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Parents Weekend 2012 Registration Information
September 28–30, 2012
Parents Weekend Schedule
Explore the opportunities for you and your student during Parents Weekend. (Note: the schedule is tentative and subject to change. Check back for updated details.)
Parent Weekend Package—$25/person
(Package includes attendance at workshops, activities, college open house events, a Parent Discount Card for discounts at campus venues, and a coupon for a discount at University Bookstores; U of M students and children in high school or younger do not need to purchase a Parents Weekend Package; 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, including U of M students and children.)
Junior-Senior Dinner—$18/person (Payment is required for all participants, including your U of M student.)
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?
It is highly recommended that your student attend events with you. You must buy a Parents Weekend Package for each family member other than your student (children in high school or younger do not have to pay). Students will have to show their valid student ID to participate in activities and events. Payment is required for students and children attending the Junior-Senior Dinner and/or Saturday Lunch.
How much does Parents Weekend cost? What are the funds used for?
A Parents Weekend package is $25 per person, and includes admission to all programs and workshops. For each family’s registration, your U of M student or any children in high school or younger may attend at no charge. The two meals during the weekend have an additional fee for each person—including students—who will be dining. 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. We do need to charge for each package, however, because of the expenses involved with planning and implementing Parents Weekend.
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 be together. If students need study time, however, parents can still enjoy all activities with other families
Registration is closed.
See Tentative Parents Weekend Schedule for descriptions of the workshops.
Here's what a student had to say about Parents Weekend.....
During my first year of college, I realized how much my new experiences not only affected me, but my family as well. My family and I have always been tight knit, and I am especially close to my mom. When I moved to Minnesota from Wisconsin, not only did I go through a lot of changes, but my mom did as well. She missed doing things with me, and having someone to talk to in the house. (Let’s be honest, my dad and brother only talk about sports!) I also come from a small town, and the Twin Cities was a HUGE change for all of us. My mom would call me to make sure my classes were going well, and I was making new friends. This was reassuring, but it was hard to explain, let alone show, my mom all the new things I was experiencing.
My parents decided to visit me for Parents Weekend 2011. This event helped my parents, especially my mom, to see what I did at school. She was able to find out important academic information and be a part of my new campus life. After my mom visited, she was able to recognize my references to campus locations and was more aware of my life as a college student. This event made my relationship with my parents better, and I am a lot closer with them now than I was before. I’m glad I had the opportunity during Parents Weekend to show my parents how proud I am to be a Golden Gopher!
CEHD- Elementary Education, Spanish Minor
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