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Reunion Activities and Events

This is your comprehensive source for university-wide Reunion activities. Note: Athletics events, child care, and the Kids Club have additional, separate registration steps. Check back often for newly added events!

Adding events to your itinerary does not register you for these events. Please be sure to formally register with your class or association

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“Fun in the Sun” Carnival
Location: Arts Quad
Time: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.,
Description: Enjoy this family-friendly event sponsored by the 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, CLAA, CBAA, and Law School Reunions. Create your own musical instrument for marching in the Cornell 150 parade, design a Cornell race car, view the puppet show, see the Cornell Raptors, run the inflatable obstacle course, enjoy Cornell Dairy Ice Cream and much more! “Fun in the Sun” starts with the Big Red Egg Hunt at the center of the Arts Quad and culminates with the Cornell 150 Parade at 3:00 p.m. when attendees join the Big Red Band in a march starting and ending at the Ezra Cornell statue.

Tent Parties
Location: Arts Quad
Time: Friday, 9 p.m.- 1a.m., Saturday, 9 p.m.- 1a.m.,
Description: All registered alumni and their guests are invited to Reunion’s late- night party on the Arts Quad to reconnect with old peers and make new friends. Musical entertainment on Friday night features traditional Reunion favorites including Little Joe and the Big Shots, and the Stan Colella Orchestra. New to Friday night’s line-up this year is DJ Rich Medina ’92 who will take alumni on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, soul, Afrobeat, funk, and dance classics. On Saturday night, alumni will dance to the music of The Destination, sing along with Karaoke Joe’s Video Karaoke, and jive to the soulful music of Syracuse’s The Brownskin Band. Tent admittance, food, and beverages are only available to registered alumni and guests wearing Reunion 2015 buttons. No one under the age of 21, including children of alumni (regardless of whether they are accompanied by a parent), will be permitted on the Arts Quad during the Tent Parties, and picture ID may be requested. Non-Reunion year alumni who wish to visit the Tent Parties may purchase Reunion 2015 buttons by registering at Goldwin Smith Hall on Friday and Saturday, 9:00 p.m.–midnight. There is a flat registration fee of $50 per button. Buttons may also be purchased at Reunion Information Centers in the Tsai Family Atrium, Statler Hall on Thursday, 2:00–6:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; or at the Alumni Affairs headquarters at the Carol Tatkon Center, Balch Hall, on Thursday, noon–11:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Inventing Cornell Tech: The Vision Film and Q&A
Location: Alice Statler Auditorium, Statler Hall
Time: Saturday, 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.,
Description: See the film Inventing Cornell Tech: The Vision about the founding of Cornell Tech, which includes interviews with key decision makers in the former Bloomberg administration, Cornell, Technion, and Atlantic Philanthropies. The viewing will be followed by a Q&A with Dan Huttenlocher, dean and vice provost of Cornell Tech. All Reunion guests are encouraged to attend and hear the latest news about this landmark endeavor in New York City.

All-Alumni Lunch
Location: Terrace Restaurant, Statler Hotel
Time: Friday, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Saturday, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.,
Description: Join us for an intergenerational Big Red lunch buffet featuring delicious sandwiches, salads, soups, tacos, baked potatoes, side dishes, desserts, beverages, and more! Visit /faqs.cfm for a full menu that will entice alumni, family, and friends of all ages. Tickets for purchase at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4–10, cash or credit. Preregistration is not available.

Cornell Reunion Kids Club
Register:Additional registration required.
URL:More information available.
Location: Helen Newman Hall
Time: Friday, 3 p.m.- 11 p.m., Saturday, 3 p.m.- 11 p.m.,
Description: The Cornell Reunion Kids Club is the place to be for kids ages six through fifteen! While their parents are visiting with classmates in the afternoon and evenings, children can participate in fun and engaging activities including bowling, swimming, arts and crafts, and outdoor play. The Kids Club evening will conclude with a movie; and dinner and snacks will be provided to our young participants. Preregistration by May 22 is required. Visit the Reunion childcare page: for more information

Cornelliana Night
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Saturday, 9:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.,
Description: Join the Alumnae Chorus and Alumni Glee Club in songs celebrating Cornell. Reunion attendance and giving will be recognized. Cornelliana Night at Bailey Hall will also be streamed live on a large screen at our satellite location in David L. Call Alumni Auditorium at Kennedy Hall.

Olin Lecture: A Conversation with President Skorton and Junot Díaz MFA ’95
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Friday, 3 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.,
Description: The Olin Lecture was established at Cornell in 1987 through a generous gift from the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation. Each year, the Olin Lecture brings to campus an internationally prominent speaker to address a topic relevant to higher education and the current world situation. Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College and Cornell’s Creative Writing Program, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A book signing will immediately follow the lecture.

Reunion 5K
Register:Additional registration required.
URL:More information available.
Location: F. R. Newman Arboretum, Cornell Plantations
Time: Saturday, 8 a.m.
Description: The Reunion 5K is a fun run open to all members of the Cornell and Ithaca community. Walkers and children are encouraged to participate. While the 5K will still be timed, medals will not be awarded. Campus transportation is available before and after the run. Limited parking available. This 3.1-mile course will loop through the beautiful Cornell Plantations. Preregister online by May 29, 2015 for $15. After this date, the price will increase to $20 and T-shirts cannot be guaranteed. Individuals will have the opportunity to register on campus on Friday at the Tsai Family Atrium, Statler Hall, noon–6:00 p.m., or at the Carol Tatkon Center, Balch Hall, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

State of the Greek System Presentation
Location: 398 Beck Center, Statler Hall
Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.,
Description: Join us as Kent Hubbell ’67, the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, and Travis Apgar, the Robert G. Engel Associate Dean of Students, discuss the current status of Cornell University’s historic Greek system. They will discuss how the system has evolved during its time at Cornell, its current accomplishments and challenges, and where they see the system in the future. A Q&A session will follow.

State of the University Address
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.- 11:45a.m.,
Description: President David J. Skorton will deliver his final State of the University Address, and Professor Glenn Altschuler will offer remarks on the historical context and the significance of President Skorton’s leadership at Cornell. All registered alumni and their guests are welcome to attend.

The NY Dueling Pianos Show
Location: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Time: Saturday, 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.,
Description: The NY Dueling Pianos, featuring Edward Mondress ’88, is a high-octane fiesta that’s part rock show, part comedy show and all sorts of craziness rolled into one big outrageous party. This clap-a-long, sing- a-long, family-friendly extravaganza encourages audience participation and is open to all registered alumni and their guests.

University Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
Location: Sage Chapel
Time: Friday, 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.,
Description: Join us for the annual Reunion memorial service to honor faculty, staff, students, and alumni we have lost over the years. This service is open to all, with live music and a candle-lighting ceremony.

“The Spirit of ’31: Passing It Forward” Ceremony
Location: Carrier Grand Ballroom, Statler Hotel
Time: Thursday, 5:15 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.,
Description: “The Spirit of ’31: Passing It Forward” Ceremony | Edit?Thursday, 5:15–6:15 p.m., Carrier Grand Ballroom, Statler Hotel. This event is by invitation only, and it is for the Classes of ’40, ’45, ’50, and ’10. “The Spirit of ’31: Passing It Forward” ceremony connects the most senior classes with Cornell’s youngest alumni celebrating their first Reunion. This year, the Class of ’40 will present the Class of ’10 its first Reunion banner. 2011 marked the first-ever organized 80th Reunion at Cornell, fittingly planned by the remarkable Class of ’31, led by William “Bill” Vanneman, Sr. who served as the class president since his 1931 commencement. Bill has since passed away, but his spirit and determination to return to campus will continue to energize and engage generations of alumni and the entire Cornell community. We celebrate this special event in his class’s honor.

Cornell United Religious Work

Fostering multi-faith engagement since 1929, CURW now includes 30 chaplaincies ranging from African American Christian Worship to Zen Buddhism.

University Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
Location: Sage Chapel
Time: Friday, 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.,
Description: Join us for the annual Reunion memorial service to honor faculty, staff, students, and alumni we have lost over the years. This service is open to all with live music and a candle-lighting ceremony.

Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club

The Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club are two of the oldest student-run organizations at Cornell University. The members of the women’s chorus and the men’s glee club represent students from all 11 undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges at Cornell who share a passion for music. The groups perform their own unique repertoire and collaborate annually on a major work. Their repertoire ranges from liturgical settings to folk songs, from works of the Renaissance period to contemporary music. Under the direction of Robert Isaacs, each group annually commissions a new choral piece for performance. The groups have a long-standing tradition of performance tours, including trips to Russia, Brazil, Italy, England, Singapore, and Venezuela, and an upcoming tour to Mexico and Guatemala.

Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club Concert
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Friday, 9:15 p.m.- 10:15 p.m.,
Description: Join the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club and their alumni, under the direction of Robert Isaacs, as they perform old and new favorites. The performance will conclude with the greatest songs ever written for an Ivy League institution, with audience participation. $15 tickets sold at designated class headquarters, and at the door.

The Cornell Store

The campus store is open each day of Reunion Weekend: Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Show your button to receive the special discount for registered attendees: 10% off almost everything.

Book Signing
URL:More information available.
Location: the Cornell Store
Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.,
Description: Fourteen Cornell alumni and faculty authors are participating; click the link for the full list. A diverse range of topics will be represented, so please come visit with the authors. Books available for purchase and signing. On the lower level of the campus store, located between Ho Plaza and Day Hall.