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Family Weekend web 2020

October 2-4, 2020

Each fall, we celebrate being a Hurricane by welcoming parents, siblings, and loved ones to discover more about your student's life here at Georgia Southwestern. As part of the Hurricane family, we invite you to experience everything our campus and community has to offer, from athletics and the arts to trolley rides and recreation. We also invite you to explore the Americus and Sumter County area together as we have many unique shops and restaurants, in addition to two state parks. Family Weekend will culminate at the end of GSW’s Blue & Gold Week, a fall spirit week held September 28 – October 4.

As we prepare for Family Weekend, we are asking each family to register so we can plan accordingly to accommodate for social distancing at each of the events. The Trolley Tours and Paint Party are based on a first-come, first-served basis as seating is limited so be sure to sign up ahead. Pre-orders for the Family Weekend t-shirts have ended. View the full schedule below or download a PDF version here.

Note: GSW’s social distancing and face covering requirements will be observed at all events. All visitors must wear an appropriate face covering inside all University buildings and where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Register for Family Weekend

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 2

Meet and Greet | 8:00pm | Wheatley Administration Building, Room 127
Enjoy coffee and desserts, participate in some friendly trivia competition, and pick-up your pre-ordered Family Weekend t-shirt.

Saturday, October 3

Fall Carnival | 11:00am - 1:00pm | Sanford Lawn
Drop by for some carnival games, snacks, and grab your pre-ordered Family Weekend t-shirt.

Trolley Tours | 12:00pm - 2:00pm | Front steps of Wheatley Administration Building
Take a 30 minute tour of downtown and historic Americus district. Seating is limited and reserved for those who registered in advance. 

Bookstore & Coffee Shop open | 11:00am - 2:00pm | Marshall Student Center
Stop by the Campus Bookstore to grab some GSW swag and check out the new Cafe Campesino coffee shop on campus.  

Campus Recreation | 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Fitness Center
Check in at the Fitness Center to use campus recreation facilities such as basketball, racquetball, or Game Room. Call the Griffin Bell Golf Center for tee times and prices.

Paint Party | 2:00pm | Student Success Center conference rooms
Paint a fall-themed canvas led by a local artist. Spots are limited and reserved for those who registered in advance. $15 per person.

Athletics Block Party & Showcase | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Athletic fields
Enjoy a night of outdoor fun with hotdogs and hamburgers, and cornhole. Get a taste of the Hurricanes in action with baseball, softball, and soccer scrimmages.

Sunday, October 4

Campus Worship Service | 10:30am | Wheatley Administration Building, Room 127
Hosted by GSW's campus ministries

Please contact Jeremy Wicker in the Office of First-Year Experience via email at or by calling (229) 931-2949 if you have any questions.

*Schedule subject to change.

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