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University Events

The University of Portland hosts a variety of events, both on campus and across the nation, that are open to UP parents and families throughout their student’s time on The Bluff and beyond. We invite you to check out all of our events below and join us on campus or in your local community for one of our upcoming Pilot events.

Please check out the University's master calendar, the Pilot Navigator, and Portland Pilots Athletics to learn more about UP's events.

Event on The Bluff

Weekend on the Bluff

Weekend on The Bluff is a special event held each April for accepted students and their families.  Meet professors and spend time with current students, tour campus, visit residence halls, discuss financial aid opportunities, explore extracurricular programs, and enjoy lunch on campus. Accepted students even have the opportunity to spend the night.

Learn more about Weekend on the Bluff

Spring flowers on campus

Pilot Welcome Receptions

Pilot Welcome Receptions are held in various cities across the country and provide the perfect opportunity for first-year students and their families to meet other members of the UP family before heading to the University of Portland for the start of school in August.

Learn more about Pilot Welcome Receptions

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Orientation is a very special opportunity for us to welcome you into our family and assist your student in making the smoothest transition possible as they become a member of the Pilot community. Through an exciting and informative program of activities and events for both you and your student, Orientation will allow you to build relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow Pilot parents as you embark on the college journey ahead.

Learn more about Orientation

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Junior Parents and Families Weekend

Junior Parents and Families Weekend is an annual tradition that gives the UP community an opportunity for juniors, parents, and family members to spend time together reconnecting, learning, exploring, and experiencing the University of Portland at its best. Our junior students plan a series of events that promote, celebrate, and highlight the strength of our community.

Learn more about Junior Parents and Families Weekend

Cherry blossom trees on campus


Commencement is a special time for our graduating seniors and their families. The weekend promises to be filled with memorable moments and opportunities to reminisce with your graduating student as they close this particular chapter of their UP experience.

Learn more about Commencement

UP Seattle Chapter

Regional Chapter Events

Our regional chapters offer numerous opportunities for alumni, parents, and friends of UP to meet fellow Pilots and build their professional and social networks close to home. Check out our list of chapters to see if there is one in a city near you!

Learn more about Regional Chapters Events

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University Receptions

University Receptions allow us to bring UP to YOU. Join us for a special evening with members of the UP community as you visit with old friends, make new connections, and learn about the latest developments at the University of Portland.

Learn more about University Receptions