Family Weekend 2015 full of activities for all ages

On-site registration takes place at the Koury Athletic Center on Friday from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. for weekend events that include football, tailgating, performances and more.

Elon University families and friends return to campus Sept. 25-27, 2015, for a weekend highlighted by a football game and tailgating, opportunities to meet professors, a beam-signing ceremony for the School of Communications expansion, and a university update from Elon President Leo M. Lambert, among many other events.

The Family Weekend schedule is a tightly packed opportunity for parents and family members to experience Elon University from a unique perspective.  Visit the online schedule of events for more details on all programs.

Several programs have sold out or are now full, including the ‘Collage’ performances by students in the Department of Performing Arts and the campus tour for grandparents.

Select weekend highlights include: 

Friday, Sept. 25

Golf Tournament, Indian Valley Golf Course

Hosted by the Phoenix Club, the tournament will be a shotgun start. Entry fee ($65 per person) includes greens fee, cart, beverages and award. Participants should plan to spend most of the afternoon on the golf course. Before registering, please check with your student on his/her class schedule. For more information, please contact Jonathan Miller, director of the Phoenix Club, at or 336-278-6797.

3:30 p.m.
School of Communications Beam Signing, McEwen Building Studio B

Families are invited to join students, faculty, and staff as the site of the expanded School of Communications is dedicated. Those attending will be invited to sign a steel girder, which will become part of the new structure.

8:30 p.m.
The Music Department Faculty Concert, Whitley Auditorium

Faculty artists invite Elon families and friends to a mixed program for voice, piano, organ, percussion, wind and brass. This program has been a big hit since it began in 1999 – come and enjoy this great show.

Saturday, Sept. 26

9-9:30 a.m.
University Update, McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts

Elon University President Leo M. Lambert will welcome families and provide a university update.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Campus Bookstore, Barnes & Noble at Elon University

The Barnes & Noble at Elon University Campus Bookstore will be open. Be sure to grab your Elon gear! From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jostens will be present to help students design and order their Elon class rings.

9:30-11 a.m.
“Meet and Greet” Professors

Enjoy informal conversations with your student’s professors. Faculty members’ locations are printed on your student’s guide that is available at check-in.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Mini Classes

Recipients of the Daniels-Danieley Excellence in Teaching Award and other distinguished faculty and staff will teach these classes.  A full list of session topics, descriptions and locations will be provided at check-in.

Family Weekend Tailgate, North of Rudd Field (Rain location, Koury Athletic Center)

Get excited for the football game against Towson at the Family Weekend Tailgate! Enjoy a variety of your favorite tailgate foods, lawn games, music, a caricaturist and much more! (Vegetarian and gluten free options are available with online registration pre-orders.)  Tickets should be purchased for all family members. Student meal plans are not able to be honored at this event.

Football Game, Rhodes Stadium 

Cheer on the Phoenix as they take on fellow Colonial Athletic Association member, the Towson Tigers. Tickets can be purchased through the Family Weekend registration site. Students may enter the game by showing their Phoenix card to sit in the student section or on the grass. If your student will be joining you in the reserved bleacher section, please be sure to purchase a reserved bleacher ticket for him/her. If you would like to purchase priority bleacher tickets (bleacher with a seatback), please contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 336.278.6750.

7 p.m.
Catholic Mass, Elon Community Church

Elon’s Catholic Campus Ministry invites Catholic students, families and friends to Mass.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Coffee at the President’s Home

Enjoy a continental breakfast with Leo and Laurie Lambert at Maynard House prior to the worship service. Transportation will be provided from McMichael parking lot. (The last bus will leave McMichael parking lot at 9:30 a.m.)

10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Koury Center Open Recreation, Campus Recreation, Koury Athletic Center

A pass to use the Koury Athletic Center is available at check-in. The “Rec Center,” which houses Beck Pool and the Stewart Fitness Center, includes a cardio-fitness room, free weight room, five racquetball courts and an aerobics studio. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and may not use the cardio-fitness room. To see what else Campus Recreation has to offer, visit

10:30 a.m.
Sunday Christian Worship (ecumenical, non-denominational), Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion

Open to all members of the community, this service encourages families to connect with the chaplains and campus ministers and enjoy coffee and light refreshments. Worship begins at 11:00 a.m.

11 a.m.
Hillel Bagel Brunch, McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center

Elon Hillel welcomes all Jewish students, families, faculty, and staff for a catered bagel brunch.

2 p.m.
Dancing in the Landscape, Love Terrace and Beyond

Enjoy the Carolina blue sky, beautiful Elon campus, and exquisite dancing by the Elon BFA Dance Majors. Students will perform site-specific choreography in various locations across campus. We invite the audience to take a walk with us as we utilize dance to accentuate the natural beauty of the environment.  Free and open to the public.