Five things to know about Parents’ Weekend

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Parents’ Weekend will be February 26 and 27.

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. 26 and 27, is expected to attract more than 3,000 visitors to campus.
 See the Parents’ Weekend story from the January 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.

How to get online:
1. Select the SSID Stanford Visitor from your device’s list of available wireless networks.
2. Open a browser and load any URL; you will be redirected to an access page (on a mobile phone, the access page should open automatically).
3. Click Accept to acknowledge the terms of use. Your browser will be sent to a confirmation page and from there you can get online.

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. The current weather forecast calls for a slight chance of rain throughout the weekend with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. Though most events will be held indoors, please plan accordingly.

When and how can I pick up tickets for the Entertainment Extravaganza?

Parents who purchased tickets online for the Entertainment Extravaganza will find them in their registration packet upon check in. This event generally sells out, so 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.

What if a member of my party is disabled?

If a member of your family needs disability-related accommodations, please let us know in advance by contacting the Diversity and Access Office at (650) 725-0326 or (650) 723-1216 TTY.

For more answers to questions about Parents’ Weekend, visit the FAQ website or email