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K Week Family Events

Our partial schedule of events is available online and through the UK Guides mobile app. A printed schedule of events will be available this fall when your new student moves into a UK residence hall or when your off-campus student arrives for their first K Team meeting on August 17, 2018. For questions regarding move-in, please visit the Undergraduate Housing and Residence Life page for more information.

UK Parents and Families Reception

Friday, August 17, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Gatton Student Center

The UK Parent and Family Association is hosting an informal reception while students participate in their first K Team meeting. Meet and mingle with UK administrators, faculty, staff, and fellow UK families. Refreshments and chair massages will be provided. There will be activities for younger family members. Participate in Letters from Home; write a letter to your new UK student, and the Parent and Family Association will deliver it a few weeks into the fall semester. President Eli Capilouto will offer brief remarks to parents and families during the reception.

Family Information Sessions

Saturday, August 18 - Check K Week schedule for details.

On Saturday morning, there will be a number of information sessions on topics of interest to new students and their families.

New Student Induction Ceremony

Saturday, August 18, 2:30 p.m. Memorial Coliseum

Watch with pride as your new student officially becomes a part of the Wildcat community at the New Student Induction Ceremony. This event will be live streamed online for families who are unable to attend. Student-only K Week activities begin the evening of Saturday, August 18.


Missing part of K Week?

While we encourage all families of new students to take part in K Week, we understand that some may not be able to do so. If that is the case for your family, rest assured that your new student won't have to attend K Week events alone. Students will attend some K Week events with their K Teams, and residence hall staff often accompany groups of students to K Week events. Whether you are able to come to K Week or not, encourage your new Wildcat to attend as much as possible for the free food, free t-shirts, giveaways, and wonderful information to assist in the transition to life as a UK student!


Letters from Home

Our Letters from Home program is a great way for parents, family, and friends to send letters of encouragement to their students as they transition to life at college. If you will be attending the K Week Parents and Families Reception on Friday, August 17, you can write a letter in person. If you aren’t able to attend these events, simply fill out the online submission form, and we will print and mail your letter to your student in the first few weeks of school. The online form will be available beginning August 1, 2018.

Big Blue Thank You

The Parent and Family Association wants to offer students the opportunity to thank those people in their lives who have guided them successfully through their time at UK. During our Big Blue Thank You event, we provide thank you cards and postage for students to mail handwritten letters to individuals intheir support system.


100+ Thank You’s in 2016-2017

First Day of School Photos

Just because parents and family members can’t be present for their student’s first day of college does not mean that they can’t have a first day of school photo! The Parent and Family Association offers students the opportunity to take photos in front of William T. Young Library on:

Wednesday, August 23, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rose Street walkway to W.T. Young Library by the Super Start tent

All photos will be posted on the Parent and Family Association Facebook page.

Dinner Dialogues

The Parent and Family Association is committed to providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to connect on and off campus. The Dinner Dialogues program offers funding to host student dinners in instructors’ homes. Interacting outside of the classroom in a comfortable home setting strengthens instructor-student relationships and enhances the academic experience.

The UK Parent and Family Association will be accepting applications for the 2018 fall semester are now open at https://uky.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/177532

More than 300 students and 16 classes in 2016-2017

"I really appreciate the Dinner Dialogues program. Having my students over for dinner was great. Everyone was able to relax over a simple, but home-cooked meal. We played games together afterwards. Everyone seemed to have a great time. The experience definitely influenced our time in the classroom, as well. After that night, my students were more comfortable with each other and myself. In-class discussion was more fluid and candid. I think it served the students well that night and for the semester." – Kara Cecil, College of Arts and Sciences

"Hosting a dinner for my freshman students was one of the best experiences I have had as a teacher here at UK. It not only provided an opportunity for my students to have a brief glimpse into my home life (and see the somewhat normal world of a professor), it gave me an opportunity to connect with the students in a way that would not have been possible if we had only seen each other on campus and in the classroom. And who can complain about having a chance to eat pizza and s’mores? I’m hoping we get to do it again this year!" - David Weisrock, Department of Biology