Five things to know about Parents’ Weekend

President Hennessy
President Hennessy’s question-and-answer session is among the most popular events at Parents’ Weekend. (Photo: Linda A. Cicero)

Elaine Enos, executive director of Stanford’s Office of Special Events and Protocol, shares information she hopes parents know about Parents’ Weekend. The annual event, which will be held Feb. 27 and 28, is expected to attract more than 3,000 family members to campus.


See the Parents’ Weekend story from the December issue of the Parents’ Newsletter.


If we didn’t register in advance, can we still attend, and where can we park?

Absolutely. Because this event attracts so many people, our advance registration program allows us to accurately plan for room size, food orders and so on. Parents should note that only those who register can attend Parents’ Weekend events, so definitely plan to register onsite at the Arrillaga Alumni Center, and it’s free!

Parents should park at the Galvez Lot at the intersection of Galvez and Campus Drive, which is across the street from the Arrillaga Alumni Center. For directions, visit the Getting Around website.

Will I be able to get Internet access while on campus?

Parents are able to join the “Stanford Visitor” network for free access to the Internet while on campus. The Stanford Network offers limited bandwidth, and services include email and web browsing. For further information about the visitor network, please ask one of our registration volunteers upon check in.

What is Palo Alto-area weather like in February?

Generally speaking, the mornings and evenings can be quite cool—40-degree temperatures are common—and require a jacket or sweater. Once the fog burns off, mid-day temperatures can reach into the 70s. February is often rainy, and some of our long-range forecasts suggest that there may be showers that weekend. So we strongly recommend parents bring rain gear and umbrellas, just in case.

When and how can I pick up tickets for events?

Ticket distribution for all open house tours will start at 1 p.m. in front of the Arrillaga Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 27, and will continue until all tickets are gone. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis, and there will be a limit of two tickets per person.

Regarding the Entertainment Extravaganza (EE), parents who purchased tickets online will find them in their registration packet upon check in.

If there are any EE tickets remaining on Friday or Saturday, they can be purchased at either the registration desk at Arrillaga Alumni Center or at Memorial Auditorium. Also, since this event is expected to sell out, if you find that you are unable to use your EE tickets, we ask that you consider turning them into our ticket staff so that we can redistribute them to other parents who may like to attend this special closing event.

Can I bring another family member who is not a parent?

Yes. Everyone in the family is invited to Parents’ Weekend. If a member of your family needs disability-related accommodations, please let us know in advance by contacting the Diversity and Access Office by Feb. 13 at (650) 725-0326 or (650) 723-1216 TTY.

For more answers to questions about Parents’ Weekend, visit the FAQ website or call 650-736-9018.