Family Weekend kicks off Friday

By Luanne Williams

Students’ parents and siblings are always welcome to visit campus, but this weekend, the red (or should we say blue and gold) carpet is specially rolled out. Family Weekend kicks off Friday with a mixer in the Crowder Welcome Center from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Families who pre-registered for the event can get to know one another, enjoy refreshments and commemorate their visit with a stop at the photo booth or by picking up some new swag at Wingate Outfitters. (The spirit store has moved from Main Street to the north side of the welcome center.) Masks are required while inside the building.

On Saturday, family members who are 18 or older can work out alongside their students in the McGee Fitness Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and join them for brunch in the W.T. Harris Dining Hall between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

Wingate University President Rhett Brown and a panel of campus leaders, including Jeff Frederick, provost; Jessica Head, director of residence life; Sherrie McCaskill, director of the Health Center; and Antonio Jefferson, director of the Lyceum program; will be on hand for a Q&A session scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in McGee Theatre in the Batte Fine Arts Center. Refreshments will follow in the Batte Center Rotunda. The event will be live-streamed for those who can't attend in person.

Families can decide in advance which Bulldog action they’ll want to catch on Saturday. The volleyball, soccer and football teams will all be playing at home. Check out the Wingate website for information on times, locations and tickets.

“Family Weekend is a great opportunity for students to introduce the family that raised them to members of the new family they’re forming at Wingate. It’s a chance for families to get a window into campus life and to get any questions they may have answered,” says Brittany Peper, assistant director for strategic communications. “This is our first in-person Family Weekend since 2019, so we’re excited, to say the least. We do hope our guests will remember to mask up whenever they are inside and to social distance as much as possible.”

Learn more about Family Weekend. Use this LINK for the Q&A live-stream.

Sept. 8, 2021