Frequently Asked Questions


What is Meliora Weekend?

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, a showcase of UR student and faculty/staff talent, and homecoming activities.

When is Meliora Weekend 2018?

This year, Meliora Weekend will be held from Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Do you have future dates for Meliora Weekends?

Yes! Please see below for Meliora Weekend dates through 2024. While we do not anticipate these to change, unforeseen circumstances may require us to adjust if necessary.


2019: October 3-6

2020: October 1-4

2021: September 30-October 3

2022: September 29-October 2

2023: October 5-8

2024: September 26-29

What kinds of events happen during Meliora Weekend?

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.


How do I register?

Registration and event information will be mailed in early July and online registration opens later in that same month.

Can I attend if I didn't pre-register?

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

Are children welcome?

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.


I have some particular needs related to accessibility. What should I do?

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.

Is handicap parking available?

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.

During the Weekend

What if I have an emergency or need first aid?

Pick up a Blue Light Emergency Phone or dial x13 from any other University phone. From an on-campus pay phone or your cell phone, dial (585) 275-3333.

What is a simulcast?

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.

When should I arrive to an event?

Seating at all events is limited. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early for all free events to minimize the possibility that venue seating will reach capacity before your arrival. We will make every effort to ensure that everyone who wishes to see a speaker is able to do so. Pre-registered guests who do not arrive within 10 minutes of show time may have their seats made available to those waiting in the registration line.

Do I have to wear my name badge?

Yes, please be sure to wear your name badge at all times as it contains a unique identifier which grants you access to those events on your schedule and all free events as part of your weekend pass. Some events require prior fee payment.

Is parking available?

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.

Is transportation provided during the weekend?

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.


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Will there be photography at certain events?

During Meliora Weekend, staff photographers will be working at various events. Photos taken at these events may be used for marketing and advertising purposes in print, online, and in multimedia productions. If you do not wish to be photographed at an event, please contact a staff member in the event’s registration area.

What is the standard dress during Meliora 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!

Where can I smoke during Meliora Weekend?

The University of Rochester campuses are smoke free except for designated areas.


When and where can I dine on campus?

Between Meliora Weekend events and our campus dining options, you’ll never be hungry! In addition to scheduled meals, we will add a complete schedule of campus dining options available to all.

Where can I find an ATM?

Branches of JPMorgan Chase Bank are located on the River Campus and at the Medical Center. Each provides full-service banking.

ATM Locations
JPMorgan Chase ATMs

  • River Campus in Todd Union
  • River Campus in Rush Rhees Library
  • Medical Center off the Main Lobby
  • Medical Center near the Crittenden Boulevard entrance

Advantage Federal Credit Union ATMs

  • River Campus in Susan B. Anthony Halls
  • River Campus in Wilson Commons
  • Medical Center Crittenden Boulevard lobby entrance