Independence Interrupted

More than 300 parents are expected to return to FAMU to reunite with their son(s) and daughter(s) for this year’s Parents’ Weekend.

The event, which will be held Sept. 26-28, is sponsored by The Office of the President and the Division of Student Affairs.

Parents’ Weekend, which has been in existence since the early 80’s, has formed into a tradition for students, parents and alumni.

“Parents’ Weekend not only reunites families, but parents get an opportunity to meet other parents some right in their area,” said Rosell Caswell, co-chair of this year’s event.

Many students are excited about the occasion.

“I’m glad my mom is coming, so she can give me money and cook food for me,” said Mya Edwards, 18, a freshman business administration student from Chicago. “I love my momma and I miss home,” Edwards added.

However, other students were unaware about the event.

” I didn’t know about Parents’ Weekend up until last week,” said Maisha Ferguson, 18, a freshman biology student from Chicago.

The weekend’s activities will offer parents an update on campus initiatives along with an opportunity to engage in one of FAMU’s high-energy football games this Saturday when the Rattlers play the Delaware State Hornets.

Parents’ Weekend will kickoff on Friday with registration in Perry-Paige Auditorium. The day includes an information session, a presentation on student life and a Cabaret featuring community and campus talent for entertainment. The event will conclude Sunday with an Interdenominational Worship Service.

Caswell said there is one main goal for Parents’ Weekend.

“This weekend is for parents and students to have as much time as possible with each other.”

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