Carnegie Mellon University

Family Weekend brings together undergraduate and graduate students, families and friends for several days to experience the vibrancy of our campus.

Family Weekend offers over 60 different events where guests can choose to attend the programs that are most interesting and relevant to them. Thank you to the parents and family members who joined us on campus for Family Weekend 2018! 

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Family Weekend Schedule Overview

Friday, October 12

Noon–3:30 p.m.: Campus Events and Sessions 
Noon-6 p.m.: Check-In and Welcome Area open
2–4 p.m.: Housefellow drop-in office hours
3:30–4:15 p.m.: University Lecture Series Keynote featuring Dr. Anthony DiGioia
4:30–6 p.m.: President’s Welcome Reception
Evening: Dinner on your own, student performances and entertainment

Saturday, October 13

8 a.m.5 p.m.: Check-In and Welcome Area Open
8:30–10 a.m.:
 Grab and Go Breakfast
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.: Campus Events and Sessions
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.: Academic meetings and events
3–6 p.m.: The Festival on Scotty Saturday 
Evening: Dinner on your own, student performances and entertainment

Sunday, October 14

8 a.m.–2 p.m.: Campus Events and Religious Services
10–11:30 a.m.
 First-year Residential House Receptions

University Lecture Series featuring Dr. Anthony DiGioia

Friday, October 12
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center

An orthopedic surgeon, biomedical engineer, and CMU alumnus, Dr. Anthony DiGioia is the founder of AMD3 Foundation and Operation Walk Pittsburgh, which provide educational programs and charitable services for health professional and patients globally. Join Dr. DiGioia for a lecture titled, "Vision, Passion and Teamwork: Transforming Healthcare the CMU Way."

Family Weekend President’s Welcome Reception

Friday, October 12
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Building

Join President Farnam Jahanian and members of the University Leadership Council as we welcome parents and family members to campus. Refreshments will be provided.

Meet the Colleges

Saturday, October 13
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Various academic buildings

Families and students will have the opporutnity to meet and engage with faculty and staff, deans, and advisors of their particular colleges.

The Festival on Scotty Saturday

Saturday, October 13
3 - 6 p.m.
Legacy Plaza, East/West Walkway, and The Cut

Scotty Saturday’s signature event, the Festival is family-friendly and includes arts and crafts, free and reduced Carnegie Mellon swag, a marketplace of student organizations and community partners, an Applefest farmers market, the Spring Carnival theme reveal and performances from CMU students and organizations.

First-Year Residential House Receptions

Sunday, October 14
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Residential communities

Join us at welcome receptions for family, friends, and students. Spend time with residents in your student’s house community and enjoy light refreshments.

Family Weekend Special Events (require ticket purchase or RSVP)

Diwali Mela

Friday, October 12
6 – 11 p.m.
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Center

OM and Mayur SASA will host a unique event to celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights, Diwali.

Tickets can be purchased presale for $7 for individuals and $5 for groups of five or more at (Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10 per person.)

The Way Out West

Friday, October 12, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts

Written by School of Drama alumna Liza Birkenmeier, The Way Out West is the first work commissioned by the School of Drama for its mainstage season.

Tickets are $10-$35 available by calling the box office at 412-268-2407.

Scotch'n'Soda Benefit Cabaret

Friday, October 12
8 – 9 p.m.
McConomy Auditorium

The 11th Annual Benefit Cabaret will explore the themes of childhood and growing up, something near and dear to our members, especially those new to CMU. Listen to our talented musicians while supporting the Alumni Theater Company.

Tickets are $5 for those with a CMU ID, $10 for parents/public. Tickets are avaiable at and can be purchased at the door.

College of Engineering Family Weekend Brunch

Saturday, October 13
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall (4th floor)

The College of Engineering welcomes families and students to have brunch with faculty and staff and to learn more about the college. This event is for College of Engineering students and parents only.

Registration for this event is now full. 

College of Fine Arts Family Brunch

Saturday, October 13
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Great Hall, College of Fine Arts

All current CFA/BXA parents and students are invited to an informal brunch with Dan Martin, Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean, the CFA Department school heads, the BXA Director, as well as academic advisors and a number of faculty and staff members.

Registration for this event is now full. 

Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble

Saturday, October 13
4 p.m.
Kresege Theater, College of Fine Arts

The Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble utilizes a flexible instrumentation of winds, brass and percussion to perform repertoire from standard concert band works to contemporary compositions.

Registration for this event is now full. 

Vertigo: A Capella Showcase

Saturday, October 13
7 - 9 p.m.
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Center

The Originals present an evening of some of the nation’s best collegiate a-cappella. With amazing arrangements and breathtaking choreography, several featured groups will join the Originals to get you sitting on the edge of your seat!

Tickets are available for $10-$20 at

Civil & Environmental Engineering Open House Breakfast

Sunday, October 14
9 - 11 a.m.
Porter Hall 107E, Tung Au Lab

Join Civil and Environmental Enginering faculty, staff, students, and families for an open house breakfast. The informal event is designed for current CEE students and students interested in CEE to show the department to their families and enjoy a continential breakfast together. 

Please RSVP online