Family Weekend FAQ

  • When is Family Weekend?
    Family Weekend will be held Oct. 23–25, 2020!
  • Why should I register for Family Weekend?
    Family Weekend is an independent and self-supported event for Binghamton University families, provided by Parent and Family Programs and the Division of Student Affairs. We expect families to register if they would like to take part in the University planned festivities. The registration fee enables us to provide several events during Family Weekend at no additional cost to participants, including Friday night bonfire, refreshments at several events throughout the weekend, parking, keynote speaker, A Cappella show, reduced rate for comedy show, athletic events and more. The registration fee also covers the cost of Family Weekend publications and scheduling App, postage, online registration and onsite registration services, registration materials, facility rentals, staff and service fees, and access to discounted athletic event tickets.
  • Why is important to PRE-register for Family Weekend?

    When you pre-register, it allows us to plan for your arrival. It also provides one less thing you have to worry about when you get here to campus for the weekend. Our Parent and Family Programs office and student volunteers spend weeks preparing for the weekend, when close to 5,000 visitors will be coming to campus. When we have a better sense of who is coming, we can manage a lot of the details ahead of time. If you choose to participate in on-site registration either Friday or Saturday of Family Weekend, we ask for your patience. You may possibly wait in line as we process payment. In addition, some of the events may be sold out.

  • Do I need to check in when I come to campus?
    Yes. Come to the Family Weekend Welcome Center at Old Union Hall in The Union to check in. We will have a Family Weekend stadium bag for your family full of goodies, as well as your Family Weekend wristband that gives you and your family access to the events throughout the weekend. At check-in, you will also receive any tickets you ordered when you registered (lunch tickets or comedy show tickets). You can also check in from noon–2 p.m. at the Events Center concourse.
  • What time is check-in for Family Weekend?

    When you get to campus, make sure your first stop is our Family Weekend Welcome Center located in The Union. Here you will check in, receive your Binghamton swag bag full of goodies and each of your family members will receive an official Family Weekend wristband. We ask you to wear this throughout the weekend. It helps us to know who is registered and is granted free entry to many of the special events.

    Family Weekend Welcome Center Hours:

    You can check in at any of these times and at either location.

    • Friday from 4–7 p.m., Old Union Hall, University Union
    • Saturday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Old Union Hall, University Union
    • Saturday from noon–2 p.m., Events Center concourse
  • Why can I only enter one name in my registration?
    We only require one name per family registration. However, we do ask you to tell us how many guests will be attending with you (including your student) so we have a better idea of how many guests to accommodate that weekend.
  • Are there any other fees involved with Family Weekend?

    If you would like to participate in the Family Weekend Lunch and Baxter’s Spirit Celebration on Saturday, there will be a fee per person, including student. There will also be a fee for Saturday evening's show (still to be determined).

    If you would like to participate in the Running with the Goats Fun Run/Walk on Sunday morning, there is a fee involved with that as well.

  • Are Family Weekend activities Friday through Sunday?
    Yes. Family Weekend activities begin on Friday, most in the afternoon and early evening. On Saturday, programs begin at 9:30 a.m. with our University Welcome and keynote speaker. If you live more than three hours away, we recommend that you come to Binghamton on Friday so you’ll be able to take full advantage of events starting Saturday morning. A detailed list of Family Weekend activities will be available on our website in September 2020.
  • Where can I see the schedule for Family Weekend?

    We will make the Family Weekend schedule available on our website as the time gets closer.

  • What is being served for the Family Weekend lunch?

    Family Weekend lunch will take place on Saturday, from noon– 2 p.m. in the Events Center as part of the Baxter’s Spirit Celebration. Lunch tickets will be available for purchase when you register. Because it is a catered event, you will also need to purchase a ticket for your student.

    For those families who keep kosher, both Hillel and Chabad will be serving meals during Family Weekend.

  • Will there be a Family Weekend Comedy Show?
    We are hoping to host a comedy show on Saturday evening. If not comedy, we will provide some sort of performance or show for families to enjoy.
  • Are dogs allowed?
    We know our students love to see their pet(s) from home, and we know that many of our local hotels are dog-friendly. However, we do ask that you please respect the University building policies so our staff is not put in the position to ask you (and your pet) to leave. We love dogs, but some campus facilities, like the Events Center, Anderson Center and residence halls, do not permit pets. Please make sure to check the Family Weekend schedule to see locations of events prior to bringing your dog to campus. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • How do I park on campus during Family Weekend?

    We will make a parking pass available to you after you register.

  • If my plans have changed, can I receive a refund?

    We do accept requests and issue refunds up until midnight two weeks prior to Family Weekend.

  • Will there be a Division 1 sporting event during Family Weekend?
    We hope so! We will let you know as we get closer to the weekend and games are scheduled.
  • Binghamton is a tobacco-free campus.
    This includes and is not limited to all buildings and structures, sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, attached parking structures and University-owned, operated or leased vehicles. University community members are encouraged to respect neighbors of the University. Tobacco is defined as all tobacco and tobacco-derived products intended for human consumption, including but not limited to cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (vaping), juuls, cigars, hookah-smoked products, clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, smokeless tobacco and snus.