Campus Life

UWF to host third annual Family Weekend

The University of West Florida will host its third annual Family Weekend Sept. 21-23. During the weekend, parents and siblings of UWF students can take part in a variety of activities provided by the Office of Family Programs, connect with one another and become more familiar with campus life.

The weekend will be packed full of fun and informative events, including interactive workshops, open houses and games for the whole family. At Family Weekend, parents can get a snapshot of what student life is like at UWF and learn more about the resources available to their child.

Featured events include:

Family Weekend Kick-Off and Tailgate – The official kick-off will be held Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the UWF soccer complex. The event includes music and games.

Presidential Address – UWF President Judy Bense will give an address to parents at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., followed by Lunch with the President from noon to 1 p.m.

The Last Lecture with Dr. Brendan Kelly – Inspired by Dr. Randy Pausch’s book and last lecture, the first event in the Last Lecture Series will feature Dr. Brendan Kelly, director of the Center for Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Department. Dr. Kelly will be speaking at the CFPA on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m.

Housing and Residence Life Carnival – Learn more about on-campus housing while enjoying carnival games and free food on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Movie on the Lawn – After the carnival, head to the Greens by the Center for Performing Arts for a movie on the inflatable, outdoor big screen, complete with snacks and popcorn.

Student and Sibling Events – Siblings, parents and UWF students are encouraged to participate in a scavenger hunt, sack race, relay races and more on Saturday starting at 8 a.m.

Wrap-Up Brunch and Motivational Table – Families can enjoy Sunday brunch at the Nautilus Market at a discounted price, leave a note for their child and record a video of their family weekend experience from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional information about Family Weekend and a complete schedule of events, visit