Family Weekend

family at family weekend

 


Family Weekend is September 22 - 24, 2017 - Save the Date! 

Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for family members and guests to visit their students and experience campus life.  Events include but are not limited to: Student Talent Show, Climbing Wall, Live Music, Football Game, food, etc. Hotels fill up quickly so be sure to make your hotel reservations early.

Pre-Registration for Family Weekend has closed. On-Site registration will be available at Family Weekend Central on Friday and Saturday.

Pre-Registration

Parents and family members can pre-register to attend Family Weekend via on-line registration until 5:00 p.m. September 5, 2017.  The pre-registration fee is $30 per family, and includes:

  • a registration packet 
  • one (1) complimentary t-shirt 
  • several gift items 
  • access to the Student Talent Show 
  • access to family activities     

Pre-registered guests can pick up their items at Family Weekend Central 3-6 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday. Family Weekend Central will be located outside the University Center near the Alumni Clock Tower.    

On-Site Registration

On-site registration will be available at Family Weekend Central 3-6 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday.  The on-site registration fee is $45 per family, and includes:

  • a registration packet,
  • several gift items (while supplies last)
  • access to the Student Talent Show
  • access to family activities 

The complimentary t-shirt and any unavailable gift items will be ordered for those who register on-site and will be given to the family's student at a later date.

registration options

 

extra t-shirts

Each year, Family Weekend t-shirts are very popular (we hope it will be your goal to collect all four during the time your student is at WCU!).  Guests who pre-register can order extra shirts (Sm-3XL) for $10 each.  All pre-ordered shirts will be available in your registration packet.  Guests who register on-site may order extra shirts (Sm-3XL) for $15 each.  Those shirts will be ordered and delivered to your student at a later date.

*Please note, if your WCU student would like a t-shirt, you will need to purchase a shirt for your student as an additional guest.

Front of Shirt

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Back of Shirt

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family weekend blankets

Looking for a light-weight, soft blanket that has a built-in carrier and is perfect for picnics, tailgating, a seat cover, and taking the chill off?  Guests may also order a Family Weekend Sweatshirt Blanket for $25 each.  All pre-ordered blankets will be available in the registration packet.  Guests who register after the September 5th deadline may order blankets for $35 each.  Those blankets will not be available for Family Weekend, and will be delivered to students at a later date.

*Please note, if your WCU student would like a blanket, you will need to purchase one for your student.

lunch on saturday

After enjoying the Family Weekend Activities, you may wish to grab lunch in the Courtyard Dining Hall before heading to the football game.  Lunch vouchers can be purchased for a significant discount at $5 each.

*Please note, if your WCU student doesn't have a meal plan, you'll need to purchase a voucher for your student.

football tickets

What is Family Weekend without a football game?  Family Weekend guests who attend the football game have two options for seating:   

1. You can order tickets for $20 each when you register for Family Weekend.  You will need to purchase a ticket for each member of your family who will be attending the game including your WCU student(s). 

2. Alternatively, students automatically have access to a ticket in the Student Section of the stadium and are able to access two guest tickets in the Student Section.  Your student will know how to obtain these tickets.  Please note that the Student Section is full of...students. This section of the stadium is not necessarily family friendly or appropriate for older people.

Participants who pre-register will be guaranteed seats together. Although we will make every reasonable effort to seat families together, on-site registrants cannot be guaranteed seats together.

On the registration form, purchasing tickets will look like this:

Football Tickets

food at football game

During the football game, you might want a snack.  Concession vouchers can be purchased for a significant discount at $5 each.  This voucher will allow you to get a drink, chips, and a hot dog. Due to the price value, no substitutions are available.  Please note that the concession voucher is not the same as a game ticket.

*Please note, if you purchase vouchers for your family, your WCU student will also need a voucher for the concession stand.

On the registration form, purchasing concession vouchers will look like this:

registration

rafting

As one of our most popular Family Weekend events, these tickets will go quickly!  Students and their family members can sign-up to enjoy a few hours of rafting with a trained guide.  If you love a little adventure and the opportunity to get a little wet, this is the trip for you.  Tickets are $35 each with a maximum capacity of 45 people.  Lunch is provided.

*Please note, you will need to register your student if they plan on participating with your family.

hiking & picnic

For those who want to explore the natural beauty of Western North Carolina, but prefer to do so without getting into a raft, we have a new event this year.  Join us for a short hike and a picnic lunch.  Participants will hike a portion of the campus trail fit for hikers of all skill levels.  At the end of the trip, we will have a picnic lunch for participants.  Tickets are $25 each with a maximum capacity of 30 people.

*Please note, you will need to register your student if they plan on participating with your family.

Student Talent Show

We are excited to sponsor the 3rd Annual Family Weekend Student Talent Show on September 22, 2017.  If your student can sing, dance, play an instrument, or perform any other talent, please encourage him/her to audition for the talent show.  The top three performers will win cash prizes.  Even if your student does not perform, we encourage you to join us for the Family Weekend Student Talent Show on Friday evening at 8 p.m.  The event has free admission, and you will not be disappointed with the talents our students will share.

Family Fun Activities

Saturday, September 23rd will be a busy day for student and their families.  We hope you will start the day off with us between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  During this time Family Weekend participants can listen to live music, enjoy funnel cakes and snow cones, and participate in other family-friendly activities.  These activities require no admission fees.

Climbing Wall

You can also explore the climbing wall in the Campus Recreation Center from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Due to the overwhelming popularity of the climbing wall, the staff will be implementing a wait list when the wall reaches a max capacity of 25 people. 

 

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