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Parents Welcome

Cosmo Cougar

Sarah Lyons (’12) and her father, Michael W. Lyons (BA ’90), enjoy a football game with Cosmo during Parents Weekend 2008.

Several hundred parents and students will be able to enjoy autumn on campus together as they participate in the 10th annual Parents Weekend, scheduled for Sept. 25 to 27.

The program was developed in 2000 as a way of helping students share the BYU experience with their parents through a series of cultural, educational, athletic, and entertainment activities.

“What pleases me is that we now have a large number of families who return every year,” says Curtis C. Isaak (BA ’92), alumni program administrator. “I’m also happy with the date, because this is a beautiful time to be on campus.”

The events will begin Friday, Sept. 25, with campus tours, a service project, a Museum of Art stroll and reception, and the Blue-au dinner and pep rally, which will feature the Cougar Marching Band and Living Legends.

Saturday activities will include a 5K walk/run, a hike to the Y, a tailgate party, and the BYU vs. Colorado State football game. Parents are encouraged to attend church with their students on Sunday, Sept. 27.

“We add to our program each year,” says Isaak. “We’ve gotten better about informing parents what other things are happening on campus during their stay, and we can get them discount tickets to performances. Our most popular event is the Blue-au dinner, which sells out.”

Info: All participants, including students, must register. Registration for parents and other guests is $20 each. Student registration is free but does not include a T-shirt (available for $5). Additional fees are required for some events. Details and registration are available online at, and registrations will be accepted through Sept. 18.