Phoenix Family Day offers fun, exploration for students and their families

Sep 23, 2021
A family at Florida Polytechnic University on Phoenix Family Day

Florida Polytechnic University students will welcome their families to campus during the 2021 Phoenix Family Day.

Florida Polytechnic University students will welcome their families to campus this Saturday, Sept. 25, at the annual Phoenix Family Day.

The annual event is one of the University’s proudest traditions. In addition to offering students a chance to show their loved ones around campus, families will have an opportunity to learn about the resources available to Florida Poly students and how their Phoenixes can benefit.

“Sometimes, students need a little push to go to CARE Services, to speak to someone about their academics, or go to a career fair,” said Heather Hanssen, coordinator of residential life and student experience at Florida Poly. “Sometimes they need an extra push from the people who know them best.”

This year’s event will feature a family brunch, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for student hangout space The Nest, a preview of the new Applied Research Center, games, a food truck rally, and the season opener of the Florida Poly Women’s Club Soccer against Georgia Southern University.

Academic labs will be open at specific times and available for demonstrations or tours.

“We know through research that students who have their families involved feel better about having that support and they are able to achieve more with their family’s guidance,” said Hanssen. 

The 2021 Family Day is slated to be the largest yet in Florida Poly’s history. Following a year when the event was held online, this year’s event is expected to include more than 300 families and 750 individual attendees.

One event, the “How Well Do You Know Your Student?” game, will provide a fun atmosphere to allow families to see how their children have grown and matured since arriving at Florida Poly.

Additionally, Hanssen said the entire day will offer opportunities for families to build connections with one another.

“It’s special when families are able to visit, see where their children are living, and meet their friends and their families,” she said. 

For more information on this year’s event, visit the Phoenix Family Day website. 


Lydia Guzmán
Director of Communications