Schedule of Events

See below for the 2020 First-Year & Sophomore Family Weekend schedule. Future family weekends will most likely have a similar timeline (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon), but please note that specific events and times may change in the future.

First-Year & Sophomore Family Weekend: February 14-16, 2020

Friday, February 14

3–8 p.m.

Headquarters Open, UP Bookstore

  • Welcome to campus! Stop by Headquarters to pick up your registration packet and name tag. UP staff will be available to help answer questions about the weekend. While you are there, take advantage of the Bookstore’s 25% off Nike merchandise sale.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Campus Tour, begins in the Office of Admissions, 2nd floor of Waldschmidt Hall

  • There have been many exciting developments on The Bluff in the last few years. Join us for a guided tour of the beautiful UP campus! This is also a perfect opportunity for younger family members who may be prospective students to view campus.

Self-guided Tour, Dundon-Berchtold Hall

  • Dundon-Berchtold Hall will be open for Friday afternoon classes, so take a self-guided tour of UP’s impressive new academic building. Information sheets will be available in the main entrance lobby in front of Franz Lounge.

Departmental Open Houses, Various Locations on Campus

  • Air Force ROTC, Kenna Hall basement
    • AFROTC Detachment 695 provides a pathway for aspiring leaders to learn valuable skills while earning a commission and a career in the Air Force. Their program has a rich history with the University and offers scholarships to high performers in addition to the leadership training program. Feel free to come by and speak with their staff about the program.
  • Army ROTC, Franz Hall 120
    • The Army ROTC Pilot Battalion is a leadership program that uses academics and immersive hands-on training to teach leadership, responsibility, and teamwork. First and second-year courses are open to any UP student and provide an opportunity to compete for scholarships and develop valuable leadership skills. Stop by and learn about opportunities in Army ROTC.
  • Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP)St. Mary’s Student Center
    • As the student government, ASUP represents the needs and interests of students, develops extracurricular activities, and fosters the recognition of students’ rights and responsibilities. They strive to enhance the overall experience of life on The Bluff for all students. Stop by to say hello to current members of ASUP leadership.
  • Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness CenterBeauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center
    • The hub for fitness and recreation on the UP campus is the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center. This state-of-the art facility features an indoor track, rock wall, cardio suite, weight room, and fitness studios. Explore the various spaces, including the Outdoor Pursuits office which features a bike shop and outdoor equipment rental service.
  • Bloomberg Research Lab, Franz Hall 1st Floor
    • The Pamplin School of Business is proud to have one of the largest Bloomberg business research labs on the west coast, with ten Bloomberg terminals available for student use. A faculty member will be in the room to show what type of information is available on a Bloomberg terminal and how it is utilized for coursework.
  • Campus Ministry, St. Mary’s Student Center
    • Campus Ministry is eager to support students as they grow in faith, explore their identity and passions, and build a community while in college. They offer a variety of programs, retreats, faith-sharing groups, and leadership opportunities. Stop by their office to speak with a campus minister and learn more about the mission and role of Campus Ministry at UP.
  • Clark Library, Clark Library
    • The Clark Library is a central fixture in daily life at UP, serving students in their search for information and their pursuit of knowledge. Visit our beautiful library to learn more about our academic collections and student resources, as well as the incredible Digital Lab, where students have access to equipment and software to produce audio, video, photography, and graphic design projects. Staff will be available in the library lobby to tell you more and offer tours.
  • Moreau Center, St. Mary’s Student Center
    • In partnership with local and global communities, the Moreau Center for Service & Justice engages critical human and environmental concerns through active learning, mutually beneficial service, and experience-based leadership development rooted in Catholic social teaching. Stop by to meet their team and learn more about student opportunities for involvement.
  • “Pilot Space” Maker Space, Shiley Hall 110
    • The Maker Space, known as the “Pilot Space,” is an innovative lab designed for students to independently design, prototype, and manufacture their creations. While the Maker Space is critical to students in engineering, math, science, and technology (STEM), the lab is available to students in all disciplines at the University. Staff will be present to show guests around the space.

 4:30–7 p.m.

Dinner on your own

  • We encourage families to explore the city and grab a bite at one of Portland’s renowned restaurants or food carts. Check out our recommendations for fun activities and local restaurantsOr share in your student’s experience by eating together at one of UP’s dining facilities. (Friday dinner is not included in your registration fee for the weekend.)

7–9 p.m.

Residence Halls Open Houses and Socials, Various Locations on Campus

  • On-campus residential students are invited to socialize in their halls with their families, fellow hallmates, and hall staff. Families can tour their student’s hall and get a taste for the distinct community their student lives in. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

Off-Campus Student Social, Pilot House

  • Commuter students and students living off campus are invited to bring their families to socialize and connect with other Pilots as we kick off Family Weekend. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

9–10:30 p.m.

Bluffoons First-Year & Sophomore Showcase, Buckley Center Auditorium

  • The Bluffoons, UP’s comedy improv troupe, present their First-Year & Sophomore Showcase. First-year and sophomore students have been working hard all year to develop their improv skills. Come watch all their hard work pay off and share a few laughs! The cost to attend is $3 per person or $4 for two people. (Please note this is a fundraiser for the club, with a separate fee from your Family Weekend registration. The entry fee can be paid at the door.)

9–11 p.m.

Pilots After Dark, Pilot House

  • Stop by the Pilot House to get a taste of our popular weekend and latenight programming series, Pilots After Dark. It’s team trivia night—so build a team of parents to play against a group of students, or put your heads together as a family to test your trivia knowledge during this fun pub-style event. “Name that tune” will be one of the categories! UP apparel and other fun items will be awarded as prizes to the winners. Teams will start forming at 9 p.m. with trivia starting shortly thereafter. (Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the bar for those 21 and over.)


Saturday, February 15

9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Headquarters Open, UP Bookstore

  • If you didn’t have the opportunity to visit Headquarters on Friday, stop by to pick up your registration packet and name tag for the weekend. Staff will be available to help answer questions. While you are there, take advantage of the 25% off Nike merchandise sale.

9:30–11 a.m.

Academic Showcases, Various Locations on Campus

  • Different informational sessions will be available for each of the academic disciplines. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage in the academic life of the campus. Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided at each showcase.

  • College of Arts & Sciences, Buckley Center Auditorium
    • Come hear about the exciting academic work that some of our students do outside the classroom! The College of Arts & Sciences invites both first-year and sophomore family members to three presentations by current UP students who have engaged in research projects in collaboration with UP faculty. Undergraduate researchers mentored by CAS professors will speak on their experience as student researchers.
  • Pamplin School of Business, Bauccio Commons Boardroom
    • Learn about the many opportunities for students to expand their educational experience through the Pamplin School of Business. Faculty, staff, and current students will share information about the Entrepreneur Scholars program, faculty and student research, studies abroad, internships and externships, business clubs, honor societies, and more!
  • School of Education, Franz Hall 120
    • The School of Education invites students and their family members to a student-led panel. The panelists will be focusing on the discussion of the Junior and Senior professional year experience and what to expect. There will also be an opportunity for general Q&A with the dean, associate dean, and administrative staff.
  • School of Nursing
    • First-year families – Bauccio Commons Dining Room
    • Sophomore families – Dundon-Berchtold Classroom 031
      • Join the School of Nursing as students present on their exciting academic work. Sophomore students will present on caring for diverse individuals and populations. First-year students will present on a prominent nurse (either historical or present day) and discuss how they embodied professionalism, leadership, and spirituality.
  • Shiley School of Engineering, Shiley Hall 301 & 319
    • The Shiley School of Engineering invites both first-year and sophomore family members to learn about their students’ experiences and to look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. Student led panels will share personal experiences from the “Introduction to Engineering” class, internships, undergraduate research, and the Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Informational Breakout Sessions, Various Locations on Campus

  • Students and families will discover opportunities for student growth both inside and outside the classroom through various informational breakout sessions.

  • Experiential Learning: Opportunities to Engage On and Off Campus, Buckley Center Auditorium
    • Students and their families are invited to this session to hear how they can make the most of their time on The Bluff and the many ways to engage on and off campus. Hear from current students to learn how experiential learning, leadership, and community engagement has supported their personal and professional growth both inside and outside of the classroom. Meet staff from the Career Center, Student Activities, the Moreau Center for Service and Justice, and Residence Life who will be present to share their expertise and insight.
  • Leader Certificate Program, Franz Hall 120
    • The University’s Leader Certificate Program is focused on preparing the next generation of leaders with the knowledge, tools, and mindset that model, motivate, and engage others to make right and just choices for the common good. Join the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation to learn more about this program and the enriching classes that it offers for students of any major.
  • Supporting Student Success
    • Please note that this event has been canceled.

12:30–2 p.m.

Pilot Pregame Lunch, Chiles Center Mezzanine

  • Wear your purple and bring your Pilot spirit! Join us for a BBQ buffet lunch before the Women’s basketball game against the San Francisco Dons. During the pregame lunch, snap a photo with Wally in the photobooth or participate in some fun games. The first 500 guests to arrive at the Chiles Center will receive a rally towel. In order to gain entry into this event, you must have a ticket to the game. See below for ticketing details and important security entrance policies.

2 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. San Francisco Dons, Chiles Center

  • Cheer on the Women’s basketball team as they take on the Dons of San Francisco! Complimentary tickets are provided to all pre-registered parents and family members. If you haven’t already picked up your registration packet and tickets earlier in the weekend, you may do so at Headquarters in the UP Bookstore until 3 p.m. on Saturday. UP students will gain entry to the event with their Student ID card and do not need a separate ticket. All seats are general admission. Please be prepared for a security inspection as you enter the Chiles Center. Backpacks, duffel bags, or bags larger than 12" x 12" x 6" are prohibited. No outside food or beverage is allowed. For more information, visit our bag policy and prohibited items list(Concessions will be available for purchase inside the arena.)

3 p.m.

Wind Symphony & Chapel Choir Concert, Chapel of Christ the Teacher

  • The Wind Symphony and Chapel Choir are pleased to present the seventh annual Chapel Concert. This year’s music includes stunning works by Julie Giroux, Benjamin Taylor, and Hirokazu Fukushima. The two ensembles will conclude by joining forces for John Rutter’s beautiful “Look to the Day,” conducted by senior Bianca Salazar.

5 p.m.

Dinner on your own

  • We encourage families to explore the city and grab a bite at one of Portland’s renowned restaurants or food carts. Check out our recommendations for fun activities and local restaurantsOr share in your student’s experience by eating together at one of UP’s dining facilities. (Saturday dinner is not included in your registration fee for the weekend.)

7–9 p.m.

First-Year Families:

Saturday Night Live, Various Locations on Campus

  • First-year students and their families are invited to enjoy some Saturday evening on-campus entertainment at one of these special events!

  • Portland Comedy Sportz, Bauccio Commons Dining Room
    • Enjoy Comedy Sportz, a fast-paced improvisational comedy show that is great for the whole family. The show is played as a “sport” where two teams compete for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games, and songs on the spot. The audience gives suggestions and votes for the winners. An all-powerful referee even calls the party fouls! Become a fan and help us determine the best improvisers.
  • Ethics and Film, Brian Doyle Auditorium in Dundon-Berchtold Hall
    • Enjoy a familiar family flick in a whole new way as UP philosophy professor Paddy McShane teases out the ethical tensions and moral themes that drive and enrich our favorite on-screen narratives. What human interests are in conflict? What does the “right”decision look like–or is there even one? Common good or individual life? Grab some popcorn, participate in lively conversation, and engage the cinematic world of story with the added lens of ethics! 
  • Portland Taiko Drum Performance, Buckley Center Auditorium
    • Portland Taiko blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment. Since its founding in 1994, the group has headlined at arts festivals and concert halls, and has performed at hundreds of community events and school assemblies. Join them for a memorable performance!

Sophomore Families:

Night at the Museum, World Forestry Center located in Portland’s Washington Park

  • Sophomores and their families are invited off-campus to experience the Pacific Northwest through the lens of the World Forestry Center! Enjoy appetizers and refreshments as you participate in a scavenger hunt and explore museum exhibits exclusively open to sophomore Pilot families. Before you head to the museum for this event, check out all that Washington Park has to offer by visiting some of the other attractions nearby, such as the Oregon Zoo or the International Rose Test Garden. The Explore Washington Park site has all the information you need, including various transportation options to get there.

9–11 p.m.

Pilots After Dark, Pilot House

  • “Cel-e-brate good times, come on (Let’s Celebrate)!” Come enjoy our popular weekend and late-night programming series, Pilots After Dark, by singing your hearts out to a vast selection of songs, both from today and the past five decades. Or you can simply sit back and be entertained by the talents of your peers and family members! (Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the bar for those 21 and over.)


Sunday, February 16

10:30 a.m.

Sunday Morning Mass, Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center

  • Students and families of every faith are invited to join us in celebrating the Catholic tradition of Mass together as the UP community. University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., will preside.

11:30 a.m.

Brunch on your own

  • We encourage families to explore the city and enjoy brunch at one of Portland’s renowned restaurants or food carts. Check out our recommendations for fun activities and local restaurantsOr share in your student’s experience by eating together at one of UP’s dining facilities. (Sunday brunch is not included in your registration fee for the weekend.)

1:30 p.m.

University Singers & Bel Canto Concert present Women Rise!, Buckley Center Auditorium

  • As part of the University’s year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, this concert will feature choral works by women composers, songs sung by and written in commemoration of the Women’s Suffrage movement, and songs that explore social justice issues.

3:30 p.m.

UP Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Concert, Mago Hunt Recital Hall

  • The UP Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will perform works in a variety of styles, including swing, funk, and Afro-Cuban, by composers such as Bennie Moten, Billy Strayhorn, Bob Florence, Mary Lou Williams, Bob Mintzer, and Tom Garling, as well as UP students.



Online registration will close after Friday, January 31. Walk-up registrations will be accommodated during Family Weekend, but please note the increased price.

Please note that events and locations are subject to change. A program with complete details will be provided for you during the weekend.

Those participating in Family Weekend who may require an accommodation in order to fully participate in any of the activities should contact the Office of Student Activities as soon as possible. They can be reached at 503.943.7470 or