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Friday, September 13, 2024

Aux Delice will be serving 3 specialty Captains ice cream flavors in the Trible Plaza and Ben & Jerry’s will be serving ice cream on York Street.

Location: Trible Courtyard (Rain location: Library Rotunda)

Learn about study abroad programs offered through CNU and our partner organizations. Speak with CNU faculty about options available in the summer, during spring break and during the semester. Learn about the CNU Exchange partners and the opportunities to study in those locations for a semester or summer program.

Included in Family Weekend registration.

Location: Great Lawn (Rain location: David Student Union Ballroom)

See and learn about the research conducted by our Summer Scholars! The program runs for eight weeks over the summer and pairs students with faculty to work collaboratively on a faculty-derived research question.

Included in Family Weekend registration.

Location: Trible Library Theater and Rosemary Reading Room

Invite only welcome reception for President’s Parent Council silver tier members and families who purchase the Family Weekend Premier Pass.

Location: Football Endzone

Join us on the Great Lawn to celebrate our juniors and seniors as they partake in our Christopher Newport Ring Ceremony. Students will be presented their pre-ordered rings at this special tradition. If you would like your student to receive their ring at this event be sure to place the order through Jostens. If you have questions, email grace.sharlun@cnu.edu.

Location: Great Lawn (Rain location: Gaines Theater in the Freeman Center)

Family Game Night, hosted by Orientation and Student Involvement, will feature a variety of free, family friendly activities including: arcade games, board games, Nintendo Switch games, trivia, crafts, and refreshments!

Location: David Student Union

This concert is not included with your Family Weekend registration and you must buy your own tickets here.

Location: Diamonstein Concert Hall

Saturday, September 14

Strap on your tennis shoes and head to the Noland Trail with Dr. Kip Redick to enjoy nature and get some early morning exercise with your family! Dr. Redick is an experienced hiker whose research focuses on comparing long-distance wilderness hiking with pilgrimage. In 2011, he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and wrote the book American Camino: Walking as Spiritual Practice on the Appalachian Trail. Last year, he hiked the Continental Divide Trail, traveling from Southern New Mexico all the way to Montana’s Glacier National Park on the Canadian border. This hike will be approximately one hour long and will cover about 2 - 3 miles of the Noland Trail. Please park at the Mariners’ Museum (100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606) in the first parking lot just before the museum and meet Dr. Redick at the trailhead by 7:30 a.m.

Location: Noland Trail

Aux Delice will be serving 3 specialty Captains ice cream flavors in the Trible Plaza and Ben & Jerry’s will be serving ice cream on York Street.

Location: Trible Courtyard (Rain location: Library Rotunda)

Experience taking a class here at CNU by becoming a student yourself! Family Weekend guests can join a 45-minute lecture with one of three of CNU’s amazing faculty members. Lecturers will be announced in August!

Included in Family Weekend registration.

Location: McMurran Hall

*Invitation Only

Shuttling begins at 9:15 from Alumni Portico 

Event begins at 9:30, event ends at 11:00

Location: Three Oaks

Hosted by the Wason Center for Civic Engagement

Come listen to how the Wason Center feels future elections will unfold and how the university positions itself amidst the partisan landscape.

Included in Family Weekend registration.

Location: McMurran Hall

A panel discussion, hosted by Student Affairs, of what our newest Captains are facing in their transition process at this point in the semester from a social, residential, and academic standpoint. 

Included in Family Weekend Registration.

Location: Torggler Lecture Hall

If your student has expressed interest in joining our Greek community, we encourage you to come learn more about what it's like to be a part of that community! We'll discuss the benefits, costs and expectations of being part of the community as well as the recruitment process and how to best support your student through this experience.

Location: Torggler Lecture Hall

Experience taking a class here at CNU by becoming a student yourself! Family Weekend guests can join a 45-minute lecture with one of three of CNU’s amazing faculty members. Lecturers will be announced in August!

Included in Family Weekend registration.

Location: McMurran Hall

Tailgate Zone passes will be available online, with the purchase of football game tickets, over the phone or in person beginning Monday, August 19. Tailgate Zone passes are $25 per game. The CNU Athletic Ticket Office in the Freeman Center is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can reach them by calling 757 - 594 - 7880. There will be a limited amount of passes available to purchase through Family Weekend Registration.

Note: If you would like to sit with your student in a reserved section (chairback or reserved bleacher), you will need to purchase a ticket for your student. CNU students get into the games for free, but can only sit in the general admission sections.

Location: Tailgate lots

Join the Campus Activities Board as they host their annual Student Music Festival! The Student Music Festival is comprised of student-led music groups, including acapella organizations and bands. While listening to the performers, take advantage of the free refreshments and food on the Great Lawn.

Location: Great Lawn

We welcome our Christopher Newport Alumni Legacies to join us at the second annual Alumni Legacy Family Hospitality tent during this year’s Family Weekend Tailgate! If you are the parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt or sibling of a current student at Christopher Newport and are registered for Family Weekend, this tailgate is open to you! No tailgate pass is required to attend. You can park anywhere on campus and walk over, but there are no designated parking spaces for this event.

Location: Tailgate Zone

Join the Center for Career Planning (CCP) as we share with you all the great resources available to students and alumni alike in the CCP! Internship opportunities, interview support, resume review, and more can be explored with the help of our professionalism experts. As the motto says "you get jobs by talking to people" — so start with us!

Location: Trible Library Theater

Put your family dynamic to the test as you work together in this PLP hosted Family Leadership Challenge. Working as a team, your family will have a limited amount of time to use your leadership skills to solve a challenging (but fun) problem. This event has a maximum capacity of 100 people to ensure the best possible guest experience! 

*Reservations required through Family Weekend registration

Location: Freeman Fieldhouse

An annual Christopher Newport tradition, featuring our outstanding students, faculty and ensembles. This year's theme is "All in!”

Included in Family Weekend registration.

Location: Ferguson Center Diamonstein Concert Hall

Sponsored by CNURec

Families can sign up in teams of two. Max number of teams is set at 16. Click here to register for the tournament! No registration is required for guests interested in open play.

Cost: No fee to participate, but guests should be registered for Family Weekend in order to register for the tournament.

Tournament Prize: CNURec Champion T-shirt

Location: Gosnold Lawn

Location: Captains Field

You can buy general admission or reserved bleacher tickets beginning Monday, August 19 through cnusports.com. There is a limited amount of chairback tickets available (less than 100) that will go on sale Thursday, August 29 at 9:00 a.m. through the CNU Athletic Ticket Office in the Freeman Center. They are open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can reach them by calling 757-594-7880.

Location: TowneBank Stadium

Sunday, September 15

Join the Freeman Center staff for an hour long morning yoga class on the beautiful Great Lawn in front of Christopher Newport Hall! Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel.

Location: Great Lawn

The Family Weekend tradition of Sunday brunch includes the finest variety of breakfast and lunchtime favorites and will be held in Regattas Dining Hall in the DSU.

*Reservations required through Family Weekend registration

Location: David Student Union Ballroom/2nd Floor

Location: Captains Field
  • Go on a Walking Tour of Campus
    Enjoy a leisurely walk through our beautiful campus and immerse yourself in CNU's vibrant atmosphere.
  • Grab Food/Coffee on Campus
    Check out all the amazing dining options CNU has to offer!
  • Visit the Campus Bookstore
    The Captain's Locker will be open Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Visit the new Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center
    The Torggler Center is the newest building on Christopher Newport’s campus, having opened in 2021. This remarkable 83,000 square-foot building features three free exhibitions entitled The Possibilities of Paper, The Magical World of Paper Kimonos, and Art is Ageless.
  • Visit the Mariners Museum
    A steward of one of the world’s most extensive maritime collections, The Mariners’ Museum and Park is committed to the preservation and conservation of more than 32,000 objects and several million library and archive materials.
  • Take a walk on the Noland Trail
    This 4.8 mile loop trail is located just next to the University in the Mariners Museum Park and is good for all skills levels.

Events and activities are added as they are made available - stay tuned!

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