News from the Parents’ Program for Spring 2013

Dear Stanford Parents,

Congratulations to those of you with graduating seniors in the Class of 2013! I am looking forward to seeing many of you on campus for Commencement Weekend in June and congratulating you and your student on this wonderful accomplishment.

We hope that you and your family plan to join us for the Senior Gift Check Presentation on Friday, June 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Old Union Courtyard. Every Commencement Weekend, the senior class presents a check to the university. The check represents the generous support of hundreds of graduating students who want to express their gratitude for the educational experience they received at Stanford. The senior gift is directed to The Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education and helps ensure that future generations of Stanford students enjoy the same opportunities that they did. The Stanford Parents’ Advisory Board is proud to play a part in the senior gift effort by offering matching funds.

More than 350 parents attended the Parent Partners Reception with President John Hennessy during Parents’ Weekend 2013. Attendees from around the globe enjoyed remarks by President Hennessy and the lively question-and-answer session that followed. Members of the Stanford Symphony performed during the reception. The Parent Partners Committee for The Stanford Fund, a group of parent volunteer callers, enjoyed a special reception prior to the event with Rob Urstein, associate vice provost for undergraduate education, dean of freshmen and director of undergraduate advising and research. He spoke about the important role that donations to The Stanford Fund play in improving the undergraduate experience for all Stanford students.

The Parents’ Program has scheduled two parent receptions in Texas this spring featuring Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam. Thank you to Beth and Schuyler Tilney, P ’15, who are hosting the program in Houston on April 29, and Ann and Chris, MBA ’89, Mahowald, P ’16, who are hosting in Dallas on April 30. All parents are invited to attend. These receptions are opportunities to meet fellow Stanford parents, as well as learn more about current developments in undergraduate education.

If you are interested in learning more about joining Parent Partners with a contribution of $1,500 more to The Stanford Fund or in volunteering for the Parent Partners Committee for The Stanford Fund, please contact me or visit our website.

Parent support has been—and continues to be—vitally important to Stanford’s continued excellence. Thank you, as always, for your support of the university!


Jane Harrison
Director, Stanford Parents’ Program
1-800-227-8977, ext 56881