For experiences ever better.

Entering its 19th year, this four-day extravaganza encompasses reunions—as well as family and alumni weekends—all into one extraordinary celebration. Hundreds of events across all campuses showcase exceptional talent within the University of Rochester community and include unforgettable headliners, unique speakers, interactive workshops, engaging lectures, impressive student performances, and much more. Meliora Village is the nucleus of activity with local food trucks, live music, and festival games and attractions.

This year is historic as the University will commemorate the inauguration of the University of Rochester’s 11th president, Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, and officially welcome her to Rochester.

For celebrations ever better.

Sarah C. Mangelsdorf

The entire University of Rochester community will come together to commemorate the inauguration of Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, the University’s first woman president. The celebration will include the traditional academic procession, installation ceremony, and inaugural address.

For inspiration ever better.

Jon Batiste

Batiste’s latest album, HOLLYWOOD AFRICANS, takes listeners on a journey of his own personal and cultural heritage. The acclaimed singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the group Stay Human—house band of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—has performed in more than 40 countries and on notable stages including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Grammys.

For conversation ever better.

Ann Patchett

Celebrated author and literacy champion, Patchett has written seven books, including international bestseller Bel Canto. This fall, she releases her most powerful novel to date, The Dutch House, a moving story that explores the bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

For laughter ever better.

Vanessa Bayer

Emmy-nominated actress, comedian, and Saturday Night Live alumna Vanessa Bayer is best known for her hilarious sketches, Weekend Update routines, and recurring characters. Bayer is also recognized for her roles in films such as TrainwreckOffice Christmas Party, and Netflix’s Ibiza.

…and more!

There’s something for everyone. Meliora Village features food trucks, live music, and activities for kids of all ages.

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