Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2021

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While your student is at the University of Toledo, parent and family members are also members of our Rocket Family. Each year we invite our families to campus for Family Weekend to experience life on campus as a Rocket. Family Weekend is an annual tradition that typically occurs on campus every fall semester. This exciting series of events engages our Rockets’ parents, families, and siblings all weekend long!

Registration is closed!

Family Weekend 2021 - Schedule of events

The Family Weekend Planning Committee has created an array of events and programs all weekend long.

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FRIDAY, Oct. 22

Spirit Of Sierah 5K Run

5:30-8 P.M. 
Location Stadium Drive

The Spirit of Sierah, Ce the Light Glow Run, is designed to honor the life and legacy of Sierah Joughin. Sierah was a University of Toledo student who was tragically taken from our community in 2016 by a repeat violent offender. Participants are asked to wear glow items and can choose to walk or run a one-mile Fun Run or 5K route throughout campus. Costumes are also welcome. Registration must be received by Friday, October 1st to guarantee a t-shirt. All proceeds from this event will benefit Justice for Sierah. 

Justice for Sierah (JFS) is a non-profit organization working to protect communities by implementing the Ohio violent offender registry, known as Sierah’s Law, in all 50 states. JFS also works to empower youth by establishing self-awareness and self-defense into school curriculum and communities through the Sierah Strong program. The Sierah Strong pilot program has currently launched for 6-8th graders in 11 schools. 

Sierah was full of life and love, please join us in honoring her at the Ce the Light Glow Run! 

Questions can be emailed to Nicole Candle: 


 Registration Table

6-8 p.m. 
Lancelot Thompson Student Union, Outside Ingman Room in Trimble Lounge (outside room 2520)

Join the Family Weekend Committee in the Student Union! Here is where you can finalize your registration for the fun-filled weekend, receive football game tickets, snag your official Family Weekend 2021 T-Shirt, and ask any questions you may have before the we kick-off the weekend. We look forward to meeting you and your families!

Dessert Reception

7-8 p.m.
Lancelot Thompson Student Union, Ingman Room (Room 2520)

Join interim vice president of student affairs, Valerie Simmons-Walston and provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Karen Bjorkman for a welcoming dessert reception in our Student Union. You will have the opportunity to engage and connect with several campus partners, learn more about our programs and services, and become more a part of our Rocket family. We hope you’ll join us!

Campus Activities & Programming Sponsored Movie Night

8-10 p.m.
Lancelot Thompson Student Union, Auditorium (Room 3010) 

Bring the family together for a Friday Movie Night! Join Campus Activities for a special showing during Family Weekend 2021. Gather your family, sit back, and relax with us. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided! 

SATurDAY, OCt. 23 

Fall Festival

Carter Field (Rain Location: Lancelot Thompson Student Union)

Join us before the football game for a day full of festivities. Fall Festival will include live music, free food, face painting, spooky campus tours, pumpkin painting, tailgating games, a photo-booth, visits from our marching band and cheerleading squad, and an opportunity to meet some of our favorite Toledo Mascots!

Football Game Vs Western Michigan Broncos

Kick-Off starts at 3:30pm
Glass Bowl Stadium

It’s Gameday UToledo! We hope you’ll join us and support the Rockets, as they strive to defeat the Western Michigan Broncos. See you at the game!

SUNDAY, Oct. 24

Costco & Croissants

10 a.m. - Noon
Costco Wholesale - 3405 Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43606

Join us at Costco before you head home for breakfast and a shopping trip. Gift cards will be provided to the first 50 families who visit us!

Once Greek, Always Greek: UToledo's All Greek Cookout

12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion

Come mingle with current Greek students and alumni, enjoy food from Deet's BBQ. The All-Greek cookout is open to all IFC, MGC, NPHC and PHC alumni and students. During the cookout, all fraternities and sororities within McComas Village will be open for tours. Cost is $5 per person (students will not have a charge). Wear your Greek letters and meet fellow alumni and students from your organization!


Walk for Water 2021

1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Centennial Mall

Walk for Water is a fundraising 5K Walk and Run to increase Toledo’s awareness of the worldwide lack of access to clean water and to raise funds to help Clean Water for the World in their efforts to provide water purifications units at no cost to local communities in developing countries.

All proceeds and donations will be given to the Clean Water for the World nonprofit. 

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JCPenney Suit-Up

10 A.M. - Noon
JCPenney at Franklin Park Mall - 5001 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623

During this event, UToledo studentsalumni, faculty, and staff will be able to purchase everything they need to finish their look for that next interview or job- including suits, dresses, sports coats, dress pants, shoes, and accessories at an additional 30% off!  
All UToledo students, alumni, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.


Family Weekend Discount

All Weekend
Rocky's Locker | Barnes & Noble at Gateway

During the weekend, UToledo family members, parents, and students alumni, faculty, and staff will be able to enjoy a 25% discount to purchase clothing at Rocky's Locker or the Barnes & Noble at Gateway. Pick up your discount coupon at registration and it is only valid throughout Family Weekend. 
This coupon is not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at the game. 
Last Updated: 10/11/21