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October 1-2, 2021

Rewind. Reunite. Revive.

Come back to Rochester. Reunite with friends and former classmates. Reconnect your family to the University of Rochester community. Revive your Meliora spirit.

MELIORA 2021 is a fun and festive in-person weekend designed especially for:

  • Class of 2020, all schools and programs, and their families
  • All current parents, families, and students
  • Class of 2021, as the newest members of the alumni community

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Registration will close for all in-person events on Friday, September 17 at 3 p.m. (ET).

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate walk-in registrations this year due to safety and health protocols. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please email alumni@rochester.edu with your name, affiliation, class year, and phone number and we will contact you if space becomes available. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

To attend in person, we require proof of vaccination. This is for the health and safety of our campus community. Upon arriving to campus, you will be asked to show proof of your vaccination status. Acceptable forms of documentation include the NY State Excelsior Pass, a valid CDC-issued vaccination card, or CLEAR digital vaccine card. If you do not have any one of these documents, you will be asked to retrieve the documentation and return to campus. We are not able to accommodate non-vaccinated attendees to any of our campuses during Meliora 2021.

Virtual events and Livestreaming
To experience Meliora 2021 from wherever you are, we invite reunion classes whose year of graduation ends in 0, 1, 5, or 6, other alumni, and friends, to join our livestream and virtual events. Registration will remain open for these events.

Meliora Weekend will fully return in 2022 when the annual event will once again be open to all alumni, families, and friends.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis
Commencement Speaker

Academy Award-winner and one of Hollywood’s most respected actresses, Geena Davis, has made us laugh, cry, and reflect for more than 35 years. She is a leading advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in media and entertainment and is recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. The Commencement Ceremony will be in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and will be simulcast across campus and available via livestream.

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho
Featured Performer

Comedian, actor, musician, advocate, entrepreneur, five-time Grammy and Emmy nominee, author, and member of the LGBTQ community, Margaret Cho is a jack of all trades, master of many. Cho is active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, and LGBTQ rights campaigns and was recently honored with the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women. This performance will take place on the River Campus.

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2020 Commencement

The University of Rochester is excited to celebrate the Class of 2020 with an in-person ceremony during Meliora 2021. For those unable to travel back to campus, the ceremony and other select events will be available via livestream. Regalia will be available to order at no-cost and may be picked up on Friday October 1 in Hirst Lounge.

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Your Reunion

Commemorating a Reunion is always a celebration! While we are postponing the in-person reunion dinners and social activities, we invite you to reminisce and make new connections with our virtual programming.

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Virtual Events

All alumni, friends, and students are invited to join Meliora 2021 virtually. Several events including Experience Rochester, Nursing’s Clare Dennison lecture, a dynamic Women’s Network panel, the Class of 2020 Commencement, and special Reunion celebrations will be available online.

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For detailed information on Meliora 2021, browse these Frequently Asked Questions.