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Family Weekend Schedule

ATTENTION: To attend our signature events, families must purchase a Family Member Wristband for each person planning to attend Family Weekend AND a USC Student Wristband for their South Carolina student.

All wristbands must be purchased prior to registration closing at 4 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 30.


Plan to arrive to Columbia on Thursday late afternoon/early evening (Sept. 19) to take full advantage of the opportunities available throughout the weekend. We will host featured sessions, drop-in events, meet and greets, and more on Friday.

The schedule of events will be available in the summer on the website and the Parent & Family Programs mobile app. The schedule will be updated regularly with new events throughout the summer up until Family Weekend. We always recommend that you talk to your student to map out events you want to attend. Please note that student organizations may hold Family Weekend events separate from our official schedule. 

Remember, Family Weekend wristbands are only for access to the three signature Family Weekend events (President Meet and Greet, Rock the Roost, and Family Tailgate Party). You can still attend Family Weekend and visit your Carolina student while enjoying the celebratory atmosphere. Your student may have other events already planned for you. We invite you to bring the whole family. Family Weekend is for every Gamecock to enjoy, no matter their age. 


2024 Family Weekend Schedule

For the detailed schedule, please review the Family Weekend events calendar. Events are rain or shine. Schedule subject to change.

2-6 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Education Sessions
Russell House
**Stay tuned for more details. Here are some topics/presenters to expect:

  • Education Abroad
  • USCPD – Safety
  • Career Center – Preparing for Internships
  • Career Center – Graduate School Preparation
  • Sophomore Year Experience
  • On-Campus and Off-Campus Living
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Student Advocacy

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Off-Campus Housing Expo
Greene Street

4-5:30 p.m.
President Meet and Greet (Signature Event)

7-10 p.m.

Rock the Roost (Signature Event)
Wellness and Fitness Center

College, School, Department and Organization Events
Hosted at various times across campus. Find events.

3.5 hours prior to kickoff
Family Tailgate Party (Signature Event)
Corner of Bluff and National Guard Roads (1101 Bluff Road)

Start time between 6 and 8 p.m.
South Carolina vs. Akron Football Game
Williams-Brice Stadium

College, School, Department and Organization Events
Hosted at various times across campus. Find events.

College, School, Department and Organization Events
Hosted at various times across campus. Find events.


Family Weekend Check-in

We encourage students to pick up packets early for families on Thursday. Students will need their Carolina Card to pick up their family's packet.

Russell House Ballroom

  • Thursday, Sept. 19
    2 - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 20
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Rock the Roost at the Wellness and Fitness Center

  • Friday, Sept. 20
    7 - 10 p.m. 

Family Tailgate Party

  • Saturday, Sept. 21
    3.5 hours prior to kickoff


Campus Parking

An on-campus parking pass will be included in your Family Weekend packet that you pick up at check-in. On the pass will be a list of availble parking that are available with your pass. 


Campus Wi-Fi

Use the USC Guest Wi-Fi network USCguest inside campus buildings and around the main campus. Open an internet browser when connecting and follow the prompts provided.