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Family Weekend Schedule

ATTENTION: To attend our signature events, families must purchase a Family Member Wristband for each person planning to attend Family Weekend AND a USC Student Wristband for their South Carolina student.

All packages must be purchased prior to registration closing on September 1.


Plan to arrive to Columbia on Thursday late afternoon/early evening (Sept. 21) to take full advantage of the opportunities available throughout the weekend. We will host featured sessions, drop in events, meet-and-greets, and more on Friday.

The schedule of events will be available in the summer on the website and the Parent & Family Programs mobile app. The schedule will be updated regularly with new events throughout the summer up until Family Weekend. We always recommend you talking to your student to map out the events you want to attend. Please note that student organizations may hold Family Weekend events separate of our official schedule. 

Remember, the wristband package is only for access to the three signature events (Rock the Roost, President Meet & Greet, and Family Tailgate). You can still attend Family Weekend and visit your Carolina student while enjoying the celebratory atmosphere. Your student may have other events already planned for you! We invite you to bring the whole family! Family Weekend is for every Gamecock to enjoy, no matter their age. 


2023 Family Weekend Schedule

Events are rain or shine. Schedule subject to change.

2-6 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Family Weekend Resource Fair
Russell House Ballroom

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Education Sessions
Russell House
**Stay tuned for more details, but for now here are some of the topics to expect.

  • Education Abroad
  • USCPD – Safety
  • Career Center – Preparing for Internships
  • Career Center – Graduate School Preparation
  • Sophomore Year Experience
  • On-Campus and Off-Campus Living
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Undergraduate Ombudsman

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Off-Campus Housing Expo
Greene Street

4-5:30 p.m.
President Meet & Greet (Signature Event)

7-10 p.m.

Rock the Roost (Signature Event)
Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center

Station I Sliders

Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork (sauce will be Dairy Free & Nut Free)
Peach BBQ Pulled Chicken (sauce will be Dairy Free & Nut Free)
Black Bean Sliders with Pickle Chip (Vegetarian)

Station II Southern Station
Caprese salad with Arugula & Bowtie Pasta (Vegetarian & Nut Free)
Shrimp and Grits Bar:
-Grits (Vegetarian, Nut Free)
-Shrimp, Sausage, Peppers
Tomato Pie Tarts (Vegetarian)

Station III
Boneless Chicken Wings with Sauces (Food Truck)
BBQ, Buffalo, Ranch

Station IV Dessert 
Double Chocolate Brownie Bite (Vegetarian)
Assorted Desert Bars with Garnet & Black Sprinkles (Vegetarian)
True Balance Chocolate Chip Cookie (GF, VG, Vegan)

*Menu is subject to change*

5-7 p.m.
Family Weekend Tailgate Party (Signature Event)
Bluff Rd. Intramural Fields (1101 Bluff Rd.)

Cheeseburger Sliders
[GF (without bun), DFF (without cheese)]-Sliced Cheddar Cheese, BBQ sauce, and Fried Onions
Deep Fried Chicken Tenders
[DF] - Served with Honey Mustard
Black Bean and Corn Salad
[GF, DF, V]
Grilled Hot Dogs
[GF (w/out Bun), DF]  
All Beef Hot Dogs with Buns, Diced Onions, Relish, Mustard & Ketchup  
Kettle Chips
[GF, DF, V]
Fresh Fruit Array
[GF, DF, V ] - Honeydew // Cantaloupe // Pineapple // Strawberries // Grapes  
Assorted Cookies
[V] - Chocolate Chip, M&M, Red Velvet, and Sugar
Assorted Ice Cream Bars
[GF, V ] Ice Cream Sandwiches and Strawberry Fruit Bars  
Boiled Peanuts
[GF, DF, V]
Dry Roasted Peanuts
[GF, DF, V ] 
Vegetarian/Vegan Specialty Meal
[GF, DF, V ]
Tossed Salad- Mixed Greens // Grape Tomatoes // Cucumbers // Julienne Bell Peppers // Shredded Carrots // Balsamic Vinaigrette
*Menu is subject to change*
V- Vegetarian DF - Dairy Free GF - Gluten Free

7:30 p.m.
South Carolina vs. Mississippi State
Williams-Brice Stadium

Colleges/schools may host events independently. Please check the Family Weekend 2023 calendar for details.


Family Weekend Check-in

We encourage students to pick up packets early for families on Thursday. Students will need their Carolina Card to pick up the packet.

Russell House Ballroom

  • Thursday, Sept. 21 
    2 - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 22
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Rock the Roost

  • Friday, Sept. 22
    7 - 10 p.m. 

Family Tailgate Event

  • Saturday, Sept. 23
    5 - 7 p.m.


Campus Parking

An on-campus parking pass will be included in your Family Weekend packet that you pick up at check-in. On the pass will be a list of designated parking that are available with your pass. Place the pass on the front dashboard of your vehicle.


Campus Wi-Fi

Use the USC Guest Wi-Fi network USCguest inside campus buildings and around the main campus. Open an internet browser when connecting and follow the prompts provided.

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