Brining Parents to Founder's Day Dinner

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  1. Rebel668

    Rebel668 New Member

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    I have been offered an appointment, and I was also invited to attend my local Founder's Day dinner. The invitation, while it specified that guests other than cadet candidates have to pay a fee, did not state whether or not parents should attend. Should I bring my parents? Yes or no?
     
  2. Vradams

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    I am a parent and we went with our son to the South Texas event. We paid the fee and it was worth every penny and then some. Some cadets also attended without the parents. It was roughly half with, half without.


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  3. cadet85

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    You should contact somebody if you can and ask them. We know one of the grads that goes every year, and he told us that it is not uncommon for parents to go, and sometimes it is better if they do. Just search around, maybe ask a few people here or there. It is expensive, but most likely a good experience for all. I haven't been to mine yet, but I am looking forward to it.
     
  4. mlos

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    We went with our DS to our area Founders' Day event, and we found it to be really informative. I guess it kind of depends on how involved they've been in your application process - supportive, helpful, etc. Do they want to go? Most, if not all, of the accepted candidates had their parents with them at our local event. For us, it was a proud moment, and we were glad to share it with him.
     
  5. mmb5

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    The dinners are not subsidized for guests other than CCs and maybe current cadets if home; others pay their way, and sometimes a bit more. The organizers are generally glad to have help meeting their attendance goals, so as long as you can afford it, you won't do any harm, and might enjoy the cameraderie and meeting some young LTs or other parents.
     
  6. Stevewar2

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    Parents

    Bring parents! Your journey through West Point is an important and special one. Include your family whenever possible. We sat with one of my DD's future classmates and his family. Was very nice to share experiences.
     
  7. ca2midwestmom

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    Last Friday night my DS and I had the honor of attending the Founder's Day dinner. We were able to meet & talk to other appointees (some we knew, some we had seen at MOC interviews) and their parents. (Even saw the parent of my DD's friend - didn't know their oldest son was a Firstie.) We met WP grads going back to '53, and the Dean of Academics. There were speeches and presentations; it was informative (from a parent's perspective) and entertaining. I would recommend attending for both you and your parents if you're available that night.
     

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