UO opens its doors for an in-person Spring Family Weekend

The Duck posing with parents

When parents and family members come to the University of Oregon campus for Spring Family Weekend, the agenda usually includes art, theater and athletic events, as well as opportunities to dine, shop and simply spend time with their Ducks.

Behind all the activities, however, runs a consistent theme: contributing to student success.

“Our students are hitting the homestretch of the academic year,” said Kris Winter, associate vice president for student life and interim director of parent and family programs. “For some it may even be their final term before graduation. So having family members attend Spring Family Weekend and show enthusiasm and support for their students is really important. This valuable time with their families helps our students reach the finish line.”

Slated for April 22-24, this year’s event will be the first in-person Spring Family Weekend since 2019. While virtual programming was offered when COVID-19 was at its peak, Winter said the on-campus experience is second to none.

“First off, few places are as beautiful as our campus in full bloom in spring,” Winter said. “Then being able to explore the UO and attend events gives families a taste of life as a student.”

Registered participants receive free admission all weekend to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Student Recreation Center.

For sports fans, the Ducks football team will play its spring game April 23 in Autzen Stadium. In addition, discounted tickets are available for UO baseball, softball and track and field events throughout the weekend.

All activities will be conducted in accordance with federal, state and local guidance and university policies on COVID-19.

Families can find the full schedule of events and register on the Parent and Family Programs website.

—By Colleen Schlonga, Student Services and Enrollment Management