What is Family Weekend? Family Weekend, which grew out of the College’s original “May Day” celebration, gives us an opportunity to recognize and thank you as parents and families for sending your sons and daughters to us. The tradition of May Day was established at Grove City College as an annual event in 1916. The first ceremony was highlighted by the crowning of the May Queen and was later supplemented by a pageant of dances in the Queen’s honor. In the late 1950s, the day’s activities were expanded to include a Recognition Convocation (to highlight students’ academic and leadership achievements) and a Greek Sing (to provide a friendly musical competition for student groups). Each year, the celebration has become more extensive.
Today, Family Weekend is a time to celebrate the cumulative academic, service, musical, athletic and social achievements of students throughout the academic school year and a time to honor you, the parents and families who support and encourage your students along the way. We hope you’ll join us for this annual tradition. View the Full Weekend Schedule.
Why should I register? Since the weekend is an extremely busy one on campus, we ask that all families register to accommodate for event seating.
*Online registration is
closed, but there will be limited day-of availability for paid events.
Please stop by the Breen Student Union between 8 am and Noon on
Saturday. If we sell out, you can also purchase dinner at Hick's
Cafeteria and pay with cash.
All registered parents are invited to stop by the Check-In booth at the Student Union on the Saturday of Family Weekend to pick up important weekend information.
Additional note: Tickets are free but required for the TAP One Act Festival showings on Friday and
Saturday; reserve your tickets here: www.gcc.edu/tapfestival
Is there a cost involved? All campus events on Family Weekend are open to the public with the exception of the Legacy Brunch (invitation only) and Family Dinner in MAP Cafeteria. Registration is required for these event. On-campus personal dining (either in Hicks Cafeteria or the GeDunk in the Breen Student Union) will operate under regular pricing. Review hours and pricing here.
Which weekend events am I permitted to attend? Most weekend events are open to Grove City College parents, families, and the general public. Specific brunches/lunches listed for particular Greek groups are only for members and their families. The Legacy Brunch is for parents who are Grove City College alumni and who have a current student on campus.View the Full Weekend Schedule.
Are there any events/activities for my other children? Most weekend events are open and appropriate for younger siblings. Two sibling-specific events were newly added in 2015: Little Siblings Storybook Hour during the Family Dinner and Admissions Siblings Reception (for prospective high school students), Breen Student Union (2:30-4:30 p.m.).
Where can I find a campus map and parking information? Review campus map here.
What are the options for dining on campus? Hicks Cafeteria and the GeDUNK snackshop in the Student Union will operate on regularly scheduled weekend hours. Review hours and pricing here. MAP Cafeteria will only be open for the Family Dinner on Saturday evening. Pre-registration is required for that event, and registration will open on March 1.
What local restaurants are available? Review a local restaurant listing.
Where can I find information about hotel accommodations? Hotel Room Blocks listed here..
Why does Family Weekend fall just two weeks before graduation in May? Family Weekend grew out of the College’s original May Day celebration which is why it takes place in May. We hold the weekend toward the end of the spring semester in order to celebrate the cumulative achievements of students throughout the academic year.
Is there another time during the academic year when parents and families can visit campus? We do recognize that May is a busy time for both students and their families. It is for this reason that we’ve added events and opportunities for parents over Homecoming Weekend each fall. If for some reason you can’t attend Family Weekend in the spring, we hope you’ll mark your calendar to visit your student on campus during the fall semester.
Have future Family Weekend dates already been set? Family Weekend 2017 will be held May 5-7, in 2018 it will be held on May 4-6.
Where can I review a full Academic Calendar (final exams, breaks included)? Review Academic Calendar here.