Helping Bruin families make memories together, three fun-filled days will roll out during UCLA Parents' Weekend 2014, one of the year's most important events for the campus.
Once every year for the past 14 years, parents of UCLA undergraduates have had the opportunity to spend a fun-filled weekend with their children to experience together the best of UCLA. On Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, UCLA Parents’ Weekend returns to campus, offering parents, especially those of new Bruins, a delightful taste of campus life and a condensed sense of what the campus offers their sons and daughters. More than 4,000 are expected to attend this popular event.
During three memorable days, parents will be welcomed by Chancellor Gene Block and invited to a host of festive family meals, athletic events and informative “Office Hour” sessions during which all their questions about campus life, academics, financial resources and more will be answered.
Among the many adventures in store for UCLA’s honored guests this year will be presentations by stellar UCLA faculty, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond (who will speak on “The History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years”); neuroscientist and author Matthew Lieberman (“Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect”); Demetri Terzopoulos, director of the UCLA Computer Graphics and Vision Laboratory (“Virtually Alive: The Computer Simulation of People”); and Janet O’Shea, associate professor of world arts and cultures (“Fighting Beyond Fighting”).
This year’s theme is “Come Together,” which invites parents to spend quality time with their Bruin, sharing in the weekend’s events and making memories together.
Among the offerings designed to reflect UCLA’s academic excellence and sense of optimism will be cultural exhibits, performances by talented students, workshops and a panel discussion on diversity inspired by themes from this year’s Common Book, “I Never Had It Made,” by one of UCLA’s greatest athletes and alumni, Jackie Robinson.
The annual event, which Chancellor Block has called one of the most important campus events of the year, strengthens parents’ connections to UCLA and fosters their advocacy, support and involvement across the campus.
"Parents’ Weekend is a magical time on campus; to see families reunited is an amazing feeling,” said Maisha Beasley, director of the UCLA Office of Parent and Family Programs. “Observing students showing their families around campus and watching families as they experience all UCLA has to offer is proof that this university believes in the spirit of community.
“Moreover, the parent volunteers and staff take extra care to ensure that everyone has a positive and meaningful experience as we ‘come together’ for three absolutely fantastic days at UCLA,” Beasley said. “This is an experience no one should miss.”
UCLA Parents’ Weekend is free for current UCLA undergraduates, and fees for parents and family members remain the same as last year. Until 5 p.m. at Oct. 22, online general registration is $65 per person; the registration fee for families of students who qualify for the Academic Advancement Program is $25 per person. On-site registration, payable by credit card only, will be available only on Friday, Oct. 31, beginning at 8 a.m., for an additional $25 per person. Guests may register at the Bruin Central hospitality tent in Dickson Plaza.
You can check www.ParentsWeekend.ucla.edu for schedule details and updates. Questions? Call 310-794-2378 or email ParentsWeekend@support.ucla.edu.