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Grandparents U is an annual event that traditionally brings grandparents and their grandkids together for three days of fun on campus. We were hoping to bring families onto campus this June; however, our participants and session hosts' safety remains our utmost priority.

In 2020 the Alumni Engagement Team developed the GPU activity packet, which earned the Special Event Pivot Award through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  A phenomenal recognition for a program that included self-led fun activities, games, stories, and tutorials for families to enjoy within the comfort of their own space. We are grateful for the 2020 Grandparents U activity packet's success and plan to offer a similar experience this year.

The Alumni Engagement Team is working with campus and community partners to provide fun new sessions and activities for families this summer. This packet is yours to keep and complete in your own space and on your own time.

Example Sessions:

  1. Native American Culture workshop – Native American Programs
  2. Take the Quest to the Mountain of Mt. Pleasant – Mount Pleasant CVB
  3. On the Move – University Recreation

Complete the packet on your own time
Virtual BINGO via Zoom
Tuesday, June 22 | 6:30 p.m. EST

Your own space!

$35| Package/Person
$10| Shipping
Gold Members will receive a $10 discount on the total price.

Registration Per Person Includes:

  • Private Virtual BINGO via Zoom with fellow alumni and grandchildren!
  • One (1) Activity Packet
  • One (1) GPU 2021 T-Shirt
  • One (1) GPU water bottle
  • One (1) GPU Puzzle
  • CMU Alumni Swag

EX. Three (3) registrations = three (3) of every individual item.

Register by May 28, 2021! Packets will be mailed or available for pickup on Monday, June 14, 2021, and can be completed at your own pace.

Register Today for GrandparentsU 2021

Additional Information

Important:  GrandparentsU is funded by the registration fees paid by the participants.  If the minimum number of registrants is not reached by April 30, 2020, the event will be canceled and refunds will be provided. 

Cancellation Policy
 If individuals need to cancel, a request for a refund must be made in writing and received no later than 5 p.m. May 15, 2020.  No refunds will be issued after this date.

Choice of Classes/Availability:  Some classes are limited in size due to facilities and equipment availability.  Participants will be notified at check-in of their class assignments. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Every effort will be made to assign participants to the classes of their choice; however, we cannot guarantee placement within a particular class.  All classes are conducted by CMU faculty members and professionals, who are volunteering their time.  In rare circumstances, it may be necessary to change or cancel a class.

Adult/Child Attendance:  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  No more than two children may be accompanied by one adult, and no more than two adults may accompany one child.  If two children attend with one adult, they must all attend the same classes.  It two children attend with two adults; each adult/child pair may attend different classes.

Housing: Due to scheduled maintenance in the Residence Halls, air-conditioned rooms are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. After all air-conditioned rooms are reserved, participants will be placed in non-air conditioned housing within the Towers complex.

The term Grandparents University® is a registered trademark origination at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is used with permission.