2019 Family Weekend

2019 Family Weekend

The schedule of events for Family Weekend is subject to change. Please check back periodically for updates.

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  • Friday, September 20plus or minus

    11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. - Annual Domestic & International Service Trip Basket Raffle
    The DeNaples Center, 1st Floor
    The Center for Service and Social Justice will host its annual basket raffle, which benefits domestic and international service trips. Money raised through this event will directly benefit almost 200 faculty, staff and student participants each year. Baskets will be displayed and tickets sold throughout the weekend on the 1st floor of The DeNaples Center.

    4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. - Hospitality Center
    The DeNaples Center, 1st Floor
    A warm welcome awaits you at the Family Weekend Hospitality Center. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the weekend and offer suggestions about the surrounding area.

    8:30 p.m. - Family Movie Night: Toy Story 4
    The DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater
    Gather the family for the cinematic experience of Toy Story 4 in Moskovitz Theater.  Snacks and beverages will be provided. The event is sponsored by Late Night @ Scranton.                     

  • Saturday, September 21plus or minus

    8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m - Hospitality Center
    A warm welcome awaits you at the Family Weekend Hospitality Center. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the weekend and offer suggestions about the surrounding area.

    8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Bike Scranton 
    The DeNaples Center, Patio
    Bike Scranton is a cooperative program between The University of Scranton Office of Sustainability and the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority. All University of Scranton students and families may borrow a bicycle as long as they can provide a photo ID and are at least 16 years of age. Bikes will be available on the DeNaples Center patio, and tours are self-guided. The last bike check-out time is 1:30 p.m. for bikes to be returned by 2:00 p.m. Click here for a comprehensive Bike Scranton map.

    8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Annual Domestic & International Service Trip Basket Raffle
    The DeNaples Center, 1st Floor
    The Center for Service and Social Justice will host its annual basket raffle, which benefits domestic and international service trips. Money raised through this event will directly benefit almost 200 faculty, staff and student participants each year. Baskets will be displayed and tickets sold throughout the weekend on the 1st floor of The DeNaples Center.

    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Siblings' U
    Condron Hall Lawn & 1st Floor
    Home can feel quiet when your college student is not there. Here is the opportunity for your children to reconnect and catch up. Our Residence Assistants have put together exciting activities appropriate for all ages.

    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Jesuit Center Open House
    St. Thomas Hall, 2nd Floor
    The Jesuit Center is committed to helping members of the University of Scranton community understand and integrate their faith and their work in the context of the Jesuit tradition. Stop by the Jesuit Center on the second floor of St. Thomas Hall to meet Executive Director Rev. Patrick D. Rogers, S.J. and learn more about their mission and the resources they provide.

    11:00 a.m. - Women's Rugby vs. Bloomsburg University
    Fitzpatrick Field
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    11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. - Career Development & Your Student
    The DeNaples Center, Room 405
    Representatives from The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development will discuss ways in which they help students focus on career decisions that are consistent with their unique talents, aspirations, and vision for living. 

    11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Scranton 201 Downtown Walking Tour
    Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, 1st Floor
    We introduced you to the City of Scranton at New Student Orientation. Now, Director of Community and Government Relations Julie Schumacher Cohen will lead you on a walking tour of the Electric City highlighting the various businesses and experiences available to your student. You will learn how the University and community partner with each other and also where to shop, eat and locate available discounts during Family Weekend. Guests who attend the walking tour will be eligible for discounts at select community businesses.

    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. - RoyalFest
    The Dionne Green
    Stop by the DeNaples Patio to visit our downtown vendors, support student club fundraisers, have fun on bounce houses, cheer on our student performers, and visit with other Scranton families. Student dance and cheer groups will be performing throughout RoyalFest on the Dionne Green. Click here for a full list of RoyalFest participants.

    12:00 p.m. - Women's Volleyball vs. SUNY Geneseo
    John Long Center
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    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. - A Little Self Care & A Little Resilience
    The DeNaples Center, 4th Floor, Moskovitz Theater
    Take it from a nurse – even as you are busy caring for everyone in your life, it is just as important to take care of yourself. Join Dr. Teresa M. Conte ‘94, PhD, CPNP, Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing, as she talks about establishing boundaries, addressing stress, and establishing some practices to build your resiliency. 

    1:00 p.m. - Women's Soccer vs. Stevens Institute of Technology
    Weiss Field, Quinn Athletic Campus
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    1:00 p.m. - Men's Rugby vs. Millersville University
    Fitzpatrick Field
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    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Art & Architecture Tour of the Estate & the Heritage Room
    The Estate
    Join Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., Hope Horn Gallery Director, as she takes us on a tour of the architecture of the Estate and art of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Heritage Room. A classic example of the Second Empire architectural style that was once home to the Scranton family, the Estate now houses our Admissions office. Features include stone masonry, woodwork carvings, a solid mahogany staircase, and a Tiffany glass skylight. The Heritage Room features 36 panels commissioned by the University from artist Trevor Southey as a tribute to arts, science, and religion in Scranton and the Lackawanna Valley.

    4:00 p.m. - Women's Volleyball vs. Rowan University
    John Long Center
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    4:00 p.m. - Family Weekend Mass
    William J. Byron, S.J. Complex
    Join our community as we celebrate the Eucharist and commissioning of new Student Ministers at the Family Weekend Mass. Families of all faith commitments are warmly welcome.     

    7:30 p.m. - Family Weekend Concert featuring The Aaron Diehl Trio with an appearance by The University of Scranton Concert Choir
    Houlihan-McLean Center
    A Grammy Award-winning 32-year-old classically trained pianist and composer, Aaron Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world over the last 15 years. Showing an affinity for early jazz and mid-20th century “third-stream” music, his latest evolution comes as he begins to tackle modern classical works, recently performing Gershwin with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Diehl has collaborated with living masters ranging from NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson to 20th-century classical titan Philip Glass, while establishing himself as one of the preeminent interpreters of the Great American Songbook in his own trio and with the vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Jazz critics from The New York Times have extolled Mr. Diehl’s “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint,” while the same paper’s classical critics have noted, “Mr. Diehl play[s] magnificently.” His meticulously conceived performances, collaborations, and compositions are refreshing, as his highly personal aesthetic spearheads a union of tradition and original artistry, while bounding ahead on an uncharted course. Visit the Performance Music website here.

    8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. - USPB After Dark: Family Weekend Edition
    The DeNaples Center
    Join the University of Scranton Programming Board (USPB) as they transform the DeNaples campus center into a family entertainment complex! Featuring multiple attractions throughout the building, including a live, interactive game show, Scranton bingo, photo booths and more, this is an exciting family event that is not to be missed. Sponsored by the USPB.   

  • Sunday, September 22plus or minus

    10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Brunch in the Fresh Food Company
    The DeNaples Center, Fresh Food Company, 3rd Floor
    The Fresh Food Company invites you to enjoy a traditional University of Scranton Sunday brunch. Fresh Food Company can be paid for onsite by using your student’s swipe on their Royal ID card or by paying cash. ($)

    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Family Time at Chapman Lake with University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
    Chapman Lake Retreat Center
    Spend some family time at the Chapman Lake Retreat Center with University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., and tour the grounds where our students connect with their faith and our Jesuit mission when attending our many retreat offerings. Pre-order a boxed lunch and make it a picnic. The event is complimentary, but boxed lunches are $10. Address: 1226 Chapman Lake Road, Jermyn, PA. Directions are available on the Campus Ministries website. (Please visit at your leisure, as transportation will not be provided). Click here for a self-guided walking tour of the center. ($ - optional)   

    3:15 p.m. - Men's Ice Hockey vs. Binghamton University
    Revolution Ice Centre, Pittston
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    ($) - fee required