Anteater Family Weekend

​​Friday & Saturday, Feb. 26-27

Friday: *11:50 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST
Saturday: *9:00 a.m. – Stay@Homecoming

Connect with fellow Anteater families during our interactive parent panels, compete in entertaining games with your student, listen to keynote talks from UCI’s best and brightest, and embark on virtual tours to really get the campus feel. Whether you are a new Anteater parent or have been immersed in UCI culture over the years, there is truly something for everyone. We hope to celebrate with you online!


Parents, guardians and other family members of current UCI students are welcome to attend!


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*Masks are limited to first 1,000 registrants

Friday, February 26
11:50 – 11:55 a.m.    Welcome! Anteater Family Weekend Kick-off from Leadership
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.    “Health, Happiness and Housing” – An interactive Q&A with campus leadership
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.        “No Easy Roads” with Michael Marckx ’87
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.        Parents’ Guide to Study Abroad!
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.        Stay@HOMEcoming*
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.        Supporting Student Mental Health & Relationships During COVID-19
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.        ZOTpalooza! featuring – “Anteater’s Got Talent”
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.        Across the Globe: Chinese Speaking Parent and Family Event

Saturday, February 27
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.        Campus Update – Remarks from Chancellor Gillman
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.      The Next Chapter: Leveraging Your Education for Career Success
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.    Alumni Discovery Expo and Stop by Peter’s Corner!
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.      Virtual Wine Tasting with Hemingway Vineyards hosted by Social Sciences (RSVP below)
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.        Stay@HOMEcoming* Games
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.        Virtual Scavenger Hunt*
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.        Official Homecoming Game Watch Party (RSVP below)

*We encourage you to attend the Stay@HOMEcoming sessions when you are not in family weekend sessions. We designed our schedule to be inclusive of these events so you get the full UCI experience.


Stay@HOMEcoming programing includes:

  • Distinguished faculty, staff and alumni lectures
  • Panel discussions on hot topic issues
  • Virtual insider tours of campus locations – Take a peek into exclusive UCI sites and see how UCI has transformed over the years.
  • Mixology and cooking demos
  • Minecraft tour of a digital UCI
  • Interactive workshops and tutorials
  • 2nd annual Student vs. Alumni Competition – Join in the fun to see who has the skills to win UCI challenges, and ultimately the title of Homecoming Trophy winners.
  • Scavenger hunt – Go on the hunt from the comfort of your home! Winners will win exclusive prizes.
  • Alumni Discovery Expo
  • Homecoming Court reveal
  • Pre-game rally – Get amped up for the big game with the UCI Band.
  • Official Homecoming Game Watch Party – Cheer on the ‘Eaters together with UCI pride.

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Additional Activities

Ernest Hemingway Vineyards Virtual Wine Tasting
Saturday, Feb. 27, 12-1:00 p.m.

UCI School of Social Sciences in partnership with Daryn Pastuf, Owner, Ernest Hemingway Vineyards present a virtual wine tasting and food pairing experience.


Official Homecoming Game Watch Party
Saturday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. PST

Join thousands of Anteaters as we cheer on our ‘Eaters as they host UCSD in Big West Conference play! Join the party as we watch the men’s basketball game on ESPN3 together on Zoom. Open to all members of the Anteater community, our party will feature a broadcast of the game with trivia, contests, PSA and more.


UCI Men’s Basketball Bragging Points!

  • UCI MBB is looking to capture an unprecedented 3rd straight Big West Title.
  • The ‘Eaters started the Big West season 4-0 for the first time since 2016-17.
  • The Anteaters are 31-4 in Big West play over the last two plus seasons (as of 1.28.21).

*Subject to change please check for up to date information.



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