Grandparents Day 2024

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!

Tickets available in early 2024
smiling student with her grandparents

Experience College Life with your Grandchild!

We invite grandparents (or other senior adults who fill a grandparent role) to come on campus and enjoy a special day at Northwestern. We know quality time with your grandchild is a precious commodity. Not only will you have the opportunity to spend time with your Northwestern student, but you will get to step into their world and experience what their college life looks like!

The day begins with pastries, coffee, and a welcome from Dr. Hoornbeek and Parent Engagement. Then you will have the opportunity to attend chapel before choosing your own adventure from a bunch of afternoon options including breakout classes, a photo booth, campus tours, a hymn sing, and more. The day closes with a performance from the UNW Men's Con Brio Chorus. 

We hope you join us for what promises to be a wonderful day!

When: April 24, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person

Scheduled Activities

    Time EventLocation
    9:00–9:30 a.m.

    Check-In & Refreshments - Signs, staff, and shuttles will lead you our check-in table.

    Nazareth Great
     9:30 a.m.Welcome Session -Northwestern leadership is excited to welcome you to
    campus! Worship together, learn about the school, and sign up for various activities.
    Nazareth Great Room
    10:10 a.m.

    Meet Up with Your Grandchild - Your grandchild will greet you outside and lead you to Chapel

    Billy Graham
    Community Life
    Commons Lawn
    10:30–11:15 a.m.Attend Chapel - Hear a Biblical message from the speaker of the day. Chapel is a big part of campus life at UNW and we want you to experience it firsthand!Knight Performance


    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


    Attend a Learning Session - While students go to their classes, you can
    attend a class geared toward YOU. We’ll have several different breakout options for you.
    Nazareth Great Room

    Tours - We will have a few tours available throughout the day. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the KTIS radio station or view our 100-year-old chapel, or have your grandchild take you on a tour of campus.

    KTIS, Nazareth Chapel

    Photo Booth - Don't forget to snap a picture with your student! Grab a school-spirit themed prop and strike a pose to remember the fun day you shared.Billy Graham
    Community Life

    Spend time with your grandchild –Take in the beautiful campus, tour their dorm room, or find a quiet spot to chat. Make the day your own with your student!

    Various Locations
    3:25 p.m.Concert by UNW Con Brio Men's Chorus - Our talented students will bless you with music to close the day.Nazareth Chapel
    4:00 p.m.Head for Home!Nazareth Chapel

    Can Parents Come, Too?

    Please note, Grandparents Day is a special day for students and their grandparents or grand relatives. Additional guests will only 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. Parents and families, we are in the process of planning a special event just for you as part of Homecoming in the fall.

    Arriving On Campus

    Signs will direct you to the nearest parking lots to Nazareth Chapel and accessible entrances. 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.


    Contact Cassie Plantage at:
    651-631-5227 or

    '23 Photo Gallery

    Check out some fun moments with grandparents from last year!


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