Part of the fun of going to college or grad school is attending special events put on by the university or student groups. When it comes to regularly scheduled events, the University of Memphis never slacks off. Its Students Activities Council puts on a variety of festivals and programs each year, as do a few of the school's individual departments. So if you're looking for something to do on a study break or just want to meet some new friends, don’t miss these University of Memphis events.
Homecoming, which usually takes place at the end of October or early November, is a big deal at the University of Memphis. It's more than just a football game. The week-long festivities include a comedy show, concerts, Step Show, and a letter writing campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Homecoming also brings a 5K race, banner competition, and block party to campus. The football game is obviously the peak of homecoming week and usually takes place on a Saturday afternoon. Many of the events surrounding homecoming are free for students and alumni, although some require wristbands or tickets.
Foreign Language Fair
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature holds a foreign language fair in the spring of each year. The theme for the 2016 fair was "25 Years of Bringing the World Together." The day-long fair includes a number of competitive events that allow high school students from across the Memphis area to show off their skills and talents with language, such as poetry recitation in French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Latin, or Spanish. Other events include a cultural bowl, drama performances, and folk dances. The foreign language fair concludes with an award ceremony, which takes place in the late afternoon.
The university's Student Activities Council also puts on a Spring Fling every year. The goal of the event is to give students a way to celebrate the end of the semester and the local music scene at the same time. A highlight of Spring Fling each year is a free concert at the University Center Alumni Mall Lawn. In 2016, the student council got hip-hop artists Tory Lanez and Rae Sremmurd to perform. Although it's meant for students, admission to the Spring Fling and its events are open and free to the public.
Sending a child off to college can be tough, especially if that child decides to move across the country for school. To give family and parents an idea of what life is like at the University of Memphis, the school holds an annual Parent and Family Weekend. It typically takes place a few weeks into the school year. The weekend provides an opportunity for families to visit their students, talk to university administrators, and generally get a sense of life on campus. Depending on when the family weekend is scheduled, it might include a football game, too. Typically, advanced registration for the weekend is required, do don’t expect to wing it if you want to attend Parent Weekend this year.