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Family Weekend 2016

family weekend

Clemson University Family Weekend is an annual tradition!

We hope you have planned to join us for 2016 Family Weekend on September 16-18. This weekend combines a variety of social and educational opportunities throughout campus. Some of the things you will see at Family Weekend are a casual night out at Family Fest on our recreation beach, tailgating before the Clemson Tigers vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs football game, open houses, drop-ins, educational sessions, full family photo ops and much, much more. This weekend has something for everyone!

Online registration for Family Weekend events is now closed. 

We are also no longer able to process any refund requests.

  Tickets are again on sale for this game and will be available until sold out! Visit the link below or call 1-800-CLEMSON to purchase or to request more details.

Thanks to all of our families who registered for Family Weekend events. We are looking forward to meeting you and having a great weekend on campus. You will receive a pre-arrival email by Monday, September 12 with general information about the weekend, including a parking pass for Friday and Sunday.

Check-in for Family Weekend

  • No materials will be mailed to you.

  • You may pick up your tickets and t-shirts during general check-in at the Hendrix Student Center between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16. Visit the Peebles Room on the second floor to get started! 

    • We encourage you to send your student to Hendrix Student Center to check-in for the family; they can pick up all the materials for you.

    • IMPORTANT UPDATE: There will be a very limited number of event tickets available for sale at general check-in on Friday. Ticket sales will stop when this limited number is sold.

    • IMPORTANT UPDATE: Event tickets will not be sold at the event locations.

  • There will be a check-in table at each ticketed event (Family Fest, Tiger Tailgate Brunch, and Farewell Brunch) as another opportunity for any family who pre-registered for event(s) to pick up their materials.

  • There will be Family Weekend t-shirts available for purchase or exchange at check-in locations, while supplies last.

  • REMINDER: There is a "clear bag" policy in effect at Memorial Stadium for all football games.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

  • The schedule of events for Family Weekend is available to download. You will receive a printed copy with your check-in materials.

Highlighted Family Weekend events:

  • Friday September 16: Family Fest
    6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center
    Parking - at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center (use the Family Weekend parking pass that was emailed to you)
    Enjoy a beautiful fall evening outside with live entertainment, a gorgeous view, lakeside games and delicious southern cuisine.

  • Saturday, September 17: Family Weekend Tiger Tailgate Brunch
    9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (starts 3 hours prior to kick-off), Cox Plaza at University Union
    In light of one of Clemson's greatest traditions, we are offering a Tiger Tailgate party to get you amped up for a great Tiger football experience! Join us for great food, lots of orange spirit, games and photo ops before watching the Tigers play.

  • Saturday, September 17: Clemson Tigers vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs football
    Noon, Memorial Stadium
    Football tickets are purchased directly from Clemson Athletics. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE FOOTBALL TICKETS ONLINE for Family Weekend. You can reach the ticket office at 1-800-CLEMSON.

  • Sunday, September 18: Farewell Brunch
    10 a.m. - noon, Hendrix Student Center
    Parking - across the street from Hendrix Student Center in Lot E-1 (use the Family Weekend parking pass that was emailed to you)
    Enjoy a morning with a delicious brunch, and relax and reminisce about your Clemson weekend.

  • Service Event:  To honor the University’s military heritage, there is a Donation Drive benefitting Richard M. Campbell Veterans Retirement Home in Anderson, SC. Throughout the weekend, there will be collection boxes at scheduled events to donate items and other opportunities to make financial contributions to the project. If you’d like to bring donations here is a list of possible items. Most importantly, please join us on Sunday morning in the Hendrix Student Center during the Farewell Brunch to write notes and assemble care packages to be delivered by Clemson University students!

The events above are only a small portion of what will be offered at Family Weekend! Events will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, and end by noon on Sunday, September 18.

Family Weekend Hotels

There are two official Family Weekend hotels. There are a limited number of rooms available at the special rates for this weekend. UPDATE: The Family Weekend block of hotels has sold out; please contact the hotel directly for information regarding additional room rates and availability.

Family Weekend Game-Day Shuttle Bus

When you register for Family Weekend events, you will have the option to purchase a seat on a shuttle bus from Hilton Greenville (one of our designated Family Weekend hotels listed above) to campus on game-day Saturday. The shuttle bus makes one trip only to and from campus on Saturday. Things to know:

  • You do not need to be a guest of the hotel to purchase a seat on the shuttle bus. Parking at Hilton Greenville will be available.

  • The shuttle bus will depart Hilton Greenville at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

  • The bus will leave campus approximately 60 minutes after the game.

  • The pick-up and drop-off on campus will be near the Tiger Tailgate. 

  • The price per person $25.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • DOES MY STUDENT NEED A TICKET? Each person attending Family Weekend, including your Clemson student, will need a ticket.

  • WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIFIC DIETARY NEEDS? When you register for Family Weekend events, there will be a section where you can indicate any dietary needs. Please view our menus for the events to see what will work for you.

  • WHAT ARE THE MENUS FOR FAMILY FEST, TIGER TAILGATE AND FAREWELL BRUNCH? Click here to see the menus for all three events.

  • WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKEND? To access more information about the Family Weekend schedule, please download the Clemson Events app. Then select Family Weekend 2016 (available soon). It is updated often to provide you with the most current information. All registered participants in Family Weekend will also receive an email the week prior to the weekend with the final schedule, to assist you in planning your visit to campus.

  • WHAT DO WE DO FOR PARKING DURING FAMILY WEEKEND? There will be parking provided for our Family Weekend participants for the Friday and Sunday of the weekend, although we cannot guarantee proximity to the events. For game-day Saturday, you will need to follow the parking guidelines provided by Athletics. Much of campus is reserved parking and not open to the general public. Click here to visit Clemson Tigers Football website for parking information. There is great information on this website; take a look at the interactive maps. Note that free parking is provided in specific areas and two paid lots are available with one-day permits available for purchase in advance through Parking & Transportation website: http://www.clemson.edu/campus-life/parking/visitors/  FYI: If you plan to drive a rental car, you may type "RENTAL" in the space for the vehicle license plate number.

  • WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY? Refunds may be requested prior to noon on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 EDT by calling 864-656-0515. There will be no refunds provided after this time for any purchase(s) for any reason.

  • WHAT IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER? Family Weekend events will take place, except in the most severe weather conditions. In the event of rain, all activities will proceed as scheduled; we will advise if there is an alternate location. In the event of severe weather (such as lightning), the Office of New Student and Family Programs together with Clemson University and the Athletic Department may elect to delay or cancel any part of Family Weekend at any time. Due to the nature of event planning we will not offer any refunds, in full or in part, to any participant for cancellations due to weather. Should there be changes in the schedule, the Family Weekend 2016 app will be updated for you.

Questions or Concerns?

Questions or concerns? Please contact New Student and Family Programs at cufamilies@clemson.edu or talk with Karen Erickson, 864-656-0515.