Meliora Weekend is our one-stop destination to celebrate Reunions, Family Weekend, and Homecoming, welcoming University of Rochester alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends. There’s something for everyone!

Memories Are Made Here

Join us on the River Campus for exciting events and celebrations all weekend long.

 

Meliora Weekend is our one-stop destination to celebrate Reunions, Family Weekend, and Homecoming, welcoming University of Rochester alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends.

 

Kick off family weekend with parents and families on Friday at our River Campus Family Dinner Celebration, and cheer on current Yellowjackets at the football and soccer games. Student groups will perform on Saturday night at the ever-popular Rochester Dinner Revue.

 

Join the fun on social media! It’s all about being here. Like, share, snap, and post using #URMW17 for a chance to win prizes, and keep an eye out for exclusive contests and content throughout Meliora Weekend!

 

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Find New Inspiration Here

At the Eastman School of Music, you’ll find performances and talent abound to stimulate the mind and senses.

 

Music in the Main Hall
Friday, October 13 | 5 p.m.
Start the weekend and relive the Holiday-Sing with a showcase of performances by current students in the Lowry Main Hall; special recognition will be given to Eastman alumni who are celebrating their 50th reunion.

 

Welcome Reception
Friday, October 13 | 6 p.m.
Eastman alumni, parents, and friends are invited to kick off the weekend with conversation, cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres.

 

Celebration Dinner
Saturday, October 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Cominsky Promenade
Enjoy a festive spread of food and drinks with classmates, friends, and family.

 

Questions? alumni@esm.rochester.edu or 866.ESM.ALUM (866.376.2586)
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Ever Better is Awakened Here

Celebrate medical achievements, and learn about new developments within the profession at the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

 

50th Reunion Medallion Ceremony Honoring the MD Class of 1967
Friday, October 13 | 9 a.m. | Edward G. Miner Library Reading Room

 

Med Talks
Friday, October 13 | 9:45 a.m. | Class of ’62 Auditorium
Three short presentations on trending topics by current faculty members Ahmed Ghazi, MD, MSc, David Linehan, MD, and Antonia Kolokythas, DDS, MSc

 

State of the School Address with Dean Mark B. Taubman, MD
Friday, October 13 | 11:30 a.m. | Class of ’62 Auditorium

 

Alumni Luncheon
Friday, October 13 | 12 p.m. | Sarah Flaum Atrium

 

Heritage Trail Tour
Saturday, October 14 | 9 a.m. | Whipple Auditorium
Ruth A. Lawrence ’49M (MD), ’58M (Res), P’73, P’81, Lawrence Nazarian ’64M (MD), ’66M (Res) and Laurence Jacobs ’65M (MD) lead nostalgic tours of the School.

 

Young Alumni Picnic
Saturday, October 14 | 1 p.m. | Carmen Clark Lodge | 777 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY
The graduates and families of the MD classes of 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017 are invited to enjoy a casual, family-friendly picnic, hosted by Paula Smith and Diane Frank, and sponsored by the Office of Student Services.

 

The preferred hotel for School of Medicine and Dentistry alumni is The Strathallan: 550 East Avenue | Rochester, NY 14607 | (585) 461-5010

 

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Fun For All Ages Here

There’s something for everyone!

 

Meliora Village features food trucks, live music, and activities for kids of all ages. The Kids’ Zone features face painting, carnival rides, crafts, and more. Want to enjoy the celebrations and leave the kids? Daycare is available on a first-come, first-serve basis at various Meliora Weekend sites. Reserve your spot today! Please email Angela Colt (University of Rochester Medical Center Children’s School Director) at acolt@cclc.com or call (585) 273-3677.

 

Learn more about event logistics and amenities on the FAQ page.

Picture Yourself Here

With exceptional headliners and intellectually stimulating discussions, your Meliora spirit will be awakened.

 

Rochester Forum
Friday, October 13 | 10 a.m.| Hutchinson Hall, Hubbell Auditorium
The Rochester Forum is a lifelong learning opportunity for University of Rochester alumni and friends, providing intellectual enrichment and stimulating conversation.

 

Presidential Symposium: An Afternoon with Peggy Noonan
Friday, October 13 | 2 p.m. | Goergen Athletic Center Palestra
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal and best-selling author Peggy Noonan will bring her thoughtful analysis of the nation and its leaders to the annual Presidential Symposium, hosted by President, CEO, and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professor Joel Seligman.

 

Frederick Douglass Institute Speaker: Filmmaker Raoul Peck
Friday, October 13 | 3:30 p.m. | Dewey Hall
Hear from Raoul Peck, award-winning filmmaker, political activist, and director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary I’m Not Your Negro (2016).

 

MEL Talks
Saturday, October 14 | 1:30 p.m. | Hutchinson Hall, Hubbell Auditorium
Experience the University’s scholars, scientists, health care providers, artists, and performers like never before. In the fifth annual installment of this series of short, dynamic presentations, you will hear about research and ideas that carry out our mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better.

 

Miller’s Court
Saturday, October 14 | 3:30 p.m. | Strong Auditorium
Noted law professor and media commentator Arthur Miller ’56, ’08 (LLD), hosts the signature event Miller’s Court to discuss the Supreme Court and today’s top legal issues shaping our world. Miller welcomes a distinguished panel featuring Judge Robert Sack ’60, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman, New York University President Emeritus John Sexton ’05 (LLD), Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Jeffrey Toobin.

 

Judge Robert Sack ’60 is a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and Columbia Law School adjunct professor; John Sexton ’05 (LLD) is president emeritus, New York University, dean emeritus, Benjamin F. Butler Professor of Law, as well as a University of Rochester trustee; and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, represents New York’s 25th district. Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer for The New Yorker, an author, and senior legal analyst for CNN.

Reconnect Here

Rediscover what you love about Rochester and reconnect with classmates and friends. If you’re celebrating your reunion, see who’s registered, view your class events, giving progress, and other great things your class is up to at rochester.edu/reunion. Meliora Weekend is the ultimate reunion destination!

River Campus

Reunion Walking Tour
Friday, October 13 | 4 p.m. | Rush Rhees Library, Front Steps

 

Your Reunion Celebration
Friday, October 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Wilson Quadrangle, Tent

 

Reunion After Hours
Friday, October 13 | 11 p.m.-2 a.m. | Various locations by class

 

Reunion Class Dinners
Saturday, October 14 | 5:30 and 6 p.m. | Various locations by class

 

Reunion After Hours
Saturday, October 14 | 11 p.m.-2 a.m. | Various locations by class

 

Farewell Breakfast
Sunday, October 15 | 8 a.m. | Various locations by class

 

View the entire schedule of Reunion events here

School of Medicine and Denistry

MD Class of 1967, 50th Reunion Medallion Ceremony
Friday, October 13 | 9 a.m. | Edward G. Miner Library, Reading Room
Commemorating this milestone reunion, members of the MD Class of 1967 will be presented with a University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry medallion by Dean and CEO, Mark B. Taubman, MD. Class members are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. A class photo will be taken immediately following the ceremony.

 

Young Alumni Picnic
Saturday, October 14 | 1 p.m. | Carmen Clark Lodge, 777 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14618
The graduates and families of the MD Classes of 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017 are invited to enjoy a casual picnic sponsored by the Office of Student Services.

 

MD Classes of 2012 and 2007: 5th and 10th Reunion Dinner
Saturday, October 14 | 6 p.m.

 

MD Classes of 1957-2002: Reunion Dinners
Saturday, October 14 | 6 p.m.

 

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The School of Nursing

59th Annual Clare Dennison Lecture: Deconstructing Stigma: Implications for Care
Friday, October 13 | 10:30 a.m. | Loretta C. Ford Education Wing
The Clare Dennison Lecture will be presented by the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award recipient, Christine M. Tebaldi ’96’96N, ’01N (MS). The Class of 1959 scholarship award recipient, Samuel Salter, will also be recognized.

 

Alumni Luncheon
Friday, October 13 | 12 p.m. | Helen Wood Hall, 255 Crittenden Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14642
Immediately following the Clare Dennison Lecture, enjoy a lovely buffet lunch with fellow alumni, program directors, School of Nursing faculty and staff, as well as Kathy Rideout ’95W (EdD), Dean of the School of Nursing. Carol Brink ’52N (DPL), ’62N, will be presented with the 2017 School of Nursing Dean’s Medal.

 

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The Eastman School of Music

Eastman Food Truck Rally
Friday, October 13 | 11:30 a.m. | Eastman Parking Lot
Kick off Meliora Weekend on Gibbs Street with lunch from your favorite food truck!

 

Welcome Reception
Friday, October 13 | 6 p.m. | Sproull Atrium
Connect with fellow Eastman alumni, parents, and friends with cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres.

 

Richard Killmer Alumni Studio Recital
Saturday, October 14 | 2 p.m. | Hatch Recital Hall

 

Barry Snyder Alumni Studio Recital
Saturday, October 14 | 4 p.m. | Kilbourn Hall

 

Class of 1977 | 40th Reunion

 

Class of 1967 | 50th Reunion

 

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Creativity is Here

The Memorial Art Gallery is a creative journey through more than 5,000 years of art history.

 

Featured Exhibitions
Kiyochika & Japan, Transformed: Prints from the Arthur Miller Collection
August 25-December 10, 2017
Media Arts Watch: Bill Viola
Wendell Castle Remastered
October 8-December 31, 2017

 

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday-Sunday | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

First Fridays | until 9 p.m.

 

Centennial Sculpture Park

Centennial Sculpture Park is a showcase of public art and urban space featuring works by Wendell Castle, Jackie Ferrara, Tom Otterness and Albert Paley. The park is always open and always free.

 

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Keynote | Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA), will be the keynote speaker for the University of Rochester’s 17th Meliora Weekend. Under Roberts’ leadership, GMA has won five Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Morning Program” since 2007. She has conducted interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers, including former President Barack Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and has done extensive reporting around the globe on breaking news events such as the devastating earthquake in Haiti and the AIDS crisis in Africa. She has also won personal fights against breast cancer and the bone marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome, which she recounts in her memoir Everybody’s Got Something (2014). Roberts will deliver her address from the Louis A. Alexander Palestra on the River Campus on Saturday, October 14.

Presidential Symposium | Peggy Noonan

On Friday, October 13, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal and best-selling author Peggy Noonan will bring her thoughtful analysis of the nation and its leaders to the annual Presidential Symposium hosted by President Joel Seligman.

 

Noonan’s political experience as a member of the White House staff and a keen observer has given her humorous anecdotes and thought-provoking insight. She has authored nine books on American politics, history, and culture, and her essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and other publications. On April 10, 2017, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Political Commentary for her coverage of the 2016 presidential election.

Music | The Corea/Gadd Band, JUMBOshrimp, and John Covach

With a new studio album dropping this fall, The Corea/Gadd Band will perform in concert at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre on Friday, October 13. Keyboardist and composer Chick Corea is a 63-time Grammy Award nominee (fourth-most of all-time) and a 22-time Grammy Award winner. He’s also earned three Latin Grammy Awards. Drummer and Rochester native Steve Gadd ʼ68E is among the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers. Co-leading a band for the first time, Corea and Gadd have previously produced albums together including The Leprechaun and My Spanish Heart. Both have performed to sold-out crowds at Rochester’s International Jazz Festival in recent years.

 

JUMBOshrimp is the self-proclaimed biggest little band in the world. Tom Willette, on guitar and vocals, and Ian Cohen, on drums, make up the dynamic duo that will entertain those who attend Meliora Village on Saturday, October 14. JUMBOshrimp is known for its covers of artists like Walk the Moon, Ed Sheeran, Dave Mathews Band, The Lumineers, Maroon 5, and others.

 

In cooperation with the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music, John Covach will delight audiences on Friday, October 13, covering legendary Beatles hits in honor of the 50th anniversary of the original album release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Covach is professor of music theory at Eastman and director of both the Institute for Popular Music and the University of Rochester Institute for the Performing Arts. He has performed on both classical and electric guitar throughout the North America and Europe. Covach will be backed by the band League of Extraordinary Uncles, as well as by faculty, student, and staff guest performers.

Miller’s Court

Noted law professor and media commentator Arthur Miller ’56, ’08 (LLD), hosts the signature event Miller’s Court to discuss the Supreme Court and today’s top legal issues shaping our world. Miller welcomes a distinguished panel featuring Judge Robert Sack ’60, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman, New York University President Emeritus John Sexton ’05 (LLD), Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Jeffrey Toobin.

 

Judge Robert Sack ’60 is a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and Columbia Law School adjunct professor; John Sexton ’05 (LLD) is president emeritus, New York University, dean emeritus, Benjamin F. Butler Professor of Law, as well as a University of Rochester trustee; and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, represents New York’s 25th district. Jeffrey Toobin (pictured) is a staff writer for The New Yorker, an author, and senior legal analyst for CNN.

 

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Laughs | Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian and storyteller who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Mike has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His book, Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize For American Humor. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer, and Girls as well as in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar. Birbiglia currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jen.