The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association (UCAA) and the various UC colleges expect “many happy returns” for April’s annual Alumni Weekend. Hundreds of alumni are expected back to campus — whichever UC campus they attended — to visit with old and new friends and connect with their university.
Wait … Doesn’t all of that happen in the fall at Homecoming? It sure does — but Alumni Weekend is the spring version of Homecoming, and it’s growing. Each year more colleges participate in the festivities with programs customized for their particular family of grads. The festivities are anchored by a number of all-university events.
Alumni Weekend is billed to run Friday through Sunday, April 11-13, but it actually begins Thursday, April 10, with an Athletics breakfast and golf outing for football lettermen alumni, a Distinguished Awards Celebration and Alumni Silent Auction at UC Blue Ash, and President Ono’s State of the University address and Faculty Awards Celebration.
College events dominate the next two days and evenings, and the noon MainStreet Stride foot parade through the heart of campus marks the midpoint of Friday’s agenda. Then everyone is invited to an all-alumni luncheon (Skyline and Graeter’s!) midday Saturday at Myers Alumni Center. The iconic Sigma Sigma Carnival will be held Saturday evening on Sigma Sigma Commons.
The weekend officially ends with Sunday’s Golden Bearcats Brunch, where the Class of 1964 will be inducted into the Golden Bearcats Club at the Alumni Center.
For avid Bearcat-watchers, the UC Baseball team is playing a three-game home series against Connecticut all weekend, and the UC Track & Field squad is hosting the All-Ohio Championships Friday and Saturday.
“Staying connected to the university has tremendous value for alumni throughout their lives,” said Dee Robinson, UCAA’s interim executive director. “All of us on campus are thrilled to provide this important springtime opportunity to welcome Bearcats home.”