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Family Weekend

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Family Weekend

Greetings! Family Weekend, one of the largest events on campus, brings families to campus each fall to take part in their student’s experiences. Brought to you by Residence Life, Orientation Programs and Student Affairs Programs, the event includes a variety of fun activities for students and their families to do together, such as tours, gatherings, athletic games, community fair and much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register for Family Weekend online?

Yes, registration for Family Weekend opens in the summer. Dates for 2019 will be announced on this page in the spring.

When is the last day to register for Family Weekend?

Online registration will close the weekend before Family Weekend. Registration on site will be available as well.

What comes with the registration of Family Weekend?

Registration allows families to attend all of the RHA sponsored events scheduled on the campus. Registration does not include any of the items that are found in the packages.

Do I have to buy a package in order to get the merchandise?

No - you can pick and choose what you would like to purchase. However, the packages provide the best deals.

What do I do if I want to order more items along with my package(s)?

If you would like to purchase more merchandise once you arrive on campus, there will be a shop in the registration area, located in the Regents Suite on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. However, keep in mind that merchandise sales are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Merchandise sold on the day of Family Weekend can be paid for only with cash or checks.

When will I receive a confirmation email?

Please allow up to four business days for your order to be processed. Be sure to check that our email did not go to your junk/spam folder. After four business days, if you still have not received your confirmation email, contact Carla Chumley at

Why does my confirmation state "card not present-processed"?

Your order was placed online, so we did not physically swipe your credit card. As long as you receive a confirmation email, your order has been accepted and will be ready for pick-up at check in.

Why does it say my delivery method is "none" on my confirmation email?

Family Weekend items will be available for pick-up only at registration; therefore, there is no delivery method.

Where can family stay?

In Nacogdoches, you will find hotels that are your well-known budget-friendly favorites, as well as independently owned, uniquely Nacogdoches standouts. Or, if you prefer a bed-and-breakfast, whether you are looking for cozy or luxurious, you are in luck. The “oldest town” offers a fabulous variety of options to satisfy almost every need. Be sure and check out Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau for complete information. (Because our residence halls are filled with current students, we do not have on-campus housing options for family.)

I missed the deadline. Can I still attend Family Weekend?

Sure! You can still register and attend Family Weekend. Please keep in mind that merchandise sold will be at first-come, first serve-basis, so we advise you to purchase everything you will want beforehand. Merchandise sold at Family Weekend can only be paid using cash and checks.

Where can I park on Family Weekend?

Family can park in resident and faculty/staff parking. Families, however, may NOT park in Hall Director Parking, Service Truck Parking, or anywhere authorized for emergency vehicles.

Can my student pick up my order?

As long as your student knows the name in which you placed your order, your student may pick up your order. Student's name must be on registration or emailed to our coordinator at

Who do I contact if I need a refund?

Refunds will only be given to families who face an emergency that causes them to miss Family Weekend. Families needing a refund should contact Residence Life Staff Services Supervisor Carla Chumley at 936.468.2333 or email her at

If I have any other questions about Family Weekend or any of the events to be held, who do I contact?

Any questions surrounding Family Weekend should be directed to the Family Weekend Committee. Call 936.468.1358 or email


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