For over fifty years, Baylor has been welcoming the families of Baylor students to campus. Beginning as a single day in 1960, this special event has provided a unique opportunity to introduce the University to Baylor parents. By 1970, this event had grown into a full weekend known as Parents Weekend and featured a student talent show, a parent and faculty coffee, and a dinner for parents held on the grounds of Baylor University. These events combined to show parents the best of Baylor and all that it has to offer.
Throughout the years, the event has continued to evolve and expand. However, some traditions have remained a part of this cherished weekend. After Dark, a variety show of student performers has continued to showcase the incredible talents of Baylor students to visiting families. Parent-Faculty Coffee remains an extraordinary opportunity for Baylor parents to meet the faculty that actively educates their students. In addition, events such as The History Walks, which take families on a tour of the rich traditions of Baylor University, and the elegant Dessert Party offers parents the chance to relax with delicious desserts and a beautiful atmosphere, have been added to further enhance the weekend.
In 2012, the name of the weekend was changed to Parent & Family Weekend to provide as a transitional period for the ultimate goal of calling the weekend Family Weekend. This permanent name reflects the inclusiveness of the event as Baylor has worked to welcome all members of the Baylor family to experience this incredible tradition.