Saturday Schedule

*Morning Workout: Cardio Box

8:30am-9:30am, Intramural Gym

Get your morning starting with a high energy workout sponsored by Recreation @ McK! No registration is required. Show up with your water bottle and a towel.


Breakfast Reception with Dr. James M. Dennis
9:00am-10:30am, 1828 Café
This invitation only event is for parents, their McKendree student and members of the immediate family participating in Fall Family Weekend.


*Siblings Mascot Breakfast

9:00am-10:30am, Crafts and Cartoons - (location change:  full event at Lower Deneen Center), The Lair  (Children ages 5-12; $5.00 per person)

Bogey, the McKendree mascot invites students and siblings to start their morning with some delicious all you can eat pancakes! Enjoy cartoons and crafts with Bogey in The Lair after you eat.


Registration, Information, and Big Give Donation Drop-Off

9:00am-1:30pm, Lower Deneen Center, The Lair
Have questions, need directions, or want more information? Stop by our table and a Fall Family Weekend committee member will be happy to help you with registration. Donations for the Bearcat Big Give will be accepted here. You can also pick up guides to metro east area restaurants, hotels, places of worship, and areas of interest. Schedule changes will be posted at this location. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket for a chance to win a semester of free books. Tickets are $5.00 each and available only to families with a currently registered McKendree student. A maximum of 20 tickets may be purchased per family.

Campus Bookstore Open

10:00am - 6:00pm, Upper Deneen Center

The campus bookstore is located on the second floor of the Deneen Center. Visitors are welcome to browse their selection of merchandise. Receive a 30% discount on all clothing and gifts.


Student Career Information (Freshman and Sophomore Families)

10:00am-10:45am, Piper Academic Center, Room 222

This presentation provides an overview of the necessary steps for your McKendree student to be competitive in the post-McKendree job search. Learn how Career Services can assist students with their career path, starting with their first year at McKendree. Also find out the role families play in helping students succeed.


Parent Association Committees – Come and See Session **       

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at (Location TBA)

Interested in learning about opportunities to serve on McKendree’s Parent Association Committees? This leadership group is brand-new so it’s the perfect time to get engaged! Come learn more about how you can make a difference here on campus. The board will meet two times per year and will engage in additional committee work as needed. If you’re interested in special events, welcoming new families, supporting career services or helping with McKendree’s fundraising efforts we’d love to see you at this session.


Student Career Information (Junior and Senior Families)

11:00am-11:45pm, Piper Academic Center, Room 222


This presentation provides an overview of the necessary steps for your McKendree student to be competitive in the post-McKendree job search. This session will address the potential challenges seniors may face in their employment search, while providing resources and techniques for handling the stresses of senior year.


Lunch on your Own
11:30am – 1:30pm, Local Area Restaurants

Feel free to stop by Ames Dining Hall or one of the local restaurants for dinner. Check the Fall Family Weekend registration area for coupons and other discounts.


McKendree Art Gallery Exhibition:  Carla Schwartz

1:00pm-4:00pm, McKendree University Gallery of Art; 224 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

Carla Schwartz, Chicago printmaker will have her work on display. She is trained in stone and plate lithography, traditional Japanese, and western relief printmaking, intaglio processes, letterpress, and digital and mixed print media.

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Fall Family Weekend "Bearcat Country" Tailgate Party

2:00pm - 6:00pm, Quad and Circle Drive
Please pay individual vendors for food and drink items. Enjoy a variety of tailgate and festival-style food items from a variety of local vendors! A number of free activities will be available, including:

  • Inflatables and Games
  • Food from local vendors and other tailgaters
  • Family Photo Booth
  • Petting Zoo
  • Meet Members of the McKendree Parent’s Association
  • Live Music with bands, Which Way, Scarletta and Natalie Stovall and The Drive
  • Hang out with Bogey the Bearcat, McKendree’s Mascot
  • ...and More!



Additional parking lot tailgating is available just off Alton St. For more information or to register for a spot, please contact the Athletics Office at 618-537-6873 or visit


Legacy Family Pre-Game Reception
4:30pm, Hett Lobby
McKendree is delighted to have 144 current students whose siblings, parents or grandparents have donned the purple and white over the years. Join us for a pre-game celebration - families will be recognized at the football game.


*Volleyball vs. Drury University

5:00 pm, Statham Gymnasium at the Melvin Price Convocation Center

($5 General Admission, McKendree students free with McKendree ID) Tickets are available at the gate or may be purchased online at

Enjoy McKendree Volleyball as the Bearcats take on the Drury University in a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup.


*Football vs. Quincy University
6:00 pm, Leemon Field

($7 Reserved, $5 General Admission, McKendree students free with McKendree ID) Tickets are available at the gate or may be purchased online at

See the Bearcats at Leemon Field vs. Quincy University.

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Dueling Pianos

9:30pm – 11:30pm, The Hills Golf Club

Get your requests ready and prepare to sing along with some of your favorite tunes! The Big Bang Dueling Pianos will be your featured entertainment for the evening. While enjoying the music, stop in for complimentary desserts and soft drinks.



Late Night Movie - Planes

9:30pm, The Lair

From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.