The Catholic University of America

Schedule of Events

Many of the events during Family Weekend are free for all registered families. Events that require guests to purchase tickets are designated with an asterisk. Tickets can be purchased when registering for Family Weekend.

This schedule is also available in the CUA App, available in the Apple App store or Google Play. Click here for more information.


Friday, October 7


3 - 7 p.m., Lobby, Edward J. Pryzbyla Center

An Introduction to American Roots Music with Wicked Olde

4 - 5:30 p.m., Aquinas Hall

This informational concert by the acoustic musical combo, Wicked Olde, features CUA Philosophy professor, Timothy Noone.

President's Reception*

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Heritage Hall, Fr. O'Connell Hall

Join President Garvey for a cocktail reception as the official start to Family Weekend. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Student Showcase

8 p.m., Great Room, Pryzbyla Center

Enjoy performances by a variety of student groups, showcasing talents in singing, dancing, and more!

Saturday, October 8

Late Check-In

9 - 10 a.m., Lobby, Pryzbyla Center

Check-In will also be available at the Cardinal Kick-Off Party.

DC Boat Tour*

9:15 a.m., Departing from McMahon Circle, in front of McMahon Hall

Cruise the Potomac and enjoy a view of the monuments from the water. Buses will return to campus around noon and drop off at the DuFour Center.

DC Bus Tour*

9:30 a.m., Departing from McMahon Circle, in front of McMahon Hall

See our nation's capital on a guided bus tour. Buses will return to campus around noon and drop off at the DuFour Center.

Campus Tour

9:30 a.m., Meet at the Pryzbyla Center Information Desk

Learn a little more about your student's home away from home.

Jump Start Your Future: What Languages Can Do for You

10 - 10:30 a.m., 323 Pryzbyla Center

Join the Department of Modern Languages for an informational session presented by Dr. Antonio Rius and Dr. M.A. Kassen.

Stories, Service, & Songs

10 - 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble @ CUA

Kids are invited for story time and decorate bags for our annual Halloween on Campus community outreach event, while parents and older kids can join in on our Bring Your Own Vinyl Breakfast!

Cardinal Kick-Off Party*

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Raymond A. DuFour Center

Enjoy food, games, and giveaways in the tent next to the football field. Tickets to this event include entrance to the football game.

CUA Football vs. Washington & Lee

1 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

Cheer on the Cardinals. Tickets are $5 at the door for those who did not purchase tickets to the Cardinal Kick-Off Party.

Soccer Double Header vs. Elizabethtown

1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., DuFour Center 

Cheer on the Women's Soccer team at 1 p.m. and the Men's Soccer team at 3:30 p.m. 

The Loser Letters* Matinee

2 p.m., Hartke Theatre

A matinee performance of The Loser Letters (description below).

The Loser Letters

6 p.m., Hartke Theatre

Olympic and World Champion Gymnast Chellsie Memmel makes her Theatrical Debut in the premiere of Mary Eberstadt’s wickedly witty satire The Loser Letters.

The Loser Letters Panel Discussion

7:30 p.m., Hartke Theatre

After the 6 p.m. show, join us for a panel discussion featuring The Loser Letters author, Mary Eberstadt.

CU Saturday: Battle of the Bands

8:30 p.m., Flather Hill

This annual event, sponsored by Residence Life, features live music and refreshments.

Sunday, October 9

Family Weekend Mass

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Great Room, Pryzbyla Center

University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry, Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv. will lead the celebration of Mass for students and their families.

Farewell Coffee Hour

12 p.m., Pryzbyla Center

Stay after Mass for coffee, pastries, and a final opportunity to mingle with other students, families, and CUA staff.

A Choral Flourish for Family Weekend

2 p.m., St. Vincent's Chapel

Please join us for a one hour concert featuring the CUA Women's Chorus, the University Singers, and the Chamber Choir, performing joyous works to bid godspeed and safe travels to our visiting families.