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Staying busy at Alumni Weekend won’t be an issue. The Alumni Weekend schedule is packed with favorite annual activities and new special events. Choosing what to do might be more challenging, but that’s a good problem to have. No matter how you plan your days, there will be time for catching up with classmates and other friends, the essence of Alumni Weekend.

A special note about spring weather in New England: it can be unpredictable so pack clothing for rain or shine. Be sure to include comfortable walking shoes so you can navigate the rolling hills and pathways of our beautiful campus. The general attire for the weekend is casual. The Ralph Norman Barbecue is a great place to break out your Brandeis hats, shirts and other gear. Alumni tend to dress up a bit more for the Saturday evening dinners.

*Schedule of events is subject to change. Locations will be determined based upon attendance.
**Please visit your class webpage for class-specific programming.

Friday, June 8

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10  

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
8 - 10 a.m.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 - 10 a.m.
9 - 11 a.m.
10 - 11 a.m.
8 - 10 a.m.
10 a.m. - Noon
11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
11 a.m.
9 a.m. 
Noon - 5 p.m.
Noon - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
3 p.m.
Admissions-Led Campus Tour
9 - 10:30 a.m.
3:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Gospel Choir Voices of Praise Rehearsal
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
5 - 6 p.m.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Children's Activity
6 - 10 p.m.
10:30 a.m.
6 - 11 p.m.
11 a.m. - Noon

6:30 p.m.
Noon - 5 p.m.
Noon - 2 p.m.  
  1 - 2:30 p.m.
Computer Science Reunion
2:30 - 4 p.m.
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
3:30 - 5 p.m.
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
5:45 p.m. 
Sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
6:30 - 11 p.m.

Friday, June 8


Alumni Weekend Registration
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center

Hiatt Career Center
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Usdan Student Center

Did you know that Hiatt provides career services to Brandeis undergraduate alumni, free of charge, for life? While you’re on campus, meet with an alumni career counselor to discuss job strategies, networking, career changes and more! Appointments are also available via phone and Skype. Hiatt also offers volunteer opportunities to help students and fellow alumni. Learn more at alumni.brandeis.edu/careers.

Alumni College
Registration: 10 - 11 a.m.
Classes: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Expand your thinking with renowned Brandeis faculty. Experience the excitement of being back in the classroom while exploring timely topics that impact our world. Quench your intellectual curiosity at Alumni College. 
Attendees and guests receive complimentary lunch.

Click here for specific titles and descriptions of the sessions. 

Admissions-Led Campus Tour
11 a.m. | Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center

Curious about what changes have taken place since you were last on campus? Take a walking tour with a student guide and hear about life at Brandeis today. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Rose Art Museum
Noon - 5 p.m.

Gallery is open to visitors.

Admissions-Led Campus Tour
3 p.m. | Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center

Curious about what changes have taken place since you were last on campus? Take a walking tour with a student guide and hear about life at Brandeis today. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Gospel Choir Voices of Praise Rehearsal
3:45 - 5:45 p.m. | Harlan Chapel

Learn new songs and sing with fellow participants, just like your Brandeis days! 

Celebration at the Rose Art Museum
5 - 6 p.m.

Meet the new director, Louis Croquer, tour the exhibits and enjoy an arts reception at one of the nation’s premier university museums dedicated to 20th and 21st century art.

Post-50th (Classes of 1952-1967) Welcome Back Dinner
6 - 10 p.m. | Marriott Hotel/Newton

Join classmates and other Brandeis friends at the Marriott Hotel for a relaxing evening of friendship, fine food and fun. This dinner, planned especially for “post-50th reunion classes” (1952 - 1967), promises to be a great opportunity to reconnect and kick off Alumni Weekend!

Trucks and Tunes
6 - 11 p.m. | Tent on the Great Lawn

Mingle with classmates and other alumni while enjoying a variety of tasty favorites as Brandeis embraces the culinary craze of food trucks from some of Boston's finest purveyors. This informal dining experience will be capped off with a delicious dessert buffet. Trucks serve 6 - 9 p.m. Dessert Buffet 8 - 11 p.m.

Shabbat Services and Dinner
6:30 p.m.

Mechitza | Berlin Chapel

Egalitarian | Perlman Lounge

Following dinner, join classmates for the evening activities. 

Alumni of Color Network Reception
8 - 10 p.m.

Join us in celebrating more than seven decades of diversity at Brandeis as we welcome back alumni from all class years. For more information or to get involved with future planning, contact Serghino Rene slrene@brandeis.edu.


Saturday, June 9


Continental Breakfast
8 - 10 a.m. | Sherman Dining Hall

Start your busy day off sharing breakfast with classmates, other friends and family.

Linsey Pool Hours
8 - 10 a.m.

Enter directly through the pool building.

Coffee Service
8 - 10 a.m. | Shapiro Atrium

Alumni Weekend Registration
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Shapiro Campus Center

Shabbat Services
9 a.m. | Berlin Chapel

Meet the Archivists
9 a.m. - 1 p.m | Shapiro Atrium

Take a trip down memory lane and celebrate Brandeis at 70 with university archivists. Search the Justice, watch oral histories, peruse your yearbook, play "Stump the Archivist," and bring your own stories and memorabilia to share. 

Program Hosted by the Alumni of Color Network
9 - 10:30 a.m.

Check back for more details.

Open Houses at WBRS, The Justice and The Brandeis Hoot
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Visit the offices and connect with current club participants. 

Children's Activity
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

In addition to the family-friendly activities taking place during the Ralph Norman Barbecue (noon - 2 p.m.), join classmates and their young ones for additional organized fun.

Student-Led Campus Tour
10:30 a.m.

Curious about what changes have taken place since you were last on campus? Take a walking tour with a student guide and hear about life at Brandeis today. Tours will last approximately one hour.

[Alumni College] The Nobel Experience with Professor Michael Rosbash
11 a.m. - Noon

Hear from Brandeis Professor Michael Rosbash, who accepted the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm last year. Rosbash, Brandeis Professor Emeritus of Biology Jeffrey C. Hall, and Michael W. Young of Rockefeller University won the Nobel Prize for their discoveries about the molecular mechanisms controlling the body’s circadian rhythms. In accepting the award, Professor Rosbash credited Brandeis’ unique culture that empowers faculty and students to “explore without boundaries."

Rose Art Museum
Noon - 5 p.m.
Gallery is open to visitors.

Ralph Norman Barbecue
Noon - 2 p.m. | Tents on the Great Lawn and Redstone Plaza

The biggest must-attend event of the weekend! This Alumni Weekend tradition features music, face painters, caricature artists, magicians and much more. Mingle with classmates, grab a burger and enjoy campus at the barbecue named for the University’s beloved first photographer who threw a barbecue for students in 1950 that became an annual event.

Computer Science Reunion
1 - 2:30 p.m. 

Every year, the Computer Science Department brings alumni together for a little party right after the Ralph Norman Barbecue. Myrna Fox has retired, but you will get to meet Michael Golitsyn, the new Myrna!

News from Campus with President Ron Liebowitz followed by Alumni Achievement Award Presentation and Program
2:30 - 4 p.m.

Celebrate Tony Goldwyn ’82, an acclaimed actor, director, producer and activist. He has played Fitzgerald Grant III on the hit TV show “Scandal” for seven seasons. He serves on the Board of the Innocence Project and is an ambassador for the humanitarian relief organization Americares. Following the presentation, Goldwyn will be joined by Professor Anita Hill for a discussion about activism in Hollywood. The discussion will be facilitated by Alice Kelikian, chair of the Program in Film, Television and Interactive Media at Brandeis.

Ollie’s Family Fun
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Admissions Lawn

Join classmates and their young ones for activities and organized games for kids and adults alike. Perfect for children ages 2-12.

Ice Cream Social 
3:30 - 5 p.m. | Ridgewood Quad

Everyone loves ice cream! All are welcome to enjoy delicious Lizzy's ice cream at the Ridgewood Quad. Kosher and non-dairy options will be available. 

Kegs and Kickball
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Chapels Field

Tap into your competitive spirit with a Brandeis favorite! Join us for a friendly kickball tournament, sponsored by Bold, Brandesians of the Last Decade. 

Student-Led Campus Tour
5 p.m.

Curious about what changes have taken place since you were last on campus? Take a walking tour with a student guide and hear about life at Brandeis today. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Mechitza Mincha Service
5:45 p.m. | Berlin Chapel

Havdallah Service
Sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.) | Berlin Chapel

Fire & 'Deis Gala Celebration
6:30 - 11 p.m.

Gather with classmates and friends from neighboring years at a special dinner celebrating all alumni! Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet that will tantalize your palate with a variety of specialty dishes. Seating will be reserved for milestone reunion classes.

Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the sounds of The Connection - one of Boston’s top party bands. Or kick back and relax to the sounds of jazz. No need to choose – there’s plenty of time to experience both!


Sunday, June 10


Alumni Weekend Sign Out
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Shapiro Campus Center, Sherman Dining Hall, Ridgewood and Ziv

Turn in your Alumni Weekend evaluation along with your campus housing key (a $200 fee will be charged for each lost or unreturned key).

Alumni Weekend Memorial Reflection Time
9 - 11 a.m. | Chapels 

Come together with fellow alumni at a non-denominational gathering to celebrate the lives and honor the memories of alumni who are no longer with us. 

Farewell Champagne Brunch
10 a.m. - Noon

Wrap up the weekend with champagne and brunch. Enjoy a variety of brunch delicacies, including French toast, waffles, eggs, bagels and lox, fruit, and more. 

Alumni College Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

"Open House/Visit the MakerLab: Building a Culture of Innovation the 'Deis Way"

Visit this innovative emerging technology lab and see how Brandeisians improve the world by creating things with their hands, hearts, and minds. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the fascinating technology created in the MakerLab. View 3D printing demonstrations, check out drone simulators, virtual reality technology and more.

Rose Art Museum
Noon - 5 p.m.

Gallery is open to visitors.