Thursday, May 31 & Saturday, June 2, 2018

Reunion Weekend isn't just for those celebrating a landmark anniversary: graduates of all years are cordially invited back to campus for All-Class Reunion events. There are a number of the weekend's events open to all alumni, including the Thursday night Engineering Welcome Dinner, the Saturday All-Class Reunion breakfast, interdisciplinary lectures, tours, Affinity Receptions, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity see classmates and friends, be inspired by lectures and panels, and relive the feeling of walking on Columbia’s beautiful campus. Feel free to attend as many events as you would like!

Registration Information:

Please visit the Reunion 2018 Registration page to see who is attending and to register.


Thursday, May 31

7:00 PM

Engineering Welcome Dinner & CEAA Awards Presentation

Join all Engineering Reunion classes along with Columbia Engineering alumni in the New York area for an evening of dinner and cocktails in celebration of the start of Alumni Reunion Weekend! This year's honorees are Dr. Fermi Wang, MS'89, Ph.D. '91Dr. Robert Grubbs, Ph.D. GF'68, and James Albaugh, '74.
Location: Low Rotunda
Cost: General Alumni $75, Young Alumni (Classes 2008 – 2017) $50

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Friday, June 1
9:30 PM

Young Alumni Party

Join more than 1,500 College, Engineering, Barnard and General Studies alumni from the Classes of 2008–2018 for a memorable night at designated landmark Guastavino’s. The Young Alumni Party is the largest annual gathering of young alumni. Enjoy dancing, hors-d'oeuvres, and wine and beer.
Location: Guastavino's, 409 East 59th Street
Cost: $40 - Tickets

Saturday, June 2
8:30 AM

Engineering Dean’s Breakfast

All Engineering graduates join Dean Mary C. Boyce for a champagne breakfast to celebrate the induction of the Class of 1968 to the Golden Lions Society and the Class of 1993 to the Silver Lions Society.
Location: Low Library, Faculty Room
Cost: $25 Adult, $15 Children under 12, complimentary for Golden and Silver Lions (1968 & 1993)

10:15 AM

Reunion Keynote Speaker with Paul Aster CC’69, GSAS’70

Paul Auster '69, GSAS'70, a bestselling author, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, reads autobiographical and Columbia-inspired excerpts from his acclaimed novel 4321.

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Afternoon Lectures & Tours

Note: all lectures and tours are complimentary.

Founder's Perspectives Entrepreneurship Panel: From Inspiration to Innovation

Dean Mary Boyce moderates a panel discussion featuring SEAS entrepreneurs Jessica Tsoong '08 (EIR, Relay Ventures; co-founder WiFi SLAM), Kacey Ronaldson-Bouchard, Ph.D. (a founder of TARA Intelligence Inc.), and Chelsey Roebuck '10 (co-founder ELiTE, Inc.). Hear the personal journeys of three successful alumni entrepreneurs and explore the diverse paths each created to accomplish and advance their ideas to consumer and marketplace.

Literature Humanities with Deborah Martinsen SIPA'82, GSAS'90, Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian Literature

Getting Away with Murder
By the end of Part One, the protagonist of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment has committed a double murder, yet many readers want him to get away with it. Explore how Dostoevsky plunges readers into Raskolnikov’s fevered brain, makes us complicit in his escape and then converts protagonist and readers alike into ex-utilitarian nihilists.

Contemporary Civilization with Richard John, Professor of History and Communications

Social Media and Contemporary Civilization from Aristotle to Zuckerberg
Political theorists from Plato to John Stuart Mill have warned us about the perils of public opinion. Does social media prove them right? Whither Contemporary Civilization in the age of Facebook and Google?

Frontiers of Science with David J. Helfand, Professor of Astronomy

The Universal Timekeepers: Reconstructing History Atom by Atom
By using the building blocks of matter as little clocks, we are now able to reconstruct in quantitative detail a remarkable history of human and natural events. From a detailed understanding of the human diet to the events surrounding the origin of the Solar System, these universal timekeepers provide us with a precise chronology from the beginning of time to the moment humans emerge. We’ll explore this profound history lesson together.

Manhattanville Tour

The first new buildings on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus have come to life—the first stage of a sustainable urban design that will unfold over decades. Tour two of the completed buildings on the new campus: the Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. The tour will include performance art spaces and the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Meet in the lobby of Lenfest Center for the Arts. Directions: Take the 1 train to 125th Street, or walk or take the M104 bus to West 129th Street.

Student Experience & Neighborhood Tour

Reminisce about your days at Columbia by exploring campus and the surrounding neighborhood on this walking tour. See how much (or how little) has changed.

4:00 PM

Affinity Receptions

Note: All Alumni Affinity Receptions are complimentary

Alumni of Color Reception

Engage and build community with fellow alumni of color. Hosted by the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, the Black Alumni Council and the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University. Refreshments will be served.

Alumni Interviewers Reception

Celebrate the service of current alumni interviewers and learn how to start interviewing Columbia College applicants yourself! Refreshments will be served.

Hillel: Jewish Life at Columbia Reception

Learn about Jewish life on campus from Brian Cohen, executive director of Columbia/Barnard Hillel Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, who will share a few words on the changing landscape of Jewish university life. Refreshments will be served.

Friends of Bill W. Meeting (AA)

Columbia Alumni Center, Schapiro Conference Room, 8th Floor, 622 W. 113th St.

Performing Arts Groups Reception

Enjoy a performance by the Alumni Singers in an all-Columbia program featuring music tied to Morningside’s rich history in the arts. Solo and choral selections include pieces associated with the Varsity Show, Broadway, the Barnard Gilbert & Sullivan Society, campus singing groups and Sha Na Na, as well as some of Columbia’s great college songs. Audience members will be invited to join the ensemble for the choral selections and will have the opportunity to mingle with alumni attendees who participated in campus vocal, instrumental and theatrical groups.

Varsity Athletics Reception

Reunite with former teammates and meet current coaches and staff, while playing lawn games with former athletes. Refreshments will be served.

Veterans Reception

Gather together with proud alumni who have served. Hosted by the School of General Studies. Refreshments will be served.

5:15 PM

Low Plaza Wine Tasting

Sip wine and mingle with alumni and their guests before your Class Reception and Dinner.
Location: Low Plaza Tent
Cost: $25

9:30 PM

Starlight Celebration

Dance the night away to live music, or enjoy a final night on Low Steps with friends over delectable desserts and champagne.
Location: Low Plaza
Cost is $10 for non-reunion years.