The Catholic University of America

June 13, 2010

Registration Open for Family Weekend


Catholic University will host Family Weekend on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8. The weekend program gives parents and other family members an opportunity to visit their students early in the new school year. A number of social and educational events are scheduled to encourage families to explore together the campus and the greater Washington, D.C.-area.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • On Friday, October 7, the weekend will kick-off with a hands-on chemistry demonstration, “Who Said Chemistry Can’t be Fun?” by Professor of Chemistry Diane Bunce, who is well-known for her interactive, entertaining, and educational lessons and demonstrations.

  • Friday evening, there will be a barbecue held at the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, leading up to a football game featuring the Cardinals taking on the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets. There will be a reception for the siblings of students immediately following the game.

  • Saturday morning, families will be invited to participate in a service project on campus. They will be able to choose from a campus beautification project, a letter-writing project for overseas troops, and decorating trick-or-treat bags that will be used for less fortunate children on Halloween.

  • Families are invited to attend a brunch with the University’s President. John Garvey will talk to families about what’s happening on campus, and some the University’s finest a cappella singers will perform during the meal.

  • The University’s Program Board will sponsor a Cardinal Family Carnival on Saturday, with rides and novelties on the west lawn of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

  • There will be opportunities to explore the campus and areas beyond on both days. Campus tours will be available, as well as tours of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Tours further afield will include the U.S. Capitol, Newseum, and a bus tour around the city.

  • Family Weekend formally concludes with a Family Weekend Mass, which will be celebrated at 4p.m. on Saturday in the Crypt Church of the Basilica.

For all the latest information about Family Weekend 2011, including registration and an up-to-date schedule, visit the Family Weekend website at Information can also be found on Facebook (CU Family Weekend) and Twitter (CUFamilyWeekend). For more information, call 202-319-6003 or email

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