There is always something going on at OSU-special lectures, concerts, cultural events, plays, art exhibits, PAC-12 sports, and festivals all happen on a weekly or monthly basis. Parents and family members are welcome to join their students at any number of events throughout the year. For a full list of daily events check out the OSU Calendar and Student Leadership & Involvement. In addition be sure to pay special attention to the following events that draw a number of parents and family members to campus each year.

Parent and Family Welcome Reception

For first-year and new student parents on the Sunday of Welcome Week, which is traditionally University Housing and Dining Services move-in day there is a Welcome Reception.  

Parent and Family Weekends

Many family members visit their student during fall and spring family weekends. These weekends feature many events ranging from football games, fashion shows, rafting trips, comedy shows, arts and crafts fairs, and more. 

Fall 2018 Family Weekend:  Friday, November 2nd - Sunday, November 4th 
Spring 2019 Family Weekend: Friday, May 3rd - Sunday, May 5th 


OSU's graduation ceremony grants and congratulates over 3,000 new graduates with bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees each spring. Approximately 25,000 parents and loved ones visit the Corvallis campus every year for this event. Visitors are encouraged to make travel plans well in advance of Commencement and check the site several times for timely updates about the event.