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Parents & Family Weekend

Events for September 19-21, 2014




Event information about Parents & Family Weekend 2014 will be posted as events are confirmed.

Events for Parents & Family Weekend 2014 as of August 29, 2014.

Please note: The Panhellenic Association sorority recruitment also takes place during this weekend. If your student is planning to participate in the sorority recruitment events, she may be extremely busy with sorority recruitment events and may be unable to attend Parents & Family Weekend events. Most participants in this sorority recruitment will be unable to attend events on Friday and Sunday evening. We apologize for this conflict but due to the limited options for the home football schedule, this is the only viable weekend for Parents & Family Weekend.

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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.

Ticket prices are per person. Ticket prices are the same for all persons (adults, children, seniors, and students), except for the Dinner Theatre with Sean Bott, which has separate pricing for Adults and Children under 13.


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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.



Some events are free, but request pre-registration. These events are identified with this icon. If you would like to attend an event with this icon, be sure to mark it off on the online ticket order form when you register for Parents and Family Weekend. There is no cost to attend, but you should pre-register.


handprint 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. However, no child care services are available during Parents & Family Weekend.


Events for Friday, September 19, 2014

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Parents & Family Weekend Check-In
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Union Pond Room, 530 S. State St.  
Check-in for Parents & Family Weekend and pick up your event tickets and updated program information. Tickets will not be mailed. Michigan Parents & Family Weekend souvenirs will also be available for purchase at check-in. Click here for details.


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Open House & “Our Constitution Works” Exhibit
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1000 Beal Ave.

You are invited to explore this National Archives' Presidential Library on the U-M campus. Enjoy the permanent exhibits on President and Mrs. Ford, the office used by President Ford during his many visits to U-M, and a feature exhibit, Our Constitution Works – The 40th Anniversary of Gerald Ford's Presidency, which explores the first 30 days of the 38th President. Assuming office during a Constitutional crisis in American history, Gerald Ford's first month was both a time of healing and one of restoring Americans' trust in its government. There is free on-site parking. For more information about the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor and Museum in Grand Rapids, visit or call (734) 205-0555.


Finding Your Way . . . to the Career Center
10:30-11:15 a.m.
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.


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

Didn’t attend Parent & Family Orientation? Here’s your chance to experience campus through a student’s perspective.

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student in museum University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Exhibitions
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Museum of Art
Enjoy UMMAs galleries and special exhibitions including, Artistic Impositions in the Photographic Portrait; Three Michigan Architects: Part 3 – George Brigham; Amie Siegel: Provenance; and Paramodel.


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 "on-line," 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.


Ross school of business The BBA – The Action-Based, Results-Oriented Degree
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Michigan Union Anderson Room

Attention parents of freshmen!  If your student excels in quantitative reasoning, has multi-dimensional interests, and thrives in a team-based, dynamic learning environment, we welcome you to attend a special session about the Ross School of Business 3-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program. Learn more about our program and requirements for admission, meet current Ross students, and hear from administrators who interact with our students on a daily basis. 


College of Engineering Student Affairs Open House and Tours
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Chrysler Center Lobby, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd
Lurie Building

The College of Engineering warmly welcomes families to visit our open house and lab tours during the 2014 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 students throughout their college career. You'll also have the  opportunity to sign up for an Engineering lab or research facility tour.


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Kinesiology and the Student Experience
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bickner Auditorium, 3735 Kinesiology Bldg./CCRB


Join Kinesiology faculty, staff, and current students for informative sessions about each of our four majors and the student experience. Formal presentation begins promptly at 2:00 p.m.; an informal reception and meet-and-greet will follow the presentation.


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College of Literature, Science, & the Arts Parents & Family Reception
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Michigan Union Pendleton Room


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.

Residential College Parents & Family Weekend Reception
East Quadrangle, Lower Atrium

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.


Honors Program Parents & Family Weekend Event,
featuring guest speaker John U. Bacon
4:00 p.m.

Location: TBA, followed by a reception at the Perlman Honors Commons in Mason Hall
Event description has not yet been finalized. Please check back later.


On View: Art & Exhibits at the Library
Friday, September 19
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Shapiro & Hatcher Libraries
Enjoy refreshments and make mini works of art as you take in exhibits across the Shapiro and Hatcher Library buildings. Start things off with light appetizers in the Library Gallery and work your way toward dessert in Bert's Study Lounge, a digital exhibit space on the first floor of the Undergraduate Library. The exhibits will feature highlights from the Library's collections as well as student art work. 


A Degree in Information: Explore U-M’s Newest Undergraduate Degree
5:30-7:00 p.m.
2435 North Quad


North Quad

If your student is looking for a cutting-edge degree program that leads to careers in everything from social media to user experience 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 companies and nonprofits ranging from Facebook and Google to NPR and the Smithsonian. Bring your student and come munch on appetizers and meet faculty, staff, and current students who can answer your questions about the new degree before you head out for dinner. Dozens of local restaurants are located within a block of the building.


Hillel Shabbat Dinner and Services
Times: TBA
1429 Hill St. 
Tickets: $TBA
Students and families are invited to a gourmet kosher Shabbat dinner during Parents & Family Weekend. Meet the staff and students of Hillel and enjoy a wonderful Shabbat experience together. RSVP at or by calling (734) 769-0500. Hillel is located at 1429 Hill St. Street parking will be available.



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The Michigan G-Men Present:
G-FEST: “The Best of Michigan Performance Groups”

Rackham Auditorium
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
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This year, the Michigan G-Men will once again call together and present some of your favorite Wolverine performers!  The 2014 G-FEST will sample the premiere performance groups that proudly represent the diverse, remarkably talented student population at the University of Michigan. It will be an entertaining night of singing, dancing, and more that allows visiting parents to see the amazing talent that abounds at their children’s university and shows students the amazing opportunities available to them. Currently our allotment of tickets for this event. Tickets may be available directly through the sponsoring organization, and information about this availability will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


an orchestra performs University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Presents:
The University Symphony Orchestra Concert
Hill Auditorium
8:00 p.m.

The University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Kenneth Kiesler, is the premiere orchestra at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.  Its reputation as one of the leading orchestras of its kind was affirmed in 2005 when the orchestra was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Classical CD of the Year for the premiere recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The University Symphony Orchestra concert is free and open to the public.




Events for Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
7:00 – 3:00 p.m.
315 Detroit St.

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is the open-air farmers market located in the heart of the historic Kerrytown neighborhood of Ann Arbor. With over 160 vendors, shoppers can find an extremely diverse mix of producers, artisans, and prepared food vendors.


St. Mary Student Parish Parent's Weekend Mass & Brunch
Time: TBA*
331 Thompson Street
Please join St. Mary Student Parish for Mass followed by a delicious brunch and a brief program (finished in plenty of time to head to the game!). You’ll meet the pastors, our staff, and learn how – for over 80 years – St. Mary Student Parish has encouraged Catholic students to grow in their Faith as they grow in their knowledge. *Mass time is dependent upon kickoff time, which has not yet been determined. Visit for more information, or call 734-663-0557 ext. 229  to RSVP.


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Parents & Family Weekend Pre-Game Tailgate
3 hours prior to kickoff
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, located on S. State St. behind Schembechler Hall
Tickets: $30
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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, veggie wraps, Greek style pasta salad, redskin potato salad, baked beans, and more. Located at the Oosterbaan Fieldhouse this is the place to be rain or shine! At press time, the kickoff had not been determined. The tailgate will begin 3 hours prior to kickoff and will end 1 hour prior to kickoff. Updates will be posted at Tickets to this were sold in advance through the Parents & Family Weekend online registration form. If any tickets are remaining, they will be sold at the Parents & Family Weekend check-in on Friday, September 19 in the Michigan Union Pond Room. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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.


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Michigan v. Utah Football Game
Time: TBA
Michigan Stadium
Tickets: $75

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Come watch the Wolverines battle the Utes, and visit the legendary "Big House". Attending a football game is one of the most popular things to do at Michigan. Tickets to this were sold in advance through the Parents & Family Weekend online registration form. If any tickets are remaining, they will be sold at the Parents & Family Weekend check-in on Friday, September 19 in the Michigan Union Pond Room. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

If you are planning to attend the football game, make sure to read through the list of prohibited items at Michigan Stadium prior to attending Parents & Family Weekend. Prohibited items include purses and bags of any size. Don't let a purse ruin your Parents & Family Weekend!


University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Exhibitions
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Museum of Art
Enjoy UMMAs galleries and special exhibitions including, Artistic Impositions in the Photographic Portrait; Three Michigan Architects: Part 3 – George Brigham; Amie Siegel: Provenance; and Paramodel.


Planetarium Shows
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.
$5.00 per person

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The Museum of Natural History's Planetarium has served as an astronomy resource for the community since 1958. Fun for children and adults, this is your chance to learn about our night sky! Tickets are sold at the museum on the day of the event.


dinosaur museum Dinosaur Tours
2:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.

Attention dinosaur fans! Join us for a free, 30-minute docent-led tour of the dinosaur exhibits.



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Mentalist Sean Bott
Interactive Dinner Theater,
presented by the
Center for Campus Involvement

Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom
Ticket Price: $30 adults,
children 13 and under
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Student and families are invited to become part of the entertainment in a thrilling mindreading show! Mentalist Sean Bott will astound and amaze with his ability to read minds, predict the future, and flex his telepathic muscle. Sean has appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel, the WB, and on-air with Radio Disney performing his unique blend of hilarious characters and psychic entertainment. This show is suitable for all ages. We are currently sold out of tickets to this event.



Events for Sunday, September 21, 2014

Parents & Family Weekend Brunch
2 seatings: 9:00 &
11:30 a.m.
Michigan Union Ballroom
Tickets: $25

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Parents & Family Weekend concludes with brunch at the Michigan Union. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch and meet staff from Michigan Student Life. Brunch menu includes egg croustade, brie and wild mushroom quiche, pecan-crusted French toast, sausage, muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, miniature pastries, and assorted beverages. Tickets to the 9:00 seating can be purchased through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form. We are sold out of tickets to the brunch seatings, however, there will be a posting board available at the Parents & Family Weekend check-in on Friday, September 19. On the posting board, families can post tickets wanted or tickets for sale. Tickets to the brunches may become available through the posting board.


Student Safety Program Live Demonstration
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Michigan Union Pendleton Room

Students, faculty, and staff members at U-M sometimes have questions about personal safety or campus safety. The Dean of Students Office is just one of many units at the University of Michigan invested in campus safety and violence prevention.  And just one of the prevention programs they’re offering students this year is a three day self-defense class taught by IMPACT Chicago and co-sponsored by the U-M Alumnae Council. All parents and family members visiting for Parents & Family Weekend are welcome to attend a live presentation by student participants on the final day of the program, Sunday, September 21 from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union.  You’ll have an opportunity to hear directly from the students about their experiences in this intensive, 23 hour program, as well as witness embodied, integrative learning outcomes at a live event. Click here for more details about the program.


Planetarium Shows
1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.
Tickets: $5.00 per person

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See Saturday listing for description.


Dinosaur Tours
2:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.

See Saturday listing for description.


University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Exhibitions
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Museum of Art
Enjoy UMMAs galleries and special exhibitions including, Artistic Impositions in the Photographic Portrait; Three Michigan Architects: Part 3 – George Brigham; Amie Siegel: Provenance; and Paramodel.

Big House Tours sold out
1:00 p.m.
or 3:00 p.m.
Michigan Stadium
Tickets: $25
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The University of Michigan Alumni Association is thrilled to offer this unique behind the scenes tour of one of America’s most iconic structures – Michigan Stadium. Featuring a video by Dr. Robert Soderstrom, author of The Big House, Fielding H. Yost and the Building of Michigan Stadium, these tours offer amazing insight into the history of Michigan Stadium and how it became the largest collegiate stadium in the country, as well as some unique stories behind the stadium’s history. There’s no better way to celebrate the tradition that is Michigan football then by experiencing the Big House from the ground up and only the Alumni Association brings you this once in a lifetime experience. The tours are an unforgettable experience for any Maize and Blue fan. You’ll get to run through the famed tunnel onto the field; throw a touchdown pass across the goal line; kick a winning field goal; take your photo standing on the 50-yard line; spend time in the Michigan locker room; see the newly added club seating concourse and suites; and even try on an actual Michigan helmet and shoulder pads. The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. For their safety and as a courtesy to other guests, children under 5 are not permitted on the tours. We are currently sold out of tickets to this event.