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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Ongoing 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 2018 memory. Take a selfie with the Panther and post it on social media using the hashtag #PittHC18.

 Pitt Alumni Association Annual Community Service Event

The Pitt Pantry “Toiletries & School Supplies” Donation Drive

Donation bins will be set up in Alumni Hall on the first floor to gather toiletries and school supplies during Homecoming week and at the Welcome Back Reception in the Cathedral of Learning first floor entrances on Friday, October 5th from 6 - 8 p.m.

Specifically requested items are: new or gently used notebooks, planners, calculators, deodorant, menstrual hygiene items, liquid body wash, shampoo and conditioner (dandruff controlling), toilet paper, and facial tissues.

Please contact Shannon Mischler at sjmischler@pitt.edu with any questions.

Greek Week Blood Drive

Various locations/times

Alumni can support the Greek Week Blood Drive by donating blood at these time and places:

Tuesday, October 2 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | William Pitt Union Lower Lounge

Wednesday, October 3 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | William Pitt Union Lower Lounge

Thursday, October 4 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | O’Hara Dining Center


Tuesday, OCTOBER 2

★ Sounds of Pitt

7 p.m.

Heinz Chapel

Join us for an evening concert. Registration is required. For more information, please contact the Pitt Alumni Association at 412-624-8229.  There is no charge for admission to the concert.




Pitt Social Work Annual Awards Program and Reception

Event: 3 –5 p.m. | Reception: 5  7 p.m.

University Club, Ballroom A

Celebrating 100 years of People, Policy and Practice, Pitt Social Work will bestow awards to six amazing alumni as part of this annual school recognition program. Join the awardees, fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff, and interested community members at this meaningful event. Then stay for a celebration to toast our award winners and network with colleagues. The content portion of the program is eligible for two (2) free hours of Continuing Education (CE) for applicable disciplines.

Please email Tony Gacek at gtony@pitt.edu for details.


Pitt Business Foodfest

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Wesley W. Posvar Hall Patio | 230 South Bouquet Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15213 

Join Pitt Business students for an afternoon of delicious food! Pitt Business will serve some of Pittsburgh’s best eats. This event is sponsored by Pitt Business and will be hosted by Associate Dean Audrey Murrell.


Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN) Reception

7 – 9 p.m.

Hilton (Oakland) | 3454 Forbes Avenue

Interested business alumni and students are welcome to join current Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN) members for an open networking reception. Come learn how you can be involved and benefit as a member!

Questions? Contact Emily Cerrone at ecerrone@katz.pitt.edu or (412) 383-3235.


★ Young Alumni Mixer
Hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association's Young Alumni Advisory Team

7 - 10 p.m. 

Pittsburgh City Theatre | 1300 Bingham Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Join fellow young alumni for a night of networking. 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.  


Friday, OCTOBER 5

AAAC 13th Annual Apple Seed Community Service Project with Pittsburgh Public Schools

8 a.m. – Noon

Various local school sites

Giving to others is a basic, spiritual principle that enriches one’s life. The Apple Seed Community Service Project is designed around the need to provide an opportunity for the University of Pittsburgh family to give back to the community by establishing an educational partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools. By promoting reading and writing skills, and reinforcing the values of a strong education, Apple Seed volunteers will plant the seeds of hope and inspiration in the lives of students to nourish the mind and to open a new world of possibilities through books, presentations, and discussions.

Volunteers of the Apple Seed Project may participate in the program in one of two ways:

Elementary School Levels
• read to students and encourage them to write or discuss the book
• art, music, or computer lab activity
• assist an instructor in the classroom

Middle & Secondary Levels
• share career and educational options
• panel discussions
• mock interviews
• motivational presentations/discussions

Participating in the Apple Seed project can be personally rewarding. In exchange for sharing their time and talents with students, Apple Seed volunteers will be enriched by the experience and will gain a greater appreciation for the educational needs of students. They will feel personal satisfaction from giving back to the community and sharing a small piece of self that will be personally gratifying and inspirational to the students with whom they interact. The Apple Seed Project aims to make a difference by touching the lives of students in a small, yet, significant way.

Contact: Valerie Njie at val68njie@yahoo.com


★ Pitt Alumni Volunteer Summit

9 – 11 a.m. | Welcome Alumni Club and Council Leaders

Alumni Club and Affinity Council leaders and volunteers networking event.  Learn how you can become involved with Pitt Affinity Councils and Clubs and RSVP for this event by emailing Ron Idoko at roi2@pitt.edu if you are located outside of Pennsylvania, or Shannon Mischler at sjmischler@pitt.edu if you are located inside Pennsylvania.

Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN) Entrepreneurial and Venture Capital Initiatives Panel

11 a.m.

104 Mervis Hall | 3950 Roberto Clemente Drive

Join us for an engaging panel discussion moderated by Sharon Alvarez, Professor and Tom W. Olofson Chair in Entrepreneurship highlighting esteemed local leaders who are advancing the way in entrepreneurship and venture capitalism. 

Panelists Sophia Berman, founder of Trusst Lingerie; John Hammer, President of Pi Capital Group, LLC; and Joshua Pollard, US real estate expert and founder of Omicelo, a mission-driven real estate investment firm, will provide highlights of their careers and share their perspective on current trends and hot topics in their industries.

Questions? Contact Emily Cerrone at ecerrone@katz.pitt.edu or (412) 383-3235.


★ 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 offices in 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 the School of Education 50+ Reunion Luncheon

11:30 a.m.

William Pitt Union
Lower Lounge

Please RSVP for this event by Thursday, September 20 at www.as.pitt.edu/alumni/homecoming2018 or by calling 412-383-0503.

School of Nursing Homecoming Reunion Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center | Schenley Ballroom | 100 Lytton Avenue

Join us for a luncheon to reconnect with your alma mater and fellow alumni as we honor the 25th and 50th class reunions! The afternoon will include reserved seating for reunion alumni (all years ending in 3 and 8) and honor the classes of 1993 and 1968 with a re-pinning ceremony.




Wyndham Hotel Ballroom | 100 Lytton Avenue

Congratulations on celebrating more than 50 years as a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh business school!  The annual 51+ Luncheon is a way of staying in touch with all alumni who graduated from Pitt Business more than half a century ago.  Attendance is by special invitation only to Pitt Business alumni who graduated prior to (or) 1967.  Join fellow alumni for reflection and stories into the past as a discussion of current business trends.  Seating for this event is limited.

A plated meal will be served with BOTH chicken and fish to all guests, with the exception of dietary needs.

Parking is available at the Wyndham or in Soldiers & Sailors.


Questions? Contact Emily Cerrone at ecerrone@katz.pitt.edu or (412) 383-3235.

Hallowed Grounds Walking Tours

Noon – 4 p.m. | Tours begin every hour

Meet at Alumni Hall

Take a walking tour of key African American historical locations and points of history located on campus including the African Heritage Room.


Black Action Society History Display

Noon – 6 p.m. | Tours begin every hour

Jazz Hall of Fame Gallery
William Pitt Union

Enjoy a display of Black Action Society documents and various memorabilia held by individuals and the University.

Contact: Latara Jones at lhurttjones@gmail.com; Byron Allen at ballen122333@gmail.com


Hillman Library Debut of the Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial Collection

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Hillman Library | First Floor | Dick Thornburgh Room

Pitt alumna and world-renowned author, Dr. Bebe Moore Campbell, whose campus activism underlined her writings, made a powerful impact in the literary world. Her poignant, passionate, and often riveting writings in her books, plays, and articles are as powerful today as they were yesterday. The Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial collection honors this author’s achievements and accomplishments, and will be debuted this Homecoming by the Archives and Special Collections within Hillman Library.

Contact: Ed Galloway at edwardg@pitt.edu; Linda Wharton Boyd at lwb72@comcast.net


Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN) General Meeting

2 p.m.

270 Mervis Hall | 3950 Roberto Clemente Drivevent

Interested in learning more about the Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN)? Come join us for our general meeting at 2 p.m.

Questions? Contact Emily Cerrone at ecerrone@katz.pitt.edu or (412) 383-3235.


The Department of Mathematics Celebration of Homecoming 2018

2:45 p.m.

Thackeray Hall

Alumni, students and faculty will be celebrating all things mathematical in a campus wide scavenger hunt organized by the Math Club. Immediately afterwards, we will gather in Thackeray Hall for light refreshments at a social for alumni, students, and faculty.

Panel Discussion: The Black Action Society (BAS): The History, Significance, and Ongoing Relevancy - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, is There a Future?

3 – 4:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union

Given the rich history of the Black Action Society since its founding 50 years ago, the question remains, is it still relevant today? During this discussion, panelists will present a historical context of the BAS's founding, its journey in the intervening years, and its prognosis for the future.

Contact: Nicole Walker Parks at nicolelizwalk@aol.com; Latara Jones at lhurttjones@gmail.com; Byron Allen at ballen122333@gmail.com


A Toast to SCI

4 – 6 p.m.

Provost Suites, Posvar Hall | Room Numbers 2500 & 2501 | 230 South Bouquet Street

Join us for a cocktail reception and an opportunity to meet the School of Computing and Information's Founding Dean.


Student/Alumni Meet Up, Networking, and Reception presented by the Pitt African-American Alumni Council

5 – 6:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union

Alumni and students will create, build, and solidify relationships while exchanging Pitt life experiences. Alumni from the various schools and organizations (including BAS, AOS, NSBE, SOGC, and Black Greeks) and students from the Bradford campus are welcome to attend.

Contact: Marcus Jordan at marcusj262010@gmail.com; Michelle Abena Nkumsah at man100@pitt.edu; Fareedah Fawzi Haroun at ffh2@pitt.edu


Chancellor's Circle Homecoming Celebration

5 – 7 p.m. | Welcome Chancellor's Circle Donors

Chancellor Circle members, those friends and alumni who have made annual gifts of $1,000 or more, are invited to a special homecoming celebration. JOIN THE CHANCELLOR’S CIRCLE 

National Society of Black Engineers Student/Alumni Mixer

5 – 8 p.m.

Soldiers & Sailors

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 interact with us, network, and 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.

Contact: Alaine Allen at Allen@pitt.edu


Medical Alumni Weekend Opening Reception

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Hotel Monaco | 620 William Penn Place

The Medical Alumni Association is kicking off Medical Alumni Weekend with an opening reception at Hotel Moncao. Immediately following the opening reception, reunion years (8’s and 3’s) will sit down for their class dinners before the All Class Mix and Mingle at Hotel Monaco’s rooftop Biergarten.

Registration for this event is closed.

College of General Studies Alumni Reception

6 – 8:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union, Dining Room A

We are pleased to invite all College of General Studies alumni to join us for our annual homecoming drop-in reception sponsored by the CGS Student Government. This year’s reception will feature a performance from Pitt’s own Pitches & Tones acapella group from 7:30 - 8 p.m. We look forward to meeting and welcoming you back to campus!


★ I Do, I Do—Again! 

7:30 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 

7 – 8:30 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 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.  


Pitt Pharmacy Homecoming Reception

7 – 9 p.m.

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center | Schenley Ballroom | 100 Lytton Avenue

Join Pitt Pharmacy as we celebrate Homecoming 2018! We will be in the heart of it all at the Wyndham University Center for all of the evening's festivities. We’ll be celebrating and reminiscing in the Schenley Ballroom over food, music, and refreshments. At 9 p.m., we will all head to Bigelow Boulevard or onto the hotel patio to watch the fireworks and laser show. All alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and family of Pitt Pharmacy are invited to enjoy the festivities!


Swanson School Alumni Reception

7 – 9 p.m.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Patio

Join the Swanson School of Engineering at our annual alumni reception during Homecoming weekend! The evening will include music, food and beverages inside the big white tent. You will also have a great spot to watch the Homecoming fireworks and mingle with former classmates, faculty, and current students.


Pitt Student Leader Alumni Homecoming Reception

7:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

Please join us for this special reception for former and current members of the Pitt Program Council and Student Government Board. The event brings past and current Pitt student leaders together to strengthen old relationships and form new bonds.

We hope you will be able to join us for hors d'oeuvres and beverages as well as the laser and fireworks show.

Each alumnus may invite a guest of their choice. Please RSVP by September 28.


School of Education Homecoming Reception

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

University Club, Ballroom A

Please RSVP for this event by Thursday, September 20 here or by calling 412-383-0503.

Private Reception and Viewing of the Fireworks and Laser Show

8 – 10:30 p.m

Private Donor Event

Donors who have made a gift to the University Library System in the past two years are invited to attend a private Homecoming reception and event to enjoy one of the best views of the Homecoming Fireworks and Laser Show. For more information, email Noreen Jerin at jerin@pitt.edu.


8 – 11 p.m.

Mario’s Eastside Saloon | 5442 Walnut Street

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


Questions? Contact Emily Cerrone at ecerrone@katz.pitt.edu or (412) 383-3235.

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 Pitt Business Alumni After-Party at The Porch. Come join us for a night full of fireworks, food, fun, and socializing. Light appetizers and 2 drink tickets per person will be provided. We hope you and your guests will be able to join!  

Registration for this event is closed.

Film Screening: Blue Gold and Black: From Doorway to Distinction

8:30 – 10 p.m.

David Lawrence Hall 

“Blue Gold & Black: From Doorway to Distinction” is a documentary that was produced by Pitt’s Office of Public Affairs (today University Communications) in 2009. The film tells the story of the 180-year experience of Black men and women at Pitt. Through their persistence and intelligence, they broke down barriers and took their rightful place in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and in Pitt history.

Contact: Linda Wharton Boyd at lwb72@comcast.net



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 

10 p.m.

University Club, Ballroom B

Join your fellow alumni and Pitt's Department of Theatre Arts for a late evening of music and fun. 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!

Friday Meet-Up Hosted by the "Divine Nine" Sororities presented by the Pitt African-American Alumni Council

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Burn by Rocky Patel | 346 North Shore Drive | Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Reconnect with college friends at this social reception hosted by the "Divine Nine" Sororities of Pitt (Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho). Catch up with old acquaintences as you party the night away. This event is open to everyone.

Contact: Helen Bowers at dstquack@yahoo.com


Saturday, OCTOBER 6

Pitt Medical Alumni Weekend: Tours of Scaife Hall

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Meet at M-200K Scaife Hall

Take a walk down memory lane with student-guided tours of Scaife Hall. Stop by M200K for light breakfast and coffee before you head off on your tour.

Registration for this event is closed.

Pitt African American Alumni Council Annual Board and Membership Meeting

8:30 - 11 a.m.

Alumni Hall

AAAC executive officers and board of directors will hold their annual meeting. National President, Dr. Vaughn Clagette, will present his annual State of the Council address which summarizes the progress and achievements of the past year and outlines the direction for the future. Board committee chairs and affiliate presidents will present their goals and objectives for the coming year.

Contact: Christina Royster at christina.i.royster@gmail.com


Pitt Medical Alumni Weekend: Private Alumni Viewing "Burden of Genius", a Thomas Starzl Documentary

9:45 a.m.

LR 5&6 Scaife Hall

Join your fellow alumni for a private viewing of the documentary Burden of Genius. The film “plunges the viewer into the controversy swirling around [Thomas] Starzl’s turbulent 60-year career before we land in the 1980's, the decade when organ transplantation, the stuff of science fiction, becomes a reality.”

Registration for this event is closed.


★ Panthers Village Homecoming Pregame Event sponsored by the Pitt Alumni Association

Pregame Event - 10 a.m. | Kickoff -  12:20 p.m.

Heinz Field, Great Lawn | white tent next to Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 and adjacent to the North Shore Riverfront Park
100 Art Rooney Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Meet representatives from Pitt schools, colleges, and regional campuses, including the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Pitt Business, Pitt Law, the School of Computing and Information, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Social Work, the Swanson School of Engineering, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The price for this event is $35 per person, and children 10 and under are free. Space is limited, so please note that walk-ins cannot be guaranteed admission to the event.

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 Med Alumni Tailgate

Two hours prior to kickoff

Bud Light Deck | Heinz Field | Enter at Gate C

Join us on the Bud Light Deck at Heinz Field for the ultimate tailgate experience two hours before kickoff. After the tailgate, relax and enjoy the game, then head over to The Foundry Table & Tap for Cocktails and Conversations with fellow alumni and current students.

Registration for this event is closed.

Sankofa Awards Banquet: "50 Years of Outstanding Leadership: Honoring the Black Action Society and Other Diversity Programs"

Reception: 6 – 7 p.m. | Dinner: 7 – 9 p.m.

Meet at Alumni Hall

The AAAC issued the call for BAS leaders and UCEP Project students to return to Pitt and be recognized for their leadership.

Contact: Nicole Walker Parks at nicoleizwalk@aol.com or Kimberly Williams at kdwilliams41@gmail.com


Pitt African-American Alumni Council After Banquet Overflow hosted by the "Divine Nine" Fraternities

10 p.m. 1 a.m.

Bridges Restaurant and Lounge | Wyndham, University Center

Join the "Divine Nine" Fraternities of Pitt (Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta) after the Sankofa Awards Banquet for a social gathering and a night to remember.

Contact: Helen Bowers at dstquack@yahoo.com


Sunday, OCTOBER 7

Sunday Morning Ecumenical Memorial Worship Service presented by the Pitt African-American Alumni Council

9:30 10:45 a.m.

University Club

End the weekend on a spiritual note through praise, song, and worship. A special candlelight moment during the service will be firdedicated to honoring members who have passed. Music will be performed by Some of God's Children Gospel Choir.

Contact: Valerie Njie at val68njie@yahoo.com; Joyce Kareem at JazzyJoyce@aol.com; Emiloa Jay Oriola at Jayoriola717@gmail.com


Annual Sankofa Sunday Brunch Honoring the Former University Community Education Program (UCEP), Project A, and Community Partners

11 a.m. 1 p.m.

University Club

In 1968, the University Community Education Program (UCEP) administered a program dedicated to enriching the learning environment increasing the minority presence at Pitt. The first cohort of 50 students to enter the University through the UCEP program were called Project A.

Contact: Valerie Njie at val68njie@yahoo.com; Joyce Kareem at JazzyJoyce@aol.com