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Parents & Family Weekend

Parents & Family Weekend will be November 4-6, 2016. Event information about Parents & Family Weekend 2016 will be updated as it is confirmed.

For your convenience, we are selling tickets to many activities through the Parents & Family Weekend online registration form, and these events are designated with this icon blue ticket.

There are also other events taking place during the weekend that we don’t want you to miss. Tickets for these events can be purchased directly through their sponsors and are designated with this icon yellow ticket.

All non-ticketed events are included in your Parents & Family Weekend registration fee. Most events are designed for adults and older teenagers. A few events are appropriate for younger children and are indicated with this icon hand print. However, please note that no child care services are available.

Events are subject to change. For a complete listing of events and details, visit

Events for Friday, November 4, 2016


Parents & Family Weekend Check-In
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Union Anderson Room, 530 S. State St. 

Check-in for Parents & Family Weekend and pick up your event tickets and updated program information.


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Open House & Lobby exhibit:
“The Ford Family Celebrates the Bicentennial - July 4, 1976”

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
1000 Beal Ave.
In 1976, the country celebrated the American Bicentennial, commemorating both the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the United States of America as an independent nation. In observance of the country’s “200 th birthday,” President Ford and his family joined in the festivities at a variety of historically important places.  The entire country celebrated with parties and an outpouring of national pride. Handmade bicentennial themed gifts flooded the White House, and themes of patriotism and U.S. history were used as special motifs on many manufactured items. All of those items are now housed at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Some of these artifacts will be featured in a new exhibit at the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor beginning in July 2016, along with images and documents highlighting the President’s activities at Independence Hall, Valley Forge, and New York City Harbor on July 4, 1976. The exhibit will also reveal what happens to a presidential gift AFTER it reaches the White House … how exactly does it end up at a Presidential Library?


Finding Your Way . . . to the Career Center
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Michigan Union Kuenzel Room
Students begin to visit the Career Center for a variety of reasons during various points in their academic careers. This is your chance to learn more about what the Career Center has to offer, and to find out how we can help your student explore careers and graduate programs, make decisions or search for internships and jobs.


Discover the William L. Clements Library
10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
909 S. University Ave.

Visit the recently renovated early American history library and learn more about the practices and purchases of Mr. Clements and the Library's four directors since 1923. Free tours will be offered at 11:00 a.m. by registering at, or call 734-764-2347. Learn more at


Central Campus Walking Tour
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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Didn’t attend Parent & Family Orientation? Here’s your chance to experience campus through a student’s perspective. Student-led tours will be available on Friday departing from the front steps of the Michigan Union.


Money at Michigan – The Beat Goes On
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Now that you've gotten through the first bills, those pleas for additional spending money, and the frustration of trying to do everything online, it's time to explore other opportunities for funding including Scholarships, Work Opportunities, and Loans. Here's your chance to find out about upcoming changes as well as ask all those questions you wished you had asked earlier if only you had known what it was going to be like.

Blood Drive United’s 35th Blood Battle: Michigan vs. Ohio State
12:00-6:00 p.m.
Come be a part of this life-saving campus tradition! Donate blood and help Michigan defeat Ohio State in the annual Blood Battle. To make an appointment to donate, visit and enter the sponsor code “goblue”. Appointments will be accepted starting in September. Walk-ins are also welcome, but there may be a wait time.

Ross School of Business Undergraduate Academic Programs Information Session
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Attention parents of prospective Ross School of Business students!  If your student is interested in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, the Minor in Business, or just taking a few Ross courses, we welcome you to attend a special session about the Ross School of Business. Our Ross Undergraduate Admissions Director will provide an overview of Ross' undergraduate programs and the requirements for admission. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to hear from current Ross students to learn about their experience in the BBA program.


Ross School of Business Preferred Admission Parent & Family Reception
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Parents and families of current Ross Preferred Admission Freshman and BBA students are invited to join Ross faculty and staff at a reception to hear about the transformational learning your student will engage in as a BBA. 


College of Engineering Student Affairs Open House and Tours
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
The College of Engineering warmly welcomes families to visit our open house and lab tours during the 2016 Family Weekend. During the afternoon, you will be able to visit offices such as the Engineering Career Resource Center, Engineering Learning Center, International Programs in Engineering, Honors and Engagement, Engineering Advising Center, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Multidisciplinary Design Program to meet the staff who support your students throughout their college career. You'll also have the  opportunity to sign up for an Engineering lab or research facility tour. And of course, fall refreshments will be available for guests!


School of Kinesiology Parent Weekend Reception
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Please come meet the faculty and staff in the School of Kinesiology.  Learn about School of Kinesiology resources, visit our recently launched Kinesiology Career Center and hear about some of the research currently happening in the School of Kinesiology. 


College of Literature, Science, & the Arts Parents & Family Reception
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Please join the LSA dean, faculty and staff at a reception and find out the ways the College provides your student a one-of-a-kind education.  Refreshments served.


Taubman College Tour and Meet ‘n Greet
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Come see the University of Michigan's world-class architecture facilities and meet Architecture faculty, staff, and students at Taubman College! This event is a great opportunity to receive a student-led tour of the nation's largest single space studio and Taubman digital fabrication lab (FABlab) as well as to meet the people your Architecture student spends the most time with. This event is encouraged for parents and family of Architecture students but is open to all. Please RSVP.

Residential College Parents & Family Weekend Reception
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Join the RC for a social gathering that will feature a short program, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments for the families, students, faculty and staff. 

LSA Honors Program Guest Lecture: Authors Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
& Honors Program Open House
4:00-5:00 p.m. (lecture) & 5:00-6:30 (open house)

Guest Lecturers Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, authors of $2.00 a Day, a New York Times bestseller and White House selection will address guests regarding this provocative book. The lecture is open to all Parents & Family Weekend guests. Following the lecture, the LSA Honors Program welcomes Honors  Program families at the Perlman Honors Commons for light refreshments. This is a great time to meet your student's academic advising team and community leadership.

U-M Library Open House
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy coffee and pastries while you learn about the Library’s secret tips and tricks for research success. A Q & A session will be offered as well as a library tour.

Shabbat Services and Dinner at Michigan Hillel
Kabbalat Shabbat Services: 6:00 pm
Dinner at 7:15pm
Michigan Hillel, 1429 Hill St.

Students FREE, Non-Students $18
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Students and families are invited to join us for any of our four student-led Shabbat services and/or a gourmet kosher Shabbat dinner during Parents & Family Weekend. Meet the staff and student leaders of Hillel and enjoy a wonderful Shabbat experience together. Free street parking available on side streets.  *For more information, and to RSVP for dinner, visit or call (734) 769-0500.

School of Public Health Undergraduate Degree Program Information Session
6:00 to 7:00 pm
The School of Public Health (SPH) will welcome its first cohort of undergraduate students in Fall 2017 and is eager to share more about the degree program. This event will provide an overview of the program, an opportunity to mingle with SPH faculty members, and an optional tour of the SPH buildings. Find out more information about this program by visiting

An Evening with the School of Information
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
If your student is looking for a cutting-edge degree program that leads to careers in everything from social media to user experience to information analysis to online tools, then the School of Information’s new, ground-breaking Bachelor of Science in Information is the perfect fit. Graduates will be prepared to work at organizations ranging from Microsoft, Deloitte and Ford Motor Company to various startups and non-profits. Bring your student and come munch on appetizers and meet faculty, staff, and current students who can answer your questions about the degree before you head out for dinner. Dozens of local restaurants are located within a block of the building.


Rude Mechanicals Present: The Importance of Being Earnest
Time: TBD
Tickets: $10
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The Rude Mechanicals is one of few U-M student organizations that gives all majors, even non-theatre majors, a chance to take part in the process of creating a full scale theatrical production each semester. To celebrate the Rude Mechanicals’ 20th anniversary, they will be presenting Oscar Wilde’s satirical play, The Importance of Being Earnest. At press time, show time had not been confirmed. Tickets can be purchased through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration form when it becomes available.


Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6
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Cheer on the Wolverines as they take on the Fighting Illini. Individual game tickets will go on sale in August.


Events for Saturday, November 5, 2016

Parents & Family Weekend Pre-Game Tailgate
3 hours prior to kickoff
Tickets: $35
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An annual Parents & Family Weekend favorite, the pre-game tailgate is your opportunity to show your Michigan spirit! The tailgate features food, games, prizes and student performers to help you prepare to experience a game in the “Big House”. Scheduled to perform are the U-M Dance Team, the U-M Cheerleaders, the Michigan Marching Band, and many more student performing groups and special guests! Menu includes marinated boneless chicken breasts, smoked stadium-style sausage, vegan Santa Fe wraps, pasta salad primavera, redskin potato salad, baked beans, fruit, and more. Located at the Oosterbaan Fieldhouse this is the place to be rain or shine! Kickoff has not yet been determined. The tailgate will begin 3 hours prior to kickoff and will end 1 hour prior to kickoff. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form when it becomes available.

Attention parents of Michigan Marching Band, U-M Dance Team, U-M Cheerleaders and other student performing groups: If you wish to see your student perform at the Pre-Game Tailgate, you must purchase a ticket for this event. No one will be admitted to the Parents & Family Weekend Pre-Game Tailgate without a ticket.


Michigan v. Maryland Football Game
Time: TBA
Tickets: $70
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Come watch the Wolverines and head coach, Jim Harbaugh, battle the Terrapins. Attending a football game at “the Big House” is one of the most popular things to do at Michigan. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form when it becomes available. Review the list of prohibited items in Michigan Stadium (which includes purses) prior to attendance.

Men’s Glee Club Fall Concert
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
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The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club is one of the oldest collegiate chorus in the United States and the oldest continually-run student organization on the Michigan campus. Long acclaimed as one of the finest male choruses in the world, the Glee Club has achieved this stature by sustaining and respecting the traditions which have been established during its 152 year history. The graduate and undergraduate members of the Glee Club, chosen by audition at the beginning of both the Fall and Winter terms, represent a wide spectrum of majors in a majority of the University's 19 schools and colleges and its student officers are responsible for the management of all non-musical Glee Club operations. The Glee Club has become renowned for its wide repertoire of music that incorporates selections from different musical styles and periods including Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folksongs, spirituals, contemporary works, and, of course, Michigan songs. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form when it becomes available.


Center for Campus Involvement Presents: Mentalist Christopher Carter & Dinner
6:30 p.m. (dinner; performance @ 7:00)
Ticket Price: TBA
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Christopher Carter’s business is simple: he makes his living playing with other people’s minds. In his words, he does “anything that is weird, freaky or cool.” He reads minds, makes detailed predictions that come true, and even makes borrowed light bulbs light up in audience members’ hands. Chris is notorious for reading & revealing thoughts of audience members – but don’t worry, he won’t reveal any embarrassing information…unless it’s funny. Chris is the premier mentalist on the college circuit, and is sure to entertain the whole family! Dinner menu options will be posted as soon as they become available. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form when it becomes available.


Rude Mechanicals Present: The Importance of Being Earnest
Time: TBD
Tickets: $10
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See description under Friday, November 4. 


Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: See below

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Cheer on the Wolverines as they take on the Wildcats. The Michigan Athletic Department welcomes parents and families to bring your football ticket stub to the volleyball box office for a free ticket to Saturday's volleyball game, while supplies last. For families without football ticket stubs, tickets are $6 (students free with MCard).


Sunday, November 6, 2016


Parents & Family Weekend Brunch
2 seatings: 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom
Tickets: $30
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Parents & Family Weekend concludes with brunch at the Michigan Union. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch. Menu includes egg croustade, brie and wild mushroom quiche, pecan-crusted French toast, sausage, muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, miniature pastries, and assorted beverages. Please note: No early entrance will be permitted to allow the catering staff enough time to prepare between the seatings. Tickets can be purchased through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form.