organizations.

Some of the questions in the survey are personal in nature. Academic research has shown that the most accurate way to estimate the prevalence of sexual misconduct is to ask detailed questions about behaviors and experiences. Students will be able to opt out of any questions they do not wish to answer, and no answers will be tied to any individual student.

The survey is based on a model campus survey developed by MIT and also has been informed by best practices provided by the federal government and academic literature. Modifications and campus-specific items have been added with input from Stanford faculty and students. The final survey also reflects collaboration with experts at the University of Chicago and Rice University, which are administering parts of the survey to their students.

More information about the survey is available on the Office of the Provost website. Any member of the campus community seeking support or assistance for issues relating to sexual violence is encouraged to contact any of the campus resources listed on the university’s Not Alone website.

Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices report released

April 15th, 2015

Provost John Etchemendy sent the following letter to the campus community issuing the report of the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices. The task force makes recommendations for enhancing education, support and investigation.

April 8, 2015

Dear Members of the Stanford Community:

I am writing to provide you with the report, being released today, of the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices. This report is the culmination of months of work by an 18-member task force of students, faculty, staff and an alum. I convened the group last summer to review Stanford’s policies and practices with respect to sexual assault, relationship violence and other conduct prohibited by Title IX and to identify how we can improve our efforts.

While the report is focused on the student experience, these issues are important to the entire Stanford community, so I wanted to provide broad access to the report immediately upon its release. You can find the report online.

Sexual violence continues to occur far too frequently in our society. Colleges and universities across the nation are devoting great attention to reducing its occurrence in their own communities, and rightly so. This issue is fundamentally about ensuring a safe environment for all students, one in which everyone can take full advantage of the opportunities available to them. We have made a great deal of progress at Stanford over the last several years, but the task force report confirms there is more still to do.

Awareness and prevention are our highest priorities. We must build a culture, on our own campus and in the broader society, genuinely rooted in the concept of mutual respect. Our community should not be guided simply by rules and punishments, but by a shared sense of personal responsibility and a recognition of the essential human dignity of each individual with whom we interact.

In addition to awareness and prevention, we must have university processes that are effective and fair. We must provide support to victims of sexual assault and relationship violence in a manner that is responsive, sensitive and easy to navigate. We also must have investigative and disciplinary procedures that respect the rights of all individuals involved, that ensure a careful hearing of all issues, and that guarantee fundamental fairness for all participants.

The task force has thought deeply about these issues and has consulted broadly with the campus community. They convened more than 80 meetings and town halls to gather input and advice. They have sought ways to build on the steps Stanford has taken in recent years and to identify candidly where our efforts can be improved.

The recommendations of the task force include:

  • Expanded education for students, faculty and staff on sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence; better dissemination of contact information about campus resources for these issues; and more support for research and educational programming on sexual violence.
  • Establishment of a Confidential Support and Response Team to provide a coordinated response for students who may have experienced an incident of sexual misconduct. This team of confidential counselors will provide a series of coordinated services currently distributed among different offices, including crisis response, helping students understand reporting options and resources available to them, and arranging ongoing support for all parties involved.
  • A new pilot process for investigating and adjudicating alleged incidents of sexual misconduct. The task force envisions a single, streamlined process that extends from the Title IX investigation to the disciplinary hearing, where necessary, to maximize consistency and minimize procedural delays. This pilot process would be evaluated over a several-year period.
  • New standards for the disciplinary hearing process. Three-member panels would hear cases and issue sanctions; panels would be drawn from a highly trained pool of faculty, staff and possibly graduate students; appeals would be heard by experienced former members of the pool. Expulsion would be the expected sanction for sexual assault, as it is defined in university policy, provided the panel is unanimous in its finding and sanction. The task force also recommends that the university explore possible options for helping students access legal assistance if they wish to have it.

I welcome the thoughtful recommendations of the task force and intend to implement as many as possible for the coming academic year. Within the month, I will form two implementation teams: one focused on education and support systems, and one focused on investigation and adjudication. In some places, the task force has identified issues for further consideration, and we will be reviewing those as well.

I want to thank the members of the task force, led by co-chairs M. Elizabeth Magill, dean of Stanford Law School, and Elizabeth Woodson, who is completing her term as 2014-15 ASSU president, for the tremendous amount of time and energy they have committed to the work of the task force. Their report makes an immense contribution to our efforts to ensure a safe and supportive environment for all members of our campus community.


John Etchemendy

Stanford expands its financial aid program

March 27th, 2015

Stanford is expanding financial aid by increasing the income thresholds at which parents are not expected to contribute toward educational costs.

Under the new policy, effective fall 2015, Stanford will expect no parental contribution toward tuition from parents with annual incomes below $125,000 – previously $100,000 – and typical assets. And there will be zero parental contribution toward tuition, room or board for parents with annual incomes below $65,000 – previously $60,000 – and typical assets.

“Our highest priority is that Stanford remain affordable and accessible to the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances,” said Provost John Etchemendy. “Our generous financial aid program accomplishes that, and these enhancements will help even more families, including those in the middle class, afford Stanford without going into debt. Over half of our undergraduates receive financial aid from Stanford, and we are pleased that this program will make it even easier for students to thrive here.”

Expanded financial aid

Stanford has long been committed to need-blind admissions for U.S. students, supported by a financial aid program that meets the demonstrated financial need of all admitted undergraduate students.

Since 2008-09, Stanford has provided two simple benchmarks that make it easy for prospective students to understand the possibilities for getting financial support from Stanford. These two benchmarks are being updated for all undergraduates for the 2015-16 year, with no parental contribution toward tuition expected for those with annual incomes below $125,000 and typical assets, and no parental contribution toward tuition, room or board expected for those below $65,000 with typical assets. Scholarship or grant funds will be provided to cover these costs in lieu of a parental contribution.

In either case, students will still be expected to contribute toward their own educational expenses from summer income, savings and part-time work during the school year. Students are expected to contribute at least $5,000 per year from these sources but are not expected to borrow to make the contribution.

Currently, 77 percent of Stanford undergraduates leave the university at graduation with no student debt.

Families with incomes at higher levels, typically up to $225,000, may also qualify for financial assistance, especially if more than one family member is enrolled in college. Financial aid offers vary by family, but the financial aid expansion for 2015-16 will allow Stanford to reduce the expected parental contribution for many families at these higher income levels.

Annual costs for a typical Stanford student total roughly $65,000 before financial aid.

“This expansion of the financial aid program is a demonstration of Stanford’s commitment to access for outstanding students from all backgrounds – including not only those from the lowest socioeconomic status, but also middle- and upper-middle-class families who need our assistance as well,” said Karen Cooper, associate dean and director of financial aid.

Admits to Class of 2019

Stanford also recently announced that it had offered admission to 2,144 students, including 742 applicants who were accepted last December through the early action program.

The Class of 2019 was selected from 42,487 candidates, the largest applicant pool in Stanford’s history. The admitted students come from 50 states and 77 countries.

Of the admitted class, 16 percent are first-generation college students.

“We are honored by the interest in Stanford and the experiences shared by all prospective students through the application process,” said Richard Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid. “The young people admitted to the Class of 2019 will engage their undergraduate years at Stanford with energy and initiative. Their contributions will impact the world in immeasurable ways. We are thrilled to communicate the good news to these accomplished students. The opportunities at Stanford are limitless, and our newly enhanced financial support makes these opportunities more accessible than ever before.”

Students admitted under the early and regular decision admission program have until May 1 to accept Stanford’s offer.


Cardinal Care and Dependent Health Insurance for 2015-16

March 9th, 2015

Vaden Health Center has announced Cardinal Care and the Student Dependent Health Insurance Plan rates for the 2015-16 academic year.

Cardinal Care will continue to be an annual plan. This means that acknowledgement of enrollment in the plan (or default enrollment in the absence of acknowledgement) OR waiver/exception in a student’s first registered quarter of the academic year, is a commitment that will extend through Aug. 31. For 2015-16, the cost of the annual plan, Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, will be $4,680, an 8.9 percent increase over the 2014-15 rate of $4,296.

A number of changes will occur to the 2015-16 Cardinal Care coverage design. The plan will continue to provide robust, comprehensive benefits (comparable to a ‘Platinum’ plan under CoveredCA) and in-network care at Stanford Medical Center, but some of the cost share (copays and deductibles) will increase as a means to mitigate a larger rise in “up-front” premium costs. Student input, gathered in workshops and captured through the 2014 Student Health Insurance Survey, was used in the planning process. Stanford is offering, for the first time, dental coverage as part of the Cardinal Care package of benefits. Diagnostic and preventive care and “basic” restorative services, up to $1,000 per year, will be offered through Delta Dental PPO providers.

Read the entire announcement at

For questions, contact Vaden’s Insurance and Referral Office at 650-723-2135 or

Some 3,800 visitors attend Parents’ Weekend

March 2nd, 2015

More than 3,800 family members visited campus for this year’s Parents’ Weekend. They spent two days roaming the campus to share in dozens of activities that offered a sampler of student life at Stanford. University photographer Linda Cicero captured some of the highlights. Click here to see the slideshow.

Five things to know about Parents’ Weekend

February 5th, 2015
President Hennessy

President Hennessy’s question-and-answer session is among the most popular events at Parents’ Weekend. (Photo: Linda A. Cicero)

Elaine Enos, executive director of Stanford’s Office of Special Events and Protocol, shares information she hopes parents know about Parents’ Weekend. The annual event, which will be held Feb. 27 and 28, is expected to attract more than 3,000 family members to campus.


See the Parents’ Weekend story from the December issue of the Parents’ Newsletter.


If we didn’t register in advance, can we still attend, and where can we park?

Absolutely. Because this event attracts so many people, our advance registration program allows us to accurately plan for room size, food orders and so on. Parents should note that only those who register can attend Parents’ Weekend events, so definitely plan to register onsite at the Arrillaga Alumni Center, and it’s free!

Parents should park at the Galvez Lot at the intersection of Galvez and Campus Drive, which is across the street from the Arrillaga Alumni Center. For directions, visit the Getting Around website.

Will I be able to get Internet access while on campus?

Parents are able to join the “Stanford Visitor” network for free access to the Internet while on campus. The Stanford Network offers limited bandwidth, and services include email and web browsing. For further information about the visitor network, please ask one of our registration volunteers upon check in.

What is Palo Alto-area weather like in February?

Generally speaking, the mornings and evenings can be quite cool—40-degree temperatures are common—and require a jacket or sweater. Once the fog burns off, mid-day temperatures can reach into the 70s. February is often rainy, and some of our long-range forecasts suggest that there may be showers that weekend. So we strongly recommend parents bring rain gear and umbrellas, just in case.

When and how can I pick up tickets for events?

Ticket distribution for all open house tours will start at 1 p.m. in front of the Arrillaga Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 27, and will continue until all tickets are gone. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis, and there will be a limit of two tickets per person.

Regarding the Entertainment Extravaganza (EE), parents who purchased tickets online will find them in their registration packet upon check in.

If there are any EE tickets remaining on Friday or Saturday, they can be purchased at either the registration desk at Arrillaga Alumni Center or at Memorial Auditorium. Also, since this event is expected to sell out, if you find that you are unable to use your EE tickets, we ask that you consider turning them into our ticket staff so that we can redistribute them to other parents who may like to attend this special closing event.

Can I bring another family member who is not a parent?

Yes. Everyone in the family is invited to Parents’ Weekend. If a member of your family needs disability-related accommodations, please let us know in advance by contacting the Diversity and Access Office by Feb. 13 at (650) 725-0326 or (650) 723-1216 TTY.

For more answers to questions about Parents’ Weekend, visit the FAQ website or call 650-736-9018.

NBC’s Richard Engel named graduation speaker

January 30th, 2015
Richard Engel

Richard Engel

Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News who has covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, will be the 2015 Commencement speaker at Stanford.

Stanford’s 124th Commencement Weekend, which is scheduled June 12-14, will also feature a Baccalaureate address by Vernon Jordan, a civil rights leader and former adviser to President Bill Clinton.

Journalist and author Engel has covered major international events for nearly 20 years, including the Arab Spring, the war in Afghanistan and conflict in Somalia. He has been the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News since 2008. As a Middle East correspondent, Engel was the only American television journalist to remain in Baghdad for the entire Iraq War, from the first shelling in 2003 to the capture and execution of Saddam Hussein. He was kidnapped while covering the Syrian civil war in December 2012 and was psychologically tortured by his captors before being freed, in a hail of gunfire between Syrian groups, after five days in captivity.

“Richard Engel has worked tirelessly and courageously to translate the most important international issues of our time for the American public and the world,” said President John Hennessy. “From the beginnings of the war in Iraq to the Syrian civil war, to violence in Paris just this month, Richard has reported on conflict and risked his life to help all of us understand the historic implications. As a Stanford alumnus speaking to our new graduates, he can share firsthand what it means to be a truly global citizen.”

“I am overwhelmed to have been asked to speak this spring and return to the Farm,” Engel said. “I remember my own graduation nearly 20 years ago. When I walked into the stadium in the heat, I wasn’t sure what I would do next or where I would go. I had a plan, but doubts as well. A few weeks later, I decided to take a chance. I moved to the Middle East with a couple of suitcases, learned Arabic, began a career in journalism and never looked back. I look forward to talking to the graduates about what I’ve seen and learned over the years, exploring war zones, watching nations and societies smash into each other with tragic consequences. Hopefully, I’ll be able to inspire some of these amazing young men and women to take a chance and stare fearlessly into the bright light outside the cave. I thank Stanford for this tremendous honor.”

After graduating from Stanford in 1996 with a BA in international relations, Engel moved to the slums of Cairo to pursue work as a correspondent. He learned Arabic and worked as a freelancer for numerous news organizations from many Middle East locations. He worked as a freelance journalist for ABC News during the initial U.S. invasion of Iraq and continued his coverage of the war for NBC. He became Beirut bureau chief and senior Middle East correspondent in 2006. In 2009, Engel was stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2011, he reported on the Egyptian revolution amidst protests and tear gas. He covered the Libyan civil war, and did a segment on Mogadishu, Somalia, proclaiming it “the world’s most dangerous city.”

Senior class presidents Connor Kelley, Malika Mehrotra, Eric Iwashita and Natalya Thakur said that the choice of Engel will provide the Class of 2015 with “an impassioned and tenacious speaker who will be able to inspire members of the Class of 2015 to engage with the world beyond whatever path our classmates choose after graduation.”

“Richard Engel has devoted his life and career to the pursuit of social justice through journalism, a commitment that demonstrates a high level of risk-taking in order to pursue his passion. We believe that he, as a Stanford alum, will be able to connect with students and share his perspective on the inspirational decisions and sacrifices he has made since leaving the Farm, and what it means to make an impact,” the class presidents said.

Engel is the author of two books, A Fist in the Hornet’s Nest and War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq. Engel has won many awards for his work, including numerous Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award (2009), the Edward R. Murrow Award (2006 and 2009) and the first Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism (2007). In 2011, Engel was honored with the Daniel Pearl Award for courage and integrity in journalism, in memory of Wall Street Journal reporter and Stanford alumnus Daniel Pearl, BA ’85, who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.

Baccalaureate speaker

The Office for Religious Life will welcome Vernon E. Jordan Jr. to campus to give the Baccalaureate ceremony address. Jordan’s visit is timely: He was a leading figure in the civil rights movement and a former director of the United Negro College Fund who fought to abolish racial discrimination in college admission policies. He is a longstanding member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

“Vernon Jordan will speak to very relevant issues that have captured the interest of many people on campus, including our class members,” the class presidents said. “We hope that together, Mr. Jordan and Mr. Engel will offer a number of insights about taking risks, finding one’s own path in life and creating a unique place in the world.”

Early in his career, Jordan worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was president of the National Urban League from 1971 to 1981. An attorney, Jordan served as a political adviser to his friend President Bill Clinton in the early 1990s. In 2006, Jordan became a member of the Iraq Study Group, advising on U.S. policy in Iraq. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Bilderberg Group of American and European political leaders.

Since 2000, Jordan has been senior managing director of Lazard Freres and Co. LLC, an investment banking firm. He has served on the boards of numerous corporations, including Revlon, Corning, Xerox and Nabisco, and has remained active in politics and social justice issues. A collection of his public speeches, Make It Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out, was published in 2008. In 2001, Jordan was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP for lifetime achievement.

Stanford’s 124th Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies are part of a celebration for graduates, their families and friends, and members of the Stanford community. The Baccalaureate ceremony will be held on the Main Quad on Saturday, June 13. Commencement will be held in the Stanford Stadium on Sunday, June 14.

Stanford welcomes families to the Farm on Feb. 27 and 28

December 2nd, 2014
A parent t-shirt displayed during Parents' Weekend.

The Parents’ Club will offer specialty t-shirts during Parents’ Weekend on Feb. 27 and 28.

Employment prospects for humanities and arts majors will be the topic of one of 14 lectures, presentations and talks to be offered at Parents’ Weekend on Feb. 27 and 28, 2015.

Registration for the event closed in January. But parents who did not register are still welcome to attend. They should register onsite in the Arrillaga Alumni Center. More than 3,000 family members—everyone is invited—are expected to attend.

The humanities and arts career panel discussion will challenge the assumption that humanities and arts majors are unemployable and outline the resources Stanford offers to assist students with career exploration, according to Jeffrey Schwegman, Humanities and Arts Initiative coordinator in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

“There is a widespread belief these days that studying English or philosophy will lead to unemployment after graduation,” Schwegman said. “ In fact, the data suggests otherwise: humanities and arts majors fare quite well in the job market. Moreover, a broad liberal arts education can give young people an edge later in life if they need to retrain or change careers.”

Richard Saller

Richard Saller

The panel discussion will be moderated by Richard Saller, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, and will include historian James Campbell, career development specialist Margot Gilliland and two recent Stanford graduates: Alexander Berger, a senior research analyst at GiveWell, and Camille Ricketts, editor at First Round Review.

The panel discussion is just one of 14 Back to School Classes offered by Stanford faculty and administrators on topics ranging from sustainability to food to artificial intelligence. The classes, always one of the most popular parts of Parents’ Weekend, are designed to give families a sense of the educational experience at Stanford, according to Elaine Enos, executive director of the Office of Special Events and Protocol.

Among the other Back to School Classes offered this year will be “The Museum as Muse: Why the Arts Matter Now More than Ever,” featuring Connie Wolf, director of the Cantor Arts Center; “Why Counterterrorism is So Difficult,” featuring Martha Crenshaw, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and “Feeding Nine Billion,” featuring David Lobell, associate professor of Environmental Earth System Science.

Parents also will have the opportunity to take campus tours on both Friday and Saturday that highlight, for example, the university’s architecture, academic quadrangles, athletic facilities and dining halls. Also featured will be hikes to the Stanford Dish and a tour of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

Also throwing their doors open to parents throughout the weekend will be the university’s community centers, as well as the Bing Concert Hall, the Product Realization Lab, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the Virtual Human Interaction Lab and the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab.

Events officially begin on Friday at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome from Provost John Etchemendy. His talk will be followed by “Conversations with Parents,” which address issues specific to each class: freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. President John Hennessy’s always-popular question-and-answer session with parents will be held Friday afternoon.

Parents with questions on any range of subjects are encouraged to attend the Saturday morning Resource Fair. There, parents can talk directly to representatives from campus departments, including Residential Education, the Student Services Center, Undergraduate Advising and Research, Vaden Health Center and Public Safety.

The weekend’s events will wrap up on Saturday afternoon with the Entertainment Extravaganza! The annual event, sponsored by the Parents’ Club, features student performance groups, including Alliance Streetdance, Cardinal Calypso, Mariachi Cardenal, Stanford Jump Rope, Stanford Raagapella and Tap TH@T.

For more, visit the Parents’ Weekend website, which includes a link to answers to frequently asked questions.