Family Day
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New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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New Student and Family Programs

2018 Family Day

Saturday, October 5

Family Day 2019 Online Registration is Now Closed.

To register with a late fee, email us at


Hello, Parents and Family Members!

Family Day is a Winthrop tradition that was started by President Shelton J. Phelps in 1936 and was later renewed in 2007 to become a fun-filled, engaging, and educational event for students and their families. Today, there are numerous activities that characterize life at Winthrop and in Rock Hill. Winthrop University and the Office of New Student & Family Programs are excited to invite you to attend Family Day 2019 on October 5! This event provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in many events planned for your enjoyment.

Family Day Registration 

Family Day registration is now closed, as of September 26. In order to register late (after September 25,) you must email Please note that a $5.00 late fee will be added to the basic registration fee for each registrant.

The basic registration fee for Family Day is $28.00 per person. Current students and children ages 8 and under are free, but still must be registered. Your registration fee covers all morning activities, the Eagle Family Picnic, most afternoon and evening activities (unless cost is otherwise listed), Family Day giveaways and goodies, supplies, and administrative costs.


Family Day Cancellations Deadline and Refunds 

Please note the deadline to cancel and receive a refund is September 30. All Family Day registration cancellations received in writing via email by that deadline will be honored and processed. Cancellations received after September 30 will not receive a refund as a result of costs incurred in Family Day planning and preparation.

You are considered registered for Family Day 2019 once you have completed the online registration and paid in full. Refunds will not be granted for no-shows. You are considered a no-show if you either do not show for Family Day, or have not notified our office via email of your cancellation by September 30.


Family Day T-Shirts 

Commemorate this exciting event by purchasing a Winthrop University Family Day T-Shirt for only $5.00 – $6.50! Special note about Family Day t-shirts: If you choose to order Family Day t-shirts but do not pick them up on Family Day, the deadline to pick them up at the NSFP office (248 DiGiorgio Campus Center) will be by 5:00 p.m. on December 1 of the same year. No refunds will be made for shirts not picked up by the deadline.


Payment Information

Your Family Day registration is not complete and you will not be able to attend Family Day until you have paid in full. After completing your online Family Day Registration, you will be given two options for payment: "Pay Now" or "Pay Later." Please note that there is no charge for your Winthrop student to attend Family Day.

Click here to pay now. When you visit the payment site, you will need to type in your correct invoice amount. If you are unsure what your invoice amount is, please check your confirmation email or send an email to to request it. In the email, make sure to include the student’s name and Winthrop ID number.

Please note that only debit/credit cards or pre-paid debit cards are accepted through the payment portal. Cash and checks are not accepted.


Family Day Schedule of Events

Here is a tentative schedule (579K pdf) for the event. All participants will receive an official Family Day schedule at check-in. Please note that all registered participants should check in for Family Day between 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. in the West Center. The first events will begin at 9:00 a.m.


Family Day Early Check-In

If you are planning on coming into town on Friday, October 4 and wish to check-in early, please come to the lobby of the DiGiorgio Campus Center (DIGS) between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday. You will receive your Family Day materials, as well as some fun ideas for Friday evening. Reminder: The first official Family Day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 ("Meet Your Eagle Family" drop-in event).


Overnight Accommodations

Family members attending Family Day who arrive on Friday, October 4 or choose to stay overnight will need to make any overnight arrangements. Parents and family members who are attending Family Day can view a list of hotels that give a Winthrop discount.



The Office of New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) works to create a welcoming and engaging campus experience for students and guests by striving to provide accessible and inclusive programming throughout the year. If you or your guest(s) require accommodations for use during Family Day, please complete this online form



Directions to campus are available online. Family Day participants should park in the Founders Lot (gravel) at the corner of Alumni Drive and Founders Lane



Other than certified service animals, pets and other animals are not permitted in any building on Winthrop’s campus.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Last Updated: 9/26/19