Reconnecting and Reminiscing IntroductionAlumni reunions are a longtime tradition at Syracuse University, where alumni have been welcomed back to campus since the 1870s. For almost a century, reunions took place as part of Commencement week, with the 50th reunion class participating in the procession at the Commencement ceremony. In 2007 the University began a new tradition of bringing students and alumni together by merging homecoming and reunion time into one set of events in the fall, now known as Orange Central.
Alumni ReunionsAlumni reunions have always been bursting with activities, including breakfasts and cookouts on the Quad as well as parades, athletic events, and lectures. Until 1990, alumni staged a Kum Bak show, which included dramatic and musical performances. In recent decades that event has evolved into an alumni awards ceremony, where accolades such as the George Arents Award, the highest alumni honor, are conferred.
For many decades, alumni marched by class in the alumni parade, often in costume, carrying banners or walking alongside floats.
Syracuse University alumni have traditionally worn all kinds of reunion hats, buttons, and other items to identify themselves by class.