HPU Welcomed 5,000 to Winter Family Weekend

High Point University President Nido Qubein provided a Life Skills Update to families during this year’s Winter Family Weekend.


HPU families stopped to take a photo in front of a pop-up heart.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 18, 2020 – High Point University welcomed 5,000 visitors to campus and community for this year’s Winter Family Weekend on Feb. 14-16.

The weekend brought a big boost to the city of High Point and the greater Triad region as families across the country visited. The economic impact of the university, $765 million annually, is a vital source for businesses in the city. The High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau estimates that this Family Weekend alone generated more than $1.1 million in economic impact.

“Family Weekend provides a time for parents to connect with their students on campus and learn more about daily life in the city of High Point,” said Erica Burroughs, director of family engagement at HPU. “Our HPU families are of vital importance to the university and the city as we continue to grow together. We are fortunate to have them partner with us in support of their students’ education and to invest in our continued growth.”

HPU President Nido Qubein sat down for a “High Point University Presents: A Conversation with Dean Cain,” filmed for public television. Cain, an HPU parent and a famous actor, played Clark Kent in the TV series, “Lois and Clark.”

This year’s Winter Family Weekend festivities included a variety of interactive sessions and presentations designed to inform and inspire HPU parents and family members. The weekend included a Life Skills Update from HPU President Nido Qubein, a Career Networking Fair for students, a conversation Qubein had with Dean Cain filmed for public television, Culp Planetarium shows, athletic events, tours and other entertainment.

“I thought the interview between Dr. Qubein and Dean Cain was very engaging and insightful,” said Jeana Stewart, an HPU parent. “I enjoyed Dean Cain’s real-life testimonial because it related to fellow High Point parents since his son is a student here. Dr. Qubein’s update always captivates the audience.”

“I really enjoyed the movies inside the Culp Planetarium,” said Christine Maguire, an HPU mom. “I feel like my son is very fortunate to go here because everything is cutting-edge. It is extraordinary because students have assets available here that I’ve never seen on any other college campus.”

Families watched various shows inside HPU’s new Culp Planetarium during Winter Family Weekend.

HPU’s Winter Family Weekend is just one of many events that bring visitors to the city of High Point each year. In the coming months, thousands more visitors will come to campus for open houses, Presidential Scholarship Weekends, Innovation Summits, Open Houses, athletic events and Commencement. Annually, HPU welcomes more than 100,000 visitors for admissions, athletic, cultural and community events.

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