Parent and Family Weekend

September 16–18, 2022

Parents and families, this weekend is for you! Join us on campus for some fun-filled quality time with your student. Spend the weekend exploring Banner Elk and familiarizing yourself with your student's home away from home!

The cost to attend is $30 per family. Please register below. 

With questions about the weekend, contact Riley Sailor, director of campus life, at

Get Lees-McRae gear!

Show your team spirit during this weekend's athletic events. Stop by the Exchange Bookstore during their special Family Weekend hours: 

  • Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Schedule of Events


Family Check-In
1–3 p.m.
Cannon Student Center, North Campus (park in Hayes Lot)

Welcome and College Update
3–3:30 p.m.
Evans Auditorium, Cannon Student Center

"How Students Benefit from the Burton Center for Student Success"
3:30–4 p.m.
Evans Auditorium, Cannon Student Center

"Supporting Your Student Through Their College Experience"
4–4:30 p.m.
Evans Auditorium, Cannon Student Center

"Getting Your Student Involved"
4:30–5 p.m.
Evans Auditorium, Cannon Student Center

Break for Dinner
5–7 p.m.
On your own

Women's Volleyball vs. King
7–9 p.m.
Williams Gymnasium, Athletics Complex



Family Brunch
9–11 a.m.
The Summit, North Campus

Family Photos
10:30 a.m.–noon
Swank Park, North Campus
Just in time for holiday cards or as a memento of the weekend, gather your family for a professional photo opportunity. Rain location will be King-Shivell Lounge in the Cannon Student Center.

Guided Hike on Hemlock Trail
1:30 p.m.
Tufts Tower, North Campus

Movie on the Lawn
8–10 p.m.
Tate Lawn, North Campus 
Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket for a family movie night! Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be provided. Rain location will be Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center. 



Enjoy a lovely day in the High Country! Attend a local religious service (times listed below), stop by The Exchange Bookstore, or enjoy the scenery and fishing at Wildcat Lake.

Women's Soccer vs. Francis Marion
2–4 p.m.
Tate Field, Athletics Complex

Men's Soccer vs. Francis Marion
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Tate Field, Athletics Complex

Feel welcome to attend a local religious service on Sunday morning. Churches for local worship include:

Banner Elk Presbyterian Church
420 College Dr. SW, Banner Elk, NC (Service time: 11 a.m.)

Banner Elk United Methodist Church
486 College Dr. SW, Banner Elk, NC (Service time: 11 a.m.)

Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church
6619 Hickory Nut Gap Rd., Banner Elk, NC (Service time: 9:15 a.m.)

Banner Elk Christian Fellowship Church
140 Woods Ln., Banner Elk, NC (Service time: 10:30 a.m.)

Mount Calvary Baptist Church
1161 Balm Hwy., Banner Elk, NC (Service time: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.)

Saint Bernadette Roman Catholic Church
2085 NC-105, Linville, NC (Service time: 11 a.m.)

Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church
1484 Tynecastle Hwy., Banner Elk, NC (Service time: 11 a.m.)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
604 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone, NC (Service time: 10 a.m.)

Coming to town early?

Those who happen to be nearby Thursday evening are invited to attend the Community Picnic, a special event hosted by Lees-McRae to thank the town of Banner Elk for their continual support. The picnic will start at 5 p.m. at South Campus and feature live music, inflatables for the kids, and food for purchase from local food trucks.

Helpful Family Resources

Parents and Families Webpage
Stay up to date about the life of the institution and explore ways to join our support network.