Parents & Families

Family members are encouraged to take every opportunity to participate in the Davidson College experience. We want to help you stay connected to your student during his or her academic career at Davidson.

Davidson is unique for having an attentive faculty and administration that is closely involved in students' daily lives. We view our relationship with you and your student as a partnership and seek to create a supportive system for every student and his or her family. 

We understand that you expect your student to be in caring, capable hands. Our well trained and dedicated staff work to create an engaging and fulfilling home away from home for your student, while our outstanding faculty cultivate a stimulating educational environment. We hope you join us for the events below, and consider becoming a career development volunteer.


Commencement weekend is filled with activities and traditions for graduating seniors and their families. Below are the upcoming dates for Davidson's Commencement ceremonies.

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018

New Student Summer Send-Offs

Join fellow Davidsonians and representatives from the college as we wish the Class of 2019 well on the start of their Davidson journey. Students, parents and siblings are invited to attend.

  • Atlanta, Ga. - July 14, 5-7 p.m., hosted by Richard '82 and Ann Strader, parents of Olivia '18.
  • Virginia Beach, Va. - July 18, 2-4 p.m., hosted by Dag and Leslie Zapatero, parents of Zack '17.
  • Washington, D.C. - July 19, 2-4 p.m., hosted by Lisa Barry and Jim Gale, parents of Will '16.
  • Little Rock, Ark. - July 19, 3-5 p.m., hosted by Jon and Tiffany Adams, parents of Andrew '19.
  • Raleigh, N.C. - July 23, 6-8 p.m., hosted by Cameron and Hadley Callaway, parents of Darden '14 and Sherwood '16.
  • Charlotte, N.C. - July 30, 6-8 p.m., hosted by Rick and Terri Western, parents of Rachael '18.

Contact Dawn Nelson in Parent Programs at 704-894-2103 or for additional information.

Become a Career Development Volunteer

Students benefit from alumni and parent engagement and we encourage you to get involved with the Center for Career Development.  Students need and deeply appreciate the support you can provide as they look to launch their careers. Serve as a job shadowing volunteer, hire a student, or facilitate a student internship by joining the Davidson Internship Challenge.