Pitt Alumni Association Signature Events (Open to All Alumni)

Alumni Signature Events

Week-long Events

Rub the Panther’s Nose for Luck and Say “Cheese!” 

The Panther statue’s nose, that is! Stop by the Panther statue located outside the William Pitt Union and say “cheese!” to make a Pitt Homecoming 2017 memory. Take a selfie with the Panther and post it on social media using the hashtag #PittHC17.


Have You Seen Your Campus Lately? Campus Walking Tours

11 a.m.  4 p.m. 

Tours depart on the hour from the Pitt Alumni Association
140 Alumni Hall

Take a relaxing tour of campus and see the growth and changes since your last visit.

★ Pitt Alumni Association's Community Service Project 

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union, Room 548

Pitt alumni are invited to participate in a community service project being sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association and Pitt’s Student Civic Engagement Council (SCEC). Join them on Friday, October 13 in room 548 of the William Pitt Union and help fill Zach Packs with toiletries, snacks, journal and other creature comforts for families staying in the hospital with their medically fragile child. Learn more about Zachary’s Mission and its Zack Packs program at https://zacharysmission.org/zack-packs/

Registration for this event is closed.

Welcome Back Reception Hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association 

6:30  8 p.m.

Cathedral of Learning, Commons Room

The Pitt Alumni Association welcomes all Pitt alumni back to campus for our Homecoming reception in the Commons Room. Reconnect with former classmates, browse the Nationality Rooms, and peruse the Hillman Library archives exhibit. Stop by any time for light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and a festive atmosphere before the spectacular Fireworks and Laser Show. This event is complimentary for all Pitt alumni.  

Registration for this event is closed.

Hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association 

9:30 – 11 p.m.

Bridges Lounge
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue, Oakland

Join your fellow alumni and Pitt's Department of Theatre Arts for a late evening of music and fun. A cash bar and a special late-night menu will be available for purchase.  

Registration for this event is closed.

Monte Carlo Night 

10 p.m. – midnight

William Pitt Union Assembly Room

Join Pitt students for a Monte Carlo night in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room immediately following the Fireworks and Laser show. Play your favorite casino games with chances to win some awesome prizes!

I Do, I Do ... Again! 

7:30 – 9 P.M.

Heinz Chapel

Stop by Heinz Memorial Chapel and seize the moment to walk down the aisle with your sweetheart and receive a red rose compliments of the Chapel. Reminisce about taking your vows and celebrate your love all over again. Have your special moment captured by Chapel staff using your personal camera. This free event is open to everyone, whether or not you were married at the Chapel. No registration required—just stop in!


★ Academic Showcase: Data-Driven Discovery Panel

8 – 10 a.m.

Alumni Hall, Room 228

Join moderator Patricia Beeson, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, for an engaging discussion with faculty researchers who will discuss how Pitt and UPMC are taking the lead in data-driven discovery—how the introduction of new technologies and tools for the collection, transmission, analysis, and sharing of data and information has fueled new insights and innovation in faculty research, from natural science and medicine to education and humanities.

The panel will include: 

Dr. Paul Cohen – Dr. Paul Cohen is the founding dean and professor of the School of Computing and Information. Cohen served as a program manager at the Information Innovation Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he oversaw programs that address issues such as communication between humans and machines, cancer biology, extracting knowledge from text, and global and national security. His professional research is in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and he is particularly interested in how robots and computers can learn the meanings of words and phrases.

Dr. Michael Colaresi – Dr. Michael Colaresi is the William S. Dietrich II Chair of Political Science in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences. His work leverages the accelerating availability of computational tools and digitized text to analyze patterns of national security secrecy and oversight, international and intrastate violence, and changes in human rights over time. His current projects use advances in machine learning to improve our ability to predict and understand international relations. Colaresi also develops computational and visual tools that enable domain specialists to work alongside computer scientists to improve specific applications.

Dr. Rebecca Jacobson – Dr. Rebecca Jacobson is the vice president of analytics at UPMC Enterprises. Her research interests are in the use of natural language processing and deep phenotyping to support personalized medicine and learning health systems. Jacobson is also interested is the use of decision support and feedback methods to increase healthcare quality. 

Dr. Jeremy Levy – Dr. Jeremy Levy is a distinguished professor of condensed matter physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute. His research interests center around the emerging field of oxide nanoelectronics, experimental and theoretical realizations for quantum computation, semiconductor and oxide spintronics, quantum transport and nanoscale optics, and dynamical phenomena in oxide materials and films. The mission of his LevyLab is to explore novel phenomena in solid state systems in order to provide the physical foundation for future technologies.

Can't make it to the panel? Watch the livestream here: http://pi.tt/academicshowcase


Official Homecoming Pregame Event
Sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association

Pregame Event - 9:30 a.m. | Kickoff -  Noon

Big white tent adjacent to Heinz Field, Gate A, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, North Side

Gather with Pitt fans and alumni in celebration of Homecoming! Enjoy a pregame buffet, cash bar, live entertainment, trivia & prizes, a pep rally featuring Roc, the Pitt Cheerleaders, and the Pitt Band, and the introduction of the 2017 Homecoming Court. 

The price for this event is $25 per person, and children 10 and under are free. Please note that walk ups cannot be guaranteed at the time of the event. RSVP by Wednesday, October 4 at noon.


Breakfast Break:

Assorted breakfast pastries and muffins
Assorted individually wrapped breakfast sandwiches – sausage, bacon, egg, and cheese


Baby iceberg wedge salads

Build your own Slider:

All beef slider station with premium topping including; caramelized onions; mushrooms; cheddar; provolone; pepper jack, and blue cheese; and other condiments.

Pittsburgh pierogi Bar:

Cheese and potato pierogies with premimum topping including: nacho cheese: sauerkraut: caramelized onions: sour cream; bacon; chili; and salsa.

Carving station:

Prime rib


Salted caramel bread pudding
Vanilla & chocolate mini cupcakes decorated in blue & gold
Football themed sugar cookies decorated in blue & gold
Caramel & turtle apples

Drinks: Iced tea, soda, water, coffee, and hot tea included.

Cash bar (Photo ID required)
Blue & Gold Panther Punch (Vodka, Blue Curacao & Lemonade) Specialty Drink for purchase.

Parking Link: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/tickets/fbparking.html

Clear bag policy: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/all-clear-heinz-field.html

Game Day Central: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/gameday/pitt-football-2016.html

Registration for this event is closed.

Pitt vs. NC State

Game Kickoff Time - TBD

Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, North Side

The Pitt football team will host NC State in the annual Homecoming game at Heinz Field. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime. For tickets, visit www.pittsburghpanthers.com or call the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-PITT (7488). For updated game information, visit www.pittsburghpanthers.com.  


Note:  All events and times are subject to change.