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◼︎◼︎◼︎ When is Parent & Family Weekend 2021?

Parent & Family Weekend 2021 is Friday, November 5 through Saturday, November 6, in conjunction with the Southern Miss vs. North Texas football game. Parent and Family Weekend is a wonderful time to see your student, visit campus and get to experience life as a Golden Eagle! You will have the opportunity to meet other Golden Eagle families, faculty and University administrators. Click here for the 2021 schedule of events.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ How do I register for Parent and Family Weekend?

Visit the Parent and Family Weekend Registration page by clicking here. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 22.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ What is the cost for Parent and Family Weekend?

Many Friday events are free. The signature event, the Parent and Family Tailgate, will be hosted on the Southern Miss campus on Saturday, November 6.

Registration packages:

  • Tailgate ONLY tickets: $25 per guest and include admission to the tailgate event, meal and a gift
  • Tailgate and UPPER level stadium seating: $35 per guest and includes admission to the tailgate event, meal, gift, and upper level football game ticket
  • Tailgate and LOWER level stadium seating: $45 per guest and includes admission to the tailgate event, meal, gift, and lower level football game ticket 

Youth ages 0-2 will receive free entry to the tailgate and football game, does not include a gift. Ages 3 and over will require a paid registration to the tailgate and ticket to the football game.

With a valid student ID, current Southern Miss students may attend the tailgate complimentary, and attend the football game, with seating in the *student section* of the stadium. Please note that if your current USM student wishes to sit with you at the game, a ticket will need to be purchased for them.

Season ticket holders are encouraged to purchase tailgate ONLY tickets. Parent and Family Tailgate fees are nonrefundable. 


◼︎◼︎◼︎ Can I bring my younger children and siblings?

Yes. Youth ages 0-2 receive free entry to the tailgate event and football game (does not include a gift). Ages 3 and above require purchased registration for the tailgate event and football game.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ Do I need to attend all of the events on the schedule?

While we encourage you to attend as many events across the weekend as you can, you do not have to attend them all. Please feel free to pick and choose the events that you want to attend with or without your student. This weekend is yours to spend with your student and enjoy The University of Southern Mississippi.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ Are refunds available?

No, Parent and Family Tailgate payment is nonrefundable.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ What forms of payment are accepted?

Registration is online only. Cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard and American Express


◼︎◼︎◼︎ What events can my student attend?

Your current Southern Miss student is invited to attend all Parent and Family Weekend events, and their entrance to the tailgate and football game is complimentary. *Please note that current Southern Miss students must present a validated student ID to enter the football stadium. *** Please note that if your USM student wishes to sit with you at the football game, a ticket will need to be purchased for them.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ When should we plan to arrive? Do families stay for the whole weekend?

Parents and families are encouraged to arrive on Friday afternoon so they can enjoy the many events planned for Friday. Events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, with suggested activities on Sunday.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ Where do I park on campus?

View the 2021 football season gameday parking map here. Parking areas marked in GREEN are available for families attending Parent and Family Weekend. 


◼︎◼︎◼︎ How do I get my tickets for Parent & Family Weekend game?

You will receive your football game tickets immediately after purchasing them online in a virtual format. You will recieve your Parent and Family Tailgate wristband on Saturday, November 6 at the tailgate check-in tent on the front lawn of the Payne Center.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ How does my student get a ticket for the football game?

Current Southern Miss students can attend the game free of charge with their validated student ID and sit in the student section. *** Please note that if your USM student wishes to sit with you at the football game, a ticket will need to be purchased for them.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ I want to sit with my student at the football game. What do I need to do?

At football games, students are seated in the student section, which is in a different location in the stadium from the tickets that family members purchase. If you would like your student to sit with you in the stadium, you will need to purchase a 'game only' ticket for them when you purchase your football game tickets.

Once you have selected ‘game only’ ticket, you should be able to add as many lower level or upper level tickets as you may need. Although an option to select a specific seat will not be provided, as long as you select the stadium level that coincides with the level for the tickets you purchase for yourself (lower or upper level), your student will be able to sit with you and the family.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ Where do I stay for Parent and Family Weekend?

Most parents make hotel reservations for the weekend. The earlier you do this the better. Click here for Parent and Family Weekend discounted room blocks, or check out for helpful hotel and visitor information.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ When and where is check-in?

Check-in for the Parent and Family Tailgate will be on the front lawn of the Payne Center from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6. While the event ends at 1:30 p.m., check-in will close at 12:30 p.m.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ Can we register on-site?

No, this event is pre-registration only. The registration deadline is Friday, October 22.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ Are disability accommodations available?

All events during Parent and Family Weekend are ADA accessible, including the football game on Saturday. If you need special accommodations for the football stadium, please indicate so when purchasing your game day tickets or contact the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418. Seating modifications may NOT be granted the day of the event.


◼︎◼︎◼︎ I missed the Parent and Family Weekend registration deadline. What can I do?

If you miss the deadline, we still encourage you to visit your student, and enjoy the variety of campus and community events that are open to all families on Friday, November 5 and in the City of Hattiesburg throughout the weekend. You may view Friday’s Parent and Family Weekend activities here. However, no late registrations will be accepted for Saturday’s tailgate. To purchase football tickets outside of the Parent and Family Weekend event, click here.

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