Family Weekend

Experience Mercer up close and personal during Family Weekend 2018.

Parents in Car

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

September 21-23, 2018

Meet the administration and faculty, enjoy a concert at the School of Music, enjoy 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


**A 2018 updated schedule will be available by August 1, 2018

Friday, September 29

11:00-2:00pm Coke Floats Giveaway // Cruz Plaza

5:00-7:00pm On-Site Registration // Connell Student Center Lobby

6:00pm Mercer University Opera Presents: The Trial of Goldilocks // Townsend School of Music (Tickets purchased separately)

7:00pm NPHC Yard Show // University Center Patio

7:00pm Women's Soccer vs Furman // Bear Field (Free admission!)

8:00-10:00pm Open Mic Night, Student Performances // Mercer Village Outside

 **Student Poster Presentations for Research that Reaches out Summer Research Fellows // Tarver Library (drop in all weekend during library hours)

**Family Food Specials in Mercer Village and downtown all day
**Mercer Bookstore open 9am-6:00pm

Saturday, September 30

8-10:00am On-Site Registration // Connell Student Center Lobby
**Receive schedules and information. Purchase Family Weekend t-shirts. (Only $5 if you are registered for Family Weekend!)

**Say thank you to the GA Assembly for HOPE, Zell and the GA Tuition Equalization Grant. Write a brief note of thanks in the Connell Lobby after you check in. Help us keep these options for future college students in Georgia!

8-10am Breakfast with Administration and Faculty // Connell Student Center
**Enjoy a free continental breakfast with faculty and staff

8:00-10:00am Tower Tours // Administration Building

10:15am Welcome Program with President Underwood // Willingham Auditorium

11am Family Weekend Gala Concert Hosted by Mercer Singers // Fickling Hall

12:30-2pm Barbecue Lunch // Cruz Plaza (register for lunch through EventBrite)
*Enjoy a barbecue lunch on Cruz Plaza
*If you forgot to purchase tickets for lunch, you can purchase with cash or check when you arrive!

 2-4:00pm Tower Tours // Administration Building
Head over to the Administration building and enjoy the view!

1-4:00pm Tailgate Activities for the whole family // Cruz Plaza (If rain: lunch, popsicles, pictures and inflatables will be on the UC intramural courts)
Bring your tailgate chairs and tents and hang out on Cruz before the game! ESPN Game Day on the big screen, King of Pops popsicles, inflatables, Mercer gear giveaways, pics with Mercer cheerleaders, Toby the Bear and the Mercer Truck.
**Free family pictures to commemorate your weekend at the Family Weekend picture booth!
**Mercer Football KID ZONE on the black field from 12-4pm.
12:00-3pm Late registration and t-shirt purchases // Connell Student Center Lobby

1:15pm Internship Opportunities // Connell Student Center, Conference Room 3

2pm Mercer on Mission Panel // Connell Student Center, Conference Room 3

4pm Mercer Football vs. VMI // Anderson Field, Mercer University Stadium (tickets purchased separately through Mercer Athletics)

6:00pm Mercer University Opera Presents: The Trial of Goldilocks // Townsend School of Music (Tickets purchased separately)

7pm Men's Soccer vs. VMI // Bear Field (Free admission!)
**Family Food Specials in Mercer Village and downtown all day
**Mercer Bookstore open 9am-5:00pm

Sunday, October 1

11:00am Worship Service // Centenary United Methodist

2:00pm Women's Soccer vs. Wofford // Bear Field (free admission)

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


Close to campus

Hilton Garden Inn (478) 741-5527
1220 Stadium Drive

10% discount for Family weekend

Booking Link: Mercer-University

Towneplace Suites by Marriott
1550 Mercer University Dr.


Marriott City Center (478) 621-5300
240 Coliseum Dr.

1-75 Exit 169

Wingate (478) 476-8100
100 N. Crest Blvd

Spring Hill Suites (478) 803-9100
4630 Sheraton Dr.

*Some hotels are offering special rates! Just mention Mercer Family Weekend to find out!


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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.

Registration will be open at a later date!

$15.00 (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 22) 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 Lunch on Saturday (optional purchase during registration)
  • Free admission to any NCAA athletic events excluding the football game.
  • Football tailgating! Free food, music and activities!
  • Mercer Village and Downtown Restaurant Discounts with your Very Important Family (VIF) card!
  • Tower Tours
  • Acoustic Concert
  • Fun with your Mercer student!!
  • $10 family weekend t-shirts (purchase on site)
  • A Lifetime of memories!