Family Weekend FAQ

  • When is Family Weekend?
    October 11–13, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Do I need to check in when I come to campus?
    Yes. It’s important to check in with us when you get here. 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, athletic event and/or comedy show tickets). 
  • What time is check-in for Family Weekend?
    On-site registration will be held in the University Union, Old Union Hall from 4–7 p.m. on Friday, October 11 and from 8 a.m.–noon on Saturday, October 12. We encourage all families to check in at either of these times. LATE CHECK-IN will be held from noon–4 p.m. at the University Union Information Desk and from 12–2:30 p.m. at the Events Center.
  • 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, October 12 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at the Events Center, the cost is $12 per person (make sure to include your Binghamton student in your numbers when you purchase tickets). There is also a $5 per person fee to purchase tickets to the Comedy Show Saturday evening.

    If you would like to participate in the Running with the Goats Fun Run/ Walk on Sunday morning, October 13, there is a fee involved with that as well. We’ll post more about this event in August.

  • 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. Back by popular demand and highly recommended by Binghamton parents is Jessica Lahey, educator, speaker and writer discussing key points in her best-selling book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go so their Children Will Succeed. 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 provided by the end of August. 
  • Where can I see the schedule for Family Weekend?

    We are still working on details for 2019 Family Weekend, but you can view a sample schedule on our website. You also have access to last year’s schedule if you would like to see more details. Please note that the schedule in 2019 will change from this one in 2018. The schedule is available on your mobile device through the Guidebook App. Follow the instructions in order to download the Guidebook App (blue G icon).

    You can also go to the App store on your phone, search for "Guidebook" and download. Once you download the App, search “Binghamton University Family Weekend 2018” and download that guide. Once you click into it, on the top left are three little bars, that is the navigation menu. You can see everything there, including last year’s schedule.

  • What is being served for the Family Weekend lunch?

    We will be introducing our newest Bearcats and their families to the traditional Binghamton spiedie!

    You will have a choice of Lupo’s chicken spiedie sandwich, Lupo’s pork sausage sandwich, or gluten-free, vegan black bean quinoa burgers with fresh pico de gallo and mango ketchup.

    All will be served with fresh NYS corn cobbette, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie or gluten free brownie, a bottled beverage and your choice of fresh fruit salad or Mediterranean pasta salad.

  • Will there be a Family Weekend Comedy Show?

    Yes! We will be hosting a comedy show on Saturday evening on campus for registered families and their student(s). Tickets are $5 per person. Register for the comedy show when you register for Family Weekend. Because space is limited to 1,100 people, we ask families to only reserve tickets if they plan to attend; if you reserve a ticket but don’t show up, your registration will lock others out of participating.

  • 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.
  • Will there be a Division 1 sporting event during Family Weekend?
    We don’t quite have this information yet, but once we do, we will let you know. There is sure to be club athletic events happening all weekend, and we will include them into the schedule as we become aware of them.
  • 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.