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Parent and Family Association

What is the UK Parent and Family Association?

The UK Parent and Family Association, part of the Office for Student Success, offers you the best way to stay informed, get connected, and find support for you and your student. All parents, guardians, grandparents, stepparents, and family members of UK undergraduate students are invited to join the FREE UK Parent and Family Association, which strives to enhance student success by actively engaging parents and families as part of the larger university community through publications, programs, and services. 

How does the Parent and Family Association define “family?”

The UK Parent and Family Association embraces a multidimensional concept of family and the diversity of family structures, including families of origin and families of choice. We are proud to serve parents, guardians, grandparents, spouses/partners, and any other supportive people in the lives of our students. Our staff is committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusion in our work with UK students and their families. 

What do I get for being a member of the UK Parent and Family Association?

To support UK parents and families (and ultimately, our students), we offer: 

  • Cat Chat email newsletter, our most popular service, sent 2-3 times a month during the school year 

Do I have to pay to become a member?

No, the UK Parent and Family Association is free!   

How do I become a member of the Parent and Family Association?

The UK Parent and Family Association is going through a transition to make life easier for UK parents and families! In the past, families needed to opt into receiving communication from us, which was just another item on a lengthy pre-college to-do list. Starting in fall 2022, the Parent and Family Association will use the parent/family contact information that students provided on their admissions application to automatically register new families to receive the Cat Chat email newsletter. Cat Chat is sent two to three times a month during the school year and once a month over the summer; families report it is the most popular service the Parent and Family Association offers. Knowing that we all get a lot of email, families are welcome to unsubscribe at any time. If additional family members want to receive Cat Chat and their contact information was not provided on the admissions application, they can join the Parent and Family Association at www.uky.edu/joinukpfa. We define family very broadly and welcome all supportive adults in our students’ lives to be part of the Wildcat family! 

How do I update my contact information or unsubscribe from Cat Chat?

To unsubscribe or update your information, click "Email Preferences" at the bottom of our Cat Chat email newsletter.

If I call or email the Parent and Family Association with a question, who will I get to communicate with?

When you call or email the Parent and Family Association, you will reach Nicki, Nancy, or another one of our outstanding student or professional staff members. We will be happy to help you find the answers to any questions you may have.

How do I get more involved with the Parent and Family Association?

If you are interested in becoming more involved, check out the our Get Involved page for more information.

Who should I contact if I have concerns about a UK student?

Concerns regarding students can be reported to our Center for Support and Intervention staff at www.uky.edu/concern, and potential violations of the Code of Student Conduct can be reported to the University's Office of Student Conduct at www.uky.edu/studentconduct/

Imminent concerns about safety should be referred to the University Police Department at 859-257-UKPD (8573).    

Why do I receive requests to fill out surveys after events and at the end of the school year?

The Parent and Family Association is always trying to improve and provide the best resources and services for parents and families. In order to do that, we need your help. That is where the surveys come in. We use the information that we gather through surveys to better inform our programs and events and learn about the needs of students, parents, and families at UK.

Family Weekend

What can I expect during Family Weekend at UK?

Family Weekend is a chance to experience the best of a busy fall weekend in Lexington! Anytime there is a home football game campus will be crowded as more than 60,000 Wildcat fans flock to the Kroger Field area. If you’re planning on joining in the fun, expect larger crowds, traffic, and more limited parking. Investigate shuttle and walking options and plan accordingly. We’ll put together the information you need in the Family Weekend materials that you can pick up at the Family Weekend Check-in. You’ll find that same information on our website, Facebook, and Twitter

If football and tailgating aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of activities you can take part in. We hope families will review the schedule we have put together and will pick the events that most appeal to them. We won’t be offended if families ditch our schedule and do something entirely different. We just want you to have fun as a family here in Lexington! 

The UK Parent and Family Association will host the following Family Weekend events that are included in our Family Weekend registration fee: a welcome reception, the pregame tent party, and A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail. We do our very best to accommodate as many families as possible, but we are limited by venue capacities and safety regulations so be sure to RSVP in your registration for the events your family members are planning to attend. Please note the events on the schedule that require an additional advanced ticket purchase such as some UK Athletics events. We expect the UK vs. N. Illinois football game to be popular this year and may sell out. Please purchase tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale to avoid disappointment. 

Events will go on rain or shine, so please check the weather and plan accordingly. Fall weather in Kentucky can be unpredictable – be prepared! 

Every year when we ask families to report the highlight of their UK Family Weekend experience, the top answer is spending time with family. No matter what you all choose to do with your time together – enjoy it! 

Can I volunteer for Family Weekend events?

Yes. Current UK students and families (age 14+) can volunteer to help with Family Weekend events. This is a great opportunity to get to know other UK families, staff, and faculty while giving back to the Wildcat community.  Volunteers must register and pay the registration fee for Family Weekend before they can sign up to volunteer. More information about volunteer opportunities during Family Weekend will be available this fall. 

Family Weekend Registration

How do I register for Family Weekend?

Beginning July 5, 2022, visit the Family Weekend Registration page to register your UK student and family members for Family Weekend. Registration will be available Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 10 a.m. ET through September 6, 11:59 p.m. ET. Late registration will be available at an additional cost from Wednesday, September 7 through September 23, at 4 p.m. ET. 

To register:

  1. Go to https://go.uky.edu/FWRegistration.
  2. Select the login/register button at the top right corner of the screen and create your account. You will be able to register your whole family from your account and all email confirmations will be sent to the email indicated on your account. Your student does not need to create a new account or log in with their Link Blue ID.
  3. Select the number of Family Weekend guests who will be attending (including your UK student).
  4. Input your credit card information and submit. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you indicated in your account.

How much does Family Weekend registration cost and what does it include?

The Family Weekend registration fee is $55 per person (UK students and guests) and includes: 

  • Entry to all signature events (Family Weekend Welcome Reception, Family Weekend Tent Party, A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail) 

  • Meals at all signature events (3 meals total) 

  • Entry to many smaller events throughout the weekend (food may be included) 

  • Exclusive 2022 Family Weekend t-shirt that will be distributed only at the tent party 

Important: 

  • Current UK students must register and pay the $55 fee to attend Family Weekend events. 

  • Football tickets are NOT included in the registration fee and must be purchased separately through UK Athletics. 

  • The exclusive Family Weekend t-shirts will only be available at the tent party. T-shirts will NOT be available at check-in, and we are not able to mail t-shirts. 

  • Check-in will be available on three dates in the Gatton Student Center Grand Ballroom Coat Check: Wednesday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, September 22, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., and Friday, September 23, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. If you are not planning to arrive to campus until Saturday, please send your student by to pick up your check-in materials. 

Late registration will be available September 7 – 23, until 4 p.m. ET for $65 per person (age 3+). 

Do I have purchase a separate ticket for each member of my family to attend?

Yes, each guest and UK student will need to purchase a separate ticket to attend signature Family Weekend events. Football tickets are sold separately.

Do I need to register my child who is 3 years old?

Yes, there will be a charge for children over 2 years old. Please note according to UK Athletics’ ticketing policies, everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket for admission to home football games. 

Do I need to purchase a registration for my student or is entry for my UK student included with my registration fee?

Anyone attending Family Weekend events, including UK students, must register and pay the $55 registration fee (except for children 2 and under). 

Are refunds available?

Refunds for Family Weekend registration will not be available after September 1, 2022. Families who have purchased football tickets using the Family Weekend discount code will not be eligible for a refund.

Football tickets are non-refundable.

Why has UK’s Family Weekend pricing structure changed?

Feedback from previous Family Weekend participants over the last few years indicated a desire for an easier registration and check-in process as well as more programming options throughout the weekend. With that input in mind, as well as benchmarking information from other SEC schools who use similar pricing structures ranging from $70-$85 per person, the UK Parent and Family Association has decided to move to a registration price of $55 per person. Like most SEC schools, families will have the opportunity to purchase discounted football tickets separately. 

What do I need for entry into the Family Weekend events?

Registration is required for all signature Family Weekend events. You will be required to wear your wristband at each signature event (Family Weekend Welcome, Family Weekend Tent Party, and A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail). Wristbands will be provided at check-in. 

Can I register for Family Weekend on site?

No. Family Weekend registration will only be available online or through the Blue Box Theatre Box Office in the Gatton Student Center and will close on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 4 p.m. ET. 

Family Weekend Football Tickets

If I register for Family Weekend, am I guaranteed a football ticket?

No. UK football tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to purchase football tickets as soon as you are able as tickets are limited.  

How much will football tickets cost?

The price of football tickets will vary based on seating location. More specific information about football ticketing will be available in mid-July through UK Athletics. 

How do I purchase Family Weekend football tickets?

Family Weekend registrants will have the opportunity to purchase football tickets for the UK vs. N. Illinois football game using a special link that will direct you to tickets through UK Athletics. You will receive more information about purchasing football tickets in a confirmation email after you have registered for Family Weekend. Please note that current UK students who would like to sit with their guests in the Family Weekend section will need to purchase a discounted student ticket seated with their party.  

Single-game tickets will also be available through UK Athletics this summer.

Football tickets typically go on sale in mid-July. For questions about football ticketing, please contact UK Athletics at UKTickets@uky.edu or 859-257-1818, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET. 

How will I receive my Family Weekend football tickets once I complete my order?

You will receive an email confirmation from UK Athletics once you have made your purchase with instructions about how to download your tickets to your electronic device. 

My family would like to try tailgating on our own. How can we get a game day parking permit?

Tailgating is a popular tradition at UK. Parking permits at Kroger Field are only available to season ticket holders who have purchased them. A number of families report that they have had success paying to park at businesses or in neighborhoods around the stadium and tailgating there. For more information about parking and tailgating options, visit the UK Athletics game day website in the fall for more information about game day parking.

What is the clear bag policy for Kroger Field?

To improve public safety and help speed entry, the SEC has adopted a league-wide clear bag policy for all football games. 

Family Weekend Parking and Accommodations

Where do I park?

While parking lots are spread throughout campus, please realize that you may have to park a short walk from your destination so allow extra time. The Cornerstone Garage on S. Limestone as well as most Employee "E" lots will be free on Friday evening and Sunday morning for Family Weekend guests. Check out the UK Athletics game day website and UK Transportation Services website for more information about game day parking. 

Why are hotel rooms so expensive?

Many families make their first visits to Lexington for UK campus tours or orientations that aren’t scheduled at the height of demand for hotel rooms. The popularity of UK football brings thousands of folks in every fall so hotel rooms are naturally going to be more expensive and in demand. You are strongly encouraged to make hotel reservations at your earliest convenience. If you find that the available accommodations aren’t in your budget, you might want to seek an alternate time to come to campus. Hotels will be less expensive when the football team is away. Visit www.visitlex.com for information on area accommodations. In the past, some families have reported finding more affordable accommodations in surrounding towns or through www.airbnb.com

Family Weekend Check-in

When and where is check-in?

All Family Weekend registrants must check in for Family Weekend to receive important schedule information, event entry wristbands, and other swag items. If you do not think you will arrive to campus in time for check-in, send your student by to pick up your Family Weekend check-in packet during one of the three check-in dates and times. Early check-in will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday prior to Family Weekend to allow for shorter lines. 

Location: Gatton Student Center Grand Ballroom Coat Check 

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 22, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Date/Time: Friday, September 23, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Registrants must wear Family Weekend event wristbands for entry to all Parent and Family Association-hosted events. T-shirts will not be given out during check-in. They will be available only during the Family Weekend Tent Party. 

Do I have to check-in if I didn’t register for Family Weekend?

Families who choose not to register for Family Weekend are not required to check in; however, they are welcome to stop by the check-in counter to receive updated information about the schedule of events. Please note that registration and wristbands will be required for entry into many Family Weekend events.

Family Weekend Events

Will events sell out?

We do our very best to accommodate as many families as possible, but we are limited by venue capacities and safety regulations so be sure to RSVP in your registration for the events you and your family members are planning to attend. UK Athletics has advised us that it is likely the UK vs. N. Illinois football game may sell out. Please purchase tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale to avoid disappointment.  

Are there any free Family Weekend events?

Registration is required to gain entry into most Family Weekend events. However, there are a few events that do not require a wristband. Check out our Events page to learn more about free events. 

Will events go on if it rains?

Events will go on rain or shine, so please check the weather and plan accordingly. Fall weather in Kentucky can be unpredictable – pack an umbrella and jacket so you’ll be prepared! 

Does my family have to go to all Family Weekend events?

We hope families will review the schedule we have put together and will pick the events that most appeal to them. We won’t be offended if families ditch our schedule and do something entirely different. We just want you to have fun as a family here in Lexington! Check out www.visitLex.com for more information about Lexington.

Why was Family Weekend not scheduled during Keeneland or UK Homecoming?

The dates for Family Weekend are determined primarily by the UK football schedule. In past years, the only feasible Family Weekend dates fell during the Keeneland Fall Meet and UK Homecoming. This year, Family Weekend will fall September 23 – 25, 2022. 

Where will the Family Weekend Tent Party be located?

The Family Weekend Tent Party has moved locations in 2022 and will be held on South Campus Lawn behind The 90 and University Flats off Complex Drive. Please see below for an event map, including drop-off locations for the Lextran shuttle. Please note that the downtown shuttle begins 3 hours prior to kick-off and the campus shuttle 2 hours before kick-off.

Family Weekend tent party map

Parent Advisory Council

What do Parent Advisory Council members do during Family Weekend?

Parent Advisory Council members who volunteer during Family Weekend are responsible for a number of different tasks that include greeting and checking in families, distributing materials, giving directions, answering questions for new UK families, setting up and breaking down events, and more. Volunteers will need to arrive early and will be able to leave shortly after each event. More information will be communicated with Parent Advisory Council members before each event. 

What does a typical Parent Advisory Council meeting look like?

Each Parent Advisory Council meeting is customized to highlight current programs, events, and initiatives on campus. A typical meeting might include getting to know other council members over coffee or a meal, hearing presentations from faculty, staff, or administrators, and providing feedback about the university. 

What should I wear to a Parent Advisory Council meeting or volunteer opportunity?

Most council members choose to wear business casual attire to meetings; they prefer comfortable UK gear at events. We provide t-shirts for council members to wear at some events; we will let them know ahead of time if specific attire is required. 

How can I become more involved with the UK Parents Fund?

Do you have a gift and passion for fundraising? Would you like to be more involved in philanthropy at UK? Contact the Director of Philanthropy, Melanie Barber, at melanie.barber@uky.edu, 859-275-7893.