Friday, October 1 – Connect with Campus

Welcome & Check-in

A WFU parent pins a U.S. map to show what state they traveled from at Family Weekend Friday, October 1

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Benson University Center, Room 401

Your first stop of the weekend! Visit the fourth floor of Benson to check...

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stArt Gallery

Visit the StArt.dt Gallery at Wake Downtown to see Photography by Danielle Fliegel

Open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wake Downtown

The stArt Gallery provides local university students with an opportunity to gain...

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Wake Urban Legends Tour

A black and white photo shows Wait Chapel shrouded in mist Friday, October 1 Tours at 11:00 AM, 1:00 and 3:00 PM
Meet at Carswell Hall

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Is there a Presidential Bunker under...

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Art Tour: Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art

Friday, October 1 Tours at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Meet in Hanes Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center

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Deacon Family Festival

Students throw footballs at a target on Manchester Plaza Friday, October 1 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Manchester Plaza

Join us at the Deacon Family Festival as we kick off Family Weekend! There will be a ton of...

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Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Front of Reynolda House Museum of Art with a fountain and gardens in the foreground Friday, October 1 12:30 - 3:30 PM (Museum closes at 4:30 PM)
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

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Tour the historic...

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Reynolda Gardens: Director Tour

Asters bloom at Reynolda Gardens Friday, October 1 Tours at 1:00 & 3:00 PM
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Getting Connected at Wake: Involvement, Engagement & Leadership Session

Students invite potential new members during the fall Involvement Fair at WFU Friday, October 1 1:00 PM
Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center

Attend this session to learn about the 200+ opportunities to get engaged at...

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Tours of the Physics Department

Students learning in a physics lab Friday, October 1 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Olin Physical Laboratory

Tour will include a look at lecture halls and laboratory spaces along with a short...

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Health and Exercise Science Open House

An HES student helps a client Friday, October 1 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
HES Lobby of Worrell Professional Center

Meet faculty and learn more about majors and course offerings in the...

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ResilientWake for Families

A WFU family poses for a photo together Friday, October 1 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Benson University Center, Room 410

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If you’ve made it to Wake Forest...

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Sociology Department Open House

Kirby Hall, Home of the Department of Sociology at WFU

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Sociology Department, Ground Floor, Kirby Hall

Visit the Sociology Department, meet faculty and learn more about...

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Office of Personal and Career Development Open House

Office of Personal and Career Development Logo

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Reynolda Hall 230

Interested in learning more about how the OPCD can help your student find an internship? Take...

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Reynolda House: Voyage of Life Curator Tour

Voyage of Life exhibit at Reynolda House Friday, October 1 2:00 PM (Museum closes at 4:30 PM)

Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Meet at the main entrance of the Museum. Parking is...

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Faculty Lecture: The Psychology of Mis/Disinformation Online

Two student computers show information found in online search. Friday, October 1

2:00-2:50 PM
Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center

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Why do people seem to hang on to their...

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Not the Library You Remember! ZSR Library Tours

ZSR Library interior photo shows colorful hangings and students studying below Friday, October 1

3:00 - 5:00 PM
ZSR Library Atrium (meet on the center stairs)

Tours every 20 minutes

Join us for a fast, fun tour that...

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Special Collections & Archives (SCA) Open House

A row of rare books in the ZSR Library Special Collections & Archives Friday, October 1

3:00 - 5:00 PM
Room 625, ZSR Library (Reynolds Wing, 6th Floor)

Come to SCA and see some of our rarest and most unique items on...

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Department of Classics and Department of Education Open Houses

Parents meet Dean Adam Goldstein Friday, October 1 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Various Locations

Meet faculty and learn about course offerings in these departments found in Tribble... Read More »

Undergraduate Research Day

A student presents her research to parents Friday, October 1 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Clinical Research Center (next to Truist Field and the Indoor Tennis Center.) Shuttle transportation will be... Read More »

Intercultural Center Open House

WFU Intercultural Center Logo Friday, October 1 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Benson University Center, 346

Stop by the Intercultural Center (IC) to meet the staff and learn about the various...

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CLASS - Center for Learning, Access, and Student Success Open House

The Learning Assistance center will soon become CLASS - the Center for Learning, Access, and Student Success

3:00 - 5:00 PM
Reynolda Hall 118

Come Celebrate 35 Years of Service and Our New Name

Come to CLASS and learn about the robust...

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School of Business Undergraduate Program Open House & Reception

WFU Schools of Business Open House during Family Weekend Friday, October 1 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Farrell Hall Terrace

Join the families of current and future business school students to meet faculty and staff...

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Lam Museum of Anthropology Open House

Day of the Dead figurines at the WFU Museum of Anthropology Friday, October 1

3:00-5:00 PM
Palmer Hall

Join us at the Museum's new home in Palmer Hall to explore student-curated exhibitions and meet the...

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Guided Family Climb and Dine at Pilot Mountain

The knob of Pilot Mountain with fall color and a blue sky

3:30 - 7:00 PM
Meet at Outdoor Pursuits, Wellbeing Center

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Celebrate Family Weekend together and...

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Friday Evening Social Events

Global Street Eats at Fireside

Colorful baskets hold a variety of street foods Friday, October 1

Fireside on Manchester

Choose one of three serving times to visit with your student and mingle with other families as you sample...

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Reception Honoring 2020-21 Parents' Campaign Donors (by invitation)

Reception for 2020-2021 Parents' Campaign Donors Friday, October 1 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Scales Fine Arts Center, Breezeway

The Office of Family Engagement is hosting a casual reception honoring...

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Family Meet-up by Class Year

Student perform at Fireside on Manchester Friday, October 1

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Meet Up Areas:
First-Year Families (WFU '25) - Tribble Hall Courtyard (Between Benson Center and Tribble Hall)

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President Susan R. Wente's Welcome

Photograph of Dr. Susan R. Wente with Wait Chapel in the background Friday, October 1 7:00 PM
Manchester Plaza

University President Dr. Susan R. Wente will welcome families to campus prior to the beginning of the...

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Night of Student Entertainment

Friday, October 1 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Manchester Plaza

Student performances during Family Weekend are a cherished tradition. This year we're pleased to...

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Men's Soccer -vs- Clemson

WFU Men's Soccer versus Clemson, Friday, October 1 at 7 PM, Spry Stadium Friday, October 1 7:00 PM
Spry Soccer Stadium

Come cheer on our Demon Deacons!

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Public Health Guidelines

While proof of vaccination isn’t required for guests, we encourage vaccinations for all. Over 90% of our campus community is vaccinated. We greatly appreciate the willingness of everyone in the Wake Forest community to adhere to and follow health and safety guidelines to support the safety of all Wake Foresters.

A limited number of buildings are open for the public; the majority of campus buildings are still restricted to card access only, including the Wellbeing Center. University administrative buildings, including Reynolda Hall, ZSR Library, Benson Center, Wait Chapel and Davis Chapel and certain athletics buildings are accessible to visitors, subject to the current visitor mask policy and restrictions specific to particular buildings. Please note that our residential communities (i.e., student residences) are not open to the public; families should only enter them as needed and must be accompanied by their student.

For additional information regarding steps the University is taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus, we strongly encourage you to review the University’s COVID-19 Notice.