Limited Family Weekend confirmed for February

Event is for parents of freshmen and sophomores only

By Austin Thompson | November 21, 2021 12:27pm

The first Family Weekend since the start of COVID-19 pandemic will begin on Feb. 18.

Media Credit: Gavin Britton / The Beacon

The Office of Parent and Alumni Relations confirmed that Family Weekend will begin on Feb. 18, the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the University has hosted the event. 

However, it will not include the parents of juniors or seniors.

Also, unlike in past years, there will be COVID-19 safety requirements.

“We will be following with athletics and are asking for proof of vaccination or a PCR test,” said Gina Yazzolino, director of the Office of Parent and Alumni Relations. “Bottom line is we are following all the state, county, city and university metrics.” 

Although families of juniors and seniors will not be included in the February gathering, Yazzolino says current seniors can expect more family engagement events during the in-person graduation weekend. And this year's juniors can look forward to a Junior-Senior Family Weekend in Fall 2022. 

“What kind of engagement activities can we do to help celebrate the graduates as well as the parents involved?” said Yazzolino. “We’re just trying to think through all those types of things.” 

The University hopes to announce the specific programming regarding Family Weekend within the next month and plans to release an official invite to parents by December.  

Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately stated that Family Weekend starts on Feb. 20. It starts on Feb. 18.

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