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Family Weekend

family at family weekend


Save the Date

Family Weekend 2019 will be October 4th through October 6th.

WCU Students and their Family on Family Weekend


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 the Student Talent Show, climbing wall, music, football game, food, etc. Hotels fill up quickly so be sure to make your hotel reservations early.


Registration for Family Weekend has closed but do not let that stop you from coming up and enjoying the weekend with your student.

Parents and family members can register to attend Family Weekend via online registration.  The registration fee is $30 per family and includes:

  • a registration packet
  • several gift items
  • access to the Student Talent Show
  • access to family activities on Saturday (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

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

Additional Information

Important Information

Please read this in it's entirety prior to registering for Family Weekend.


Guests can order shirts (Sm-3XL) for $10 each during registration. All pre-ordered shirts will be available in your registration packet.

Guests may order extra shirts (Sm-3XL) for $15 each on-site during Family Weekend Central while supplies last.

Each year, Family Weekend t-shirts are very popular and we hope it will be your goal to collect all four during the time your student is at WCU!

Family Weekend 2019 Shirt


Parking Upgrade

Parking upgrades for Family Weekend are available through the Catamount Club. There are 50 spots available for upgraded gameday parking in the Camp Lab Parking lot. 

Your parking upgrade is tax-deductible and will also include membership to the Catamount Club for the 2019-2020 year.

For questions or to upgrade your parking, please contact Alex Ritter at 828.227.3794.

Glaze Your own mug!

Glaze Your Own Mug


Glaze a useable mug for your favorite WCU student or yourself during the Family Weekend Family Friendly Events on the UC Lawn on Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Mugs will then be kiln-fired and mailed to your students campus address by Wed Oct 7. Instructions and WCU decals provided! Plan on at least 20 minutes for this activity.

Mugs are $10 each.

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 $6 each and are only available for pre-registrants of Family Weekend. Lunch vouchers will not be sold on-site you must purchase them when you pre-register.

*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 $25 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), if you would like to have your student sit with you.

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 all audiences.

Participants who pre-register will be guaranteed seats together in the reserved sections of EE, E and F. 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 $6 each. This voucher will allow you to get a a choice of one (BBQ sandwich, Pretzel or Hot Dog), chips & drink. 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. Concession vouchers are only available for pre-registrants of Family Weekend. Concession vouchers will not be sold on-site.

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


Other Activities

Student Talent Show

We are excited to sponsor the 5th Annual Family Weekend Student Talent Show.  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 will be a busy day for student and their families.  We hope you will start the day off with us between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  During this time Family Weekend participants can listen to music, enjoy funnel cakes and snow cones, get your face painted and participate in other family-friendly activities.  These activities require no admission fees.

Campus Recreation Center

Students may bring 2 guests per day to the Campus Recreation Center (CRC).  Guest passes may be purchased in the CRC during office hours.  Guests must sign a liability waiver/assumption of risk form.  All guests must have a photo driver's license or government-issued photo identification with address and proof of age (must be 17 years of age).  You can view the Guest Policy for further information.

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 waitlist when the wall reaches a max capacity of 25 people. 

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