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Reunion Weekend Programming

Featured Programming

Alumni Assembly

Alumni from all eras are invited to this gathering, taking place Saturday at 11 a.m. in Colgate Memorial Chapel, which will provide an opportunity to recognize award winners, salute the 50th class, and hear testimonials about Colgate. The assembly will include remarks by President Brian W. Casey and featured guest speakers from the Alumni Council and Reunion class years ending in 4 and 9.

Alumni Authors

Every year, alumni authors who are returning for Reunion are invited to participate in the Alumni Authors Book Signing at the Colgate Bookstore. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form.

If you would like more information or have questions about the Alumni Authors Book Signing, please contact Kate Reynolds, General Book Buyer, 315-228-7061 or kreynolds@colgate.edu.

Family Programs

Colgate Reunion isn’t just for adults. Families are encouraged to attend. We offer a variety of family-oriented activities and child care services.

Family-Friendly Activities

Throughout the weekend, we offer events specifically aimed at families and younger guests. In previous years, events have included a scavenger hunt, family bike ride, climbing wall open hours, and more. Look for activities with the Family Fun “Raider” icon in the schedule of events.

Camp Raider Professional Childcare Services

Offered Saturday, June 1. Book by the hour from 1:00-10:00 p.m. 

Advance registration required; registration opens later this spring.

Every year, we partner with KiddieCorp to offer Camp Raider to younger guests aged 6 months to 12 years. Appropriate activities are provided for each age group and include exciting themes, arts and crafts, group games, music and movement, board games, story time, dramatic play, etc.

Please note that pre-registration with KiddieCorp is required. Register early, as spaces fill up. Walk-in registration space is very limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Babysitters

A list of babysitters (rates vary) will be available at the registration desk in Donovan’s Pub, James C. Colgate Student Union. Information can be obtained after May 1 by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@colgate.edu.

Meals

Younger guests are welcome at all meals during the weekend, with the exception of the Saturday evening formal class and affinity group dinners, which are open to guests aged 21 and over. Alternative arrangements for meals and childcare should be made for Saturday evening formal dinners.
 

Golf at Seven Oaks Golf Club

Shotgun Event

Friday, May 31, 1:30 p.m.

Registration opens April 1.

  • Course reserved for alumni and guests
  • Shotgun limited to first 120 who register
  • Payment is required at time of registration
  • Carts will be mandatory to facilitate play
  • Competitive events will take place on the course throughout the afternoon
  • Separate class events are available. Class chairperson should contact Seven Oaks at 315-824-1432 or sevenoaksgolf@colgate.edu if interested in holding a class event.

Class of 1969 Shotgun Event

Friday, May 31, 7:30 a.m.

Members of the Class of 1969 are invited to participate in their class shotgun event. Please stay tuned to your email for more information or reach out to class committee members.

Additional Tee Times During Reunion Weekend

Tee times are available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during Reunion weekend. Please call Seven Oaks directly to request tee times at 315-824-1432.

Dress Code

  • Golf shirts are required
  • T-shirts, tank tops, tennis shorts, jogging shorts, gym shorts, cutoffs, and jeans are unacceptable
  • Soft spikes only
     

Reunion College

Every year, dozens of alumni and campus community members offer classes for Reunion attendees. Reunion College sessions provide an opportunity for presenters to share their career experience, research, interesting hobbies, or community service in a classroom setting during Reunion. 

If you are interested in presenting at this year’s Reunion, please apply here. Proposals are due by March 1, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis with approval status delivered no later than March 18, 2019.

Saturday Evening Formal Dinners

On Saturday evening, formal dinners will be held at locations on and around campus. Members of classes that are marking an anniversary are invited to dine with their classmates. A formal group dinner will also be held for alumni who are not on their five-year Reunion cycle. Dinner locations will be included in the highlight sheet you receive in your welcome packet.

Saturday night dinners are only open to alumni and guests who select the Full Weekend, Saturday Only, or Raider Weekend with Saturday Dinner registration options. If you plan to attend a Saturday evening formal dinner, please select one of these three options when registering.

Please note that these dinners are open to guests aged 21 and over. Alternative arrangements should be made for meals and childcare for younger guests.

Formal Dinner Attire

These dinners are dressier than other Reunion events, although apparel varies by reunion year:

  • For most Saturday evening dinners, men can choose to wear a nice shirt, jacket, or tie as they prefer. Ladies are welcome to wear skirts, dresses, or other summery dressy apparel. Please no jeans, shorts, or flip-flops.
  • For the 25th class, Saturday evening dinner is a more formal affair, with men wearing jackets and/or ties and ladies in nice comparable attire.
  • For the 50th class, cocktail hour and dinner on Friday night is formal, while dinner on Saturday night is casual.
     

Special Anniversary Celebrations

In recognition of milestone anniversaries, a number of events will be held throughout the weekend. More details will be provided in the Reunion schedule of events and highlights sheets.

ALANA Cultural Center 30th Anniversary

To coincide with its 30th anniversary, a celebration and recognition of the ALANA Cultural Center will be held during the weekend.

Alumni Council Centennial Luncheon

Past and present members of the Alumni Council are invited to mark the Council’s 100-year anniversary at lunch on Friday.

Konosioni 85th Anniversary Celebration

Past and present members of Konosioni are invited to a gathering in recognition of the group's 85th anniversary.

Presidents’ Club Bicentennial Celebration

Members of the Presidents’ Club and 50th Reunion class are invited to this special event, happening Thursday evening on campus.

Swinging ’Gates 45th Anniversary Concert

All alumni and guests are invited to a concert by members of the Swinging ’Gates from all eras on Saturday night at 9 p.m. in Colgate Memorial Chapel. Members of the Swinging ’Gates are invited to a cocktail reception before the Saturday evening formal dinners.

Thought Into Action Showcase

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Thought Into Action, which promotes entrepreneurship at Colgate, a number of events are planned throughout Reunion weekend, including a showcase featuring TIA ventures.

 

Four friends golf at Seven Oaks during Reunion

Schedule Highlights