Friday, September 14
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.
College of Business Admissions Ceremony
4 p.m. | William M. Anderson Center
This event is for newly declared business majors and their family/friends.
Entertainment: Capitol Steps
7:30 p.m. | George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. So they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.
The Stafford Rotary Club is proud to offer this program at UMW’s Dodd Auditorium, a site that has hosted The Capitol Steps many times. Tickets will be available in August for purchase. General admission tickets $39, student tickets $15.
Saturday, September 15
9-10:30 a.m. | Jepson Alumni Executive Center, Rappahannock Ballroom
1119 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The Office of Alumni Relations invites UMW alumni, students, and families with historic UMW legacy connections (grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc.) to celebrate their shared experiences while enjoying a complimentary breakfast. By invitation and requires advance registration.
Taking Your Business Degree to the Next Step
10 a.m. | Woodard Hall, Room 202
Join the College of Business for a panel session with business alumni to find out where their UMW degrees took them. The session will be moderated by Acting Dean of the College of Business, Kenneth D. Machande, and followed by a Q&A session.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis Kickoff Classic
10 a.m. | UMW Tennis Center at the Battleground Athletic Complex
1129 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Come watch UMW Tennis take on some of the best teams in the region at this all-day tournament!
Virginia Politics 2018
10-11 a.m. | Monroe Hall, Room 346
A rundown on the latest in Virginia politics, presented by Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, UMW professor of political science and international affairs.
Chocolate Chomp Challenge
10-11:30 a.m. | Hurley Convergence Center, Training Lab 106
Learn about Chomp and other fun games. Chomp was developed by mathematician and economist David Gale and is played by calculating moves that involve eating a chocolate bar!
UMW Education Abroad Fair
10 a.m.-1 p.m.| University Center, Chandler Ballroom
A launch pad for your adventures abroad, the Education Abroad Fair is the perfect venue for students and families to meet with UMW Faculty-Led Program directors, representatives from UMW Approved Education Abroad Programs, Peer Advisors, Study Abroad Alumni, and Center for International Education staff to explore study abroad, volunteer, research, and internship opportunities all over the world. Come dream, explore options, and define goals for your abroad experience.
Pop-Up James Monroe Museum
10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Ball Circle
See a portable version of UMW’s James Monroe Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of artifacts related to the fifth President of the United States. Enjoy children’s activities (adults can play, too!), period music, and conversations with James Monroe himself!
UMW Civil War Walking Tours
11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Campus Walk at Lee Hall
The UMW Historic Preservation Club will host half-hour tours of campus beginning every 30 minutes. Please visit the Civil War Tours table to sign up. Space is limited. A $5 Donation to the Historic Preservation Club requested. Rain Location: Lee Hall, 3rd Floor Lobby.
29th Annual Fredericksburg Welsh Festival
11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 900 block of Charles Street, downtown Fredericksburg
Featuring traditional music, dancing, arts, crafts, and foods of Wales. The trolley will provide transportation between Double Drive and the festival. Although admission is free to students and families, donations are welcomed. Learn more at jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu.
Enjoy tasty outdoor grilling!
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Ball Circle, Rain Location: University Center
Purchase tickets in advance through Family Weekend registration beginning mid-August for a reduced price. Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, a variety of delicious sides and dessert!
Students may use their dining meal swipe.
Advanced purchase: Adults $11 adults, $6 Children 10 and under.
On-site purchase: Adults $13, $7 Children 10 and under.
Family Fun Fair
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Ball Circle
Join in the family fun – games, photo booth, basketball, free funnel cakes, and more!
WIN UMW Basketball Season Tickets
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Ball Circle
Find the UMW Athletics basketball hoop on Ball Circle – hit a 25-foot 3-point shot and win a pair of UMW Basketball Season Tickets!
Women’s Soccer takes on Goucher
1 p.m. | Battleground Athletic Complex, Hanover Street
Men’s Rugby Game takes on JMU
1 p.m. | Battleground Athletic Complex, Hanover Street
Chemistry “Magic” Show
1 p.m. and 2 p.m. | Jepson Science Center, Room 100
The student affiliates of the American Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry invite you to come and see awe-inspiring and wonder-filled chemistry demonstrations.
Geography Department Open House
1-3 p.m. | Monroe Hall, Room 319
Demonstrations and explanations of activities within and associated with geography courses, including active GIS, slideshows from study abroad experiences, research on meandering stream flow, examination of pollen grains, and mapping with GPS. Light snacks and drinks provided.
Tour of Brompton, Home of the UMW President
3-5 p.m. | 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. The home now serves as the official residence of the University president. Please access the house via the walkway on Hanover Street, across from the Jepson Alumni Executive Center (1119 Hanover Street).
Sunday, September 16
Time on Your Own
Visit downtown Fredericksburg, have breakfast, go shopping, or just hang out with family members. Enjoy the day as you wrap up Family Weekend!
UMW Art Galleries
Visit the exhibitions at the University of Mary Washington Galleries, open Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Learn more at: www.umwgalleries.org . Free admission.
Museum admission is free to students and families during Family Weekend.
- Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
Gari Melchers Home and Studio is open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday
224 Washington St., Falmouth, Va. 22405
Learn more at garimelchers.umw.edu.
- James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
908 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The James Monroe Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more at jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu.
Please note, all published events are included in the Family Weekend registration fee, except the following:
Capitol Steps Tickets: Available online beginning in August.
Civil War Walking Tours: A $5 Donation to the Historic Preservation Club requested.
Tasty Outdoor Cookout: Advance purchase with discount available in August.