Family Weekend - SUNY Cortland

Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2016: October 7 - 9

The registration period for purchasing tickets for events is now closed.  

Every fall, Family Weekend provides a chance for parents to visit students for a fun-filled weekend on the Cortland campus.  This is a great time for families to experience college through their student's eyes, and for students to show them why they love Cortland.

You'll have the opportunity to...

  • Explore the campus

  • Meet faculty, staff and administrators

  • Take part in a variety of campus activities -- including athletic events, meals, lectures and entertainment

The weekend is designed to help you discover what SUNY Cortland has to offer, in and out of the classroom, and learn about the organizations, people and places that have become home to your student.  

Information on lodging in the Cortland area can be found through the Restaurants and Lodging information page. 

Friday
  • 6 a.m.  Student Life Center opens. Student Life Center. Free access to the fitness center includes classes, pool, track and equipment.
  • 8:30 a.m.  College Bookstore opens.  Neubig Hall. Get Cortland apparel, school supplies and more. Bookstore closes at 6 p.m.
  • 3-8 p.m.  Check-In, Corey Union Lobby. Welcome! Pick up your Family Weekend packet containing your reserved tickets and updated event schedule.
  • 3 p.m.  Men's Soccer vs. Fredonia.  Soccer Grass Field
  • 4 p.m.  President's List Reception (Invitation Only), Corey Union Function Room
  • 5 p.m.  Wine and Cheese Reception.  Finger Lakes Tasting Room, Main Street Cortland. Mix and mingle with faculty, staff and other families while sampling local Finger Lakes wines and listening to live mix.
Saturday
  • 6 a.m.  Student Life Center opens. Student Life Center. Free access to the fitness center includes classes, pool, track and equipment.
  • 8-11 a.m.  Check-In, Corey Union Lobby. Pick up your Family Weekend packet containing your reserved tickets and updated event schedule. 
  • 9:30 a.m.  Nature Walk, Lime Hollow Nature Center. Lime Hollow Naturalist Matthew Fendya will guide families through the trails of the 430 acre reserve. 
  • 10 a.m.  College Bookstore opens, Neubig Hall. Get Cortland apparel, school supplies and more. Bookstore closes at 5:30 p.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.  Coffee and  Conversation, Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. Start your day with coffee or tea and an opportunity to mix and mingle with SUNY Cortland staff and other parents prior to the President's Brunch.
  • 11:30 a.m.  President's Brunch and Student Showcase, Corey Union Function Room. Join us for brunch, a popular tradition with families and students, with remarks by College President Erik J. Bitterbaum and Student Government President Michael Braun as well as performances by student groups.  General admission (adults, SUNY Cortland students, children six and up) - $15.00; Children (five and under) - $5.00.
  • 1 p.m.  Men's Football vs. Buffalo State, Stadium Complex Main Field.
  • 1 p.m.  Men's Soccer vs. Buffalo State, Soccer Grass Field.
  • 2:30 - 5 p.m.  Apple Picking, Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard, Lafayette, NY. Bus departs from Corey Union.  Limited bus seating available.  Families are welcome to follow the bus in their own vehicle.
  • 3:30-6 p.m.  Planetarium Shows, Bowers Hall. Planetarium Director and Physics Lecturer Sean Nolan, will present planetarium shows every 30 minutes from 3:30 - 6 p.m. Ticket required.
  • 7:30 p.m.  Mentalist Wayne Hoffman, Corey Union Function Room. Witness the impossible as Wayne reads the minds of audience members, demonstrates seemingly psychic phenomenon, predicts the future, travels through time and does it all with a comedic charisma. Wayne was featured on this season of America's Got Talent, The Today Show, NBC's hit TV show "Phenomenon" and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  This is a free show and no tickets are required. Because of the large venue, there will be ample seating for this event.   
  • 9 p.m.  Family Mini Golf, Shipwreck Golf.  $5 per person. You may use your tickets at any time throughout the weekend.
Sunday
  • 6 a.m.  Student Life Center opens. Student Life Center. Free access to the fitness center includes classes, pool, track and equipment.
  • 9 a.m.  College Bookstore opens. Neubig Hall. Get Cortland apparel, school supplies and more. Bookstore closes at 3 p.m.

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