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Spring Family Day and Building a Stronger UT Connection

More than 100 families came to Rocky Top to visit with their favorite Vol during Spring Family Day, held on February 9. Hosted by New Student and Family Programs, Spring Family Day provided the opportunity for families to visit their student and get involved in the Volunteer Community.

“Our family weekend events in the fall and spring [semesters] are an opportunity for student and families to reconnect,” says James Kelly, coordinator for New Student and Family Programs.

Kelly explains that this isn’t just a day to visit campus and that it can be a more meaningful experience for students and their families. “For our students, it’s a moment to slow down and enjoy the comfort of having a familiar support system around. Families, on the other hand, get to experience first-hand some of the possibilities that exist at the University for their student by participating in various tours, interacting with current faculty and staff, and immersing themselves in University traditions – ultimately creating an opportunity for more affinity building with the University.”

Families were encouraged to participate in several different activities throughout the day, from tours of Neyland Stadium and the Student Union to helping Big Orange Country cheer on the men’s basketball team against Florida.

Vols and their families were also encouraged to explore the greater Knoxville community and see what great things Knoxville has to offer. A few places to start are the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Museum of East Tennessee.

To learn more about family programming through New Student and Family Programs, visit