Mason Family Flash

Make plans to attend Family Weekend: Register online before October 27

Family Weekend registration closes on Sunday, October 27 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Purchase your tickets now to ensure a smooth check-in process and to guarantee that space is available for your family before registration closes at!

Registration: If you do not register before the deadline, you can register and pay on-site at check-in (cash, check, and credit card accepted), which begins Friday, November 8 at noon. Please note that events requiring special event tickets fill up quickly and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. If an event is sold out when online registration closes, we will not sell tickets at check-in. You can also log back into your Family Weekend registration to add additional event tickets. Note: All Family Weekend fees are non-refundable.

Family of the Year nominations: October 25 is the deadline for your student to nominate your family for Family of the Year! Written essays, short videos, and other creative works (e.g. song, artwork, etc.) are accepted and must be submitted online. Apply at

In addition to being recognized and awarded at Mason’s Got Talent: Dinner and a Show on Saturday evening of Family Weekend, the Family of the Year will receive the following:

  • Commemorative plaque
  • Family Weekend registration fees will be waived or refunded if already paid in full (up to $300)
  • $200 of merchandise from the University Bookstore
  • Four tickets to George Mason Men’s Basketball game
  • Featured article on our Mason webpage
  • Family photo shoot and featured cover photo on the upcoming Mason Family Calendar

Care Packages: During Family Weekend, you will have the opportunity to create your own care package that will be delivered to your favorite Mason student after the weekend. You will be able to choose from a variety of snacks and fun items to help your student finish the semester strong. Cash, check and credit card will be accepted on site.

If you are not able to come to campus for Family Weekend, you can let your favorite student know you are thinking about them by sending a Campus Survival Kit care package filled with fun treats, snacks, and a handwritten gift message! Visit and select any kit. Packages will be delivered to the Mason Mail Hub or your student’s off-campus address after Family Weekend.

Where to stay: We have partnered with our friends at Marriott to offer a variety of discounts at local hotels that we encourage your family to take advantage of as you plan for Family Weekend. There are very few discounted rooms left at Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks and Residence Inn Fairfax City. Book by October 24 to take advantage of the discounts.

Patriot Pantry donations: We will collect donations for the Patriot Pantry at the Family Weekend Check-In, which is dedicated to helping Mason students. On Saturday between 10 a.m.-Noon in the Johnson Center Atrium, we invite you to participate in Mason Families Give Back to help sort and store donations. We encourage your family to bring any of the following needed items:

Pre-made meals/pre-made on-the-go snacks, granola bars/snack bars, chips and crackers, rice, cereal, non-perishable milk, healthy snacks, peanut butter, oatmeal, pasta, pasta sauce, canned meat (chicken, beef, pork, etc.)

Hygiene products:
Deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes/toothpaste, laundry detergent/dryer sheets, feminine, hygiene products, hand soap, body wash, and shaving cream/razors

School supplies:
College-ruled paper, notebooks, planners, folders, binders, scantrons, #2 pencils, highlighters and index cards

We look forward to celebrating with all of our Mason families on November 8-10! Stay updated on all things Family Weekend – follow our George Mason Family Programs Facebook page, view our schedule of events and frequently asked questions at, and download our schedule app at

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

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