COLLEGE STATION – Parents’ Weekend, the annual spring celebration at Texas A&M University honoring Aggie moms and dads, begins Friday (April 15).
Aggie families have gathered for such a weekend of fun and festivities on campus annually since 1919.
Parents’ Weekend activities include the annual Aggie Moms’ Boutique, concerts by the Singing Cadets and various Aggie bands, talent shows and open houses at the homes of the university’s president and vice president for student affairs. It concludes Sunday with the presentation of a host of awards and naming of the Aggie Parents of the Year.
The Aggie Moms’ Boutique, a gift and craft fair, is set for Duncan Dining Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday (April 16) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The boutique is considered by planners as a particularly fitting way to begin because Parents’ Weekend has its roots in Aggie Mothers’ Club activities. The club was formed early in the school’s history with the goal of lending help to the then all-cadet student body.
In return, an open house was held for the moms in May for Mother’s Day from 1919 until 1969. At that time, graduation was changed to early May, so the open house program moved to April and has continued to expand through the years beyond the traditional flower pinning, chapel services and military reviews for moms. It now includes a whole weekend of activities for the entire family.
The Memorial Student Center Variety Show, hosted by MSC Town Hall, is a student talent show planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Rudder Auditorium. Tickets are available in advance through the MSC Box Office as well as being on sale the night of the show.
Parents of students who have met all the academic requirements to earn their Aggie rings will have the opportunity to attend Aggie Ring Day from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Clayton Williams Jr. Alumni Center with their sons and daughters.
A Midnight Yell Practice is planned at Kyle Field and will conclude Friday’s events.
President R. Bowen Loftin and Dr. Karin C. Loftin and Vice President for Student Affairs Gen. and Mrs. Joe Weber will welcome guests at their homes during an open house Saturday (April 16) from 10 a.m. until noon. Both homes are on Throckmorton Street with the president’s home located across from Duncan Field and the vice president’s located across from the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.
A new event, "Brunch With The Deans," will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sbisa Dining Hall. Tickets will be sold the morning of the brunch inside of Sbisa. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-10 and children ages 3 and under are free. Students also may use their meal plan or dining dollars.
The annual Aggie Maroon & White football game, that concludes spring practice, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Kyle Field.
The Singing Cadets will be in concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. The Singing Cadets concert is one of the most popular events at each year's Parents' Weekend. Tickets are on sale at the MSC Box Office.
The Corps of Cadets will host several activities during the weekend, including performance of the Parsons Mounted Cavalry, the Ross Volunteers and the Fish Drill Team. These performances will be followed by the presentation of cadet individual awards and a review and unit awards ceremony. For more information on these events, see http://corps.tamu.edu/latest-news/corps-events-for-parents-weekend-april-15-17.html
The weekend’s activities will conclude Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Rudder Auditorium with the All-University Awards Ceremony. One of the highlights of the weekend, the ceremony presents numerous student awards, including the Buck Weirus Spirit Award honoring students who have made a significant contribution to student programs. It will also include the naming of the Aggie Parents of the Year for 2011.
For more on Parents’ Weekend, go to: http://parentsweekend.tamu.edu/home.
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