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Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni Weekend Announcement FAQ:

What is Alumni Weekend?
Why did Brandeis make this change?
Is Brandeis eliminating class reunions?
Can you tell me more about the new events and special guests?
Do you want alumni to bring their families?
What’s the goal of Alumni Weekend?
Is Brandeis making this change in order to save money?
This sounds like a great idea! How can I help?
Is this a one-time change or something permanent?
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 three-day gathering incorporates the best of Reunion with events based on the interests of our alumni. Our inaugural Alumni Weekend was June 8-10, 2018.

Alumni Weekend features many of the most popular elements of Reunion, including class reunion celebrations; an expanded Alumni College and other opportunities to interact with faculty; the Ralph Norman Barbecue; Kegs & Kickball; and Ollie’s Family Fun.

New special events to celebrate alumni connections with Brandeis will be added throughout the year, and we will share an updated schedule as it becomes available.

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Why did Brandeis make this change?

We’ve heard from many of our alumni that their Brandeis experience goes beyond the year they graduated. 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.  

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).

Brandeis made this exciting change after much thoughtful and deliberate consideration, and with the support of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees and President Ron Liebowitz. We want to give alumni a reason to come back to campus more than once every five years, and we believe Alumni Weekend will provide that.

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Is Brandeis eliminating class reunions?

No! We want classes to return for their reunions every five years. We will seat reunion classes together at the Saturday night group dinner so you are guaranteed an opportunity to reconnect with your classmates. 

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Can you tell me more about the new events and special guests?

We are working hard on creating a stellar lineup for the weekend, and we will roll out more information in the months leading up to Alumni Weekend. Here’s a sneak preview of a few events:

  • The popular Alumni College will be expanded to feature more events throughout the weekend, providing alumni with more opportunities to interact with faculty.

  • The Alumni Achievement Award will be presented.

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Do you want alumni to bring their families?

Yes! There will be fun activities for people of all ages. 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! We’ll take your picture!

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What’s the goal of Alumni Weekend?

We want alumni to feel more connected to Brandeis. We are grateful for the alumni who have made attending Reunion a priority in the past. We want them to continue that tradition, while encouraging those alumni who feel more connected to aspects of their Brandeis experience beyond their class to return to campus regularly.

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Is Brandeis making this change in order to save money?

No. We’re making this change to engage more alumni. We anticipate Alumni Weekend will not cost less than our previous Reunion program. Instead, we are reallocating resources to provide more programming and expanded opportunities for alumni to connect. 

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This sounds like a great idea! How can I help?

First, thank you! That’s music to our ears. We hope you’ll consider joining an Alumni Weekend Reunion Committee, a role that will be very important to the success of this new event. Committee Members can get involved in a number of ways. You can help spread the word about Alumni Weekend by promoting it to your network of friends. Or, if you are part of a large group that would like to gather during Alumni Weekend and you don’t mind doing a little legwork, you can help organize an Alumni Weekend event for a class, organization, club, team or other group. Please fill out this short form about how you’d like to help out with Alumni Weekend, and we’ll be back in touch soon. Being an Alumni Weekend Reunion Committee Member is a perfect role for people who love being in the know and enjoy connecting people.

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Is this a one-time change or something permanent?

We plan to hold Alumni Weekend each year moving forward.

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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. We know this is a big change, and we’re here to answer any questions you might have. Email us at alumniweekend@brandeis.edu or call us at 781-736-4071.

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