COLUMBIA — At least 5,000 families registered early for events planned Friday through Saturday during the annual family weekend at MU.
The weekend is "a good way for parents to come back and visit," said Laura Page, coordinator of parent relations at MU.
They get to experience "a day in the life of a student," she said.
Without a formal agenda, families can spend time with students at a comedy show, movie, party on Lowry Mall, the Missouri-Arizona State football game and a Sunday brunch.
Football tickets available for the visiting families sold out in eight hours, Page said Friday afternoon.
Parents could also attend academic open houses and tours of residence halls around campus.
On Friday, families had a choice of comedian Buzz Sutherland in Jesse Hall Auditorium or the animated movie, "Brave," at Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union.
Jewish families, who will begin celebrating Rosh Hashana on Monday, were invited to a Shabbat dinner Friday at Mizzou Hillel, the Jewish campus center.
More events are scheduled for the weekend including the game Saturday and a parents' breakfast with the MU Vice Chancellor Cathy Scroggs on Sunday.
Ellen Bogage came from Maryland to visit her son Jacob, a freshman who plans to study journalism.
She said her son was "a long way from home," but she added that MU was the "best place for him to be."
Bogage is staying in Columbia until Monday so that she can spend the first day of the Jewish holiday with her son.
Mitchell Cooper's family, who traveled from St. Louis, was also taking in the weekend festivities.
Cooper, a freshman who wants to study engineering, was joined by his parents and two younger sisters. They planned to attend several events.
While checking out sweatshirts with a "Missouri Mom" logo at the University Bookstore, Lisa and Andre Adams said they made the trip from Tennessee to visit their daughter Alexis.
Andre Adams said he was going to take advantage of the discounted clothing at the bookstore.
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