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.


Sounds of Pitt

7 p.m.

Heinz Memorial Chapel

Join us for an evening concert featuring the Pitt String Orchestra, the Women’s Choral Ensemble, and PalPITTations. A dessert reception with the performers will be held in Alumni Hall immediately following the concert. Registration is required. For more information, please contact the Pitt Alumni Association at 412-624-8229. The price for this event is $10 per person.



Pitt Alumni Association’s Bleed Blue and Gold Blood Drive In Partnership with the Central Blood Bank

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

William Pitt Union

We all bleed blue and gold. Plan to support Pitt’s Homecoming blood drive. Register online at www.centralbloodbank.org by selecting “Make an Appointment,” logging in as a donor, and searching by the group code CU190057. Can’t get to campus, but want to participate? Go to www.centralbloodbank.org or call 1-866-386-6771 to find a location near you. If you have medical questions, contact the Blood Bank Medical Help Desk at 412-209-7160.   

Young Alumni Mixer
Sponsored by the Young Alumni Council of the Pitt Alumni Association 

7 – 10 p.m.

The Gym at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
120 South Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Join fellow young alumni for a night of networking in one of Pittsburgh’s most unique venues. The Gym within the Ace Hotel mixes nostalgia with trendiness and offers space for lawn games, dancing and mingling. Appetizers and one drink ticket will be provided to all guests. If you have any questions, please contact Austin Crull at acrull@pitt.edu or 412-624-8229.  Click below to register you and a guest. The price for this event is $10 per person.



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.

Rub the Panther's Nose for Luck and Say "Cheese!" 

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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. Our Blue and Gold student ambassadors will be on site to capture the moment for you. 

★ 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/


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.  


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.  


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.

Clapp Hall, Lecture Room 9
Use Fifth Avenue entrance
4249 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Join moderator Patricia Beeson, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, for an engaging discussion with faculty and researchers who will explain 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, Founding Dean and Professor, School of Computing and Information
    * Dr. Michael Colaresi, William S. Dietrich II Chair of Political Science, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
    * Dr. Rebecca Jacobson, Chief Information Officer of the Institute for Precision Medicine and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Professor of Pathology, and Director of the University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Training Program
    * Dr. Jeremy Levy, Distinguished Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute.


Official Homecoming Pregame Event
Sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association


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.



Taco wrap in flour tortillas
Fresh pulled mozzarella, oil cured tomato, pesto, eggplant, arugula on focaccia
Spinach salad with granny smith apples, walnuts, roasted butternut squash, apple butter vinaigrette

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.

Nacho Bar:

Al pastor style pork, pico de gallo, nacho cheese, black beans & corn salsa, tortilla chips.

Carving Station:

Prime Rib


Salted caramel bread pudding
Assorted mini cupcakes
Vanilla & chocolate sugar cookies

Assorted breakfast pastries and muffins

Soda and water included

Cash bar (Photo ID required)
Panther Punch (Vodka, Blue Curacao & Lemonade) Speciality 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


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.