UCF’s Family Weekend returns Friday, Sept. 19, bringing with it opportunities for students and their relatives to learn more about the programs and services offered at UCF and to take in the Knights’ first home game of the season.

The Knights will kick off against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bright House Networks Stadium.

Family Weekend highlights include:

  • The Florida Lottery will celebrate UCF’s new and returning Bright Futures scholars with an ice cream social at 11 a.m. Friday on Memory Mall. More than 274,000 Bright Futures scholarships valued at more than $601 million  have been awarded to UCF students over the past 17 years.
  • Tours of the spaces dedicated to students’ physical and mental health will start at 1 p.m. Friday. Visit the Recreation and Wellness Center, Health Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services to learn more about the people and places that address students’ well-being.
  • Give back as a family to the UCF Arboretum through community service led by Volunteer UCF.  “Grow Together” will start at 5 p.m. Friday. RSVP through Knight Connect or contact vucf_director@ucf.edu for additional information.
  • Meet and greet the UCF Housing staff and tour campus residence halls from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at each of UCF’s housing communities.
  • The College of Education and Human Performance will host “Teacher Palooza,” a competition among five college deans. Deans will step inside TeachLivE, UCF’s virtual classroom simulator, and test if they have what it takes to teach a lesson. The simulator will be open to the public starting at noon, and the competition will start at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union.
  • Additional colleges will be showcased from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union.
  • Registration is closed for some Family Weekend events.