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17 Commencement 2008. Rensselaer’s 202nd Commencement exercises. Speaker will be David Gergen, political analyst and author. 9:30 a.m. Harkness Field, Troy campus.


5 Reunion 2008. Classes ending in 3 or 8 will celebrate milestone Reunions. Enjoy the Parade and Picnic, dinners with classmates, President Jackson’s State of the Institute Address, and special alumni guest speaker Ed Zander ’68, chairman of Motorola. (The Class of 2003 will celebrate its 5th Reunion in the fall, during Homecoming in October.) Visit for details.


17 The RAA Worldwide Travel Program presents an Aspen Adventure. Choose a long weekend or a full week in the storied playground of the rich and famous. Enjoy an outdoor concert, hiking, rafting, biking, and more. Contact Mike Wellner ’64, RAA Alumni Travel Director, at (212) 486-3064 or, or visit for more information.

19 Legacy Move-in Day Reception. Legacy families are invited to a special reception at the Rensselaer Union from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grab a snack, take a break from moving, and meet other Rensselaer Legacies. For information, contact Michael O’Neill at or (518) 276-8719.

19 RAA Welcome Barbecue. Alumni volunteers are needed to welcome new students to campus at the traditional RAA Barbecue, held at the Commons Dining Hall from 4-6 p.m. For information, contact Geoff Seber at or (518) 276-2324.

19 Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond. A five-day orientation program for all first-year students, designed to introduce them to Rensselaer, to the area, and to each other. Day trips are based in three categories: adventure-based/team building, community service, and historical/cultural.

24 Class of 2012 Convocation. Rensselaer’s newest class is officially welcomed into the community at this annual campus event. ’86 Field. For information, contact University Events, (518) 276-6608.


3 EMPAC Grand Opening. Rensselaer will host three weekends of concerts, performances, interactive artworks, presentations, and film screenings to celebrate the grand opening of EMPAC. A colloquy also will be held, featuring discussion on the nexus of arts and science. For more information, visit

17 Homecoming. Several events (MusicFest 2008, Greek events, the Class of 2003 5th Reunion, football, hockey, and more) combine for a fun-filled fall weekend at “Dear Old RPI.” If you have questions contact Peter Pedone at or (518) 276-6061.

17 MusicFest 2008. Former Rensselaer musicians will gather at Homecoming to reprise the successful 2006 event. Events will include dinner and a sing-along, a Joel Dolven Recognition Program, EMPAC tours, and a performance of the national anthem at the hockey game Saturday night. To be sure you are on the list to receive more information, contact Peter Pedone at or (518) 276-6061.

17 The Rensselaer Polytechnic 125th Anniversary Celebration. Alumni who worked on The Poly will celebrate the publication’s 125th anniversary at Homecoming. If you worked on The Poly as a student, send an e-mail to or to Peter Pedone at with the years you were involved and the position(s) you held to be included in the registration mailing.

17 Class of 2003 5th Reunion. The class will celebrate the fifth anniversary of their graduation from Rensselaer during Homecoming Weekend. Contact Kathy Kinsey at or the planning committee at for more information.

18 Young Alumni Council (YAC) Meeting. For information about the YAC and the programs they plan for alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years, contact Michael O’Neill at or (518) 276-8719.

18 Legacy Reception. Join other Legacy families for a special afternoon reception at the Heffner Alumni House. For information, contact Michael O’Neill at or (518) 276-8719.

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