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Parent and Family Weekend

Parent and Family Weekend

Whether you are a local from the Hub City area, or from outside of south Mississippi, Parent and Family Weekend is a wonderful time to connect with your student in their new home, visit campus and the Hattiesburg community, meet other Golden Eagle families and mingle with university administrators, faculty and staff.

During Parent and Family Weekend, you will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of family-friendly campus activities on Friday, November 4. The premier event, the Parent and Family Tailgate, will be held Saturday, November 5 prior to the Southern Miss vs. Georgia State football game. More information about what the weekend has in store can be found below. Please note that any additions made to the weekend will be reflected here!

Friday, November 4, 2022

Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Party

As you make your way to Hattiesburg for the weekend, be sure to stop by the Union Plaza from 5 - 7pm for our official Welcome Party! Join us for food, music, games, and fellowship to kick off a fun filled weekend. You will also be leaving with a memento to prepare you for game day! As we prepare for this event, we do ask that you let us know if you plan to stop by.

Registration has closed at this time.

Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss

Visit the Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss bookstore to grab your favorite Southern Miss gear to show your Golden Eagle Pride – and be sure to take advantage of our 10% off coupon! We will have these available at the Welcome Party!

Tailgate Party

Hosted by Eagle Dining

It is Go Gold Friday! Join us for our lunch in the Fresh Food Company, Southern Miss's main dining hall, where we will have cookie decorating and more! Door entry is $11. Payment options include credit card or a guest meal swipe.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Parent & Family Tailgate

Our Parent and Family Tailgate will be held from 10:30am - 1pm, prior to the Southern Miss vs. Georgia State football game. Reservations are required and include admission to the tailgate event. Due to the possibility of inclement weather on Saturday, we have decided to move the tailgate indoors. We will gather in the Thad Cochran Center ballroom.

Registration packages are no longer available. Packages that were available are listed below.

Tailgate ONLY tickets: 
  • $40 per adult guest and include admission to the tailgate event, meal and a gift
  • $20 per youth guest (4 - 12 years old) and include admission to the tailgate event and a meal. Children's tickets do not include a gift. 
Tailgate AND stadium seating packages:
  • $60 per adult guest and include admission to the tailgate event, meal, gift, and ticket in the lower east side.
  • $40 per youth guest (4 - 12 years old) and include admission to the tailgate event, meal, and ticket in the lower east side. Children's tickets do not include a gift. 

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. Please note: If you would like to sit with your student, you will need to purchase a ticket in the section you choose when purchasing a ticket for yourself. Families will not be able to access the student section.

Parent and Family Tailgate fees are nonrefundable.

Eagle Walk

The Eagle Walk is a celebration of the spirit of Southern Miss football and allows fans to cheer on the team before entering the stadium. As an unrivaled parade, Eagle Walk is a celebration of the spirit of Southern Miss football. On game day at Southern Miss, a cannon is fired and participants march from the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building to The Rock. The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band strikes up “Southern Miss to the Top!” as thousands cheer their Golden Eagles to victory. We recommend walking over to join in on the fun!

Southern Miss vs. Georgia State

Cheer for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles as they take on the Georgia State Panthers!

Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss

Visit the Barnes & Noble Southern Miss bookstore on game day from 8am - 2:30pm to grab your favorite Southern Miss gear to show your Golden Eagle Pride – and be sure to take advantage of our 10% off coupon! We will have these available at the Parent & Family Tailgate!

Sunday Suggestions

Lucky Rabbit Market

The Lucky Rabbit is a 15,000 square foot variety store filled with unique finds and nostalgic treasures from long ago. Brandon and Abby Thaxton created the Lucky Rabbit in 2013. They had a small budget, but big vision. Nearly 9 years later, the store has grown to become one of Hattiesburg’s local favorite places to visit and bring the family. The unique shop boasts over-the-top displays, such as vintage arcades, old cola machines, working payphone booths, and old video game systems.  Additionally, Brandon and Abby focus on fun displays that are great for photos, such as a 1978 Westfalia Volkswagen Bus, a cute vintage camper, and nostalgic TV show recreations.

Hattiesburg Pocket Museum

Peer into the window of Hattiesburgs famous tiny museum! Their exhibits are ever-changing and always interesting. We hope you'll be moved to explore the side streets, back alleys, dirt roads, & nooks and crannies of Downtown Hattiesburg, as you have to find what you are looking for. We recommend following them on Facebook to lean more!

Hattiesburg Zoo

The Hattiesburg Zoo has something wild for everyone! From amazing animals to high-ropes adventures, the Zoo offers adventure for every family member. 

Learn more here!

Hattiesburg Lunch

As a premier city of the Gulf South, you can expect a variety of delicious tastes in Hattiesburg! We recommend getting out and grabbing a bite to eat before you head home. Our staff will certainly have some recommendations if you need them, and you Visit Hattiesburg has a list of all of ou options for you to browse.

Hattiesburg Restaurants

Accommodations

If you are looking for accommodations for the weekend, you are in luck! Visit Hattiesburg offers a robust list of options ranging from hotels to campgrounds. Be sure to ask if they offer a USM rate, as some hotels may offer discounts!

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