NAU's annual Family Weekend event will take place virtually this year. Family members are encouraged to send socially distanced love and participate in events held via Zoom Oct. 2-3 to build community and school spirit. 

From its usual club expos, concerts, football games, performances and reunion hugs, the typical Family Weekend does not align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for public health and safety. This year, all events are online with the exception of students receiving treats on campus. 

Parent and Family Services of NAU is incorporating touches of home by sharing sweets outside of the University Pedway Oct. 3 starting at 11 a.m. while supplies last. Parent and Family Services is also publishing family submitted recipes, due by Oct. 3, in a “Recipes From Home” cookbook PDF that will be shared on Oct. 13 via "The Backpack" newsletter.

The virtual Family Weekend will start with a seminar celebrating first-generation students and Hispanic/Latinx Heritage month for Hablar Con Los Notable Alumnos provided by the Office of Inclusion on Oct. 2. Here first-generation Hispanic and Latinx alumni will share their experiences and answer questions. The Zoom meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Exercise meets recreation in the “Away” 5K, which is scheduled for the following day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Families are able to post photo submissions for the most original route, most spirited costumes and the best Lumberjack experience for a chance to enter to win a price. More information regarding this event can be found on the NAU events calendar.

Other events on Oct. 3 include a speed sketch artist who will draw caricatures of any volunteer, a mind-reading show and a virtual game show; the last event will finish up at 9 p.m. These family-friendly events require attendees to reserve their spots online.

On Oct. 3 at 11 a.m., a celebration ceremony for students who have carried a minimum of 30 academic units and whose GPAs were in the top 10% of NAU’s class at the end of the spring 2020 semester will be recognized for their work. The event is available for all to view on the NAU Social YouTube channel.

Further information about Family Weekend events is found on the Office of the Dean's website. Certain events will require pre-registration and spaces may be limited through Zoom.