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At the turn of each September and the promise of cooler weather, UH’s ever-beloved Family Weekend has returned once more.

A three-day event built to connect both students and their families to the University has many activities to offer. Educational sessions, such as preparing for internships or how to transition as the fall semester begins, photo booths, movie nights, football games and food are all part of the fun.

From Friday to Sunday, give yourself and your family the opportunity to grow closer as you enter a new stage of your life. With the annual campus tradition, you’ll be brought together with generations of cougars alike to celebrate your new home. Where? Here, we go.

With a Family Weekend registration–found at UH’s Parent & Family Programs: Family Weekend page–admittance to signature UH Family Weekend events is guaranteed!

Kicking off on September 22 and leading all the way up to September 24. You can find detailed itineraries for all three days at the Parent & Family Programs: Family Weekend webpage online, as well as any hotel locations regarding potential accommodations for family visiting.

Per my bias, here is a brief highlight of can’t-miss events being hosted throughout the long weekend.

Friday (September 22)

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Campus Tours

Our UH Ambassadors are here to show you what makes us a great university! Meet at the Welcome Center for a Family Weekend campus tour to learn more about our resources, history and traditions.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Caring From Afar: What you need to know to help create a positive transition to UH for your student and yourself

The college experience is a fun but also stressful time for both students and family. This workshop sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services and UH Wellness explores ways to manage the necessary balance between supporting your student and providing the independence that is critical for their success in college.

If you are unsure how to support your student because either you didn’t attend college or this is the first of your children to attend then this session will be of great support to you. The session will be located in Student Center South Room 262.

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Family Weekend Photo Booth

Join your family in the Family Weekend photo booth with props or just your smiling faces to capture some great pictures and walk away with memories as well as a free photo strip to keep for each person. This event will be held in the Houston Room in Student Center South.

8 p.m. | Family Movie Night

You are invited to join the Student Programming Board for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse screening and popcorn. Head to Lynn Eusan Park and don’t miss it!

Saturday (September 23)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Family Feud

Family Weekend Family Feud brings together two teams of five to compete against each other. Winners from each game will choose from a variety of prizes.

This event is open to everyone: families, friends and individuals are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Be sure to head to the Houston Room in Student Center South to be a part of the fun.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | UH Game Day Celebration

All families are invited to join us at the UH Family Tailgate. To get to the right location, please refer to the map inside your Guidebook.

Our celebration includes music, an appearance by Spirit of Houston and visits with Shasta.

A multitude of activities will be going on, so pick and choose what you and your family would like to participate in or just sit back and relax over good conversation and food. Food and beverages will be provided near Gate Four at TDECU Stadium.

6 p.m. | UH vs. Sam Houston State University Football Game

Watch the big football game with your family members. Join us as we cheer on the UH Cougars in TDECU Stadium.

Sunday (September 24)

1 p.m. | Women’s Soccer vs. Oklahoma

At the Carl Lewis International Complex, cheer on the UH women’s soccer team for as little as $10 a ticket. Visit the UH Cougars website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Additionally, details on info sessions such as Negotiating Job Offers, Preparing for Internships and Job Search are sponsored by University Career Service. There will also be information on Learning Abroad through a presentation. All of these details can be found on the online Family Weekend itinerary.

“The purpose of UH Family Weekend is to bring the faculty, staff, students and families together for a weekend of fellowship,” said Interim Vice Chancellor for UH’s Student Affairs Daniel M. Maxwell and Associate Dean of Students Jerrell Sherman. “We are excited to offer opportunities for our families to experience life on campus— there is something for everyone! Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun.”

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