Parents Weekend, Homecoming 2012 dates set
The start of football season is still months away, but on the heels of a record 11-win season in 2011, the University of South Carolina has scheduled Parents Weekend and Homecoming events for the 2012 football season.
The home football game against new SEC foe the University of Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 22, will coincide with Parents Weekend, which runs Sept. 21-23. Homecoming Week will culminate on Saturday, Nov. 10, when the Gamecocks take on the University of Arkansas.
Parents Weekend, held each fall, offers families the chance to visit their students on campus to participate in educational sessions, open houses, social events and athletic contests during a fun and informative weekend. In 2011, the university hosted nearly 6,300 people who registered to participate in the activities and many more came to campus just to spend time with their students. Registration for the weekend’s activities is required, and more information will be available through the Office of Parents Programs.
Jerry Brewer, USC’s associate vice president for student affairs, is excited that parents will be able to see the Gamecocks play Missouri in its first year in the Southeastern Conference during Parents Weekend.
“On top of all the many activities for families to participate in during Parents Weekend, they will have the opportunity to see a great new SEC rivalry as Missouri plays here in Columbia,” he said.
During Homecoming week, students will participate in spirit activities and alumni will return to campus for reunion events and gameday celebrations.
Brewer notes that South Carolina and Arkansas both joined the SEC in 1991, so playing the Razorbacks for Homecoming during the year of the league’s first expansion since is a great way to mark the special weekend.
“Playing Arkansas, our great SEC western division rival, during Homecoming provides the perfect backdrop for a week to celebrate our students and alumni,” he said.
More details, including game times and event schedules, will be announced at a later date. For more information on these special events, contact the Department of Student Life at (803) 777-5782.
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