More than 4,500 people were on Rensselaer’s campus during the weekend of Oct. 17-19 to celebrated Family Weekend, Homecoming Weekend, the Alumni MusicFest, The Polytechnic’s 125th anniversary, and the final weekend of EMPAC grand opening special events, exhibits, and performances.
During the Family Weekend Presidential Welcome, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson personally thanked parents, families, and friends for coming to Rensselaer to celebrate the event, stating that their “interest in Rensselaer is sustaining and invigorating for all of us in the Rensselaer community.”
President Jackson also noted that “students are attending Rensselaer at a watershed moment,” highlighting the Institute’s transformative progress guided by The Rensselaer Plan, which has enabled the Institute to attract “superlative leadership, star research and teaching faculty, the brightest students, and to draw research grants that enhance Rensselaer’s national and international reputation.”
Parents, family members, and alumni had an opportunity to get a glimpse of life and the changes taking place at Rensselaer through a variety of sample classes, academic open houses and demonstrations, cultural offerings, tours, dinners, and athletic events. Other events taking place over the weekend included star- and planet-gazing at the Hirsch Observatory, tours through the Troy and Albany communities, and more.
Visitors also had a chance to explore and experience EMPAC through a variety of exhibits and performances by students music groups, researchers, and visiting and commissioned artists, including a special concert by the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band.
Taking a moment to celebrate the arts and campus journalism, the Alumni MusicFest brought together former members of various campus music groups; while editors past and present of The Polytechnic discussed the history and future of the publication.
Featured highlights of the Family Weekend and Homecoming events included the 15th annual Honors Convocation ceremony held to celebrate student and faculty achievements, and the Legacy Reception for those students who have family members who have attended Rensselaer.
To showcase and celebrate the cultural diversity of the Rensselaer campus, the 20th annual International Festival featured more than 15 different countries and cultures representing the Rensselaer Union international student organizations and individual members of the Rensselaer campus. The event featured traditional food, clothing, photos, and more, from countries around the world.
The Family Weekend and Homecoming events represent a collaborative effort among the offices of the First-Year Experience, Alumni Relations, and Dean of Students. Other participants included Residence Life, the Rensselaer Union, the Student Health Center, the Career Development Center, Enrollment Management, the Provost’s office, and many academic and student life departments.
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