Family Weekend

What you need to know about Family Weekend

Greetings, everyone!

It's hard to believe that Family Weekend is only a few days away! We're thrilled you'll be joining us for a weekend full of programs, including our Family Weekend Welcome, Lunch and Baxter's Spirit Celebration, residential community festivities and much more. We look forward to sharing our campus with you!

Check in at the Family Weekend Welcome Center

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.

Didn't pre-register? No worries!

We will offer on-site registration for $50 on Friday and Saturday at our Family Weekend Welcome Center.

Whether you pre-registered or plan to register on site, you can check in at any of these times and at either location:

  • 4–7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, Tillman Lobby, The Union
  • 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, Room 120, The Union
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, Events Center concourse

Schedule of events

We have the full schedule of events available to you on our website. Families and students can also get easy access to the Family Weekend schedule by downloading the CampusGroups app on their mobile device. We will have student volunteers to help with the download at our Welcome Center on Friday and Saturday.

Don't miss our official welcome and featured speaker

Join us for the official opening of Family Weekend with President Harvey Stenger and Marjorie Strelzyn Witt, chair of our Parents Leadership Council, as they welcome you to Binghamton University.

Immediately following will be our featured speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult, which gave rise to a TED Talk that has more than five million views. Her second book is the critically acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. A third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, will be out in 2021.

Take advantage of your registration

There is a lot happening on campus that is included in your registration, including the Friday night bonfire with s'mores, donuts and apple cider; a Saturday afternoon men's soccer match; and the Absolutely A cappella student performance Saturday evening. Also feel free to take advantage of Campus Rec's outdoor facilities: outdoor track, tennis courts behind the East Gym, 18-hole disc golf course and the new outdoor fitness area, FitCourt. Also, make sure to use the 20% off bookstore coupon that you’ll receive in your check-in bag!


Make sure to print out your weekend parking pass or pick one up when you check in at The Union. Also, watch out for construction on the Vestal Parkway (Route 434) between campus and downtown Binghamton. Check your maps app for alternate routes to avoid traffic delays.

Construction on Vestal Parkway

We wanted to let you know there is construction on Vestal Parkway (434) if you are headed to downtown Binghamton from campus, or coming from downtown Binghamton to the University. There is another driving route to get you to and from downtown Riverside Drive. Check your maps app to avoid any traffic.

Frequently asked questions

Still have questions? Make sure to read through our FAQ page. We've added some additional information over the last few weeks.

Safe travels and we'll see you this weekend! Feel free to email us at with any other questions.

Linda Salomons
Assistant Director, Parent and Family Programs and Food Pantry Operations

Additional information


We know you are apt to get hungry with all the events going on. There are lots of dining options on campus. Local listings of independent restaurants can be found online at eatBING and Southern Tier Independent Restaurants.


Meet the sponsors for Family Weekend 2021!


Whether you are coming by car, bus or plane, getting to campus is easy.


We want you to enjoy your stay with us during Family Weekend. See hotels, bed and breakfasts and other lodging available in our community here at the Visit Binghamton website. You can also search online for “lodging close to Binghamton University” or Airbnb in Broome and Tioga counties.


If you anticipate a need for disability-related accommodations or auxiliary aids to attend or participate, please contact us at, or at our Parent and Family Programs office at 607-777-4668. We ask that you provide us with at least 3–5 days of advance notice regarding your equal access needs.