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New Student and Family Programs

2018 Family Day

Saturday, October 6

Family Day 2018 Online Registration
  is Now Closed

To register with a late fee, email

Tentative schedule

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 and Family Programs are excited to invite you to attend Family Day 2018 on October 6! This event provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in many events planned for your enjoyment.

Family Day Registration 

Online Family Day registration is now closed, as of September 26 at 5:00 p.m. In order to register late (after September 26), you must email Please note that a $5.00 late fee will be applied for each late registrant.

The basic registration fee for Family Day is $25.00 per person. Current students and children ages 6 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 at 11:59 p.m. All Family Day registration cancellations received in writing via email at before that time will be honored and processed. Cancellations received after 11:59 p.m. on 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 2018 if you complete the registration, regardless of payment status. 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 at of your cancellation by 11:59 p.m. on 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: 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 DIGS) 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 student's account will be charged for all Family Day fees. Your student's account needs to be settled to avoid any possible complications with course registration. After completing your Family Day Registration, you will be given two options for payment: "Pay Now" or "Pay Later."

Please note that the charges for your Family Day registration will not appear on your student's account until the next business day. However, you can still make a payment for the registration and settle your student's account on the same day you register. Winthrop accepts MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Visa. You will be charged a 2.85% transaction fee if you choose to pay by credit card; there is no charge to pay by electronic check (E-check).

When you click on the "Pay Now" button, you will be taken to the Cashier's Payment website that will give you more instructions and the link to log in to make a payment. If you choose to pay later, please note that you will still need to make a payment to your student's account at a later date to avoid any issues with course registration.

Family Day Schedule of Events

Here is a tentative schedule for this year's Family Day. 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 lobby of the DiGiorgio Campus Center. The first events will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Family Day Early Check-In

If you are planning on coming into town on Friday, October 5, and wish to check-in early, please come to the lobby of the DiGiorgio Campus Center (DIGS) between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 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 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6.


Family members attending Family Day who arrive on Friday, October 5, or choose to stay overnight will need to make overnight arrangements in town. You can view a list of hotels that give a Winthrop discount.


Family Day participants should park in the Founders Lot (gravel) at the corner of Alumni Drive and Founders Lane. On the Winthrop website, you will find directions to campus and a Winthrop parking map.


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!

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