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Parents & Family Weekend


Events for Parents & Family Weekend 2015:
November 6-8.


Events for Parents & Family Weekend 2015 as of July 22, 2015. Events are subject to change.

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For your convenience, we are selling tickets to many activities through the Parents & Family Weekend online registration form, and these events are designated with this icon. Ticket prices are per person. Ticket prices are the same for all persons (adults, children, seniors, and students), unless indicated otherwise.



There are also other events taking place during the weekend that we don't want you to miss. Tickets for these events can be purchased directly through their sponsors and are designated with this icon.



Some events are free, but request pre-registration. These events are identified with this icon. If you would like to attend an event with this icon, be sure to mark it off on the online registration form when you register for Parents & Family Weekend. There is no cost to attend, but you should pre-register.



All non-ticketed events are included in your Parents & Family Weekend registration fee. Most events are designed for adults and older teenagers. A few events are appropriate for younger children and are indicated with this icon. However, no child care services are available during Parents & Family Weekend.


Events for Friday, November 6, 2015

Parents & Family Weekend Check-In
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Union Anderson Room, 530 S. State St. 
Check-in for Parents & Family Weekend and pick up your event tickets and updated program information.


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Open House & Lobby exhibit:
“Presidential Firsts at Home and Abroad: New York City and Japan”

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
1000 Beal Ave.
You are invited to explore this National Archives-administered Presidential Library on the U-M campus. Enjoy the permanent exhibits on President and Mrs. Ford, the office used by President Ford during his many visits to U-M, and a feature exhibit, Presidential Firsts at Home and Abroad. These displays explore two remarkable moments of the Ford White House – the New York City bailout in December 1975, and President Ford’s 1974 visit to Japan. The exhibits will display State Gifts, documents and photographs to tell the stories of these historically significant events. There is free on-site parking. For more information about the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor and Museum in Grand Rapids, visit or call (734) 205-0555.


Finding Your Way . . . to the Career Center
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Michigan Union Kuenzel Room
Students begin to visit the Career Center for a variety of reasons during various points in their academic careers. This is your chance to learn more about what the Career Center has to offer, and to find out how we can help your student explore careers and graduate programs, make decisions or search for internships and jobs.


Central Campus Walking Tour
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Didn’t attend Parent & Family Orientation? Here’s your chance to experience campus through a student’s perspective. Student-led tours will be available on Friday departing from the front steps of the Michigan Union.

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student in museum University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Fridays After 5 and Exhibitions
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Museum of Art

In celebration of Parents & Family Weekend, UMMA will offer a special edition of Fridays After 5 on November 6 with extended gallery hours until 8:00 p.m. Enjoy UMMA’s venerable, near-universal collections, including Western, Asian, African, and Modern and Contemporary works of art. Special exhibitions on view during Parents & Family Weekend include Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, Jem Cohen: Life Drawing, Soviet Constructivist Posters, and Jem Cohen: We Have an Anchor. As always, admission is free. UMMA Fridays After Five are generously sponsored by Comerica Bank and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan


Money at Michigan – The Beat Goes On
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Michigan Union Kuenzel Room
Now that you've gotten through the first bills, those pleas for additional spending money, and the frustration of trying to do everything online, it's time to explore other opportunities for funding including Scholarships, Work Opportunities, and Loans. Here's your chance to find out about upcoming changes as well as ask all those questions you wished you had asked earlier if only you had known what it was going to be like.


Stamps School of Art & Design Parents & Family Weekend Program
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Art & Architecture Building

Stamps School families are invited to enjoy a light reception from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Street Gallery just off the east Bonisteel entrance to the Art & Architecture Building.  At 12:30 in room 2030, Engagement Coordinator Charlie Michaels will speak about the School's vibrant community engagement program, illustrating his talk with photographs of Stamps students making art and design matter outside the classroom. Student work will be displayed in the Street Gallery (east) as well as in the Hall (west).


Ross school of business Ross School of Business Undergraduate Academic Programs
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Michigan Union Anderson Room

Attention parents! If your student is interested in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, the Minor in Business, or just taking a few Ross courses, we welcome you to attend a special session about the Ross School of Business. Our Ross Undergraduate Admissions Director will provide an overview of Ross' undergraduate programs and the requirements for admission. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to hear from current Ross students to learn about their experience in the BBA program.



College of Engineering Student Affairs Open House and Tours
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Chrysler Center Lobby, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd
Lurie Building

Michigan Engineering warmly welcomes families to visit our open house and take a lab tour during the 2015 Family Weekend. During the afternoon, you will be able to visit offices such as the Engineering Career Resource Center, Engineering Learning Center, International Programs in Engineering, Honors and Engagement, Engineering Advising Center, the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Multidisciplinary Design Program to meet the staff members who support students throughout their college career. You'll also have the opportunity to sign up for an Engineering lab or research facility tour.


Kinesiology Meet and Greet
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs, 555 S. Forest St.
Please come meet the faculty and staff in the School of Kinesiology.  Learn about School of Kinesiology resources, see our newly designed student services space and hear about some of the research currently happening in the School of Kinesiology.


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College of Literature, Science, & the Arts Parents & Family Reception
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Michigan Union Pendleton Room


Please join the LSA dean, faculty and staff at a reception and find out the ways the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts provides your student a one-of-a-kind education. Refreshments served.


Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning Parents & Family Weekend Activities
4:00 p.m. (work on view); 5:00 p.m. (tour); 6:00 p.m. (lecture)
Art & Architecture Building

The College of Architecture & Urban Planning invites families to view architecture student projects at the college at 4:00 p.m., and then at 5:00 p.m. enjoy a student-led tour of the college including studio space, college gallery, digital fabrication lab, and more. Don’t miss this inside look at where your student spends their time during the academic year. At 6:00 p.m. join current students and other parents for an architecture lecture by a visiting expert in the field.

Residential College Parents & Family Weekend Reception
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
East Quadrangle Lower Atrium 
Join the RC for a social gathering that will feature a short program, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments for the families, students, faculty and staff. 


LSA Honors Program Parents & Family Weekend Guest Speaker and Open House
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker Location: TBA*
Open House: Perlman Honors Commons (G421 Mason Hall)
At this time, the Honors Program event has not been finalized. The Honors guest speaker will speak at 4:00 in a location to be determined. The lecture will be followed by an open house from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Perlman Honors Commons. Please check back at a later date for updates.


On View: Art & Exhibits at the Library
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Shapiro & Hatcher Libraries
Enjoy refreshments and make mini works of art as you take in exhibits across the Shapiro and Hatcher Library buildings. Start things off with light appetizers in the Library Gallery and work your way toward dessert in Bert's Study Lounge, a digital exhibit space on the first floor of the Undergraduate Library. The exhibits will feature highlights from the Library's collections as well as student art work.


A Degree in Information: Explore U-M’s Newest Undergraduate Degree
5:30-7:00 p.m.
2435 North Quad


North Quad

If your student is looking for a cutting-edge degree program that leads to careers in everything from social media to user experience to information analysis to online tools, then the School of Information’s new, ground-breaking Bachelor of Science in Information is the perfect fit. Graduates will be prepared to work at organizations ranging from Microsoft, Deloitte and Ford Motor Company to various startups and non-profits. Bring your student and come munch on appetizers and meet faculty, staff, and current students who can answer your questions about the degree before you head out for dinner. Dozens of local restaurants are located within a block of the building.


Hillel Shabbat Dinner and Services
Time: TBA*
1429 Hill St. 
Tickets: TBA*

Students and families are invited to a gourmet kosher Shabbat dinner during Parents & Family Weekend. Meet the staff and students of Hillel and enjoy a wonderful Shabbat experience together. Hillel is located at 1429 Hill St. Street parking will be available.  *For more information, visit or call (734) 769-0500.



University Musical Society Presents:
The Danish String Quartet

8:00 p.m.
Rackham Auditorium
Tickets: $38


Danish String Quartet

The Danish String Quartet has an infectious joy for making music and “rampaging energy” (New Yorker), on display since their 2002 debut at the Copenhagen Festival. “This is one of the best quartets before the public today” (Washington Post). The Program includes Haydn’s Quartet No. 42 in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2, Thomas Adés’ Arcadiana, and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form.



Center for Campus Involvement Presents: Interactive Dinner Theater featuring
Hypnotist chrisjones

6:30 p.m. 
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom
Ticket Price: $30 adults,
$10 children 12 and under
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Student and families are invited to become part of the entertainment in this interactive show. Hypnotist chrisjones (one word) has been taking his insane hypnosis show to universities across the country. Offering a perfect balance of conjuring, psychology, comedy, and suggestion, this show allows you to become the star! This show is suitable for all ages. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form.


Rude Mechanicals Present: Sotto Voce by Nilo Cruz
8:00 p.m.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater
Tickets: $9
The Rude Mechanicals is one of few U-M student organizations that gives all majors, even non-theatre majors, a chance to take part in the process of creating a full scale theatrical production each semester. The fall production will be "Sotto Voce". "Sotto Voce" is a dream play in which a passionate, Jewish-Cuban young man (Saquiel) sets out to recover memories of the S.S. St. Louis which, in 1939, left Nazi Germany for Cuba filled with Jewish refugees but was turned back by Cuba, the U.S. and Canada. The young man's grandaunt was on the voyage. He seeks out a prominent, elderly, German-born novelist (Bemadette) who, as a young woman, loved a Jewish man who was a passenger to Cuba on the ship. Saquiel assumes the place of her lost lover in her powerful imagination. They both begin to fantasize a metaphysical love affair in which they share the conundrum of coming to grips with memories of that "voyage of the damned." She is trying to master them, he is seeking to understand them. The play venerates the supreme power of imagination that could bring these different people together. Tickets can be purchased for the Friday and Saturday show through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration form. 


Events for Saturday, November 7

Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
315 Detroit St.

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is the open-air farmers market located in the heart of the historic Kerrytown neighborhood of Ann Arbor. With over 160 vendors, shoppers can find an extremely diverse mix of producers, artisans, and prepared food vendors.


Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning Tailgate
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty St.

Join Taubman staff at the college's research and exhibition space for donuts, coffee, and activities with fellow Taubman College parents and students. Taubman College's "Dialogue | Detroit" exhibition will be on view. 


St. Mary Student Parish Parents Weekend Mass & Brunch
10:00 a.m.* to Noon
331 Thompson Street
Please join St. Mary Student Parish for Mass before the game at 10:00 a.m.* followed by a delicious brunch. You’ll meet our pastors and staff and learn how – for over 90 years – St. Mary Student Parish has encouraged Catholic students to grow in faith as they grow in knowledge. Visit for more information, or email to RSVP. *Please confirm Mass time on website. Mass time is dependent upon game time, which was not set at time of printing.

University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Exhibitions
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Museum of Art

Enjoy UMMA’s galleries and special exhibitions including, Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, Jem Cohen: Life Drawing, Soviet Constructivist Posters, and Jem Cohen: We Have an Anchor. As always, admission is free.


Planetarium Shows
1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.
$5.00 per person
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The Museum of Natural History’s Planetarium has served as an astronomy resource for the community since 1958. Fun for children and adults, this is your chance to learn about our night sky! Tickets are sold at the museum on the day of the event.


dinosaur museum Dinosaur Tours
2:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.

Attention dinosaur fans! Join us for a free, 30-minute docent-led tour of the dinosaur exhibits.



Parents & Family Weekend Pre-Game Tailgate
3 hours prior to kickoff
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, located on S. State St. behind Schembechler Hall
Tickets: $30
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An annual Parents & Family Weekend favorite, the pre-game tailgate is your opportunity to show your Michigan spirit! The tailgate features food, games, prizes and student performers to help you prepare to experience a game in the “Big House”. Scheduled to perform are the U-M Dance Team, the U-M Cheerleaders, the Michigan Marching Band, and many more student performing groups and special guests! Menu includes marinated boneless chicken breasts, smoked stadium style sausage, veggie wraps, Greek style pasta salad, redskin potato salad, baked beans, and more. Located at the Oosterbaan Fieldhouse this is the place to be rain or shine! Currently, the kickoff time has not been determined. The tailgate will begin 3 hours prior to kickoff and will end 1 hour prior to kickoff. Please check back at the end of October for updated kickoff and tailgate times. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form.

Attention parents of Michigan Marching Band, U-M Dance Team, U-M Cheerleaders and other student performing groups: If you wish to see your student perform at the Pre-Game Tailgate, you must purchase a ticket for this event. No one will be admitted to the Parents & Family Weekend Pre-Game Tailgate without a ticket.


football Saturdays

Michigan v. Rutgers Football Game
Time: TBA
Michigan Stadium
Tickets: $65
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Come watch the Wolverines and new head coach, Jim Harbaugh, battle the Scarlet Knights. Attending a football game at “the Big House” is one of the most popular things to do at Michigan. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form. Please note that NO PURSES OR BAGS ARE ALLOWED AT MICHIGAN STADIUM. If you are planning to attend the football game, make sure to read through the list of prohibited items at Michigan Stadium ( Don’t let a purse ruin your Parents & Family Weekend!



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The Michigan G-Men Present:
G-FEST: “The Best of Michigan Performance Groups”

Rackham Auditorium
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10

This year, the Michigan G-Men, who recently placed 3rd at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, will once again call together and present some of your favorite Wolverine performers!  The 2015 G-FEST will sample the premiere performance groups that proudly represent the diverse, remarkably talented student population at the University of Michigan. It will be an entertaining night of singing, dancing, and more that allows visiting parents to see the amazing talent that abounds at their children’s university and shows students the exciting opportunities available to them. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form.


Rude Mechanicals Fall Production
8:00 p.m.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater
Tickets: $9
See description under Friday listing. Tickets can be purchased for the Friday and Saturday show through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration form. 


Men's Glee Club 156th Fall Hill Concert
8:00 p.m.
Hill Auditorium
Tickets: $5-20


Founded in 1859, the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club is one of the oldest collegiate choruses in the U.S. The graduate and undergraduate members of the Glee Club, chosen by audition at the beginning of both the Fall and Winter terms, represent a wide spectrum of majors. The Glee Club has become renowned for its wide repertoire of music that incorporates selections from different musical styles and periods including Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folksongs, spirituals, contemporary works, and, of course, Michigan songs. Tickets for this event are available directly through the School of Music Ticket Office online.


Events for Sunday, November 8

Parents & Family Weekend Brunch
2 seatings: 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom
Tickets: $25
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Parents & Family Weekend concludes with brunch at the Michigan Union. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch. Menu includes egg croustade, brie and wild mushroom quiche, pecan-crusted French toast, sausage, muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, miniature pastries, and assorted beverages. Please note: No early entrance will be permitted to allow the catering staff enough time to prepare between the seatings. Tickets can be purchased through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form.


Planetarium Shows
1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.
Tickets: $5.00 per person
See Saturday listing for description.


Dinosaur Tours
2:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.
See Saturday listing for description.


Big House Tours
1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.

Michigan Stadium
Tickets: $30 Adults; $20 for children between the ages of 5-12; $20 for UM Students (with Mcard)
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The University of Michigan Alumni Association is thrilled to offer this unique behind the scenes tour of one of America’s most iconic structures – Michigan Stadium. Featuring Dr. Robert Soderstrom, author of The Big House, Fielding H. Yost and the Building of Michigan Stadium, these tours offer amazing insight into the history of Michigan Stadium and how it became the largest collegiate stadium in the country, as well as some unique stories behind the stadium’s history. There’s no better way to celebrate the tradition that is Michigan football then by experiencing the Big House from the ground up and only the Alumni Association brings you this once in a lifetime experience. The tours are an unforgettable experience for any Maize and Blue fan. You’ll get to run through the famed tunnel onto the field; throw a touchdown pass across the goal line; kick a winning field goal; take your photo standing on the 50-yard line; spend time in the Michigan locker room; see the newly added club seating concourse and suites; and even try on an actual Michigan helmet and shoulder pads. The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. For their safety and as a courtesy to other guests, children under 5 are not permitted on the tours. Due to the nature of the tours, the tour groups are kept very small. As a result, tickets to this event are extremely limited. Tickets will be available to purchase on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form while supplies last.

University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Exhibitions
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Museum of Art
Enjoy UMMA’s galleries and special exhibitions including, Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, Jem Cohen: Life Drawing, Soviet Constructivist Posters, and Jem Cohen: We Have an Anchor. As always, admission is free.