Meliora Weekend FAQ

Meliora Weekend was founded in 2001 following the successful Sesquicentennial celebration of 2000. Designed for University of Rochester alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends, the weekend encompasses reunions, family weekend, and homecoming activities.

This year, Meliora Weekend will be held from Thursday, October 6 to Sunday, October 9.

Meliora Weekend truly has something for everyone! The schedule includes major speakers, entertainment, symposia and panel discussions, reunion events, sporting events, seminars, open houses, and much, much more.

A simulcast is a closed-circuit broadcast of an event in real time, in a different location than the event itself. We offer simulcasts of some of our most highly-attended events to be sure that all Meliora Weekend attendees have the opportunity to partake in the events of their choice.

Yes. This year, as we celebrate the close of The Meliora Challenge, we are thrilled to bring almost all events onto our River Campus. Due to a smaller seating capacity on campus, each registrant has the ability to purchase no more than 4 tickets to the weekend's Keynote Address with MSNBC's Morning Joe.

The Meliora Weekend Pass will help you enjoy your weekend to the fullest! Included in your registration, this wristband should be worn throughout the weekend to give you access to all non-ticketed events—including the following:

Friday, October 7

Saturday, October 8

Created especially for residents of the Finger Lakes region, the (585) Package offers admission into Saturday's Meliora Weekend activities and includes special benefits, such as:

The (585) Package also includes the Meliora Weekend Pass, a wristband that gives you access to all non-ticketed events throughout the weekend.

Registration information will be emailed to you in early summer and regularly updated on this website. We'll also provide a printable registration form, which you can use to mail your registration in. However, we encourage you to use this website to make your reservation for Meliora Weekend 2016. Registration closes on Friday, September 30 at noon (EDT).

To cancel reservations for you or a guest, you must submit a request in writing and email it to alumni@rochester.edu or fax it to 585.276.2623 by midnight on September 25, 2016 for a refund (minus a $10 processing fee). No refunds will be given after September 25.

Yes, but you may miss out! We strongly encourage advance registration as many of the weekend's events will sell out.

Say it ain’t so! If you must cancel all or part of your Meliora Weekend 2016 reservation, please do so by midnight on September 25, 2016 and we’ll provide you with a refund (minus a $10 processing fee). Due to catering and logistical commitments, no refunds will be given after this date.

To request a cancellation, please email alumni@rochester.edu or fax your written request to 585.276.2623.

River Campus parking is limited, especially when classes are in session on Friday, so we encourage you to take advantage of our shuttle service to and from campus lots. Shuttles will also be available to and from select hotels. If you plan to come to campus Thursday evening, parking is open where legal spaces are available.

We've got you covered! Shuttle service is provided to and from many Meliora Weekend hotels, as well as select off-campus events, hotels, and the River Campus. However, transportation is not available from the airport to River Campus.

On the River Campus, staffed golf carts will be available for guests who need assistance. 

Yes. Once you arrive on campus, parking staff can direct you to the closest available handicap parking space. You must have a government-issued handicap parking sticker in order to utilize these spaces. If you request handicap parking when you register, we’ll provide you with more information closer to the weekend. 

The University of Rochester is committed to making its campuses accessible to persons with disabilities, however at this time, not all areas are fully accessible. Please contact us if you have specific needs and we will assist you. We'll also have maps of ADA accessibility at on-site registration during the weekend. 

Unless noted, the general dress code for the weekend is casual attire. We strongly advise you to bring an umbrella and suitable clothing for Rochester's variable weather!

Between Meliora Weekend events and our campus dining options, you’ll never be hungry! More details coming this summer. 

The Goergen Athletic Center on the River Campus is available for returning alumni, families, and their guests. Take a swim in the pool, use the indoor track, or sweat it out on the free weights, exercise bicycles, treadmills, and rowing machines. Show your Meliora Weekend name badge at the front desk for free admittance and to sign out basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, and Frisbees.

Goergen Athletic Center Hours

  • Friday, October 7: 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.

Speegle-Wilbraham Aquatic Center Hours

  • Friday, October 7: 6:30–8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9: Noon–3 p.m.
    • Stop by the pool from 8:30-10:30 p.m. for Sunday Splash! Lane lines will be taken down for recreational swim time, open to all. 

We’ll post the official Meliora Weekend 2016 map later this summer. Still curious? Take a look at last year’s map for reference.

Yes! Alumni, parents, and friends are encouraged to get the entire family in the Meliora spirit. A variety of the weekend’s events are designed for children of all ages.

Yes! The Children's School at the University of Rochester Medical Center can provide a list of NYS-qualified childcare providers from whom you can request services. To request childcare, contact Director Angela Colt at acolt@cclc.com or 585.273.3677 no later than Thursday, September 8. Childcare providers have limited availability and will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Don’t see your question answered here? Send us an email at alumni@rochester.edu or give us a call at 585.273.5888 (877.635.4672 toll-free).