Dear UVA Parents and Families:
We are so excited about your arrival later this week for Family Weekend! The weather forecast – daytime highs in the 60s – looks great for a fall weekend in Charlottesville. Your biggest challenge will likely be choosing among all the many events to attend – from Saturday’s football game (discount tickets still available) against Miami to open houses, concerts, theater, presentations, exhibits, and more.
Be sure to check the schedule for up-to-date information. Please note, the times of some events on Saturday recently shifted when the football kickoff time was finalized. Here are a few highlights and last-minute reminders:
On-Grounds Housing Information Session
11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Newcomb Commonwealth Room
Ask specific questions about on-Grounds housing, and learn about the features and advantages of various areas from Housing & Residence Life staff. And please note: Nov. 1 is the deadline for two applications:
- To live for the first time in a residential college or language house.
- To live in the same residential college or upperclass residence hall.
Off-Grounds Housing Fair
11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Newcomb South Meeting Room
Are you and your student interested in off-Grounds housing? Meet and talk with landlords and property managers from various complexes.
3 – 5 p.m., Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, second floor
Meet staff from the University Career Center, and while enjoying apple cider doughnuts and coffee, find out about the many resources to help students explore career paths, land an internship, and plan for additional education or a job after graduation.
Third-Year Ceremony and Reception
4 – 6 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena (doors open 3:30 p.m.)
Join in celebrating the half-way milestone for the Class of 2024. Brief program, live music, and a light reception from 5 – 6 p.m. where students can pick up their class rings. Free parking at JPJ.For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be livestreamed.
OAAA Family Cookout
5 – 7 p.m., Dawson’s Row Front Lawn
Join the Office of African American Affairs for this family-friendly event featuring music, food (vegan options), games, and fellowship. Get your Wobble together before you come.
Cavalier Marching Band Dress Rehearsal: Haunted Hooville Halftime Show
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Carr's Hill Field
Bring a picnic and a blanket and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their Halloween-themed halftime show.
The Great Rotumpkin
7 – 11 p.m., University Avenue Side of Rotunda
Repeated through Monday evening
The Rotunda gets spooky-scary as vignettes and haunting music cycle over the outside of the historic structure. Free food, games, merch, and other surprises. More information.
Sense and Sensibility
8 p.m., Ruth Caplin Theatre
Also Saturday evening
Join the Department of Drama for this boldly playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s first novel. Tickets and more information.
Education Abroad Meet and Greet
9 – 11:30 a.m., Hotel A-West Range
Explore education abroad at UVA, how to support your student with their plans, and speak with Education Abroad advisors. Thirty-minute info sessions, beginning at 10 a.m.
First-Year Council Football Tailgate
10:30 a.m. – noon, O-Hill
Grab a gameday-themed meal from O-Hill Dining Hall, then join other first-year families for outdoor lawn games and fun before heading off to Scott Stadium for the 12:30 kickoff.
Fraternity and Sorority Life Information Session
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Newcomb South Meeting Room
Learn about Greek life at UVA from members of the Fraternity and Sorority staff.
1:30 – 5 p.m., Amphitheater or Newcomb Ballroom (rain location)
A longstanding Family Weekend tradition, celebrate cultural diversity at UVA with student-led CIOs.
10 a.m. – noon, Slaughter Recreation Center
A chance for the whole family to enjoy one of UVA’s favorite recreational spots.
Class of 2025 Second-Year Family Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Garden V
Featuring Bodo’s bagels and coffee (a Charlottesville favorite), local apple cider, lawn games, and photo opportunities, this event celebrates Class of 2025 students and their families.
Edgar Allan Poe Room Open House
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Room 13, West Range
Join The Raven Society to learn about Poe’s time at UVA as a student.
Friday: Free on a first-come, first-served basis at John Paul Jones Arena for the Third-Year Ceremony. Parking near Central Grounds and Scott Stadium is extremely limited.
Saturday and Sunday: Free parking at the John Paul Jones Arena. Parking is also available for an hourly fee throughout the weekend at the Central Grounds Parking Garage. Select parking lots on Grounds are open for general use. Please note posted signs at lot entrances for specific restrictions.
Game Day Parking: See the Virginia Sports website for details.
Please travel safely, and we look forward to seeing you in just a few days!
Robyn S. Hadley
Vice President and Dean of Students
Chief Student Affairs Officer