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Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni Weekend Announcement FAQ:

What is Alumni Weekend?
Why did Brandeis make the switch from Reunion Weekend to Alumni Weekend?
Are there still class reunions?
How do I register?
Where do I go when I arrive on campus?
Where can I stay?
What should I wear?
Should I bring my family?
I’m looking forward to Alumni Weekend, how can I help?
I am Shabbat observant. Will I be able to participate in Alumni Weekend?
What is Brandeis doing to make Alumni Weekend a more sustainable event?
I have a question about Alumni Weekend that wasn’t answered here. Whom should I contact?

What is Alumni Weekend?

Alumni Weekend is a celebration for all Brandeis alumni. The weekend features many of the most popular elements of Reunion Weekend (including class reunion celebrations, an expanded Alumni College program and other opportunities to interact with faculty, the Ralph Norman Barbecue, Kegs & Kickball, and Ollie’s Family Fun), as well as more events based on the interests of our alumni.

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Why did Brandeis make the switch from Reunion Weekend to Alumni Weekend?

We listened to you. Alumni have told us that in addition to those in the same class, they would like to gather with friends from other classes with whom they share common interests, whether that’s a student organization, arts group, athletic team, or something else. The Brandeis experience goes well beyond the year of graduation.  

This sentiment is reflected in the success of our recently launched alumni shared interest groups (Brandeis Arts Network, Brandeis Alumni of Color Network, Brandeis Lawyers Network and Brandeis International Alumni Network).

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Are there still class reunions?

Yes! Class reunions are still a critical component of this annual weekend, and alumni are encouraged to celebrate their milestone reunion every five years. Get in touch with your friends and make plans to join them back on campus! There will be plenty of time throughout the weekend to reconnect with classmates.

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How do I register?

Registering for Alumni Weekend is easy! Just click here to access the online form. Once you have submitted your information, a confirmation email will be sent to the address you provided. Take advantage of the early-bird discount by completing your registration by May 10!

If you need to make adjustments or cancel your registration, please contact the Alumni Relations Office no later than May 24. Additionally, if you prefer to register over the phone, we are happy to take your call at 781-736-4071.

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Where do I go when I arrive on campus?

Guests attending Alumni Weekend should park in “T”/Theater Lot behind Spingold Theater.  There will be student staff to direct you and golf cart transportation to bring you to the registration area located in the Shapiro Campus Center.

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Where can I stay?

You have options.  

Off campus:

Alumni Weekend attendees may stay at the Boston Marriott Newton for a discounted rate of $139/night (good until May 9), which includes Wi-Fi and parking. The university will provide van transportation between the hotel and campus. You may contact the Marriott directly at 617-969-1000; request the "Brandeis Alumni" room block to receive the discounted rate.

Please be aware that on Monday, April 1, your credit card will be charged a full non-refundable advance payment for each room reserved under your name ($139 per night).

Additionally, there are other off campus housing options in the area.

On campus:

Alumni Weekend attendees may opt to stay on-campus in the Ridgewood apartments. At a rate of $75/person per night, these suite-style (individual bedrooms with shared bathroom and common space) accommodations include linens, towels and free Wi-Fi access. Reservations for campus housing can be made online through the Alumni Weekend registration form. Roommate requests will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Bringing the family to campus for the weekend? Call 781-736-4029 for special family housing rates. Additionally, please call our office to reserve Thursday night housing.

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What should I wear?

Most events are casual, so come as you are! Please keep in mind that many events are held outside, so keep the weather in mind when choosing your attire. Saturday night programs tend to be a bit more dressy, so feel free to break out the cocktail dresses and nice shirts.

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Should I bring my family?

By all means, bring your family! There will be fun activities for people of all ages. Families with children will especially enjoy the Ralph Norman Barbecue, with face painters, crafts, circus performers and a special visit from Ollie the Owl. After the barbecue, stop by the Ice Cream Social and Ollie’s Family Fun for more kid-friendly events.

Children are welcome at all events, but childcare is also offered through the Lemberg Children’s Center. Please contact Karen at eichen@brandeis.edu by May 11 to arrange for a babysitter during Alumni Weekend.

Also, if your family includes more than one generation of Brandeis alumni, consider coming together. We’d love to see multiple generations of Brandeis alumni from the same family at Alumni Weekend. Let us know so we can take your picture!

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I’m looking forward to Alumni Weekend, how can I help?

You can help spread the word about Alumni Weekend by promoting it to your network of friends through phone calls, emails or social media. Use this as a way to reconnect with Brandeis friends you may not have seen in a while.

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I am Shabbat observant. Will I be able to participate in Alumni Weekend?

Depending on your level of observance, there are some accommodations available for Shabbat-observant guests. There are mechitza and egalitarian Shabbat services on Friday night, followed by Shabbat dinner. There are also multiple opportunities for candle-lighting both at dinner and services, as well as candles available at registration for lighting on your own. On Saturday, there are shacharit, mechitza mincha (followed by seudah shlishit), and maariv/havdallah services. Communal candles are lit at Shabbat dinner. Additionally, there is a Kosher food option at every event, K-V-H certified and supervised by a mashgiach. Lastly, guests can stay on-campus in the Ridgewood dorms and can request a key, rather than a card swipe, for access on Shabbat.

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What is Brandeis doing to make Alumni Weekend a more sustainable event?

Brandeis University has continued its commitment to social justice by setting goals to reduce our overall carbon footprint. The university has been working to improve the sustainability of our events, but we can use your help!

Below are some sustainability initiatives that will occur during Alumni Weekend:

  • Water bottle filling stations will be available, so bring your reusable water bottle. Additionally, if you bring your own coffee mug you will receive a discount at campus coffee shops.
  • Where possible, we will have compostable or reusable materials utensils.
  • Compost bins will be available at events where food is served.
  • Recycling bins are available for paper, plastic, metal cans, and glass.
  • A campus shuttle runs from the Marriott hotel to campus so you won’t need to drive your own car. If you’re driving to campus, please consider carpooling!
  • On-campus housing is available to reduce transportation to campus.
Interested in learning more about sustainability at Brandeis? Visit the Sustainable Brandeis website.

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I have a question about Alumni Weekend that wasn’t answered here. Whom should I contact?

Please be in touch with any questions. Email us at alumniweekend@brandeis.edu or call the Alumni Relations Office at 781-736-4071.

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