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Reunion & Homecoming Weekend Filled With Tradition
The Office of Alumni Relations will be hosting Reunion & Homecoming, Rensselaer’s biggest alumni tradition, the weekend of Oct. 15-17.

More than 2,500 alumni and guests came back to campus last fall to celebrate. This year, even more are expected to return to enjoy a host of milestone reunions, anniversary celebrations, and former student group gatherings.

“A key factor in the decision to move class Reunions to the fall and combine them with Homecoming was the presence of students, faculty, and staff on campus,” said Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations Jeff Schanz. “Our alumni are energized and excited by their interactions with members of the current Rensselaer community. We encourage everyone to invite the alumni they know to come back, and to take the time to engage with alumni when they see them on campus during the weekend. Your participation is crucial to ensuring all our guests have the best possible experience.”

Some key events where current students, staff, and faculty may connect with alumni include:
  • 175th Anniversary of Civil Engineering events on Thursday and Friday
  • Back-to-Class, where alumni attend actual classes, Friday, 8-4 p.m.
  • The graduate alumni and faculty cocktail reception, Friday, 4 p.m.
  • President Jackson’s State of the Institute Address, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
  • FanFest, the carnival midway held at ECAV, Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Alumni will also be attending the many sporting events taking place on the weekend, including the men’s and women’s ice hockey games and football

Of special interest to the community is the “A Cappella Extravaganza” in the EMPAC Concert Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. The show features the professional group VOX Audio, and all four of Rensselaer’s a cappella student groups — Duly Noted, Partial Credit, Rensselyrics, and Rusty Pipes. Tickets are $5 each (open seating) and may be purchased at the EMPAC box office ( or 276-3921) or at the Union Administration Office.

In addition to Class Reunions for class years ending in 0 and 5, many other groups will be gathering or celebrating milestones. They include: 20 Greek organizations; seven athletic teams; the 175th anniversary of Civil Engineering; the 20th anniversary of the Clubhouse Pub; the 10th anniversary of the O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Lab/Advanced Manufacturing Lab; graduate alumni; minority alumni; Phalanx; ROTC; SO advisers and coordinators; and the Society of Women Engineers.

Most Reunion & Homecoming events are free and open to the public. Visit the website at for a schedule of events and more information, and to be a part of this important tradition.

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