We Are Family: Parents, Siblings Get in on the Act During Family Weekend

From movies, athletic competitions and musical performances to the Taste of Mason; from sightseeing tours to service projects, wellness and well-being events—Oct. 17-19 is all about family at George Mason University. George Mason students, faculty and staff, and their families, are welcome to attend. Family Weekend registration closes at midnight Sunday, Oct. 5.

“The Division of University Life’s Orientation and Family Programs and Services recognizes the importance of families in students’ development and success at Mason,” says Kaitlin Cicchetti, associate director. “Family Weekend is one of the many ways George Mason shows families how much they mean to our university community.“

Chad McCutcheon is a sophomore majoring in criminology. His parents, Cindy and Barry, and his twin brother, Brett, are coming from Pennsylvania to spend Family Weekend with McCutcheon at Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

McCutcheon is looking forward to catching up and attending some events with his parents and sibling, while volunteering at other events as the family programs coordinator on the Orientation Leadership Team in Cicchetti’s office. “Family Weekend is so important because it allows families to feel connected to their student’s college experience,” says McCutcheon. “It serves as a time for students and their families to reconnect and relax for a weekend in the middle of the semester before things start getting really hectic.”

A cook-off competition takes center stage in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn.

A complete schedule of free or ticketed events is available here. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. on Oct. 17, and activities continue throughout the day. Evening highlights include a welcome dinner at the Johnson Center, and a happy hour with Mason professor T. Mills Kelly discussing the history of craft beer.

Among the events scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 18:

  • A Day of Service.
  • Bus tours to: Washington, D.C., to George Mason’s family home of Gunston Hall in Lorton, Va., and to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Va.
  • Mason Uncorked wine and cheese event.
  • A bee conservation presentation by German Perilla of New Century College.
  • Mason Madness basketball season kick-off.
  • Fireworks at Mason Pond.

Events on Oct. 19 include a 5K Run/Walk, Sunday brunch and the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Cirque Peking at the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts on the Prince William Campus.

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