Family Weekend 2016 will be September 30 – October 2.
Download the Family Weekend schedule as a PDF. Updated 9/22/16.

Friday, September 30

​​​​8 a.m.–5 p.m. Classes
Parents are invited to attend classes and meet faculty members in their offices. Students must make prior arrangements with their instructors.
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Special Collections and Archives Exhibition
"We Are Furman: Alumni Collections in Special Collections and Archives." Second Floor, James B. Duke Library
​9 a.m.–5 p.m. Art Exhibit
Exhibition by Zachariah Benson entitled Soul Stirrings.Thompson Gallery, Roe Art Building
​9 a.m.–5 p.m. Hartness Welcome Center open
Visit Furman’s Hartness Welcome Center.
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore open
Pick up a hot chocolate and play some board games in our Café! Outfit the entire family in Furman gear. From hoodies to socks, we’ve got you covered!
​11 a.m.–5p.m. Class Ring Ordering
Representative from Herff Jones will be taking orders for class rings from juniors and seniors.
First floor, Trone Student Center
​12–6 p.m. Packet Pick Up/Registration
Register according to your student's class and pick up parent information packets, tickets and t-shirts.
McAlister Auditorium
​3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Timmons Planetarium Exhibit
View the heavens from the comfort of the indoors. The Timmons Planetarium is located in Rinker Hall 253 in the Townes Science Center. Choose from two show times 3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.. For more information contact Dr. David Moffett via e-mail at
Rinker Hall 253 in the Townes Science Center.
​3:30–5 p.m. ​Engaging Vocational Reflection: Resources for students and families
Join Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection faculty, staff, and students for an informational drop-in to hear about resources for students and families in their vocational exploration and reflection process. Vocational reflection is a lifelong process and we're always asking, "What's calling me now?" Visit to learn more about the Center.
Rinker Suite, Trone Student Center 215
​4 p.m. Behind the Scenes in Special Collections and Archives
Stop by to see (and touch!) highlights from Furman's archival and rare book collections, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artists’ books. Learn how materials are acquired and preserved, and how they are being used for teaching and research. Please contact Jeffrey Makala for more information.
Second floor, James B. Duke Library
7 p.m. Furman Volleyball vs. Western Carolina
Coach Michelle Young looks forward to seeing all the Furman students and their families at this evening's match vs Western Carolina.
Alley Gym
​8 p.m. Band Extravaganza
Under the direction of Professors Jay Bocook, Director of Athletic Bands, and Les Hicken, Director of Bands. The concert offers a preview of the band's 2016 field show as well as crowd favorites. Tickets available at the door-$5 for adults, $3 for students.
McAlister Auditorium

Saturday, October 1

8 a.m. 5K Fun Run/Walk
A recreational fitness opportunity sponsored by the Young Alumni Council in which everyone can participate. This scenic course around Furman's campus will begin at the Cherrydale Alumni House. Participants will receive a Fun Run gift. Prizes will be awarded. Registration fee is $25. Register now.
Cherrydale Alumni House
8:30 a.m. ​Parent/Student Golf Tournament
Join the fun at the Furman Golf Club and register for this two-player Captain's Choice event. There will be an 8:30 a.m.shotgun start. The entry fee is $100 per team, which includes green fees, cart fees, and prizes. Teetimes may be made up to 30 days in advance so please call the pro shop at 864.294.2690 prior to September 21 to sign up. Traditions Grille will be open for business before your tee time, or for your convenience you can place a "call-in" order on the course and pick up your food at the turn. Golf shirts with collars (or mock turtlenecks) are required; jeans are not allowed. Winners will be announced on Saturday during half time at the football game.

Can’t make the tournament? Please feel free to schedule a tee time for another day so you will not miss an opportunity to play the best course in the Upstate.
Furman Golf Club
​9 a.m.–1 p.m. Packet Pick Up/Registration
Register according to your student's class and pick up parent information packets, tickets and t-shirts.
McAlister Auditorium
​9–10 a.m. FCA Friends and Family Breakfast
Experience Furman FCA-Family Style! Join us for student-led worship, personal testimonies from Furman coaches and athletes, and a delicious breakfast. Breakfast provided at no cost to pre-registered participants. Register for this event only at
Furman Amphitheatre
​9 a.m.–1 p.m. Art Exhibit
Exhibition by Zachariah Benson entitled Soul Stirrings.
Thompson Gallery, Roe Art Building
​9–11 a.m. Hartness Welcome Center open
Visit Furman’s Hartness Welcome Center.
​9–9:45 a.m. ​A Prospective Student's Guide to Furman
This seminar is designed to guide students in grades 10-12 who are interested in attending Furman. An admissions counselor will lead this presentation. Program will begin promptly at 9 a.m.
Hartness Welcome Center
​​​​9–9:45 a.m. Pathways to a Successful Sophomore Experience
Sophomore year presents its own challenges and questions for many students. This program is designed to guide second year students and their families through the maze of concerns and assist in better defining students' areas of interest, selection of a major, academic success, and personal/social well-being. Brad Harmon, Assistant Academic Dean for Advising and Jason Cassidy, Assistant Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, will lead the presentation.
Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center
​9–10 a.m. Fraternity and Sorority Life Information Session
Is your student interested in Fraternity and Sorority Life at Furman? Make sure you and your student attend our Information Session during Family Weekend. Please join Natalie Brewster, Associate Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life along with representatives from PanHellenic and Interfraternity Council to learn more about the Fraternity and Sorority Life experience.
Johns Hall 101
​9:45–11 a.m. Malone Career Center Open House
The Career Center provides students with access to resources such as career interest testing, guidance on selecting a major, choosing a career, job searching, graduate school application, making professional connections, and much more.
Second Floor, Trone Student Center
10 a.m.–1 p.m. Trolley Tours
Hop aboard the trolley at McAlister Auditorium for a riding tour of Furman's campus. This tour will be a fun and comfortable way to see the beauty of the campus.
McAlister Auditorium
​10–10:45 a.m. Internships and Faculty/Student Research
Faculty/student collaborative research and internships are two experience-based learning opportunities where students can extend their learning beyond the classroom and work on real-world projects. Tim Fehler and Susan Zeiger from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Internships, along with student interns and researchers, will discuss the range of experiences available to Furman students, the process for obtaining them, and the opportunity for students to apply for summer funding.
Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center
10 a.m.–3p.m. Class Ring Ordering
Representative from Herff Jones will be taking orders for class rings from juniors and seniors.
First floor, Trone Student Center
​10 a.m.–12 p.m. ​Study Away Fair and Information Sessions
Explore Furman's engaging study away opportunities, from three-week May Experience programs to a semester or a year abroad on a faculty-led, exchange or affiliate program. Meet the study away faculty directors who will be leading upcoming study away courses and find out how to apply. Attend an information session geared toward parents covering many aspects of study away planning and logistics beginning promptly at 10:00 am and 11:00 am in Watkins Room B, adjacent to the fair. (Please note that space is limited for the information sessions.) Find more information on Furman's Study Away programs and policies online.
Watkins Room,Trone Student Center
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore open
First 15 customers will receive a tall coffee from our Barnes & Noble Café. The first 50 customers will receive an exclusive gift. Show your Paladin Pride and pick up your Furman wear in store!
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mere Christianity Forum Brunch
Mere Christianity Forum's Vista House ( opens its doors and its kitchen for a morning brunch to all families of MCFers and anyone else interested in learning more about Mere Christianity Forum, the Vista House, and their service to the Furman community. Feel free to drop in or stay a while. RSVP if possible to Assistant Director Rev. Leslie Lang at
The Vista House is located a mile off-campus at 751 Old Buncombe Rd, Traveler's Rest, SC 29690. We look forward to seeing you!
11:00 am-1:00pm Furman Men's Rugby
The nationally ranked D2 rugby team hosts D1 power South Carolina. John Roberts Field
11 a.m.–2 p.m. ​Family Tailgate
All Furman Families are invited to enjoy a delicious Bar-B-Que tailgate including zesty black bean and corn salad, tomato and cucumber salad made with local vegetables with a red wine vinaigrette, baked beans and a make your own peach shortcake dessert station! Advance tickets $15, free for 5 and under. Tickets in registration packet. Limited number of tickets available at registration on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 for $20. Register now.
Tailgate on the Furman Mall (rain location Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center).
11 a.m.–1 p.m. David E. Shi Center for Sustainability Open House
The Shi Center staff and students will provide tours of the center, a LEED-certified Southern Living Showcase Home, as well as the Furman Farm, an organic fruit and vegetable garden, and will be highlighting student research and service activities related to sustainability on campus and in the Greenville community. David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Special Collections and Archives Exhibition
"We Are Furman: Alumni Collections in Special Collections and Archives." Second floor, James B. Duke Library.
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. ​Marching Band Family Picnic
Families of band members are welcome for a picnic. No charge.
Daniel Music Building
12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Engaged Living Block Party
Engaged Living will be holding its 9th annual block party for Engaged Living students and their families.
Greenbelt Community (behind the cabins by the Bell Tower). Rain location is Lakeside Parlors.
1:30 p.m. Football Pre-Game Show
Join Dan Scott, The Voice of the Paladins, with special guests, Sir Paladin and the Furman Cheerleaders adjacent to the Paladin Club Tailgate Zone or listen to the show on Fox Sports 1440.
Adjacent to the Paladin Club Tailgate Zone
2 p.m. Champions Walk from Pearce Horton Football Complex to Paladin Stadium
Line up and cheer as the Paladins exit the locker room in the Pearce Horton Football Complex and head out to Paladin Stadium for pre-game warm-ups. Led by Head Coach Bruce Fowler, the 2016 Furman Football Team will head through the Champions Walk Arch honoring Paladin Champions- Past, Present, and Future down to the field ready to take on Kennesaw State and bring home another Southern Conference Championship
Pearce Horton Football Complex
​2:30 p.m. ​Stadium Store Opens
Hats, seat cushions, foam fingers... all available at our Paladin Fan Shop!
Paladin Stadium
3 p.m. Football vs. Kennesaw State
All tickets sold will be available on the home side of the stadium. Tickets are $25 for adults. Overflow seats will be on the visitors' side. Tickets will be included in your registration packet at McAlister Auditorium. Purchase tickets.
Paladin Stadium
8 p.m. 34th Annual Student Talent Showcase
The talent showcase has long been a highlight of Family Weekend. Bring the whole family to see Furman students exhibit their talents and compete for hundreds of dollars in prizes. Tickets are $8 per person. Advance purchase recommended! Hosted by the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Purchase tickets now​.
McAlister Auditorium​

Sunday, October 2

​10 a.m.–3 p.m. ​Barnes and Noble at Furman Bookstore open
​6:30 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass
Daniel Chapel

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