Greetings Tech Parents!

It is hard to believe that this academic year is winding down. I hope all of our families have had a wonderful journey this year. Our students are ready to finish the semester on a positive note and move forward with their summer plans. Graduating seniors and graduate students are about to begin their next chapter in their lives, but a little sad about closing this current chapter at Georgia Tech. Congratulations to our graduating students and their families!

For those of you already thinking about the fall, save the date for Family Weekend 2017, October 27-29, 2017. Due to scheduling difficulties and space limitations, Family Weekend 2017 will be on a non-football game weekend. We are adding some new and exciting events for this year and a tentative schedule will be available this summer. Registration for Family Weekend will go live on Monday, September 1, 2017. In the meantime, we encourage families to reserve their hotel rooms, since there are many activities going on in the Atlanta area that weekend. Visit to view a list of discounted hotels.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Parent & Family Programs at 404-385-1396 or email us at with any questions about end of the year events, storage options, etc.
Best wishes for a successful end to the year,

Laci Weeden
Director, Parent & Family Programs
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Featured Articles
Tips for Helping Students Prepare for Finals
OIE News and Information: Executive Order & the Impact on Travel & Visas

Campus News
Registration Now Open for Summer Online Undergraduate Program (SOUP)
Passover 2017 on Campus
Pi Mile 5K Road Race
Department of Housing Reminders
Dining Updates
News from Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising in C2D2
Spring 2017 Commencement
Featured Articles

Tips for Helping Students Prepare for Finals

It is never too early to begin planning for finals. If your son or daughter feels overwhelmed by the prospect of exams, here are some ideas you might want to share, read more...

Office of International Education News and Information
Executive Order: Impact on Travel and Visas

An executive order (EO) went into effect March 16, 2017, which impacts visa issuance and travel for individuals who hold a temporary visa. The Office of International Education (OIE) is sensitive to the impact of this EO on students and continue to be a resource and advocate to Georgia Tech’s international student and scholar community. Read more...
Campus News

Registration is Now Open for the Summer Online Undergraduate Program (SOUP)
Summer can be a time for students to unwind. It is also a great opportunity to catch up, get ahead, or enroll in high-demand classes that fill up each fall and spring. Read more...

Passover 2017 on Campus
Rohr Chabad Center on West Campus invites all Georgia Tech students and their families to their Passover dinner events starting April 10 through April 21. Read more...

Pi Mile 5K Road Race
Registration for the 45th Annual Dean Griffin Pi Mile 5k Road Race is officially open. Read more...

Department of Housing Reminders
The Summer 2017 Housing Application is now open! Submit applications by April 11, 2017, to participate in the room self-assign process. Returning students will be able to search for and assign themselves to a summer room from April 12 – 16. Read more...

Dining Updates
Student Care packages now available and perfect for final exams.  Or is your student graduating?  Dining services offers custom cakes including allergen free options! Read more...

News from Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising in C2D2
Students applying (or re-applying) for medical professional schools in the upcoming application cycle are invited to a Personal Statement Review Session on Thursday, April 13, from 4-6 p.m. in the President’s Suites of the Bill Moore Student Success Center. Read more...

Spring 2017 Commencement
Georgia Tech will celebrate its 253rd Commencement at McCamish Pavilion.  Read more...
Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, May 6, Parent & Family Programs needs family members to sign up for one of the two shifts ranging from 7 - 9:30 a.m. and from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Parent volunteers will help families of graduates celebrate by distributing commemorative items to parents and families prior to the ceremonies. Email Laci Weeden at and indicate which time you are interested in volunteering by April 15, 2017.

FASET Orientation Parent Panels
We are currently seeking Georgia Tech parents and family members to sit on the Student and Parent Panel during FASET 2017. New parents and families attending FASET will be able to ask questions to panel members about their Georgia Tech experience. Both local and out-of-state family members are encouraged to volunteer. Read more...
Important Dates
April 1 - 12  - Online Parking Permit Renewals for 2017-2018 Available
April 7 - Ramblin' On Graduation Party
April 11 -  CRC's Rec-A-Palooza

April 13 -  Lavender Graduation
April 21 -  Georgia Tech Football Spring Game
April 22 -  Pi Mile 4k Road Race
April 25 -  Last Day of Classes
April 26 -  Reading Day: No Exams
April 27 and May 2 -  Partial Reading Day: No Exams from 8AM - 2:20PM
April 27 - May 4 -  Final Exams
Family Weekend 2017
October 27 - 29, 2017
Conversation Corner 
Designed to facilitate meaningful conversations about timely student issues, the "Conversation Corner" provides suggested conversations parents and families may want to have with their student.

How is preparation for exams going?
Yes, it is that time of year again. Just as in December, students may feel overwhelmed with their classes, projects and other assignments. However, spring semester exams present their own challenges with warm weather and other distractions. The Counseling Center and the Center for Academic Success offer a variety of workshops and resources that can help students. Make sure to remind your student to get a good night’s rest before their exam, eat healthy meals, exercise to relieve stress, and use other stress management strategies.
Have you thought about summer classes?
Some students will enjoy a break from classes this summer, but others find it helpful to take a class or two. Some students may take a class near them back at home and others will stay in Atlanta for the summer. Your student should confer with their academic advisor to see whether they have any recommendations for the summer. 
This year has been a big year for the Parents Fund for Student Life and Leadership. By the end of the year, we will have sponsored a record number of events and funded numerous grants due to the generosity of many Georgia Tech families. Many of these events are organized by student organizations. Visit our updated website to learn more.
To continue to have a positive impact on the lives of Georgia Tech students, please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Parent Fund for Student Life and Leadership at our website, Thank you for your support.
Will McKenna
Parent Fund Coordinator
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