Parents’ Weekend, an annual spring celebration honoring Aggie moms and dads since 1919, begins Friday (March 30) at Texas A&M University.
Parents’ Weekend activities include the annual Aggie Moms’ Boutique, concerts by the Singing Cadets and various Aggie bands and 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 that is one of the most popular events of Parents’ Weekend, is set for Duncan Dining Hall Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday (March 31) 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 fun activities that has entire Aggie families flocking to the campus.
Aggie Ring Day, the day long awaited by students, is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center. One of the greatest moments in the life of any Aggie is the day that he or she receives his or her ring. This Ring Day event is planned during the weekend to allow parents to be present as their Aggie, who must first have met all the academic requirements, receives his or her ring. While at the alumni center, parents can view the Josh Sterns, Class of 1899, and Memorial Ring Collections that are on display.
The University Band Parents' Weekend Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Rudder Theater. Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Memorial Student Center Variety Show, planned each year during Parents’ Weekend by the MSC Town Hall student group, will feature student performances of percussion, gospel, jazz, bluegrass and salsa music, as well as dance and even unicycles. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Rudder Auditorium and tickets are $8 at the MSC Box Office.
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 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, Taste of Aggieland, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fan Zone in front of Kyle Field. Organizers say the event will include great food from some of the students’ favorite restaurants, as well as local talent and booths operated by local retailers. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved into G. Rollie White Coliseum.
The Singing Cadets will be in concert Saturday at 7 p.m. in Rudder Theatre. The Singing Cadets concert is one of the most popular events at each year's Parents' Weekend. Tickets are on sale for $3 for students and $5 for non-students at the MSC Box Office.
The Corps of Cadets will host several activities during the weekend, including performances by the Parsons Mounted Cavalry, the Ross Volunteers and the Fish Drill Team. Those events 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/
The weekend’s activities will conclude Sunday (April 1) 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 2012.
For more on Parents’ Weekend, go to: http://parentsweekend.tamu.edu/home.