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Grandparents University®

Join us Thursday, July 13 – Friday, July 14, 2023.

Grandparents University is a summer academy that brings grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 8–12, together for two fun-filled days of education and exploration.

Stay overnight in the Horizon Village residence hall, eat meals together at Blackhawk Commons and explore campus. Make memories together as you and your grandchild learn and grow.

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Choose one of our exciting majors:

Animal Adventurers

Learn what it takes to work with animals every day in various careers.

Awesome Artists

Amaze yourself as you transform various materials into a work of art! 

Robotics and Coding

Investigate how to program a robot using block coding to make your robot’s actions come to life.  This is an introductory session into coding and robotics.

Spectacular Scientists

Be a scientist by exploring the inside story of life through a microscope and the human body.

Tech Titans

Learn the basics of good cybersecurity.  Use real cybersecurity tools and play games with simulated scenarios.

Two days of hands-on learning and fun

Grandparents and their grandchildren will attend courses within one of our five “majors,” have fun around campus and spend quality time with each other. Courses are exciting and appropriate for children ages 8–12. All lessons are taught by local professionals.

Program Fees:
$165 for each adult, $160 for each child
UWO Housing: $80 for two participants, $160 for three to four participants

UWO Alumni and UWO Learning in Retirement members receive $5 off registration fees!

Program fees include:

  • Lodging: Overnight stay in Horizon Village, one of UWO’s premiere residence halls. Housing in Horizon Village has suites with four bedrooms-two bathrooms and shared living and kitchen space and bathrooms. If you select two-person housing, you will be assigned suitemates. Each person has a separate bedroom with a twin bed. Parking on campus is included.
  • Meals: Four meals in Blackhawk Commons (lunch and dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday).
  • Courses: Engaging majors with hands-on activities, transportation to off-site activities and fun evening activities.
  • Graduation: Enjoy a Titan-inspired graduation. Take home a commemorative t-shirt, water bottle and diploma.
  • Please note: There is a lot of walking while on campus. Please let us know in advance if you need any accommodations. We are pleased to provide assistance.

Tentative Itinerary

Thursday, July 13

8:15-9:15 a.m.Residential students move in and parkHorizon Village
9:30-9:45 a.m.Commuter students arriveSage Hall
9:45-10 a.m.Introductions and OrientationSage Hall
10 a.m.-12 p.m.Major ClassTo be determined
12-1 p.m.LunchBlackhawk Dining Commons
1-3:30 p.m.Major ClassTo be determined
3:45-4:45 p.m.Group ActivityTo be determined
4:45-5 p.m.Travel time to Blackhawk Dining Commons
5-6 p.m.DinnerBlackhawk Dining Commons
6:15-7:45 p.m.Group Evening ActivityTo be determined
8 p.m.Back to Horizon Village for the evening

Friday, July 14

7:30-8:30 a.m.BreakfastBlackhawk Dining Commons
9 a.m.-12 p.m.Major ClassTo be determined
Sage Hall
12 - 1 p.m.LunchBlackhawk Dining Commons
1:15-2 p.m.Commencement and ReceptionSage Hall
2-3 p.m.Check out of Horizon Village


Credit and debit card payments may only be accepted electronically. OCE may no longer accept credit and debit card payments via phone, mail or fax.

More Information

For more information, contact or call (920) 424-1129.

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