CBU prepares new online format for Parent and Family Weekend event

Austin Romito | Banner | In previous years, Parent and Family Weekend has been full of live performances and Fortuna Bowl, the annual flag-football championship, but this year's events will not be held in person as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

This semester, California Baptist University is hosting Parent and Family Weekend virtually from Nov. 6-8.

The event will be available through CBU’s mobile event app or via the event website, which can be found on the CBU homepage.

Parent and Family Weekend usually consists of activities, sports, food and fireworks. Due to COVID-19, it will look a little different this year. The weekend will now consist of videos, activities and giveaways that are designed for students to enjoy with their families. They have the opportunity to do them together or over a phone call.

“I think it is awesome that CBU is still doing this event so the parents and families of students can still feel a part of CBU this year,” said Beau Morton, sophomore mechanical engineering major.

Morton went to Parent and Family Weekend last year with his family and said he is looking forward to the opportunity to attend virtually with his family this year.

“One of the goals of Parent and Family Weekend is to create intentional opportunities for students to invite their loved ones into the CBU experience,” said Rachel Solis, coordinator of Alumni Events and Affinity Groups. “We understand the CBU experience looks a bit different this semester, as most of the student body is engaged in distance learning, but there is still much to celebrate as a Lancer. We hope this Parent and Family Weekend creates a space for Lancer Nation to connect and enjoy from wherever they are.”

Although events on campus may not look the same during this semester, CBU is still doing what it can to help students make great memories. 

“Since the pandemic has affected numerous events CBU puts on, it is nice to see CBU take precautionary measures while still giving their students a chance to experience these events,” said Natalie Dukes, junior business administration major. “Especially for the freshmen, it is nice to try to make their first college year as memorable as possible even while all the chaos is still going on within the world.”

Students and families are encouraged to keep an eye out for an email and social media announcements about the event and to download the app as soon as it is available. 

The social media information for this event can be found on Instagram @cbuparents and @alumnicbu.

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