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Observing Religious Holidays

As we approach fall semester, we encourage students and families to be aware of Florida State’s policy regarding absences to observe one’s religious holidays. The full policy can be found at this link:

Specifically, the Florida State University policy on student observance of religious holy days provides:

  1. Each student shall, upon notifying his or her instructor within the first two weeks of the semester, be excused from class to observe a religious work-restricted holy day of his or her faith.
  2. While the student will be held responsible for the material covered in his or her absence, each student shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up the work missed.
  3. Instructors and University administrators shall in no way arbitrarily penalize students who are absent from academic or social activities because of religious work-restricted holy day observance.

Please encourage your student communicate with instructors about his/her plans at the beginning of every semester.

Parents' Weekend 2015 Registration is Now Open!

Photo of family walking on campus Parents' Weekend is October 30th - 31st, 2015. Online registration is now open. Please visit to register. Registration will close on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015.

Buy Parents' Weekend Tickets & Support the Family Fund!

Photo of fans at Doak Campbell Stadium Starting May 15th*, you can buy Parents' Weekend Football Tickets for the game on Saturday, October 31st against Syracuse for $50 (same as the price you will pay for a single game). Purchase your tickets here: Football Tickets (use promo code: "FAMILY" — in all CAPS). If you buy though this link, a portion of your proceeds will benefit the Family Fund, providing excellent resources & services for all FSU students via the FSU Division of Student Affairs!

*Family Connection receives a fixed allotment of pre-season Parents' Weekend tickets from the FSU Ticket Office. This allotment will be on a first–come, first–serve basis. When this allotment is depleted, the promotion will end.

Celebrating the Class of 2019 — Summer Seminole Send-Off Events!

Seminole Send-Off Each summer, incoming Florida State students are invited to attend a Seminole Send–Off hosted by your local Seminole Club or Chapter. These events are a great way to learn about life at Florida State and meet other FSU students from your area. Seminole Clubs and Chapters typically host a Seminole Send–Off in May or June. New events are being added weekly; please check back frequently for the latest information. CLICK HERE to see all events throughout the country. Also, be sure to check the Seminole Send–Off website regularly. New Seminole Send–Off events will be posted throughout the summer!

Check out Family Connection's New Website!

Welcome to FSU Family Connection's new website! Please take some time to explore the new features and content. We hope that you enjoy our new, clean, and easy–to–navigate web platform. Thank you to the Division of Student Affairs Marketing & Communications Team for their work!

Welcome New FSU Families: Join Us for Family Orientation!

New Student & Family Programs offers family orientation programming during all transfer and freshmen student orientation sessions. The family program is run concurrently with, but separate from, the student program. During various presentations and programs, family members will learn more about all areas of their student's college experience. For more information on Family Orientation, visit

For more information on New Student Orientation, visit and click on the Orientation tab. We can't wait to see you this summer!

Congratulations on the End of the Academic Year!

As your son or daughter prepares for their next year, help them remember to use the resources available to them — many can be found on the following link: This might also be a good time to revisit your expectations for the summer and for your son or daughter's return to campus in the fall (or later this summer).

What's Next?

This is the perfect time to finish finalizing summer plans, academic schedules for the summer and fall semesters and re-evaluate goals for the future! This is a great time for your student to take a little bit of a break and evaluate their campus involvement, research opportunities they are interested in and devise a study plan for the coming semester.

Here are some great tools for you and your student as you begin your planning:

  • Click here to see what is happening on and around campus this summer!
  • Click here to keep up with the academic calendar and semester start dates.
  • Click here to keep up with campus news while you're away.
  • Click here if your student is looking for a job on campus or an internship for the upcoming year.
  • Click here if your student is interested in getting involved on–campus in the upcoming semester.

Chuck It for Charity! April 24 – May 2

Chuck It for Charity As your student begins to pack up their room, encourage them to think about their stuff. Can they use it again next year? Great, pack it up! Do they really want or need this item? If not, then please donate it! Chuck it for Charity is FSU's student move out collection drive. Everything that is donated is sorted, weighed, and donated back to local community organizations in support of their work and the people the help. Over the past 6 years, Chuck it for Charity has collected and donated over 72 TONS of material! Visit for more information.

Family Connection has a New Look

The Florida State University Family Connection program is excited to reveal our new logo designs to you! Moving forward, when you receive anything family–related from FSU, be sure to keep an eye out for our logo!

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WE DID IT — FSU Great Give Update!

FSU's Great Give Thank you for your donations to the FSU Family Fund! Because of your generosity, FSU students will continue to benefit from programs and services supported by the FSU Family Fund! This year, our goal was to raise $12,500 and with your donations designated towards the Great Give campaign* we were able to raise $12,680 from the 286 donations made to the Families Supporting Students project! This project also won 6 out of the 7 Incentive Hour Challenges, securing an additional $7,000 towards the Family Fund! Overall, the Great Give campaign generated $163,320.22 with 1,761 gifts from 1,234 donors! Thank you again for your continued support of FSU students! We look forward to next year's Great Give! GO NOLES!

Discounted Baseball Tickets!

Photo of Dick Howser Stadium FSU Family Connection is proud to partner with FSU Athletics & Ticket Office to offer discounted baseball tickets for the April 17–19th Family Weekend conference game versus Pittsburgh. All tickets will be $3. To buy those tickets, call Chris Asa at 850.645.9771 by April 3rd. GO NOLES!

Parents' Weekend 2015 dates have officially been released!

Photo of a family at Parents' Weekend Parents' Weekend is that special time in fall when families can get better acquainted with the Florida State University campus and enjoy the experience with their student! On October 30 and 31, 2015, we invite FSU parents and families to take part in the many exciting events we have planned for this annual event. The Florida State Seminoles will be facing off against the Syracuse University in Doak Campbell Stadium. Online registration will open on June 1, 2015. Be sure to check frequently for updates regarding Parents' Weekend 2015.

Can't Wait Until the Fall? Come to one of our THREE Spring Family Weekends — April 2–4, April 10–12, & April 17–19!

Photo of FSU Flying High Circus tent As we celebrate the start of Spring, we invite you to Tallahassee to see your student and participate in a number of activities available to the campus community. This is an especially unique time to visit your student and the university community because of all of the great things happening in the capitol city. There are three weekends which are packed full of activities — too many for us to choose just one — so we encourage you to choose which of these weekends fits your interest, schedule, and convenience. No registration & no formal structure – it's your time! For more information & a schedule of events, please visit:

Congratulations to the new members of our Family Connection Advisory Council:

Paul Dryfoos, Denise Duzick, Cindy Johnson, Denis LeClair, Vanessa Miles & Rae White! We look forward to working with you as we help support our students at FSU!

Congratulations & welcome to our newly admitted 'Noles & their families!

Photo of the Westcott Administration Building As your student begins to register for New Student Orientation, know that we also have a very special Family Orientation program scheduled for you as well! We encourage you to attend to learn more about the amazing opportunities, programs and services that FSU has to offer for you and your student! For more information, visit:

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