Family Weekend

Family Weekend offers opportunities for students and their loved ones to spend quality time together enjoying campus and community.


Attendance at Family Weekend is free; however, registration is required.



All visitors will be required to check in upon arrival to provide COVID-19 documentation verification (information below). You will receive a bracelet that will grant access to events. The check-in tent will be in the Case-Geyer Library parking lot.


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

Colgate Together: Public Health Guidelines


At the check-in location, guests* will be required to provide a valid photo ID and one of the following documents:

  • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine — at least two weeks after a second dose of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single-dose J&J vaccine (a copy or image of your CDC-issued vaccination card or NYS Excelsior Pass),
  • Positive COVID-19 test, dated between 14 and 90 days prior to checking in on campus,
  • Negative PCR test, taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to check-in, or
  • Negative antigen test, taken no earlier than 24 hours prior to check-in.

Testing documentation must include:

  • Name
  • Birth Date
  • Type of Test
  • Date of Test
  • Test Result

Upon providing documentation, guests will be issued a bracelet that will serve as their ‘passport’ for all weekend events.

*Guests under the age of 12 will not be required to provide documentation.







Any attendees two years of age or older from outside the campus community who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 will be required to wear a face covering while indoors and in any outdoor setting where physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

Colgate’s face covering policy is subject to change at any time based on current public health conditions, and guests will be expected to adhere to the policy.

Read Masking Guidelines

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.

Planning the Weekend

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

Those planning travel may find the following resources helpful:

In order to keep the Colgate community safe, guests will not be permitted to eat in campus dining facilities over Family Weekend. 

As highlighted on the schedule, Colgate will provide a free family BBQ dinner on Friday, October 22 as well a food truck lunch on Saturday, October 23 (registration and tickets required; space is limited; the Reserve Meal Tickets link is on the registration page). 

Beyond those provided meals, 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 federal 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

Women's Ice Hockey

Park and tailgate at the Class of 65 Arena/Andy Kerr parking lot from 2 hours prior to game time until 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (October 22 and 23).

Men's Soccer

Park and tailgate at the Tyler's Field parking lot from 2 hours prior to the game until one hour after the game is concluded.

Men's Ice Hockey

Park and tailgate at the Tyler's Field  parking lot from 2 hours prior to the game until one hour after the game is concluded on Friday and Saturday (October 22 and 23). The Class of 65 Arena/Andy Kerr parking lot is reserved for men's ice hockey season parking passes only.


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

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