Carnegie Mellon University

Family Weekend

Family Weekend brings together undergraduate and graduate students, families and friends for several days to experience the vibrancy of the Carnegie Mellon campus. Family Weekend will offer a robust schedule which includes academic programming, exhibits, student performances, building tours and other special events.

View the Schedule on the Events at CMU App 

The schedule on this page is an overview of the Family Weekend schedule. The full Family Weekend schedule will be available in the CMU Events App, which you can download from the App Store or Google Play. The full schedule will be available on the app on October 1.

How to Download the CMU Events App

  1. Download "CMU Events" from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Then, make sure to select Family Weekend 2022 as the event.

Family Weekend Schedule Overview

Friday, October 14, 2022

Afternoon: Check-in, Neighborhood Welcome Events, Faculty Lectures and the President's Welcome Reception
Evening: Student organization events and performances

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Morning: Check-in, campus tours and academic sessions
Afternoon: Breakout sessions, Scotty Saturday events
Evening: Student organization events and performances

Residential Education Neighborhood Gatherings

Friday, 2-4 p.m.

Stop by our residential neighborhoods - Fifth Avenue, Margaret Morrison, and Morewood - for refreshments and an opportunity to write a "finals good luck" note to your student! The notes will be collected and distributed to your student by the House staff leading up to finals in December.

Meet the Faculty - Lecture Sessions

Friday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Curious about your student's classroom experience at Carnegie Mellon? Then come "back to school" and "meet the faculty" as they share insights and activities embedded in courses that they teach to many of our unergraduates, especially first-year students. No registration or tickets required. Lecture sessions:

  • Beyond Earth
  • Dangerous Ideas in Science & Society
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Voting: An American Tradition

Family Weekend President’s Welcome Reception

Friday, 4-5:30 p.m.

Join President Farnam Jahanian and university leaders for the official welcome to Family Weekend 2022. Enjoy refreshments, meet other family members, and hear brief remarks from university leaders.

Meet the Colleges—Academic Sessions

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Family members and guests are invited to attend a session with academic leaders from their student's college or school to learn more about their student's academic experience. See the Family Weekend app for session details. 

Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, 12-2 p.m.

Join the Activities Board for the 19th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Come taste and rank different types of chili prepared by Carnegie Mellon student orgniazations to crown one the Chili Champion.

Highmark Center for Health, Wellness, and Athletics Beam-Signing 

Saturday, 2-4 p.m.

Family members will have the exciting opportunity to explore the designs and construction of our new Highmark Center for Health, Wellness, and Athletics buildling, including a beam-signing event where students and families can become part of the building's history.

The Festival on Scotty Saturday

Saturday, 3-6 p.m.

Scotty Saturday is a day where the CMU community comes together to celebrate their Carnegie Mellon pride through a series of events including a showcase of student talent, spirited activities, student groups, free food, and CMU swag! Wear your most spirited Carnegie Mellon gear on this day to show your school spirit!

Ticketed Events

Friday Saturday
The Pittsburgh Aviary

Explore Pittsburgh

We encourage students and their families to use this time together to explore the city of Pittsburgh and learn why it's consistently been ranked among the Most Livable Cities in the United States.

Phipps Conservatory

CMU Arts Pass

All graduate and undergraduate CMU students can gain free access to eight Pittsburgh venues with their Carnegie Mellon ID.