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“We Are Family” at Parents’ Weekend

MANY parents who attended Parents’ Weekend 2002 took general education tests in math, English, religion, and communications. Most failed.

A few swore they would never again participate in “Testing 1, 2, 3.” Others vowed to study and return victorious in 2003. And many students claimed they were going to drag their parents to campus just to take the tests, hoping the experience would give parents a little insight into the rigors of college exams.

The testing experience was one of the popular aspects of Parents’ Weekend that will return for the Oct. 2–4 celebration of parents and students.

The fourth annual event is part of Parents’ Program and will follow the theme “We Are Family.” Scheduled for the weekend of general conference for the Church of Jesus Christ, it will include a behind-the-scenes campus tour, speakers who will address campus-wide issues, a hike to the Y, a dinner with BYU president Cecil O. Samuelson, and a tailgate party in the ballroom to watch the BYU vs. San Diego State football game. Additionally, Utah County parents and the Utah County alumni chapter will sponsor a 5K family run.

New this year is online registration at, where parents can choose the events in which they wish to participate.

Nancy Carson, who has directed Parents’ Weekend from its inception, says parents find value in getting a sense of their students’ campus experience. “Parents have expressed appreciation for the opportunity to have a glimpse at their students’ day-to-day lives,” she says. “They get to see their dorms, meet their roommates, attend class with them, and meet their professors and bishops.”

INFO: Contact Shiloh Roan at 801-422-1373 or Nancy Carson at

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