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President Ross Gittell, Ph.D., poses with friends and family of Bryant University on November 4.
Record 7,500 loved ones, students gather for Family and Friends Weekend at Bryant
Nov 09, 2023, by Casey Nilsson
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Bryant University's annual Family and Friends Weekend, held November 3 and 4, drew a record-breaking 7,500 visitors to campus, bridging the gap between students' academic home and their family roots.

Sip and Paint Night.

"My favorite part of Family and Friends Weekend is that students get to introduce their families and friends from home with the family and friends they have found at Bryant," says Laura Field, associate director of student events and orientation programming. "Bryant is a second home for students, and it is important that parents and families get to see the bonds their students have formed here, meet their students' friends, and enjoy their students' favorite spots on campus."

Loved ones visited campus throughout the weekend. 

The weekend commenced Friday night with a Family and Friends Welcome Dinner held at Salmanson Dining Hall, followed by a Sip and Paint event at the campus art studio, where parents, students, faculty, and staff tapped into their artistic expression.

The Kelly family painted lake scenes during Sip and Paint.

"Family and Friends Weekend is a time for the Bryant community, including students, faculty, staff, families, and friends, to enjoy engaging activities, delicious meals, and campus traditions together," adds Field. "For faculty and staff, it is a chance to celebrate students' accomplishments with the people who love them most."

Vincent Emery '24 speaks with customers about his small business, Lil' Rhody Coffee Company.

On Saturday, families browsed the Harvest Market at the Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center, which featured wares by student entrepreneurs and local businesses. Guests were then treated to a student talent showcase, with performances by Bryant dancers, musicians, and singers. 

Students perform during the student talent showcase. 

Other attractions included a festival lunch, a duck race to benefit the Class of 2024, and a matchup between the Bryant Bulldogs football team against Gardner-Webb University. 

The Bryant Bulldogs took on Gardner-Webb University during Family and Friends Weekend.
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