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Events for Parents and Families

Volunteer or connect with other Billiken Parent and Family Association (BPFA) members at events on campus throughout the year.

SLU 101

Incoming students and families will transition into Billikens during SLU's student and family orientation. BPFA members engage with incoming families both at the resource fair and during orientation activities.

Fall Welcome Family Hospitality Headquarters

Along with campus partners, the BPFA welcomes all incoming families and assists in their transition to SLU. Find tables with BPFA representatives and those from other departments at the hospitality headquarters, along with giveaways, refreshments, beverages, and a space to relax during their move-in process.

Programs are also instituted for high-touch students, first-generation students, students of color, and identity-based organizations. 

Learn More About Fall Welcome

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Sept. 22-24, 2023

Homecoming and Family Weekend is a combined weekend to celebrate both SLU alumni and current Billiken families. This is an event for Billiken parents and family members — whether they graduated from SLU or not — to join students on campus for several days of fun.

The purpose of this joint weekend:

  • For current families to visit their students on campus for the weekend
  • For alumni to commemorate and celebrate their time here at Saint Louis University
  • For families to experience Saint Louis University through their students' eyes
  • And so much more

The schedule typically includes events including a movie on the Quad, faculty presentations, campus tours, a service project, a Billikens soccer game and fireworks.

Visit the Homecoming and Family Weekend page for more information. 

Career Expo

The Career Expo is an annual event that provides students with hundreds of opportunities to meet possible employers without having to leave campus. BPFA aides students with their confidence before meeting employers.

Examples of duties for the Career Expo include: giving mints or refreshments to students, allowing students to fix their hair in a mirror before meeting employers, providing professional photos for students, helping with check-in students to the expo, and offering encouragement to students through the process. 

Trivia Night

Crowded room of trivia participates with their tables decorated with a board game theme

The event is voted upon every year by the volunteer board to determine its execution. Examples of volunteer duties for Trivia Night include auction set up, trivia set up, poster and sign making, decorating and creating decorations, and social media promotion of the event.

Wellness Days

The University's designated wellness days are an opportunity for parents on the volunteer committee work at the BPFA table and help promote well-being and wellness activities across campus to students. Examples include handing out self-care bags to students, creating a safe space for students on campus or hosting a wellness event.

Graduation Table 

The BPFA celebrates SLU's graduates during their ceremonies by giving out pens to parents and family members that say “Proud of my Billiken” and supporting families who are present.

Volunteer at Welcome and Preview Events

There are numerous events throughout the year — in and outside of St. Louis — that welcome potential students and parents to our Billiken Family. If you are enthusiastic, friendly and interested in helping parents feel secure about their decisions before, during and after their student transitions to SLU, this is the perfect opportunity for you. To get involved, email