Parents Weekend – October 6-8, 2017

Mark your calendars for Parents Weekend 2017, to be held Oct. 6-8! Registration is required.

Registration is OPEN. Check out the tentative schedule below and continue to check back as new events will be added weekly!

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Parents Weekend Frequently Asked Questions

5K Information and Registration (including course map)

Football Gameday Information

Football Gameday Shuttles

Sporting Event Clear Bag Policy


Cocky and his parents

Parents Weekend 2017 Tentative Schedule of Events

Updated 7/12/2017
Additional events will continue to be added weekly!

Friday, Oct. 6

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
University Libraries Exhibit
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library and take a look at South Carolina Political Collections Gallery. The exhibit in the gallery is “It Is So Ordered: Judges and the Law in South Carolina,” showcasing the papers of federal and state judges held by SCPC.
Sponsored by University Libraries

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
University Libraries Exhibit
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library to view the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The exhibits in the gallery will be “Highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy” in the Brittain Gallery and “Weird Science” in the Irvin Department Gallery. Sponsored by University Libraries.
Sponsored by University Libraries

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Study Abroad Office Open House
Close-Hipp, Suite 453, 1705 College Street, Columbia, SC, 29208
The SAO welcomes family and friends of USC students to visit our office and information session to learn more about international study, intern, volunteer, and research opportunities. We’re happy to answer your questions about available locations, courses, safety, and finances.
Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parents Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom
All registered Parents Weekend participants should check in to pick up their materials, including the Guide to Parents Weekend, schedule of events, nametags, tickets and other goodies!

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parent Resource Fair
Russell House Ballroom
While you’re checking in for Parents Weekend, visit with representatives from key university offices. Registered for the Parents Weekend 5K? Pick up your race packet!
Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

1-2:30 p.m.
At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe, with author and First Lady, Patricia Moore-Pastides
Russell House
Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides will give a glimpse into her life on the Horseshoe, living in the Historic President’s House. Moore-Pastides will share stories and insights never heard before from her interviews with the families who called the President’s House home for the past 200 years. From thieving pets to helpful ghosts, panty raids to Vietnam War protests and visits from girls scouts to Pope John Paul II, these stories may just make you laugh out loud. Come meet the wonderful First Lady of our university and grab a pre-sale flyer for her upcoming book, “At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe.” Her two cookbooks, “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life” and “Greek Revival from the Garden” will also be on sale and available for signing.

1-3 p.m.
Gamecock Gateway Parent/Supporter Drop-In
Bates House Lounge
Parents and Supporters of Gamecock Gateway students are invited to come to the Bates House Lounge where they can speak with the Gamecock Gateway Leadership Team. Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by Gamecock Gateway/Student Success Center

2-2:45 p.m.
The Undergraduate Research Experience: A Student Panel
Russell House
Undergraduate research provides a great opportunity for students to lead in their field of interest. Come hear from upperclassmen about their experience doing undergraduate research! A panel of Magellan Ambassadors will share how they got involved in research, the impact research has had on them, and more. The audience is encouraged to come with questions.
Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research

3-3:45 p.m.
A Parents’ Guide to Off-Campus Student Housing
Russell House Theater
It may seem like you just moved your student into their freshman residence hall, but it’s time to start considering options for the next few years! Join Off-Campus Student Services to discuss what steps your student should take to learn about living off campus. Topics covered in this presentation include the housing search, lease review tips and general commuter information.
Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Services

3-3:45 p.m.
Making the Most of a Carolina Education: Engagement Beyond the Classroom and Graduation with Leadership Distinction
Russell House
Parents play an invaluable role in providing students with the assurance and direction needed to pursue their goals. USC Connect encourages students to think about how their experiences and academics influence one another and impact long-term goals. Learn about this nationally recognized initiative that supports students in making the most of their education by integrating within and beyond the classroom learning. Attend this session to find out how your student can work his/her way towards the honor of graduating with Leadership Distinction.
Sponsored by USC Connect

3-4 p.m.
Arnold School of Public Health Drop-In
Public Health Research Center, 921 Assembly
Street, Lower Lobby

Parents and students are invited to a reception to meet faculty and staff in the Arnold School of Public Health. Learn more about the undergraduate degrees in public health and exercise science.
Sponsored by the Arnold School of Public Health

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Parents Weekend Capstone Scholars Reception
Capstone Campus Room
A chance for Capstone Scholars and their parents to mingle and enjoy light refreshments, followed by a brief talk by Dr. Patrick Hickey, the Faculty Principal. Come see what our wonderful Scholars have been up to so far, and what’s in store for the rest of their two years in our program!
Sponsored by the Capstone Scholars Office

3:30-5 p.m.
Top Scholar Parents Reception
Gressette Room (Harper College on the Horseshoe)
Parents and family members of Top Scholars (Carolina, McNair, Horseshoe, Hamilton and Stamps Scholars) are invited to drop by and meet the staff of the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs and Honors College.
Sponsored by the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs

4-4:45 p.m.
A Parents’ Guide to Off-Campus Student Housing
Russell House Theater
It may seem like you just moved your student into their freshman residence hall, but it’s time to start considering options for the next few years! Join Off-Campus Student Services to discuss what steps your student should take to learn about living off campus. Topics covered in this presentation include the housing search, lease review tips and general commuter information.
Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Services

4-5 p.m.
Information Science Parents and Students Drop-In
Davis College, Room 112
Sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science

5:30-7 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception

Horseshoe
Stop by the President’s Welcome Reception to meet Carolina’s “first family,” Dr. Harris Pastides and Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides, as they officially welcome you to Parents Weekend 2017! Visit the beautiful historic Horseshoe while enjoying a few hors d’oeuvres at this drop-in reception. Make sure to wear your Parents Weekend nametag!
Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

8-11 p.m.
Carolina Beach Bash
Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, Pool House Entrance on Park Street
Experience a Southern beach party poolside while enjoying great food and music! Play a game of corn hole with your family. Take a photo with your family in the photo booth. Get ready for a fun Friday night Parents Weekend tradition! Make sure to wear your Parents Weekend nametag (and bring your drink tickets, if applicable) as it is required to enter the event. This event is subject to change based on weather conditions.
Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

Saturday, Oct. 7

8 a.m. (rain or shine)
Parents Weekend 5K
Solomon Blatt PE Center, Wheat Street
Run or walk the 5K course for fun with your family! Pre-registered participants can pick up their packets on Friday at Parents Weekend check-in or from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Carolina Beach Bash. On-site registration begins on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:15 a.m. Pre-registered participants who cross the finish line are guaranteed a Parents Weekend 5K t-shirt. Dress for a hot, humid South Carolina day! Pre-registration ends on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. 
Sponsored by Campus Recreation and the Office of Parents Programs

8:30-10:30 a.m.
Parents Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom
All registered Parents Weekend participants should check in to pick up their materials, including the Guide to Parents Weekend, schedule of events, nametags, tickets and other fun items!

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
University Libraries Exhibit
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library and take a look at South Carolina Political Collections Gallery. The exhibit in the gallery is “It Is So Ordered: Judges and the Law in South Carolina,” showcasing the papers of federal and state judges held by SCPC.
Sponsored by University Libraries

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
University Libraries Exhibit
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library to view the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The exhibits in the gallery will be “Highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy” in the Brittain Gallery and “Weird Science” in the Irvin Department Gallery. Sponsored by University Libraries.
Sponsored by University Libraries

Time TBA
Parents Weekend Tailgate Party
Old football practice field, corner of Bluff and National Guard Roads (entrance is on National Guard Road)

Get excited for the football game against Arkansas at this traditional, Southern tailgate party! Visit with Cocky, Cocky’s parents and the cheerleaders, and listen to live music from The Reggie Sullivan Band and the Carolina Marching Band! Enjoy tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, chicken fingers and more! Plenty of food and drinks will be available. Please refer to the Football Fan Guide for gameday and parking information, or take the shuttle to the game. (Walking directions from the shuttle drop-off point to the Tailgate Party will be provided. Please keep in mind that the walk from the shuttle drop-off to the Tailgate Party is approximately 1.1 miles.) Make sure to bring your Parents Weekend nametag (and drink tickets, if applicable) and football game tickets! All guests, including Carolina students, must have their Parents Weekend nametag to enter the Tailgate Party. Please note that individual tickets to this event are not available as this event is exclusive to the Parents Weekend package. This event is subject to change based on weather conditions.
Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

Time TBA
South Carolina vs. Arkansas
Williams-Brice Stadium
Enjoy Carolina football as the Gamecocks take on the Arkansas Razorbacks! Make sure to take your tickets for the game, and enter the stadium at the correct gate. Be in your seats at least 20 minutes before kickoff to experience the best entrance in college football! Please note: To provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for fans, Gamecock Athletics implemented a clear bag policy beginning with the 2016-2017 season for all ticketed athletic events that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the venues. Please read this policy so you are prepared for gameday!

Sunday, Oct. 8

Noon
Honors College Parents Picnic
Location to be announced
Parents and students of the South Carolina Honors College are invited to join the SCHC for an afternoon picnic! More details to come.
Sponsored by South Carolina Honors College