Family Weekend


Plans for Family Weekend 2020 are currently being finalized.

**Check back July 15 for details! 

Parents in Car

Mark the date on your calendars and join your student for a wonderful weekend!

October 9-11, 2020

Meet the administration and faculty, enjoy live music, a football tailgate with great food, and attend a football game or other Mercer sporting event!

Every year, Mercer University plans a weekend for families of our students to visit our beautiful campus and experience a day in the life of their student(s). We are sure this weekend will be enjoyable to relatives of all ages and we encourage you to attend! Don't forget to purchase your family weekend football tickets. This is separate from the Family Weekend registration. A link will be provided for advance ticket purchases once you register for Family Weekend. The email will go out in mid-August to all registrants.

For more information please contact Campus Life at (478) 301-2868 or

*Due to COVID 19 restrictions, there will be significant modifications to this event. Check back mid July for details. 

2019 Schedule of Events

Friday, September 27

4-5pm First-Year Friday: Preparing for your Future // Willingham Auditorium

This informative panel will include experts from Pre-Graduate Advising, the  

Center for Career and Professional Development, and Fellowships and
Scholarships. Come learn about how you can use your time at Mercer to shape

your future!           

5-7:30pm On-Site Registration // Connell Student Center Lobby

7-9pm Z Beats Open Mic Night, Student Performances // Mercer Village Outside

All evening Scavenger Hunt // Downtown Macon 

Head out with the family and participate in a Macon Visitor’s Bureau Scavenger Hunt in downtown Macon! Use your VIF card for discounts at local restaurants and businesses.

 **Family Discounts in Mercer Village and downtown all day

**Mercer Bookstore open 9am-5:00pm

Saturday, September 28

9am On-Site Registration // Connell Student Center Lobby

Receive schedules and information. Purchase Family Weekend t-shirts. (Only $7 if you are registered for Family Weekend!)

9-10:30am Breakfast with SGA // Connell Student Center

Enjoy a free continental breakfast with members of the Student Government Association! 

9-11am Tower Tours // Administration Building

11:15am Welcome Program with President Underwood // Willingham Auditorium

12-2pm Late registration and t-shirt purchases // Connell Student Center Lobby

12:30-2:30pm Tower Tours // Administration Building

2:00pm Family Weekend Gala Concert Hosted by Mercer Singers // Fickling Hall

2:00 Transformational Learning at Mercer: Research, Community and Global Engagement // Godsey Science Center, Room 102

Learn about Mercer’s service-learning programs that take you out of the classroom and puts your knowledge and skills to use in the community. Undergraduate research can be a part of your student experience and is often used for Mercer On Mission, a service-learning and study abroad program that engages students in serving people around the world. 

2pm & 2:45pm Choosing a Career and Landing an Internship // Science and Engineering Building, Room 110

Mercer’s Center for Career and Professional Development offers career guidance as well as job, internship, and grad school search assistance. Hear from current students about their internship experiences and how Mercer helped prepare them for success after Mercer.

2-6 pm Tailgate Activities for the whole family // Black Field

Hang out on the Black Field before the game! Kona Shaved Ice, live music, inflatables, Mercer gear giveaways and tailgate games for the family!

**Free family pictures to commemorate your weekend at the Family Weekend picture booth on the Black Field with the Mercer Truck! 
*Mercer Football KID ZONE on the black field from 12-6pm.

** Meet the Mercer cheerleaders and Toby the Bear at the tailgate!

4-6pm Barbecue Tailgate Dinner  // Black Field

Barbecue will be served for all family weekend families that purchased tailgate dinner tickets. Come see us under the big tent on black field!

*If you forgot to purchase tickets for the tailgate dinner, you can purchase with cash or check when you arrive!

7pm Mercer Football vs. Campbell // Anderson Field, Five Star Stadium (tickets purchased separately through Mercer Athletics)

**Family Weekend Discounts in Mercer Village and downtown all day
**Mercer Bookstore open 10am-7pm

Sunday, September 29

11am Worship Service // Centenary United Methodist
All day Scavenger Hunt // Downtown Macon 

Head out with the family and participate in a Macon Visitor’s Bureau Scavenger Hunt in downtown Macon! Use your VIF card and Show your badge sheet for discounts at local restaurants and businesses

**Family food specials in Mercer Village and downtown Macon all day



The following link lists hotels that are Mercer University preferred properties. We have negotiated room blocks and rates at these hotels and they are supporting our events in Macon. We encourage your support of our preferred partners. 
Links provided take you to the Mercer rate. If there is no link provided please call the hotel directly and ask for the Mercer rate.


**Hotels listed are located in various locations around Macon. Please note distance from campus prior to booking.


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Macon has served as Mercer’s home since 1871, when the institution moved from its original campus in Penfield, Georgia. The beautiful, historic Macon campus houses the College of Liberal Arts, School of Medicine, School of Engineering, Stetson School of Business and Economics, Tift College of Education and Townsend School of Music, along with programs for working adults through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. The Walter F. George School of Law is located one mile away on Coleman Hill overlooking downtown Macon. The city of 90,000 serves as the educational, medical, cultural and commercial hub of Central Georgia.

Pre-Registration for Family Weekend 2019 is now closed. Walk up registrations are welcome!

$20.00 (taxes, fees not included) for each family. Only purchase one ticket for the entire family. You can add barbecue lunch tickets when you register your family!

The Family Weekend registration is entirely online. Only order one "ticket" per family.

Football tickets for the Saturday game (September 28) are purchased separately. The link will be provided once you register for Family Weekend by email.

Please call Campus Life with any questions. 478-301-2868
What you receive by registering:

  • Breakfast on Saturday
  • BBQ Tailgate Dinner on Saturday (optional $7 purchase per person during registration)
  • Free admission to any NCAA athletic events excluding the football game.
  • Football tailgating! Free food, shaved ice, family pictures, live music and activities!
  • Mercer Village and Downtown Restaurant/Business Discounts with your Very Important Family (VIF) card and Macon Visitors Bureau "show your badge" program!
  • Tower Tours
  • Mercer Singers Concert
  • Student Open Mic Night with free coffee and treats!
  • Discounted hotel rates for the entire weekend!
  • Fun with your Mercer student!!
  • $7 family weekend t-shirts (purchase on site)
  • A Lifetime of memories!

Visit Macon Information and Scavenger Hunt!

Helpful websites:

Visit Macon Scavenger Hunt:

Scavenger Hunt Details! (take your family on a tour of Macon through this Visit Macon weekend activity!)

Show Your Badge Program

Use your Very Important Family card (will get at check in) for discounts listed on the back of the card as well as for the discounts listed HERE.