Family Weekend

Held each fall semester, Family Weekend offers opportunities for students and their loved ones to spend quality time together enjoying campus and community.

Family Weekend 2022: October 21–23

We are so pleased to welcome families to campus for a fun and safe Family Weekend.

All guests visiting the campus for Family Weekend are asked to register so that we will know attendance numbers and can communicate important information to our expected guests.

Please review everything on this page so that you can be prepared for your eagerly awaited visit.

Welcome Center

A mom in a jean jacket and dad in a Colgate baseball hat ick up a schedule at the welcome center table

Pick up a schedule/map and grab a refreshment in the Reid Athletic Center Lobby.

Welcome Center Hours

  • Friday Noon–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 8:00 a.m.–Noon

Weekend Highlights

The Family Weekend schedule will be chock-full of concerts, academic events, athletic contests, information sessions, and more. A complete schedule of the weekend’s activities will be posted in mid-October. You can also check Meanwhile, here are some highlights:

Friday, October 21

5:30–7:00 p.m. | Family BBQ Dinner. No charge; RSVP Required. Reserve meal tickets on the registration page; please include your student. 

6:00 p.m. | Women's Hockey vs. Vermont

7:30 p.m. | ALANA Cultural Center Annual Fashion Show

7:30–9:00 p.m. | A Cappella Concert. Space is limited; livestream available

Saturday, October 22

11:00 a.m. | Field Hockey vs. Lafayette

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Food Truck Lunch. Purchase a meal from a selection of food trucks. Average price $13

12:00 p.m. | Colgate Football vs. Georgetown. Ticket required; students free with ’Gate Card. Purchase tickets (for pick up on campus that weekend) through the registration form.

1:00 p.m. | Mental Health and Wellness: Panel discussion with special guests and Colgate experts

3:00 p.m. | Colgate Women's Hockey vs. Vermont

4:00 p.m. | Colgate Women’s Soccer vs. Lafayette

5:00–9:00 p.m. | Dinner available to families, Frank Dining Hall. Pay at the door, no charge for guests of students on the Premier Meal Plan. Indicate interest through the registration form. 

8:00–9:30 p.m. | Hot Chocolate, S'mores, Firepits, and Fireworks

Typical Weekend Events

Faculty member lectures in a classroom
Attend classes
The Swinging Gates perform an a capella concert in Memorial Chapel
Concerts and exhibitions
A family eats and plays games together at a picnic table
Receptions and picnics
Fans of the Raiders in the stands at Andy Kerr Stadium
Sporting events
Two families greet one another and shake hands in downtown Hamilton
Explore Hamilton

Colgate Together: Public Health Guidelines


Guests are expected to follow campus public health guidelines and policies while visiting Colgate. COVID-19 variants remain a persistent threat to individuals' health and available vaccines show significant protection against these variants. It therefore remains important to vaccinate to protect yourself and our community.

Based on current conditions, we expect all eligible campus guests to be fully vaccinated prior to coming to campus, barring religious or medical exemption.

Unvaccinated individuals are also expected to wear a face covering in any setting, indoors or outdoor, where physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

Campus guests who are ill (including but not limited to symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 and other communicable diseases), regardless of vaccination status, must cancel their visit.

Review Visitor and Guest Guidelines
Read Masking Guidelines

Planning the Weekend

You may find the following resources helpful for planning your visit.

Those planning travel may find the following resources helpful:

Beyond the on-campus meal offerings listed in the weekend schedule, there are a variety of dining establishments in the area; be sure to call ahead for hours of operation and space availability. In addition, the local Price Chopper Super Center on Rt. 12B just north of campus offers grab-and-go meal solutions as well as catering.

Parking on Family Weekend is open to anyone; however, parking is limited. Whenever possible, please take advantage of the Colgate Cruiser (masks required). Routes and schedules are online and on the Colgate Mobile App. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

Legal parking spots are marked with white lines. Parking on any roadway is prohibited. More information at Parking Guidelines.

The Colgate Cruiser — our free shuttle service around the campus and into Hamilton — is open to guests and members of the public as well as students and employees. Find routes and timetables online. Please note that New York State law requires face coverings on public transportation, including the Colgate Cruiser.

Guests on campus may connect to the Colgate-Guest Wi-Fi network for free.

Day passes to Colgate’s fitness and recreation facilities are available to guests during open hours.

Family members are welcome to tailgate as part of enjoying the athletics contests over Family Weekend.

Please review Colgate's Tailgating Policy

Visit Campus Safety at 88 Hamilton St., or call 315-228-7333 (non-emergency).

Future Family Weekend Dates

Future family weekend dates are typically published on this page and announced in the spring semester Parent & Family Newsletter, which goes out in early March.