Full Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

★ Events designated with a star icon are Alumni Signature Events sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association. These events are open to all Pitt alumni.

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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.

University Art Gallery

10 a.m.  4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9  Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
10 a.m.  6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Frick Fine Arts building

A special exhibit, free and open to the public, will be held throughout the week. The title of this year's exhibition is "Isabelle Hayeur: A Part from Nature."

E-mail uag@pitt.edu or call 412-648-2423 for additional details.

University of Pittsburgh Stages presents: "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder

Daily at 8 p.m.

Studio Theater, located in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning

Tickets will be available online or by phone in September. Special pricing for alumni will be $15 per ticket ($10 off the regular price). For more information, visit www.play.pitt.edu or call 412-624-7529.



Annual Appleseed Community Service Project

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Public Schools (TBD)

Volunteer with us to plant the seeds of hope and inspiration in the lives of students to nourish their minds and open a new world of possibilities. Please register in advance to allow coordinating and planning with local schools. 

School of Dental Medicine Homecoming Continuing Education Course

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Edward J. Forrest Center for Continuing Dental Education, 2148 Salk Hall

Speaker: Arthur M. Rodriguez, BS, DMD, MS

Six (6) hours of continuing education credit (CE) are available for the program. 

Pitt Alumni Homecoming Summit

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

University Club, Ballroom A

Pitt alumni who would like to become involved in the exciting new Pitt for Life engagement opportunities are invited to attend the first-ever Pitt Alumni Homecoming Summit. 

Follow this link to register.

Hillman Library, Stories From the Past 50 Years

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Hillman Library, Ground Floor

Help celebrate Hillman Library’s 50th anniversary with a kick-off event at 10 a.m. with cake, cookies, and drinks. Throughout the day, staff will be on hand to assist alumni in recording their favorite ‘Hillman Story’ using our state-of-the-art One Button Video Recording Studio. Think about all those relationships formed during late night study sessions and group presentation meetings. Did you sneak food into Hillman? What floor did you study on and why? Was the card-catalog your nemesis? Was your dissertation a masterpiece because of the research you did in Hillman? Share your memory and we may use it on our Web site throughout our year-long Hillman 50th Anniversary Celebration. In addition, when you tell us your story, you will be eligible for a random drawing to win one of ten $25 gift cards to The University Store on Fifth, The Pitt Shop, or Maggie & Stella’s Cards and Gifts shop.

★ 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.

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education 50+ Anniversary Alumni Luncheon (for the classes of 1967 and earlier)

11:30 a.m.

William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge, Main Floor

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education alumni from the classes of 1967 and earlier are invited to lunch to celebrate the 50+ anniversary of graduation. This luncheon is hosted by Kathleen Blee, the newly-appointed Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean of Arts and Sciences and Valerie Kinloch, the newly-appointed Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education. Guests will also hear from students who exemplify the bright future of the Dietrich School and School of Education. An RSVP is required, and please note that seating is limited.

To RSVP, visit: http://www.as.pitt.edu/alumni/homecoming2017. Please e-mail jpb38@pitt.edu with questions.

Pitt Business Annual 51+ Luncheon


Wyndham Hotel Ballroom, Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Oakland

The annual 51+ Luncheon is a celebration of those who have been graduates of the University of Pittsburgh business school for more than 50 years! Attendance is by special invitation only to Pitt Business alumni who graduated prior to 1966. Join us for a great opportunity to reconnect with your fellow alumni, share stories from your time at Pitt, and discuss current business trends. Please note that seating for this event is limited. 

To RSVP, click here.

Project Management Information Session

2 – 3:30 p.m.

102 Benedum Hall

The expected growth in infrastructure projects will create a high demand for project managers. Join us for a panel discussion on the subject of project management, featuring Pitt alumni and experienced project managers Floyd Trotman, of CertifiNOW LLC., John Gonzalez, of Southern Company Generation, and Rachel Lavelle-Riley, of Westinghouse Electric.

The panel will open with a presentation by Tony Fountain, retired Senior Vice President with URS Corporation and Pitt alumnus, who will discuss the importance of project management and how employees with engineering backgrounds can accelerate their careers by expanding their knowledge base in this area.

This session is hosted by Pitt EXCEL in conjunction with the Pitt African American Alumni Council.

Interested participants should register using the link below by Monday, October 9.


University Honors College Open House

3 – 5 p.m.

University Honors College, 3600 Cathedral of Learning

Please join us to tour the new Honors College, meet new Dean Brian Primack, MD, PhD, enjoy snacks—and take in the best view in town! 

Department of Stduio Arts Screen Printing on the Lawn

3 – 5 p.m.

Frick Fine Arts Building, Lawn

Prepare for the big game by screen printing your own Homecoming t-shirt, market bag, or poster with Studio Art majors!

This event will be held in the lobby of the Frick Fine Arts Building in the case of inclement weather.

For more information, please call 412-648-2430 or visit http://www.studioarts.pitt.edu.

It's Never Too Early to Plan: A Wealth Management Panel Discussion

4 – 5:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union Cross Cultural Floor, Room 630

Hosted by AAAC and PBAN (Pitt Black MBA Network), this interactive panel discussion will provide an engaging conversation about financial planning for students and young alumni alike. Advice and counsel from industry experts will address topics such as student loans, buying that first home, ballin' on a budget, and more. After all, it's never too early to start planning. 

Pitt Law Golden Gavel Society &
Distinguished Alumni Dinner

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Heinz Field, PNC Champions Club, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, North Side

Join us for the Golden Gavel Society & Distinguished Alumni Dinner immediately preceding our 2017 Pitt Law Alumni Reunion Reception. At the dinner, we will honor Pitt Law alumni celebrating 50 or more years since graduation and recognize our 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. 

This event is invitation only. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.  

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Reception

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Cathedral Views Lobby, 7th Floor, Alumni Hall

Dietrich School alumni are invited to meet the new Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean of Arts and Sciences, Kathleen Blee, at a reception celebrating the outstanding scholarship and research of some of the Dietrich School’s exemplary graduate and undergraduate students. 

Registration for this event is now closed. We have reached maximum capacity and can no longer accept new registrants. If you have any questions, please e-mail jpb38@pitt.edu.

National Society of Black Engineers Student/Alumni Mixer

5 – 8 p.m.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Hall of Valor
4141 Fifth Avenue, Oakland

The Pitt chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Pitt EXCEL Program invite engineering alumni to join us for our annual student/alumni mixer. Come out to interact with us, network, and ultimately help us carry out our mission of increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community!

Follow the link below to register for this event by Friday, October 6.


RA Alumni Reunion

5 – 6:30 p.m.

University Club, Gold Room

The Office of Residence Life invites you to the first annual RA Alumni Reunion. RSVP by Friday, September 22 to jmr243@pitt.edu.

★ 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.

Your Network is Your Net Worth

5:30 – 7 p.m.

William Pitt Union Cross Cultural Floor

Join alumni and students in this networking event to create, build, and solidify relationships while exchanging Pitt life experiences. Pitt Panthers from various schools, organizations, majors, and professional backgrounds are welcome. Hosted by AAAC in partnership with BAS, AOS, NSBE, and black Greek life.

GSPIA Alumni/Student Homecoming Reception

6 – 8:30 p.m.

Alumni Hall, Fifth Floor

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs invites alumni and friends to a pre-fireworks reception in Alumni Hall. Spend the evening reconnecting with alumni, faculty, students, and friends. For more information, visit GSPIA’s Web site at www.gspia.pitt.edu.

Follow this link to RSVP.

School of Law Alumni Reunion Reception

6 – 9 p.m.

Heinz Field, PNC Champions Club, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, North Side

The Pitt Law Alumni Association will celebrate the reunions of the Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012. 

The cost for the Alumni Reunion Reception is $60 per person. Open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres are included. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. 

School of Nursing Alumni Reception

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Cove, Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Oakland

Join the School of Nursing for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. Don’t miss the chance to meet the dean, faculty, and current students while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Registration is free and drink tickets will be provided. For more information, please contact Sarah McMullen by e-mailing skm45@pitt.edu or by phone at 412-383-4158.

Register online: https://pitt.wufoo.com/forms/pitt-nursing-2017-homecoming-reception/

Heinz Chapel Choir Performance

7 - 7:30 p.m.

Bellefield Presbyterian Church
4001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The University of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Chapel Choir will sing a 30-minute concert entitled Seeking, Yearning on Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. The choir is thrilled to perform at Bellefield Presbyterian Church (4001 Fifth Avenue), where HCC alum Kathy Emmons has made them feel welcome. The concert is a preview of the performance the Choir will give on Saturday, November 11 during the Fall Choral Conference at Susquehanna University, as sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association where they will have the opportunity to sing for Bob Chilcott, British conductor/composer/former member of the King’s Singers.

This event is free and open to the public.

School of Pharmacy Alumni Reception

7 – 9 p.m.

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Oakland

Please join Pitt Pharmacy for their annual Homecoming Reception in the Schenley Ballroom located at Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. All alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and family are welcome to attend. 

Register online today at https://pittpharmacy.wufoo.com/forms/pitt-pharmacy-homecoming-reception-2017/

College of General Studies Homecoming Reception

7 – 9 p.m.

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, Carnegie Room 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Join fellow CGS alumni at a Homecoming reception featuring a collaborative sing-off performance by the Pitt Glee Club, the Pitt Pendulums, and Pitches & Tones.

 For more information or to RSVP, please e-mail CGSSG@pitt.edu.

School of Education Alumni Reception

7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

University Club, Ballroom A

Join the School of Education for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the University’s fireworks and laser show. RSVP by Friday, October 6.

For more information or to register, please contact the School of Education Alumni and Development Office by calling 412-648-1789 or by e-mailing mbh26@pitt.edu.

Swanson School of Engineering Alumni Reception

7 – 9 p.m.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Patio, 4141 Fifth Avenue, Oakland

Reunite with classmates and friends under the big white tent on the Soldiers & Sailors patio. Food and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, please e-mail ENGRalum@pitt.edu.

★ I Do, I Do—Again! 

7:30 – 9 p.m.

Heinz Memorial 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!

★ 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 between 6:30 – 8 p.m. 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.

Courtside at the Cathedral

8 – 9 p.m.

Bigelow Boulevard

Pitt Athletics invites you to Courtside at the Cathedral which will take place in front of the University of Pittsburgh’s marquee landmark, the Cathedral of Learning, as a part of Homecoming Weekend. This event will feature player introductions for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, a two-ball shooting competition, and a slam dunk contest on an outdoor court on Bigelow Boulevard. The Homecoming Fireworks and Laser Show, presented by the Pitt Program Council, will immediately follow the reception.

Pitt Business Alumni After-Party

8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

The Porch at Schenley, 221 Schenley Drive, Oakland

We welcome Pitt Business alumni to The Porch for fireworks, food, fun, and socializing. This year, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Certificate Program in Leadership Ethics! We hope to see many CPLE alumni back on campus at our annual Homecoming celebration. 

Follow this link to register for this event.


9 p.m.

Bigelow Boulevard

The Pitt Program Council presents an amazing display of fireworks and lasers timed to music as Bigelow Boulevard and the Cathedral of Learning are lit up in celebration of Homecoming. The Homecoming court finalists will be announced at the conclusion of the show!

★ Cabaret
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.

Katz Homecoming Mixer
Hosted by current Katz students.

8 – 11 p.m.

Mario’s Eastside Saloon, 5442 Walnut Street, Shadyside

All Pitt Business alumni are invited to join current Katz students in Shadyside for fun, fellowship, and networking. With the previous year’s attendance topping 200 people, you’re sure to run into a classmate or meet someone new. Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

★ 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!

Throwback Party

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Room 16 NightClub
150 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Hosted by the Omicron Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. For details, e-mail Ron Coursey at rcour4487@gmail.com

Pitt Alumni Association Awards Luncheon

By Invitation Only

Hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association, this event will honor scholars, recognize partnerships, and present our alumni awards—the Bill Baierl Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership, the Volunteer Excellence Award, and the “ROC” Spirit Award.

Chancellor's Circle Homecoming Celebration

By Invitation Only

Chancellor Pat Gallagher will host members of the Chancellor's Circle to a special evening of engagement and celebration. For information about how you can become a member of the Chancellor’s Circle, please contact Joe Junker at 412-624-8234.



8 – 10 a.m. Tentative based on game kickoff

Alumni Hall, Alumni Office Board Room

Mandatory for all board members. Student leadership is encouraged to attend.

★ 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


AAAC Homecoming Game Tailgate

10 a.m. - Until game time

Heinz Field, Gold Lot 4

Hosted by the Omicron Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


★ 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.

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

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.

Medical Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate


Heinz Field, Red Lot 5A, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, North Side

FREE food and beverages will be provided in Red Lot 5A, between Residence Inn and Spring Hill Suites on the North Shore.

Registration details will be available soon.

Pitt Band Pregame Concert


Heinz Field, Gate A plaza, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, North Side

Pitt Business and Pitt Law Alumni Association Tailgate


Heinz Field, Gold Lot 1, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, North Side
Look for the dancing yellow windsock.

Join us for complimentary food and drinks in a family-friendly atmosphere.

To RSVP, click here.

March to Victory Parade


Heinz Field, General Robinson Street

Watch as the Homecoming court leads the March to Victory Parade into Heinz Field.

Pitt Football vs. NC State

Game Kickoff Time - Noon

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.  


8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Bridges Restaurant, Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Please join us for fun, music, spades, and friend-making as we host our Friendraiser & Spades Tournament. Hosted by Pitt alum and Orange Arrow Founder, Shawn Robinson.

For information and to get tickets, visit:  http://www.orangearrow.org/uncategorized/orange-arrow-friendraiser-spades-tournament/

Bring Back the Noise
Throwback Party with DJ BLAKK Steel

8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
$25 (includes open bar)

With line dancing until 10 p.m., get ready to rock the dance floor with the award-winning 410 Line Dancers Instructor—Pitt’s own Isha Hutchinson. 


AAAC Brunch

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

University Club

End your weekend by having brunch with the AAAC. Special guests Jack Daniel and Shawndya Simpson will be providing words of wisdom as we finish out Homecoming 2017.