Homecoming - Family & Reunion Weekend

SAVE THE DATE - October 18-20

Registration is now closed! 

Game tickets are still available - visit www.ualbanysports.com

You may join us for the Great Dane Pre-Game.  Food will be available to purchase.

Pay at the door for Gold Goes to Barley’s and Great Dane Great Bash at WT’s.
For other events, you may check at the event for availability.

5K run/2.5K walk, registration and check-in will begin at 9am and the race/walk will begin
at 10am at the Athletic fields, behind the new stadium and football field.
Day of registration is available.

Schedule at a Glance


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing
University Library, 2nd floor
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.

11:00 a.m.–Noon.
Scholarship Donor/Recipient Reception
Assembly Hall, Campus Center
To thank our donors for putting The World Within Reach for our students, George R. Hearst III, president of The University at Albany Foundation and Robert J. Jones, president of the University at Albany, will host a private reception for donors and student scholarship recipients, followed by the Reaching Higher, Achieving More luncheon. Donors and students will have an opportunity to mingle and have keepsake photos taken before attending the luncheon, which will recognize longtime UAlbany supporters. Registration for invite-only reception required by emailing Events Office.  

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Great Dane Project Viewing
Campus Center Small Fountain
View the 19 Great Dane statues decorated by various campus departments and groups to celebrate the inauguration of our 19th President, Robert Jones.  The statues have been graciously donated by University Auxiliary Services. Eighteen Great Danes were “adopted” by various campus entities and the nineteenth was reserved as the “Community Dane” in honor of our 19th President.  The “Community Dane” was decorated on September 26th with thumb prints added by the University President, students, faculty, and staff throughout the “We are UAlbany” event.  For those that missed it, the “Community Dane” will be available again on October 18th for members of the University community to add their thumbprint.

12:15–2:00 p.m.
Reaching Higher, Achieving More Luncheon

Campus Center Ballroom
Reaching Higher, Achieving More is an alumni campaign designed to showcase the remarkable career paths of the University at Albany graduates. They are entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers, corporate leaders, entertainers, doctors, social workers, authors, policymakers and more, and their impact is truly global.  Registration required. Free lunch. 

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Moot Court Demonstration
Alumni House
See students in action in a courtroom-like setting as they prepare for the National Moot Court Competition. Sponsored by the nationally ranked School of Criminal Justice and the UAlbany Lawyers Alumni Association.  Registration required. Free.

3:00 p.m.
Field hockey vs New Hampshire
Alumni Turf Field

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Class of 1963 Nanotech Tour, CSNE
College of Nanoscale and Science Engineering
Learn about the latest developments in nanotechnology as you tour the Albany Nanotech complex at UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering with fellow alums. Registration required. Free.

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Wine Tasting Reception

School of Business
Please join us for a wine-tasting experience and discover a fine selection of wines while you “un-wine-d” with fellow alumni, UAlbany families and friends. Get your first glimpse of the School of Business with guided tours throughout the evening. Registration required. Free. (Limit 1 guest)

7:00 p.m.
Reading by Luis Gutierrez, U. S. Congressman and author

Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center
Luis Gutierrez (D-IL-4), eleven-term U. S. Congressman from Illinois, and one of America’s preeminent champions of immigration reform and Latino civil rights, spent part of his formative years as a student at UAlbany. Known to his supporters as “El Gallito” (“The Little Rooster”) for his passionate oratory and willingness to fight for worthy causes, Gutierrez is the author of a new autobiography, Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill (2013). Honest and often hilarious, the book recounts his rise from teacher, social worker, cab driver, and community activist to one of the most influential members of Congress. A leader of the Hispanic Caucus, Gutierrez serves currently on the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security; and Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Sponsored in conjunction with UAlbany’s Homecoming, Reunion, and Family Weekend

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception

Art Museum

7:00 p.m.
Volleyball vs UMass-Lowell

PE Gymnasium

7:00 p.m.
Alumni and Student Shabbat Services

Campus Center 3rd Floor
Reform, Conservative, Orthodox

7:30 p.m.
Class of 1963 Meet and Greet

Chat’s Lounge, Marriot, 189 Wolf Rd., Albany
Kick off your reunion weekend with an informal meet and greet. Here’s your first real chance to reconnect with your classmates after so many years.
Registration required. Cost: $10/person.

8:00 p.m.
Hillel Shabbat Dinner

Campus Center 3rd Floor
Registration required. Free.

8:00 p.m.
New York Writer’s Institute Program

8:00 p.m.
GOLD goes to Professor Barley’s

Professor Barley’s, 198 Quail Street, Albany
For the second year in a row, Professor Barley’s is closing to the public so we can enjoy an exclusive UAlbany party for recent grads (2004-2013). Enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets, free pool and darts, and more -- all for just $10! And, get your team ready to win great prizes at the third annual GOLD Trivia Contest.


9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing

University Library, 2nd Floor
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.

8:30–10:00 a.m.
Welcome Back/Half-Century Club Breakfast and
Class of 1963 Induction

SEFCU Hall of Fame Room
Start your day with UAlbany alumni and families at a breakfast buffet! Hear President Robert J. Jones provide an update on the University and celebrate as the Class of 1963 is inducted into the Half-Century Club. Registration required. Cost: $5.00/person.

10:00 a.m.
Alumni Association's Annual Homecoming 5K Run/2.5K Walk

UAlbany Campus
Put on your running shoes and join the UAlbany Alumni Association as we run to knock out cancer! This year’s annual Homecoming 5K run and 2.5 walk is 90% soft terrain and 100% spectator friendly, with two loops around the campus lake and athletic fields for runners and one for walkers. All proceeds to benefit UAlbany Cancer Research Center’s Fund for Memory and Hope.

10:30 am – noon
Sorority Coffee Hour

Alumni House
Please join your sorority, Beta Zeta, Chi Sigma Theta, Gamma Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta and Psi Gamma for coffee. Register now. Free.

11:00-11:45 a.m.
University Art Museum Tour

Art Museum
Join members of the museum staff for an informal gallery tour of the current exhibition. Registration Required. Free.

11:00 a.m.
Campus Bus Tour

Dutch Parking Lot Informtion Tent

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cornerstone Protestant Ministry Chapel House Cookout

Chapel House Interfaith Center

11:00 a.m.
Men’s Cross Country Invitational

11:45 a.m.
Women’s Cross Country Invitational

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Presidents’ Legacy Reception

Legacy Tent - Tailgate area (by new stadium)
Legacy families -- families with more than one generation of alumni or a current student whose parent or grandparent is an alum -- are invited to this informal reception hosted by University President Robert J. Jones and Alumni Association President Timothy Murphy '77. Registration required. Free.

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Class of 1963 Lunch (optional)

Washington Tavern
Enjoy a nice lunch at Washington “The T”, a popular meeting place for all downtown alums. Registration required. Cost: On your own. Pay at restaurant.

12:30 p.m.
Campus Bus Tour

Dutch Parking Lot Informtion Tent

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
University Art Museum Tour

University Art Museum
Registration Required. Free.

1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Great Dane Pre-Game (Touchdown Tailgate)

Adjacent to Bob Ford Field
Get into the spirit before watching UAlbany take on Towson in the Homecoming game at the new stadium! Enjoy a lunch buffet, live music featuring the Bad Chaperones and family fun activities with other Great Danes fans under the big tent. Package include lunch buffet, T-shirt and football game ticket. A $40 value. Must register by Oct.12 to receive a commemorative T-shirt. Free parking. SOLD OUT. 
Reunion classes, School of Business alums and GOLD, will have reserved tables.

1:00 p.m.
UA Men’s Rugby

Intramural Field

1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Downtown Campus Walking Tour

Downtown Campus
See some of your old haunts and reminisce with alumni during this tour of the various buildings on the downtown campus. Geoffrey Williams, university archivist, will host the tour. Tour starts at Draper Hall entrance. Parking is available at Thurlow Terrace on Western Ave. Registration required. Free.



UAlbany Football   3:30 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Towson

Bob Ford Field
Show your true colors! Wear your purple and gold proudly and cheer on the UAlbany Great Danes as they score a touchdown against the opponents. Registration required. Cost: $12 reserved seating, $10 general admission seating, $3 kids 2-12.


6:00-7:00 p.m.
Class of 1963 Cocktail Reception

Marriot Ballroom, 189 Wolf Rd., Albany
Registration required. Free if attending reunion dinner, $10/person for reception only. Cash bar.

7:00-10:00 p.m.
1963 Reunion Dinner

Marriot Ballroom
Continue to swap stories and recapture those wonderful memories of your college years while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Registration required. Cost: $50/person.



7:00–11:00 p.m.
Great Danes Great Bash

The Washington Tavern, 250 Western Avenue, Albany
Alumni are invited to mingle and reminisce at this popular UAlbany watering hole. Enjoy heavy appetizers and beverages. Cost: $5.


Sunday, October 20

8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Class of 1963 Farewell Breakfast
The Marketplace, Albany Marriot
Here's your chance to say farewell until the next reunion. Cost: $15/person. Pay your own at restaurant.

9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

Alumni House

10:30 a.m.- Noon
Omicron Delta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Join faculty, staff, and students as they are inducted into the UAlbany Chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Reception to follow in the adjacent Futterer Lounge.

11:00 a.m.
Volleyball vs New Hampshire

PE Gymnasium

5:00 p.m.
Cornerstone Protestant Ministry Worship

Chapel House Interfaith Center

6:45 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Campus Center Assembly Hall
Sponsored by the UAlbany Newman Association


Registration is now closed!

Game tickets are still available - visit www.ualbanysports.com

You may join us for the Great Dane Pre-Game. Food will be available to purchase.

Pay at the door for Gold Goes to Barley’s and Great Dane Great Bash at WT’s.

For other events, you may check at the event for availability.