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Parents Weekend 2013 Registration Information
October 18–20, 2013
Parents Weekend 2013 is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, October 18-20. Visit your student, enjoy family time together, and learn more about the University of Minnesota and local community.
Parents Weekend is a three-day campus celebration with events and activities for families and their students. Friday features colleges and academic programs. Saturday embraces campus life, and is a day for exploration of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and the greater metro area with your student.
Parents Weekend 2013 Schedule
Explore the opportunities for you and your student.
Fee includes attendance at workshops, activities, college open house events, discounts at campus venues, and a coupon for a discount at the University Bookstore. U of M students and children under the age of 17 can register for Parents Weekend at no cost. Students will be admitted to workshops and activities by showing their U of M ID.
Saturday Lunch tickets—$10/person
Payment is required for all participants who wish to have lunch, including U of M students and children.
Etiquette and Careers Dinner—$10 for Alumni Association Student Members, $20 for U of M students who are not Alumni Association Student Members, $30 for parents and other family members who are Alumni Association members, $35 for all others who are not members of the Alumni Association.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is our student invited to participate in Parents Weekend events such as workshops, the Parents Weekend Carnival, and campus tours with me?
We hope that your student attends events with you. Each family member 18 and over must pay the registration fee for Parents Weekend; U of M students and children 17 and younger do not have to pay the registration fee. U of M students will have to show their valid student ID to participate in activities and events. Saturday lunch is an additional cost, and all attendees, including students and children, must register and pay for lunch.
What are Parents Weekend registration fees used for?
Parents Weekend is a self-supported event, and fees cover space and equipment rental, materials and supplies, marketing, registration costs, and entertainment.
Who is invited to Parents Weekend?
All family members—brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends—are invited to be part of Parents Weekend. However, we do need to charge for each adult participant because of the expenses involved with planning and implementing Parents Weekend.
How can I register for Parents Weekend?
Registration is closed.
Why isn’t Parents Weekend scheduled for a home football weekend?
We polled parents to find out what was most important during Parents Weekend. The number one answer: spend time with my student. The second most important factor: receive information on supporting my student. When Parents Weekend was previously scheduled on a football weekend, parents said that their students were involved with other activities before, during, and after the game, and there was no family time. This year’s program is planned to allow families to have time together. If students need study time, however, parents can still enjoy all activities with other families. For information on attending Gopher athletic events on weekends other than Parents Weekend, see gophersports.com or call 1-800-UGOPHER.
We can’t attend the entire weekend, but we would like to attend the Etiquette and Careers Dinner. Do we have to register for the whole weekend?
The Etiquette and Careers Dinner is for juniors, seniors, and their parents. There is no requirement to register for the rest of Parents Weekend. You will need to pre-register for the dinner by October 9 at www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/EtiquetteDinner.
Registration is closed.
Note: No refunds available.
See Tentative Parents Weekend Schedule for descriptions of the workshops.
Common Hope Supply Drive
What we need: Education and office supplies (children’s books in Spanish; pencils; crayons; glue sticks; binders; etc). Visit Common Hope website for suggested donations.
Bring supplies to: Parents Weekend check-in or Appleby Hall 109.
You can help: Join a marketing committee to provide advice and strategies on promoting the drive; help collect and sort donated items during Parents Weekend.
For more information: Contact Chelsea to learn more about the supply drive or about joining the Parents Association Vision Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-8770.
Here's what a student had to say about Parents Weekend.....
During my first year of college, I realized that my experience as a college student affects not only me, but my family as well. When I arrived at the doorstep of my residence hall, I did not think of all the changes and lessons my family and I would learn during my first year of college. I especially did not think about how this new chapter of my life would affect my younger brother.
Before college, my brother and I spent hours together. When I would need reassurance or advice I would always go to him, but as soon as I left it became more difficult to seek out his advice. My brother was not down the hall anymore; he was hundreds of miles away. We talked regularly about sports and his schoolwork, but it was not the same. As much as my brother tried to understand my day-to-day life at the U of M, it was hard to explain without him being here to see and experience it firsthand.
To help my brother and the rest of my family appreciate my new experiences, I invited them to visit me for Parents Weekend 2012. This event showed my family the beautiful picture I had been describing over the phone. It also helped them to understand the layout of the campus and my place within its diverse community. After Parents Weekend, my brother understood more about my new university adventures, and our relationship became even stronger. I am glad my family took the time to visit so I could share my experiences as a Golden Gopher with them!
College of Liberal Arts, Communication Studies and Global Studies Major, Class of 2016
Parents Weekend questions?
If you have questions about Parents Weekend, call 612-626-8770.