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2014 Schedule of Events

Friday, September 26:

Student Government Bike Auction 
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
George Street, In front of Stern Student Center
Purchase a used bike (as is) and help support the Student Government Association.  Cash and Checks Accepted.

Early Check-In
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center 1st Floor Lobby
Pick up your Family Weekend passes and information, and sign up for your family portrait on the Cistern Yard before the fun begins.

Department Open Houses
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Visit academic departments to meet faculty and learn more about life inside the classroom at CofC.  

Participating Departments: (CLICK HERE for a map of the open houses)

  • School of Science and Mathematics
  • Multicultural Student Programs and Services
  • Center for Student Learning
  • Higdon Student Leadership Center
  • The Division of Student Affairs and Office of the Dean of Students
  • Counseling and Substance Abuse Services
  • Honors College
  • School of the Arts
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Career Center

Jazz at Eight
8:00 p.m.
Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip Street
Enjoy the sizzling sounds of the College of Charleston Jazz Ensemble. Proceeds benefit the Jazz Scholarship Fund.
$10/person (pay at door); Free for CofC students with Cougar Card


Saturday, September 27:

Check-In & Welcome
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
City Bistro Courtyard, next to the CofC Bookstore
Pick up your Family Weekend passes and information, peruse the bookstore, grab some coffee and snacks, sign up for your family portrait on the Cistern Yard, or join a tour of Charleston.  After 10:30 a.m., packets will be available at the Bluegrass and Brunch event on the Cistern Yard. (Rain location is the Stern Student Center.)
Parents Listserv Meet and Greet
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
New Student Program Courtyard
Meet staff, parents, and family members who participate in the CofC Parents Listerv.

Walking Tour of Downtown Charleston
9:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. (45 minutes)
Meet in front of the CofC Bookstore
Join local guides for a tour of the historic College neighborhood. (First come, first serve; max 40 participants per group)
Bluegrass & Brunch

Featuring “The Bluestone Ramblers”
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cistern Yard
Connect with other families, faculty members, departments, and student groups while enjoying a savory combination of brunch and local bluegrass. (Rain location is the Liberty Fresh Food Company)

CofC in Hollywood Tour
Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Step into Hollywood as our tour guides reveal some of The College of Charleston's most famous featured moments movies and television.  This tour begins in Alumni Hall (Randolph Hall).

Addleston Library Tour
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Check out the latest addtions to the Addlestone Library.  Tour will meet inside Addlestone.

Harbor Walk Tour
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Take a ride on the trolley to see the new Harbor Walk facility (Departments of Biology, Physics & Astronomy, and Computer Science).  Meet the tour group at the entrance to Cougar Mall on Calhoun Street.

Gullah/Geeche Storytelling with Carolyn White
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
College of Charleston Bookstore
160 Calhoun St.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn about Lowcountry traditions from an authentic Gullah/Geechee storyteller.

Afternoon with your student
1:30 p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Spend the afternoon with your student enjoying the amazing city of Charleston.  Check out our “While you're here” page at for information about discounts and area attractions.  

Stern Showcase
Presented by the Cougar Activities Board (CAB)
8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Stern Student Center
Enjoy a night of family fun; featuring an outdoor movie, BINGO, game room, poetry slam, prizes and much more. 


Sunday, September 29:

Breakfast in Liberty
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Liberty Fresh Food Company
Enjoy one last morning with the family, get your picture taken, and make sure that your hungry student is well fed before you leave town. $6.50/person (pay at the door); CofC students may use dining dollars.

Family Portraits on the Cistern Yard
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cistern Yard
Make your Family Weekend memories last a little longer with a family portrait taken on the Cistern Yard.  Portraits will be availabe for free on the Family Weekend website and Facebook page.  Prints may be purchased up to 60 days after Family Weekend from Karson Photography at   


ADA and Disability Access
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all College of Charleston sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires accommodations in order to participate in any of the Family Weekend events, please contact us in advance at, 843.953.5726.

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