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September 10, 2020

COVID-19 has changed so much about our fall 2020 semester, from how we learn and live to how we engage with one another.

UCF’s focus has been on helping our students achieve academic and personal success while prioritizing the health and well-being of all members of the UCF community. As we work to provide the best possible UCF experience for all of our Knights, we are following public health guidelines and adapting to the realities of the pandemic.

Today, I am sharing an update on changes to some of our signature fall traditions due to COVID-19.

Family Weekend

2020 Family Weekend, the annual tradition that brings students and their loved ones together on campus, will be postponed. It had been scheduled for Oct. 2-4.

First Year Experience and the Pegasus Parent Program will offer multiple engagement opportunities this fall for families, including virtual Q&A sessions, virtual tours and more.

More information will be shared on the UCF Pegasus Parent Program and UCF First Year Experience Facebook pages, and family members can reach out to with any questions.


Homecoming, originally scheduled for Oct. 18-25, will look different this fall, with some of the week’s signature events — such as Concert Knight, Comedy Knight and Spirit Splash — postponed until 2021.

Other events — such as the Friday night fireworks show, Movie Knight and a Homecoming game watch party — will be held with new health and safety measures in place. Homecoming’s Executive Committee, in collaboration with UCF Athletics and UCF Alumni, is planning additional opportunities to bring the UCF community together in celebration of school spirit and inclusion.

The Knights’ Homecoming football game against Tulane is currently scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Bounce House, with capacity limits and added safety precautions due to COVID-19.

For more information and details about Homecoming, follow UCF Homecoming on Facebook, @UCFHC on Twitter and @UCFHC on Instagram.

Other Ways to Stay Engaged and Involved

There are plenty of opportunities to experience Knight life both virtually and face-to-face.

To learn more about events, activities and how to get involved, check out KnightConnect and Events at UCF.

What’s Open At UCF also includes a full listing of the offices, services, restaurants and retailers open this semester.

We must continue to take the steps necessary to protect one another and to show just how much we care about our fellow Knights so that we can all be together again in the future, celebrating our love for our university and community.

If you have not already, I encourage you to take the pledge to Armor Up to show your commitment to the health and well-being of everyone at UCF.

Maribeth Ehasz, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services