2018-2019 Parent and Supporter Events

Throughout the year, Parent and Family Programs organizes and hosts several events that connect families and supporters to Cal Poly. Be sure to mark your calendars and visit us at the following events. We look forward to seeing you!

Move-In Events

Mustang Move-In is a family experience! Begin your week with getting your Mustang settled in their room, meeting their new neighbors and roommates, and connecting with university staff. Before your student meets their WOW group, feel free to explore the campus or run some last-minute errands. Below is a list of events that Parent and Family Programs will be hosting for all incoming parents and supporters.

Gathering on the Green

September 14, 2018

Out-of-state parents, supporters and students are invited to celebrate and relax after move-in. Enjoy food, fun, and remarks from university leadership. This reception is a great opportunity for new members of the Mustang family to meet and mingle, make connections, and share tips on how to best support students.

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: Dexter Lawn

Evening with the President

September 16, 2018

Enjoy a reception with fellow incoming parents and supporters to connect with President Armstrong and celebrate the beginning of your student’s Cal Poly journey. Directly following the reception, join the campus community as we welcome new students at the Big Fall Welcome in Spanos Stadium. With your student already in their Week of Welcome (WOW) group, you'll have the rare opportunity to witness the spirited start of WOW from the stadium bleachers in the company of fellow new Mustang families.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: O'Neill Green

Mustang Family Weekend

October 19-21, 2018

A fun-filled weekend for parents, families and friends to return to campus, visit with students, engage in Learn by Doing activities, and cheer on the Mustangs during an exciting football game! Registration opens this summer!


Registration is for the entire family and includes:

  • One parking pass for the weekend ($20 value)
  • One swag bag filled with exclusive Cal Poly gear ($25 value)
  • Receptions with food, live music and fun activities (over a $25 value)
  • College and department events
  • Learn by Doing lectures and labs led by esteemed faculty
  • Interactive tours and hikes
  • ...and much more!

Registration Fee:

  • Regular Registration: $75 per family
  • Late Registration: $85 per family

Open House

April 11-13, 2019

Visit the Parent and Family Programs booth, Coffee House Resource Fair, and Morning Cup with the President to hear insight about Cal Poly firsthand from our Parent Advisory Council.

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