The Office of Parents Programs offers a variety of events throughout the year. We know the importance of maintaining strong relationships between parents and their college students. To help develop and grow these positive relationships, we host special events for your family to get together throughout the year. Events held on campus offer faculty and staff interaction, as well as the opportunity to become more familiar with our campus. We also encourage you to participate in other University and community events. If you are planning to visit Columbia, let us know! We would love to see you!
Each summer, Parents Advisory Council members and Carolina alumni clubs from various geographical areas sponsor social events for South Carolina-bound students. Coordinated through the Office of Parents Programs, incoming Carolina students and their families are invited to meet each another before moving to Columbia. Parents Advisory Council members currently have students who attend Carolina and are great resources for new families. Many alumni remember how exciting their first semester at Carolina was and love to share stories and advice. Representatives from the university also attend the send-off parties. These gatherings are always exciting events and we look forward to them each summer!
Below is a list of currently scheduled send-offs. Additional event dates and details will continue to be added throughout the summer, so please check back! Questions about a freshman send-off? Please email email@example.com for assistance.
Boston, MA – Sunday, May 21, 1:30-3 p.m.
JJ Foley’s Bar and Grille, 21 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111
#UofSC21 at the Boston send-off!
Alexandria, VA – Sunday, June 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Richmond, VA – Saturday, July 22
Bowl America in Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
RSVP details to come soon
Jacksonville, FL – July 22 or July 29
Home of Michael Phillips
Hampton Roads, VA – Sunday, July 30
Home of Carolee Moore
Atlanta, GA – Sunday, August 6
Details and RSVP info TBA
Charlotte, NC – Early August
High Point, NC – First week of August
Charleston, SC – First week of August
Greenville, SC – First week of August
New York City – TBD
Lake Barrington, IL – TBD
El Segundo, CA – July 25 or 27 (Tentative)
Raleigh, NC – TBD
Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia – TBD
PARENTS WEEKEND 2017
Mark your calendars for Parents Weekend 2017, to be held Oct. 6-8! Registration is required.
Registration will open at the end of June. Keep an eye on our website and social media for the opening announcement! We’ll also include a registration link in our July newsletter.
More information about the schedule will also be made available at the end of June.
We look forward to seeing you in October!
Gamecock Family Roost
Visit the central location for parents on move-in day each August! We’re located in front of the Russell House University Union on Greene Street. In addition to campus maps, water, sodas and the very popular misting fan, parents have the opportunity to speak with staff from the Department of Student Life to learn more about the programs and services available to their students. Brochures and display boards are available.
Summer is an exciting time for both new students and new parents! Orientation is a great time to become more familiar with the University and the Columbia area, meet staff, students and other parents, and most importantly, ask questions!
In an effort to meet parents of first-year students, the Office of Parents Programs is represented at each session of summer orientation. Parents are encouraged to talk with us about our services and sign-up for the dues-free Parents Association. Make sure to pick up your copy of the Parents Calendar and Handbook to use as a reference throughout the year.