Mason Family Flash

It’s not too late to join us for Family Weekend!

Family Weekend 2019 is 10 days away, and we would love to welcome your family to campus for this special occasion! Our Family Weekend schedule includes events for everyone, so it’s the perfect time to get the whole family together. We have outlined a few answers to questions about registration and general event questions below:

Registration & Check-In

  1. How does my family register for Family Weekend? You can walk in and register on-site at Family Weekend Check-In, which begins Friday, November 8 at noon. Please note that special event tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. *On-site registrations can be paid in cash, credit card, or check.
  2. What is the fee to attend Family Weekend? All participants, except Mason students and children under 2, must purchase a $5 Family Weekend access pass. This pass will grant you entrance to more than 50 Family Weekend events.
  3. Are tickets needed for every event? Your access pass grants you entrance to more than 50 Family Weekend events. Please wear it throughout the weekend, so we know you are part of Family Weekend! You will receive a schedule of events at Check-In which lists the events included with your access pass and which events require special event tickets. For a complete list of events, visit
  4. When should my family plan to arrive? Check-In begins at noon on Friday, November 8 and will be open until 6 p.m. Check-in will reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 9 and will close at 1 p.m.


  1. Where can my family park during Family Weekend? You must print out and place the parking pass in the front dashboard of your vehicle. Families should park in Lot K. Parking is also available in the Rappahannock Parking Deck in the General Permit Area on Levels 1 & 2 (not Visitor). This pass is not valid at parking meters or in the Shenandoah or Mason Pond parking decks. *We do NOT validate parking in any parking decks.

General Event Questions

  1. Can my student go to Family Weekend events even if our family can’t attend? Yes! All Mason students are welcome to attend Family Weekend events regardless if their family is registered. It is free for students to obtain an access pass, but they must come to Family Weekend Check-In to pick it up. Send a little love from home and make Family Weekend extra special for your student by ordering a care package from Campus Survival Kits! Learn more at
  2. What should we bring? If you are planning to participate in any of our more active events and activities, such as the Regatta de Cardboard, Great Falls bus tour, The EDGE, or the 5K Run/Walk, please pack athletic apparel and swimwear.

    Also, bring donations for the Patriot Pantry! Most needed items are cereal, oatmeal cups (variety packs), chips (variety packs), fruit cups (peaches, mixed fruit, pears), dried fruit (raisins, dates, banana chips, cranberries), Hormel complete meals, pasta (variety), bathroom tissue, paper towels, and tuna (pouches and cans). Donations can be dropped off November 8-9 at the Family Weekend Check-In area on the ground floor of the Johnson Center.

  3. I have additional questions about Family Weekend. Who can I contact? Please contact New Student and Family Programs with any questions you may have about Family Weekend. Please call 703-993-2475 or email, and we’ll be happy to help!

We hope you will join us as we come together as a Mason family to connect, celebrate and make new memories! Watch what is in store for Family Weekend!

Follow our George Mason Family Programs Facebook page for updates, mark attending on our Family Weekend 2019 Facebook event, view our schedule of events at, and download our app at to create your custom schedule.

Questions about Family Weekend? Call (703) 993-2475 or email

Amie Mbye
Graduate Assistant for Family Programs
New Student and Family Programs 

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