Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University will host the annual Family Weekend Sept. 22 – 24. Family Weekend is a time-honored tradition for the Washburn University community. Classes have been in session for more than a month and it's a good occasion to officially invite students’ families back to campus for a visit. Faculty, staff and their families often join in on the fun as well. The public is welcome to attend, and tickets are required for all athletic events.

      “One of the special things about Washburn is our community,” said Dr. Eric Grospitch, vice president for student life for Washburn University. “Family Weekend, in particular Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, is another great opportunity for us to pause to visit with our families and friends, enjoy activities on the Union lawn and tailgate before the football game. Some of those true college experiences.”

     Washburn invites junior and senior high school students to join Washburn students for Family Day fun. The first couple hundred high school junior and senior students will receive free tickets to the football game and a free meal voucher. Tickets and meal vouchers are first come, first served. Look for the “Washburn Admissions” tent on the Memorial Union lawn. Also, at the end of the first quarter, Washburn will draw for two $1,500 scholarships. One scholarship for a current Washburn University first-generation student and one for a junior or senior high school student who has applied to attend Washburn. Students must be present to be granted the scholarship.

Friday, Sept. 22

Women’s Soccer vs. Fort Hays State University

6 p.m., Yager Stadium

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Saturday, Sept. 23

Activities for the family, including live music and a photo booth

Beginning at 10 a.m., East Memorial Union Lawn

If it rains, these activities (except for inflatables) will be moved into Washburn Rooms A and B in the Memorial Union.

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Football vs. the University of Central Missouri

1 p.m., Yager Stadium

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Sunday, Sept. 24

Women’s Soccer vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney

1 p.m., Yager Stadium

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         Founded in 1865, Washburn University is a public institution with more than 6,000 students involved in more than 200 academic programs. Washburn’s programs lead to certification, associate, bachelor, master's degree or doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees. The programs are offered through Washburn’s six primary academic units – College of Arts and Sciences, School of Applied Studies, School of Business, School of Nursing, School of Law and Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech).

       All programs are offered on either the 160-acre residential campus in the heart of Topeka, Kan., at Washburn Tech’s campus on Topeka’s west side or in the east Topeka facility. Washburn University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations.


For further information, contact:
Joy Bailes
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Office: 785-670-2153
Cell: 785-230-1648
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