New Student and Family Programs

Family Day

October 5, 2024

Family Day Registration - opens in August


Please view the 2023 Family Day Schedule for an idea of what we offer!


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 2023 on October 7! This event provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in many events planned for your enjoyment.


Family Day 2023 Registration

Your registration fee of $40 per person over the age of 8, covers your Family Day shirt,* all morning activities, the Eagle Family Lunch and Musical Showcase, afternoon on-campus activities, supplies, and administrative costs. If you have children under 8, they are welcome to come join us at no cost, but please do not register them. You will need to register each additional family member, including your student. Note that Winthrop students are not charged for participating in Family Day. If after you complete your registration and need to add additional family members, please e-mail to receive a separate link for your additional registrations.

Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on September 28. Families wishing to register after the deadline, must do so on-site on October 7.

*Shirts are for registered participants only, and that they are only guaranteed through pre-registration. Shirts cannot be guaranteed to families who register on-site at Family Day.

Cancellations & Refund Policy

Please note the deadline to cancel and receive a refund is September 27, by 11:59 p.m. All Family Day registration cancellations received via e-mail to before the deadline will be honored and processes. Cancellations received after the deadline, will not receive a refund as a result of cost incurred in Family Day planning and preparation. Your are considered registered for Family Day if you complete the on-line registration including payment. Refunds will not be granted for no-shows.

If you have questions about Family Day, e-mail


Payment Information

Only debit/credit cards or pre-paid credit cards are accepted to pay for Family Day registration costs. Cash and checks are not accepted.


Family Day Check-In

Family Day check-in will begin 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., in the Tuttle Dining room. You will receive your nametags, Family Day shirts, and schedule of events and activities.

What to Bring

We recommend families and students bring the following for Family Day:

  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable shoes to walk around campus from one activity to another
  • (If you're participating in Leaf Your Mark on Campus) Clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty or being active in
  • Money in case you want to buy items in the Winthrop Bookstore or at campus dining locations, like Starbucks (Additionally, some events held off campus on the Family Day schedule may have an additional cost.)
  • Umbrella or rain jacket in case of inclement weather
  • Jacket or coat in case of cooler weather

Overnight Accommodations

Family members attending Family Day who arrive on Friday, October 6, or choose to stay overnight will need to make their own overnight arrangements. Parents and family members who are attending Family Day can view a list of hotels.


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 during Family Day, please denote needs through your Family Day registration. If you have already completed your Family Day registration and did not list accommodation needs, please e-mail with details.


Family Day participants should park in the Founders Lot (gravel) at the corner of Alumni Drive and Founders Lane. Directions to campus can be found here; the Winthrop parking map can be found here.


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 celebrating our Eagle Families!