Parent & Family

Parent & Family Weekend is March 27-29, 2015

Your student has now comfortably settled into SSU daily life and is ready to share it with you! Since most families indicated they didn't want the hassle of following a strict schedule, we have created a variety of both on and off campus events for you to sample. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend we hope you'll take advantage of this time to build some special Seawolf memories and enjoy your student's home away from home.

Please email us at or call 707 664-2838

To ensure availability and help our event organizers we ask that all attendees please register by 3/14/15.


Persons with disabilities: The University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all. Please let us know if you or any of your guests have any special needs by contacting the Division of Student Affairs at 707-664-2838 or Visitors needing accessible parking may use any of the designated spaces on campus with a properly displayed state-issued placard or plate from any state.

Schedule of Events

March 27, 2015

7:30 - 9:30 Gil Shaham with original films by David Michalek
Green Music Center

The Green Music Center is honored to welcome Gil Shaham, one of the world's most sought-after violinists to Weill Hall. The Boston Globe describes him as "one of the foremost violinists of our time, Shaham commands flawless technique with inimitable warmth, a combination that has solidified his legacy as an American master and one of a few [violinists] identifiable by sound and style alone." according to The Boston Globe. A graduate of Columbia and Julliard, Mr. Shaham is internationally known for his incomparable 1699 "Countess Polignac" Stradivarius. After several conversations with visual artist David Michalek regarding a potential collaboration, Gil Shaham thought it would be possible to add David's unique 21st century vision to the three-hundred-year-old Six Solos for Violin with the goal of opening up new avenues for listening and interpreting these great works while preserving Bach's message. Please join us for a reception afterwards.

Purchase required. For more info, or to get tickets, go to the Green Music Center's Website

9:00 Live at Lobos Karaoke Night

Saturday, March 29

9:00 Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Pick up your welcome packet and enjoy continental breakfast.

10:00 - 11:00 Classes without Quizzes

Experiencing SSU as your student does just wouldn't be the same without spending some time in the classroom!

Wine Tasting

We have partnered with nearby tasting rooms and wineries which will allow you to map your own journey to enjoy some of the best wines Sonoma has to offer. Most of our venues have SSU alumni on staff and they will be sure to take extra good care of you! Please mention that you're part of SSU Family Weekend for special discounts and VIP service. We have visited and highly recommend the following locations:

Kastania Vineyards
4415 Kastania Rd.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Free tasting
10% off all wine purchases (except sale items)
Matanzas Creek Winery
6097 Bennett Valley Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
2-for-1 tasting
10% off all wine purchases
D'Argenzio Fine Wines
1301 Cleveland Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Free glass of daily special wine

Brewery Tour

Owned by SSU alumni, North Bay Brewery Tours specializes in guided tours of local beer destinations. The "Brewery Bus" will allow you to spend the afternoon sampling artisan craft beers and snacks at some of Sonoma's best breweries and will be happy to drop you off at your hotel at the end of the day. Please visit their website to book your excursion and use coupon code "ssufamily" for 10% off any of their services.

Seawolves Athletics

11:00 Baseball vs. UC San Diego Baseball Field
11:00 Tennis vs. UC San Diego Tennis Courts
1:00 Men's Lacrosse vs. Chico Practice Field H
1:00 Women's Lacrosse vs. Humboldt Practice Field E
1:00 Men's Soccer Club vs. UC Berkeley Fields D & E

7:30 - 9:30 Faculty Composers Concert
Schroeder Hall
Sonoma State's faculty composers have something for everyone, from art song to musical theatre; from contemporary classical to jazz and avant-garde. This annual celebration of homegrown new music draws top performers from throughout the North Bay.
Tickets at the door or buy tickets online (free to SSU students with ID)

7:30 - 9:30 Audra McDonald
Green Music Center
Musical America's 2014 Musician of the Year, winner of a record-setting Six Tony Awards, winner of two Grammy Awards, and an artist the New York Times called "a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent" Audra McDonald will surely light up the GMC stage! Equally at home on Broadway, on film, or on television as Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC's Private Practice, Ms. McDonald will be performing a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall after her visit to SSU. For more info, or to get tickets, go to the Green Music Center's Website

Sunday, March 28

10:00 am Brunch
Enjoy brunch with President ArminaƱa as we bring Family Weekend to a close.

Hotel information

Our friends at the DoubleTree have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for Family Weekend visitors. Please go to the hotel website for reservations.

A one day parking pass will be emailed to attendees who register before the 3/14/15 deadline. Visitors needing accessible parking may use any of the designated spaces on campus with a properly displayed state-issued placard or plate from any state.