Schedule of Events

Family Weekend is packed with activities for your entire family. Check out the schedule below and register online by clicking here.

Friday, September 20

Open Class Sessions
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Various Academic Buildings
Join your student for a class and get a taste of academic life at UMW. Please make arrangements with the professor in advance.

Campus Tour
* Notice: This event is full *
11 a.m.
Lee Hall, Room 411
Join the Office of Admissions for a one-hour tour of the Fredericksburg campus. Advance reservation through Family Weekend registration required.

Featured Lecture: Anthropology and Egalitarianism
1-2 p.m.
Lee Hall, Room 412
A glimpse into what liberal arts classes are all about, presented by Dr. Eric Gable, Professor of Anthropology.

Campus Tour
* Notice: This event is full *
2:30 p.m.
Lee Hall, Room 411
Join the Office of Admissions for a one-hour tour of the Fredericksburg campus. Advance reservation through Family Weekend registration required.

Internship Insider Student Panel
4-5 p.m.
Lee Hall, Room 412
A panel of UMW students will discuss their past internship experiences including what they learned and how the experience benefited them, and will also share tips on searching for internships and getting the most out of an internship experience.

Not Just For Tree Huggers: The Interdisciplinary Role of Sustainability
4-5 p.m.
Lee Hall, Room 411
What will you take away from your college career? The faculty advisor for the sustainability minor and a panel of students from different departments will discuss their experiences with sustainability at UMW, where it will take them next, and how you can get involved in sustainable groups on campus.

Taking your Business Degree to the Next Step
4-5 p.m.
Lee Hall, Room 414
Join the College of Business for a panel session with business alumni to find out how their degree led them to where they are today. The session will be moderated by Associate Dean Kenneth D. Machande, and followed with a Q&A session.

UMW 5K Run Packet Pickup and Registration
4-7 p.m.
Campus Walk by Lee Hall
Rain Location: Lee Hall, 3rd Floor Information Desk
Register for the UMW 5K Run and/or pick up your race packet. Race registration is $15/person in advance or $20/person on-site. Click here to register online.

Dinner with the Deans
6 p.m.
Seacobeck Hall, Faculty/Staff Dining Room
Enjoy an intimate dinner with Dr. Richard Finkelstein, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Lynne Richardson, Dean of the College of Business. $22 per person. Available by lottery only. Please sign up via Family Weekend registration. Click here to learn more.

Comic Brandon Vestal
8-9 p.m.
Lee Hall, Underground
Known for his personal and honest comedic style, Brandon Vestal is becoming a fast favorite on the college and comedy circuit.

Saturday, September 21

UMW 5K Run
7:30-9 a.m.
Jepson Science Center Fountain
Scenic 5K run through the UMW campus and surrounding neighborhoods. Race day registration will be available 6:15-7 a.m. in front of Goolrick Gymnasium, $20/person. Register online in advance for $15/person by clicking here.

Parent Connections Breakfast
9-10:30 a.m.
Seacobeck Hall, South Market
Meet UMW parents and families for a full breakfast in Seacobeck Hall. Grab a nametag and add your state and hometown to see if you have any UMW neighbors back home! Tickets are $9 per person, available through Family Weekend registration or payable at the door. Click here to learn more.

Legacy Breakfast
9-10:30 a.m.
Jepson Alumni Executive Center, Rappahannock Ballroom
1119 Hanover Street
The Office of Alumni Relations invites UMW alumni, students, and families with historic legacy connections (grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc.) to celebrate their shared Mary Washington experiences while enjoying a complimentary breakfast. Advance registration is required through a separate registration form, available here.

Via Colori Fredericksburg
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sophia Street and Riverfront Park
Via Colori is a festival held near the Rappahannock River featuring 3D street painting and chalk art. Learn more about the festival at www.viacolori.com. Meet the UMW Arts Trolley on Double Drive for transportation to the festival, courtesy of UMW Arts for the Community. Please see the trolley schedule for details.

Education Abroad Fair & Center for International Education (CIE) Open House
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lee Hall, Fourth Floor
You can get there from here! Talk to UMW Faculty-Led Program Directors, Education Abroad providers, representatives from universities abroad, study abroad alumni, and CIE staff to explore study abroad, research, volunteer, and internship opportunities all over the world. Come to the fair to dream, explore options, and define goals for your study abroad experience.

Virginia Votes: 2013
10-10:30 a.m.
Monroe Hall, Room 346
A preview of the upcoming Virginia governor’s race as well as a look forward to the key issues facing the state in the years ahead, presented by Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.

Mary Washington Through Time
* Notice: This event is full *
10-11 a.m.
Monroe Hall Fountain
Rain Location: Canceled in the event of rain.
Join Mr. Michael Spencer, Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation, for a walking tour that will examine the development of Mary Washington’s campus over time through its architecture and landscape. Advance reservation through Family Weekend registration required.

Athletics Facilities Tour
* Notice: This event is full *
10-11 a.m.
Anderson Center, Entry Foyer
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Eagles’ outstanding athletic facilities. Student-athletes and staff will lead this informative tour of where they work, train, and play. Advance reservation through Family Weekend registration required.

Chocolate Chomp Challenge
10-11:30 a.m.
Trinkle Hall, Computer Lab B12
Come learn about the game of Chomp and other fun games. Chomp was developed by the American Mathematician and Economist David Gale and is played by calculating moves that involve eating a chocolate bar! Co-hosted by the Computer Science and Mathematics departments.

Simpson Library Open House
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Simpson Library
Visit one of the many places where UMW great minds get to work. Tour the library and 3D printing lab, visit the Archives and Special Collections, and meet the University librarians and staff. Have a snack, play a game, and climb into the tree houses!

Fredericksburg Art Festival
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Riverfront Park, 750 Sophia Street
Come visit the Annual Fredericksburg Art Festival at Riverfront Park. The festival is a great display of artists showing and selling their work. Mediums include painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, weaving, and metal work. Meet the UMW Arts Trolley on Double Drive for transportation to the festival, courtesy of UMW Arts for the Community. Please see the trolley schedule for details.

Explore the Native Plants on UMW’s Campus
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Campus Walk by Lee Hall
Rain Location: George Washington Hall Lobby
Take a tour of native plants on campus and get tips on sustainable landscaping.

Changes Around Campus
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monroe Hall, Room 346
Hard hats, fences, and tape are becoming more common around campus! Learn about the latest campus changes in a presentation by Dr. Douglas Searcy, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Mr. Cedric Rucker, Dean of Student Life.

Chi Beta Phi Math/Science Symposium
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ball Circle
Rain Location: Seacobeck Hall, Dome Room
Members of Chi Beta Phi, a national honor society that promotes the education and progression of math and sciences, will be hosting a table and demonstration starting at 11 a.m. T-shirts and wristbands will be sold with proceeds going toward educational events, scholarships, and other monetary awards for research and participation.

Civil War Walking Tours
* Notice: This event is full *
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Campus Walk by Lee Hall
Rain Location: Monroe Hall, 2nd Floor Lobby
The Historic Preservation Club will host half-hour tours of campus beginning every 30 minutes. Advance reservation available through Family Weekend registration. Space is limited.

Cookout and Club Showcase
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ball Circle
Rain Location: Cookout will move to Seacobeck Hall/Showcase will move to the Great Hall with a 1 p.m. start time
Come out to Ball Circle for pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, chicken breasts, and a tasty spread of salads! Student clubs and organizations will begin performances at noon. Lunch tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under, available through Family Weekend Registration. In the event of rain, the cookout will take place 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Seacobeck Hall and the Club Showcase will start at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall. Click here to learn more.

Food Waste Survey
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ball Circle
Rain Location: Canceled in the event of rain.
Join the “clean plate club” at the Family Weekend Cookout and learn the impact of food waste on the environment. Sustainability student volunteers will collect and measure food waste and paper products.

Alternative Break Bake Sale
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ball Circle
Rain Location: Lee Hall, 3rd Floor Lobby
During the fall and spring semester breaks, UMW student volunteers travel regionally to build with Habitat for Humanity. Stop by the bake sale to donate to the student group that gives up their time for a good cause.

You Want Little Presents? AUCTION
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ball Circle
Rain Location: Lee Hall, 3rd Floor Lobby
UMW’s Young Women’s Leadership Program invites you to make your best bid on little presents that are sure to be a big hit! Take part in a silent auction to support UMW’s YWLP. The program mentors 7th grade girls at local middle schools in order to boost self-esteem, encourage cooperation and teamwork, and to develop leadership skills. Auction items will include business gift cards/certificates, UMW gear, salon packages, and other services.

Family Photo Booth
12-2 p.m.
Ball Circle
Rain Location: Seacobeck Hall, Dome Room
Grab your friends and family for a picture at the Family Weekend photo booth!

24th Annual Fredericksburg Welsh Festival
12-5 p.m.
James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
908 Charles Street
The festival features traditional music, dancing, arts, crafts, and foods of the British Isles. Meet the UMW Arts Trolley on Double Drive for transportation to the festival, courtesy of UMW Arts for the Community. Please see the trolley schedule for details.

Department of Geography Open House
1-3 p.m.
Monroe Hall, Rooms 319-320
Demonstrations of activities associated with geography courses including slideshows from study abroad experiences and Geographic Information Systems, as well as equipment demonstrations. Light snacks and drinks will be provided!

Alumni Center Open House
1-3 p.m.
Jepson Alumni Executive Center
1119 Hanover Street
Take a tour of the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and guide you through the beautiful facility that serves as home to over 35,000 alumni.

Dance in Studio 5
2-3 p.m.
Goolrick Hall, Dance Studio 5
Enjoy an informal dance performance with pieces choreographed by different dance artists, faculty, and students.

Chemistry “Magic” Show
2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Jepson Science Center, Room 100
The Chemistry Department and the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society will present amazing feats of chemical “magic,” certain to astound budding scientists of all ages.

Worms from the Wild
2-4 p.m.
Jepson Science Center, Room 401
So much more than bait and fertilizer: Video microscopy of developing worms, presented by the Department of Biology.

The Angel of Marye’s Heights, Documentary Film
2-5 p.m.
Jepson Alumni Executive Center, Rappahannock Ballroom
1119 Hanover Street
The documentary film highlights the story of Sergeant Richard Rowland Kirkland, otherwise known as “The Angel of Marye’s Heights.” Perhaps the most compassionate and heroic character of the entire Civil War, this lone Confederate soldier’s conduct has become one of the most touching and inspirational subjects ever to come out of the War Between the States. The 35-minute film will run at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Tour of Brompton, Home of the UMW President
3-5 p.m.
Brompton
704 Sunken Road
Described as one of America’s most historic houses, Brompton is famous for being at the center of the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 and for serving as a Union hospital during the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. One grand old oak, a subject of famed Civil War-era photographer Mathew Brady, still survives. Throughout the years, this historic home and its grounds have undergone seasons of renovation and restoration under the watchful eyes of numerous talented specialists. The home now serves as the official residence of the University president. President and Mrs. Hurley will be on hand to greet families. Please access the house via the walkway on Hanover Street, across from the Jepson Alumni Executive Center (1119 Hanover Street).

UMW Jazz Ensemble Showcase
7:30-8:45 p.m.
Lee Hall, Underground
Sit back and enjoy a jazz performance by the UMW Jazz Ensemble.

Sunday, September 22

Via Colori Fredericksburg
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sophia Street and Riverfront Park
Via Colori is a festival held near the Rappahannock River featuring 3D street painting and chalk art. Learn more about the festival at www.viacolori.com.

Fredericksburg Art Festival
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Riverfront Park, 750 Sophia Street
Come visit the Annual Fredericksburg Art Festival at Riverfront Park. The festival is a great display of artists showing and selling their work. Mediums include painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, weaving, and metal work.