COLLEGE STATION, March 31, 2014 – Parents’ Weekend, an annual spring celebration honoring Aggie moms and dads since 1919, is set for April 11-13 at Texas A&M University.
Parents’ Weekend activities include the annual Aggie Moms’ Boutique, concerts by the Singing Cadets, dinners, various Aggie performers and open houses at the homes of the university’s president and vice president for student affairs. It concludes Sunday with the numerous award presentations.
The Aggie Moms’ Boutique, a gift and craft fair that is one of the most popular events of Parents’ Weekend, is set for Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday (April 12) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Booths with items for sale will be located on the second level of the Memorial Student Center both days.
The boutique is considered by planners as a particularly fitting way to begin because Parents’ Weekend has its roots in Aggie Mothers’ Club activities. The club was formed early in the school’s history with the goal of lending help to the then all-cadet student body.
In return, an open house was held for the moms in May for Mother’s Day from 1919 until 1969. At that time, graduation was changed to early May, so the open house program moved to April and has continued to expand through the years beyond the traditional flower pinning, chapel services and military reviews for moms. It now includes an entire weekend of fun activities that has Aggie families flocking to the campus.
Aggie Ring Day, the day long awaited by students, is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center. One of the greatest moments in the life of any Aggie is the day that he or she receives the ring symbolizing they have met all the required academic accomplishments. This Ring Day event is planned during the weekend to allow parents to be present as their Aggie receives their ring. While at the alumni center, parents can view the Josh Sterns, Class of 1899, and Memorial Ring Collections that are on display.
One thing that is different this year is, instead of having one large awards presentation at the end of the weekend, award presentations will be spread out over the entire weekend. The first of these presentations will be the Who’s Who Awards presented to Aggies who have been acknowledges as exceptional student leaders. This presentation is set for 3:30 p.m. Friday in Rudder Exhibit Hall.
The Texas A&M Women's Chorus will host its annual spring concert, this year titled "New Beginnings," at 7 p.m. Friday in Rudder Theatre. The repertoire includes a mix of classical and more contemporary choral works. Tickets are available from the Rudder Box Office.
Midnight Yell Practice, moved because of renovations at Kyle Field, is planned at the Arts & Humanities Building Amphitheater. At that time, the “Aggie Parents of the Year” will be named, concluding Friday’s events.
Interim President Mark Hussey and Vice President for Student Affairs Gen. and Mrs. Joe Weber will welcome guests at their homes during an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Both homes are on Throckmorton Street, with the president’s home located across from Duncan Field and the vice president’s located across from the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.
“Taste of Aggieland” is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Duncan Field. Organizers say the event will include food from some of the students’ favorite restaurants, as well as local talent and booths operated by local retailers. Tickets are $2.
The Singing Cadets will be in concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. Known as the Voice of Aggieland for 109 years, the Singing Cadets concert is one of the most popular events at each year's Parents' Weekend. Tickets are on sale at the MSC Box Office.
The Corps of Cadets will host several activities during the weekend, including performances by the Parsons Mounted Cavalry, the Ross Volunteers and the Fish Drill Team. Those events will be followed by the presentation of cadet individual awards and a review and unit awards ceremony. For more information on these events, seehttp://corps.tamu.edu/.
The weekend’s activities will conclude Sunday (April 13) with the Buck Weirus Spirit Awards ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. The award honors students who have made a significant contribution to student programs.
Kyle Field Day, hosted by MSC Fish, is planned for noon and has been moved to Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park because of the Kyle Field renovation. The one-day service event is planned as way for students and families in the Bryan/College Station area to learn about needs in the local community. Various local and professional organizations set up booths and activities to help participants learn where their help may be needed. The event is family oriented and includes free food and live performances.
For more complete list of Parents’ Weekend events, go here.