Seven 2023 U of A Events to Book Early For

It’s no secret that a certain university is the heart and soul of Tuscaloosa. Sprawled across the center of the city of champions, our iconic U of A hosts thousands of students every year who are seeking a higher education (and that coveted alumni status). 

If your student is included in that group, you’ll be spending a lot of time in Tuscaloosa. The school hosts a variety of events for students and their families to reconnect and enjoy the U of A experience. These events are very popular, so it’s best to book your stay well in advance. And situated just steps from the heart of campus, WestGate is your perfect homebase to make the most of every minute. 

U of A Orientation

Spring 2023: January 9, 2023
Summer 2023: TBD
Fall 2023: TBD

Are you just starting your U of A journey? Then you’ll want to attend family orientation, a two-day event that helps students and their families get settled at school. Attendees can view exhibitions from campus organizations, attend lectures and small-group workshops, take a tour of campus, and enjoy other scheduled events. 

In addition to booking your stay at WestGate, be sure to view the orientation checklist and complete the required steps for your new student. Orientation dates for summer and fall 2023 will be announced in April. 

U of A Commencement Ceremonies

Spring 2023: May 5-7, 2023
Summer 2023: August 5, 2023
Fall 2023: December 16, 2023

Three U of A commencement ceremonies allow families to celebrate their new graduate in the height of pomp and circumstance. This traditional graduation event is steeped in U of A tradition, from the ceremonial mace used by the commencement marshal to the graduate regalia and presidential chain.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and roads around the coliseum will close two hours before the event. But you don’t need to worry – the ceremony location is just 1.2 miles from WestGate, keeping you close to the action but well away from the crowds. 

Family Weekend

September 22-24, 2023

This U of A tradition offers a full weekend of fun, food, and tradition. Families are encouraged to join their current U of A students on campus to experience our iconic gameday traditions as the football team takes on the University of Mississippi. Parents can attend open houses, take a guided campus tour, attend the family weekend tailgate and spend time with your student in their home away from home. 

Registration for Family Weekend will open during summer 2023. Hotels will fill fast, so it’s best to book your stay now. Stay tuned to the U of A website for more information. 

Book Your Stay at WestGate Today!

WestGate is a luxury condominium facility in the heart of Tuscaloosa, located right next to the stadium and just steps from the U of A campus. Our condos are the height of comfort and style, with spacious floorplans, elegant decor and all the comforts of home. Our guests also enjoy private on-site parking, a convenient downtown location, and a host of first-class amenities. Book your stay at WestGate today! 

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