Family Weekend is a tradition that has existed at Texas A&M University since 1919. Texas A & M University prides itself on making its visitors feel welcome. The University has given parents and guests a special time to feel this warm greeting. Family Weekend has become our official “HOWDY!”
In the early 1900s when membership in the Corps of Cadets was mandatory, mothers often found themselves worrying about the welfare of their sons. A federation known as the Aggie Mother’s Club was formed by these mothers whose main goal was to help their sons through their difficult “fish” and underclassman years. A program similar to open house was held on Mother’s Day. However, in 1969 graduation was changed to early May and the program was moved to April.
This cherished A&M tradition has been previously designated Mother’s Day, Mother and Dad’s Day, Parent Appreciation, Open House, and Parents’ Weekend. Presently, it is called Family Weekend (see our name change announcement tab). Until 1974, an Aggie Mother of the Year was selected. Recently, the students began selecting an outstanding couple to honor as the Aggie Parents of the Year.
Corps flower pinning, chapel services, military reviews, Parents of the Year receptions, campus tours and outfit award presentations have been part of the weekend since its beginning. New activities are continually being added to include a wider variety of students. Some of these new activities include a traditions program, concerts, Bevo Burn Barbecue, Maroon and White Football Game, All University Awards, and ‘Ol Army Yell Practice.
The Office of New Student & Family Programs sponsors the committee that organizes and coordinates Family Weekend. This special time is dedicated to Aggie parents and family, and gives Aggie students a chance to express their gratitude to those who have impacted their lives.