Grandparents Day 2022

Grandparents Day is a special day to honor the importance of a family legacy. Save the date and pass on the word for Northwestern’s Grandparents Day!

Northwestern student with grandparents

Celebrating grandparents of UNW Students

We invite grandparents (or other senior adults who fill a grandparent role) to spend some time with their Northwestern student on campus.

The schedule for the day includes pastries, coffee, and a welcome from President Cureton and Parent Engagement; followed by chapel, lunch, classroom experiences, a photo booth, campus tours, a closing session with a performance from the UNW Men's Con Brio Chorus, and other optional activities.      

When: April 27, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $15 per person

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Scheduled Activities

    Time EventLocation
    8:30 - 9:00Check In - Signs, staff, and shuttles will lead you our check-in table. 
    Billy Graham
    Community Life
    9:00 - 10:00 Welcome and Coffee - Grab a cup of coffee while our Northwestern leadership welcomes you to campus. Sign up for various activities. Billy Graham Community Life
    10:00 - 10:30 Connect with your grandchild - Your grandchild will greet you outside and lead you to Chapel. Billy Graham Community Life
    Commons Lawn
    10;30 - 11:15Chapel - Connect with your student and attend chapel. Hear a Biblical message from speaker of the day. Chapel is a big part of campus life at UNW and we want you to experience it first hand! Knight Performance
    Various TimesTake a class - While students go to their classes, you can attend a class geared toward YOU. You'll get to learn from our knowledgeable professors without the pressure of a quiz at the end! Various Classrooms
    11:30 - 1:30 LUNCH - Each grandparent will receive a ticket for lunch. Go through the cafeteria line and have lunch with your student. Our chefs prepare a variety of dishes each day to suit many
    dietary needs. 
    Billy Graham 
    Community Life
    Various TimesTours - We will have a variety of tours available throughout the day. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the KTIS radio station, view our 100-year-old chapel, or take a self guided tour through Denler Gallery to see what our art students are creating. KTIS,
    Nazareth Chapel, 
    Denler Gallery
    11:30 - 2:30 Photo Booth - Don't forget to snap a picture with your student! Strike a pose to remember the fun day you shared, and you can share instantly with your family and friends. Knight Performance
    2:30 - 3:00 Refreshments and Gift Table - Stop in the Nazareth Great room for refreshments, visit with our Estate Planning expert, and receive your gift from Alumni and Parent Engagement. 
    3:00 - 4:00 Closing Session and Hymn Sing/Concert by UNW Con Brio Men's Chorus - Our talented students will bless you with music to close the day. Nazareth Great

    Please note, Grandparents Day is a special day for students and their grandparents or grand-relatives. Additional guests will be admitted if you require mobility assistance. We will have a small number of wheelchairs available in each building, if you find yourself in need of one. We will offer golf cart and shuttle van rides to event locations around campus for the duration of the day.

    Arriving On Campus

    Signs will direct you to our lower lot near the Riley and Billy Graham Community Life Commons buildings. Staff members will greet you at the door and lead you to the check-in table. If overflow parking is needed, we will provide shuttle rides to Check-in. 

    What to Bring

    We suggest you come prepared with a jacket as April weather in Minnesota is a little unpredictable, and good walking shoes to ensure comfortability as you make your way around campus.

    As of March 2, 2022 face coverings are still recommended, but are no longer required in most academic spaces and on campus transportation as of the same date.


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