Family Weekend


2024 Family Weekend:  October 4-6



Family Weekend is a time for families to reconnect with their students, other Saint Mary's families, faculty, and staff.  We encourage you to take advantage of your time on campus: hike to the cross, visit the Museum of Art, or hang out in the quad!  



Family Weekend generally takes place a month after students have started fall semester courses. Family Weekend 2023 will take place Oct. 4-6,2024. The 2024 is being developed but you can check out the 2023 schedule below to get an idea of what to expect.



If you require overnight lodging at the time of Parent and Family Weekend, see below for hotels in the Concord/Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek/Lafayette area.

2023 Family Weekend Schedule

1pm-5pm - Family Resource Table Open, Ferroggiaro Quad

Stop by to pick up some swag and a schedule for the weekend!

1pm - Feel Good Friday + Food Truck, Intercultural Center

Grab some food from our Friday Food Truck, Yummi BBQ, and check out Feel Good Friday at the Intercultural Center

1:30pm - Student Recital, SMC Chapel

5pm - Library Escape Room

Test your skills and see if you can escape in time!   Click here to RSVP for the Escape Room

6pm - Dinner with Your Student 

Dine on campus at one of our retail locations or take your student to a local restaurant

7-10pm - Oktoberfest Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Gael Force and Residence Hall Association, 1928 Pub

Enjoy traditional Oktoberfest snacks and the chance to win a custom beer stein.  Participants of all ages are welcome; must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

9am-1pm - Saint Mary's Bookstore Open 

Grab some Gael gear at the Bookstore!

10am-4pm - Saint Mary's Art Museum Open 

Throughout the day, take time to explore the Art Museum and its newest exhibits. 

10am-1pm - Family Resource Table, Chapel Lawn

Stop by to pick up some swag and a schedule for the weekend!

10:30am - Continental Breakfast Available, Chapel Lawn; Click here to RSVP

11-11:45 am - Choose Your Own SMC Adventure!

  • The History of Saint Mary's College Presented by Brother David Caretti, FSC, Dryden Hall
  • Safety at SMC presented by Manjit Sappal, Exec. Director of Campus Safety, Dante Hall 204
  • Parent and Faculty Panel:  How SMC Transforms Lives - Sponsored by Strategic Partnerships & Advancement, Galileo 201
  • Building Your Brand with Steve Hernandez, Director of Graduate Career Services, School of Economics and Business Administration, Garaventa 150

    It's never too soon to start! In this session you will learn:

  • The importance of your professional brand as a tool for career exploration.
  • Identify the core component of one's professional brand.
  • Brand delivery tools, LinkedIn, resume, network.

12pm - Student and Family BBQ, Chapel Lawn; Click here to RSVP

Enjoy a free BBQ lunch with your student 

1pm - Men's Soccer v. San Diego, SMC Stadium

2-4pm - School of Science Summer Research Program:  Student Poster Session, Brousseau Hall

Learn about the amazing research being done by students in the School of Science!  Students who participated in the Summer Research Program will present their research findings in a poster session.  Talk to researchers and their mentors, learn about the science, and hear about the Summer Research Program.

2:30pm - Family, Food and Fun, Hagerty Lounge, De la Salle Hall

Join STUNT for a little Family Feud and some afternoon snacks

4:30-6pm - Wine & Cheese Reception, Ferroggiaro Quad; Click here to RSVP

Join us for a relaxing social in central campus. Sponsored by Strategic Partnerships & Advancement.

11am - Student & Family Mass, Chapel

12pm - Post Liturgy Reception, Mission & Ministry Center (next to Chapel)

1-2pm - Theatre Rehearsal

Catch a glimpse behind the scenes at a rehearsal of the Fall Theatre Production, A Midsummer Night's Dream.