Saturday, October 2

Follow the Shell!
The shell indicates all free events/programs available to Family Weekend participants. Many of these programs are included in the Family Weekend registration fee and are provided at no additional charge.


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Eppley Recreation Center, 4128 Valley Drive
Family Weekend wristband required.
Add some physical activity to your Family Weekend at the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC). Family Weekend registrants have access to the facility with a Family Weekend wristband. Photo ID required for all guests 16 and older. Family members under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Adult can sponsor up to three minor children (under 18 years of age). Visit the Member Services desk for access to the facility.

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
University of Maryland Golf Course
Free bucket of balls with Family Weekend wristband.
Beginners, advanced golfers, and all those in between are welcome to come to the golf course and practice on our driving range. Bring your own clubs or borrow ours. Just check-in at the Golf Course Pro Shop located on the lower level of the Clubhouse.

Want to golf on our 18-hole championship course? If you would like to reserve a tee time, please call 301-314-4653. We can't wait to see you at the course!

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Atrium, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Welcome to UMD! Families that pre-registered for Family Weekend may pick up wristbands, event tickets, campus map and additional Family Weekend materials. Free, short-term parking is available in the Union Lane Garage. Families should move vehicles to the designated lots for Family Weekend immediately following check-in.

Photo of students walking through the labyrinth with the sun shining down9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Garden of Reflection & Remembrance, Memorial Chapel
In a time when most people run their lives with an overcrowded calendar and the world seems a bit more fragile, finding time– let alone a place– to reflect is difficult. The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance on the Memorial Chapel grounds is such a place. Tours and Labyrinth Guides will be available.

9:30 a.m. 
Rosenbloom Hillel Center

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the University Recreation & Wellness Adventure Program
$38 per person This event is sold out.
Advance registration required.

Note: this is an all-day excursion. Spend the day with the RecWell Adventure Program and enjoy a bike tour of the monuments and memorials on the National Mall and Potomac Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Participants will have the chance to walk around and explore the monuments. The cost includes transportation, bike and helmet rentals, boxed lunches, and trip leaders.

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Any Resident Dining Hall on Campus
Pay at the door or use your student’s guest pass. See info below.
Join your student for an all-you-care-to-eat meal from a wide variety of stations with most of the dining options prepared right in front of you. Options in the different dining rooms range from made to order vegan options in a wok to create your own Mongolian Grill entrees; brick oven pizza to full salad bars; grills, comfort foods, and international choices; make your own waffles; desserts (made right here on campus), and much more. Choices change daily and are served all day long.

Door price is $12.95 for brunch and $15.95 for dinner. Depending on the dining plan your student chose, they have between 2 and 8 guest passes per semester--so maybe they will use them to treat you to brunch or dinner! For more information and to see the menu for the day go to

10:00 a.m. 
McKeldin Mall (Outside Jimenez Hall)
$20 per person
Advanced registration is required.

Yes, you read that right! It's a 0.5K "run" for the rest of us. Participants will be led through some fun stretching exercises before meandering the 500-yard distance from McKeldin Library to Main Administration. After enjoying 10 minutes of, um, "running" glory, the first 200 finishers will receive a pair of custom Testudo socks and everyone will receive a braggadocios bumper sticker... because its 2021 and everyone is a winner. We'll even have a coffee and donut hydration station (hooray!) midway through the "race." So run, walk, skip, jump or Prancercise... we don't care. It's all downhill from here!

It's for a great cause!
Proceeds from the "race" will benefit the Fostering Terp Success Program. Fostering Terp Success provides support for UMD students who were or are in foster care, students who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, and students who are without a supportive family system.

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
University Career Center & The President's Promise, 3100 Hornbake, South Wing
Family Weekend wristband required.
How do college graduates fare in the job market? What skills are employers seeking? What steps should all students take to prepare for the job search? Kelley Bishop, Director, and Allynn Powell, Associate Director of the University Career Center & The President’s Promise, will address those questions and others in a 50-minute workshop on navigating the transition from college to career. The session is geared toward parents and family members that want to know more about the resources available to their students and how the career development process works. The first 30 attendees will receive a professional University Career Center & The President’s Promise portfolio.

10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Prince George's Room, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Family Weekend wristband required.
Come learn about study abroad opportunities for your students at the University of Maryland. Get the facts on when, where and how your student can study abroad (and still graduate in four years), including how the experience can be really affordable. Hear the experiences of students, advisors, faculty and parents; find out about the resources available to get your questions answered as the parent of a future study abroad student. Think outside your borders… study abroad is for everyone!

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Benjamin Banneker Room, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Family Weekend wristband required. Advance registration requested (for those who want a copy of the book).*

Dina L.G. Borzekowski, Ed.D. (Dr. B) | Director, The Global Health Initiative & Research Professor, Dept. of Behavioral and Community Health

Jan-Michael Archer, M.S. | PhD Student, Environmental Health Sci.
Carlton Poindexter | PhD. Candidate in Environmental Science and Technology & Black Millennials 4 Flint DC Lead Prevention Ambassador

In What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha chronicles the fight for clean water in Flint, Michigan. Access to clean water should not be controversial. We should be able to have faith in our public utilities and the leaders in our community. What the Eyes Don’t See demonstrates the impact of racism, sexism, and economic disparities on local communities. Join our panelists for an engaging discussion of this important book and topic.
*Families who register by September 1 will receive a free copy of the book via postal mail.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
A. James Clark Hall Forum (Room 1101)
Free event, but advance registration requested. See below.
Join the Fischell Department of BioEngineering for a Parent & Family Event featuring remarks from Department Chair, Dr. John Fisher, Career Services for BioE students, a student panel on BioE internship experiences and a tour of A. James Clark Hall. RSVP: Questions? Contact Alyssa Tomlinson at

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Adventure Complex, Eppley Recreation Center, North End
Sponsored by University Recreation & Wellness
Family Weekend wristband required.
Add a challenge to your weekend and enjoy an afternoon of fun on our 55-foot climbing wall and Adventure Complex. All are invited to test their climbing skills. Never climbed?  Don’t worry—our experienced staff will guide you through a positive experience.

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs Alumni Center
$29.95 for adults/UMD students
$12.95 for children 9 and under This event is sold out.
Advance registration required.

Click here for menu. [menu link coming soon!]
For some, being a Terp is a family tradition. The Alumni Association proudly invites all University alumni parents/family members and their current students to this special event to celebrate the Maryland legacy! The festive affair includes brunch, a warm Terp welcome from university leadership, and a touching legacy pinning ceremony—during which time the alumni family member(s) will present their student with a commemorative pin to honor their home at the University of Maryland. Note: we consider a student with any family member (parent, older sibling, grandparent, aunt/uncle, etc.) who is a UMD alum to be a legacy.

M logo with the words Feels Like Home11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
$29.95 for adults/UMD students
$10.95 for children 9 and under This event is sold out.
Advance registration required.

Click here for menu and dietary information.
Enjoy a great meal and shell-ebrate your student’s home away from home, with music provided by the Villanueva Jazz Trio. Families can arrive at any time and event is open seating (families choose their own tables and can dine with another family or sit at their own table). Note: while we would love for families to be able to stay and mingle, this is a dine-and-go event so we can maintain open seating and accommodate other families wanting to enjoy a meal.

11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Charles Carroll Room, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
The Division of Student Affairs invites all families and their current students to meet with our staff. Meet the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Patty Perillo, and team members from our 15 departments to learn more about how we work to provide an enriching and engaging campus experience. We would love to see you in person, so stop by for a visit!

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Free event, but advance registration required. See below.
Enjoy an official university tour from the Maryland Images tour guides. Capacity is limited. For more information and to register for a tour, visit and click on “Family Weekend Campus Tours.”

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Studio A, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
$10 per person. This event is sold out. Advance purchase required.
Stop by Studio A at any time between the hours listed above to paint your own mini Testudo. We'll supply the ceramic terp... you bring the creativity!

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
1202 Glenn L. Martin Hall
What's the best way to get a job after graduation?  Get an internship before graduation! Learn about the opportunities available to engineering students, our top employers, and how the Engineering Career Services Office can help.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Catholic Student Center, 4141 Guilford Drive, College Park
Come meet CSC staff, students, and learn about how to get involved in our growing community.

2:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Free bowling or billiard tables with Family Weekend wristband.
All kids and kids-at-heart are invited to experience the fun of the Terp Zone game facility, complete with 8 bowling lanes, several billiard tables, popular arcade games and a TV lounge. You supply the energy and we’ll provide free bowling. The popular Cosmic Bowling event begins at 9 p.m.

Darryll in a dark grey suit & Sylvia Pines in a red dress sitting together on a short brick wall with their dog on their laps2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
University House, 8150 Presidential Drive
Family Weekend wristband required.
To assist in planning, advance registration is requested.

President Darryll Pines and Mrs. Sylvia Pines welcome students and their families for light refreshments at the University House. Enjoy this unique opportunity to meet and take a photo with the university’s first family. Guests will also be able to view a special collection of the artwork of David Driskell. To help with the flow of people through the event, families should arrive at the time printed on their ticket.

4:30 p.m.
McKeldin Mall (Armory if rain)
Family Weekend wristband required.
Take a family photo or bring your friends for a photo, then upload your pic to social media using #TerpFamily #TerpLove. Families will receive a photo to take home!

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
McKeldin Mall (Armory if rain)
Family Weekend wristband required.
Advance registration and ticket required for the barbecue:
$22.95 for adults/UMD students
$12.95 for children 9 and under Tickets for the BBQ are sold out.

All Family Weekend participants are invited to join us for music, fun, and friends on McKeldin Mall! Bring a picnic lunch or purchase a ticket for our festive barbecue fare. The event will feature a live DJ, inflatable games, caricature artists, face painting... and a visit by Testudo!

Click here for menu and dietary information. Tickets for those wishing to eat from the barbecue buffet may be purchased in advance when you register for Family Weekend. Other meals may be purchased at the Stamp Student Union Food Court and carried to McKeldin Mall.

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
VIGIL MASS AND DINNER (fulfills Sunday obligation)
Catholic Student Center, 4141 Guilford Drive, College Park
$15 for adults
$10 for UMD students
$8 for children 12 and under
Advance purchase and ticket required; see below.

Join us for Mass and a family style dinner at the Catholic Student Center! Click here for information and to purchase tickets.

8:00 p.m.

Grand Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
$25 per person, general admission (includes dabber and 6 BINGO sheets) This event is sold out.
Advance registration/purchase required. 

Note: Maryland law requires that all participants in BINGO must be age 18 and over.
The outrageous hit from Family Weekend 2019 is back! Are you ready for the most entertaining BINGO experience ever? Six BINGO games, unbridled fun, outrageous musical numbers, crazy contests, amazing prizes, and much more… all hosted by the fabulous Patti O'Furniture. This is definitely not your grandma’s BINGO!

Each participant will receive one dabber and six BINGO sheets with six cards/sheet. Everyone will play six rounds of BINGO with six chances to win in each round. Additional BINGO sheets available for purchase onsite. 50/50 raffle tickets also will be sold throughout the evening, with the winning ticket drawn at the end of the event (must be present to win). Cash bar available.

All proceeds benefit Fostering Terp Success. Fostering Terp Success provides support for students who were or are in foster care, students who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, and students who are without a supportive family system.