Carnegie Mellon University

Anniversary Weekend at Homecoming

Join us for an inspiring weekend that celebrates the founders who have built the legacy of Carnegie Mellon University and the founders who will lead its future.

Explore innovations of the past, present and future at an interactive exposition, and engage with the leading thinkers on today's most contemporary topics.

Register now for CMU’s 50th Anniversary Weekend at Homecoming

IDeATe Mars Studio Presentation

Featured Events

Female student in lab

Friday, November 10

Founders
Exposition

11:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Friday
11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Saturday
Wiegand Gym

Engage your mind and inspire your soul at this extraordinary interactive demonstration and exhibit. Explore innovations from the last 50 years (and look forward to the next 50) that have changed the world as we know it.

Students outside laughing and enjoying life

Friday, November 10

Founders Convocation and Keynote Address

4:30 - 6:00 P.M.
Cohon University Center

Interim President Farnam Jahanian and the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees welcome keynote presenter and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman and other special guests for a celebration of the founders who shaped CMU into what it is today as well as those who will advance its legacy.

Homecoming football game

Saturday, November 11

Homecoming Tailgate & Football Game

11:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Kickoff: 2 P.M.
Gesling Stadium & Tartans Pavilion

Celebrate Homecoming with a tailgate lunch and games plus family activities, a photobooth and the KidZone, through halftime as the Tartans take on the Case Western Reserve Spartans.

Featured Speakers

Bestselling author, New York Times foreign affairs columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas L. Friedman will present the keynote lecture at the Founders Convocation Friday afternoon.
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., Anthony Foxx will speak on “Smart and Connected Cities” Friday afternoon. (Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics, Institute for Strategic Analysis, and the Office of Government Relations.)

Lectures and Panels

The Future of Work - Busy room

Friday, November 10

The Future of Work: Technologies and their Societal Impact


A panel of CMU experts will discuss the ethical and policy issues that surround AI—how it will reshape jobs, organizations, political allegiances and even economic opportunities.

Man instructing student on computer

Friday, November 10

Founding Lessons

CMU alumni have a long history of shaping and disrupting fields from performance to production.  Hear the stories of three such alumni and the lessons they learned along the way.

Woman instructing students at white board

Friday, November 10

Trailblazers: Advancing Women @ CMU

Hear some of CMU’s most accomplished and celebrated women faculty leaders discuss their careers and how they develop other women, encouraging them to take risks, advance within their professions and transform their fields.

Robotic arms performing work in green light

Friday, November 10

The AI Initiative


Discover why CMU was part of the birth of artificial intelligence and why it’s still the leader, and hear from distinguished CMU faculty on the AI emerging trends.

Full Schedule of Events

Friday, November 10

Founders Exposition Opening and Picnic
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Wiegand Gym

Student Exhibition
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Danforth Conference Room

Founders Exposition: Showcasing the Past 50 Years and the Next 50 Years of Innovations
11:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Wiegand Gym

Featured Lecture: Anthony Foxx
1:00 - 1:45 P.M.
McConomy Auditorium

Lectures & Panels:
The Future of Work: Technologies and their Societal Impact
Founding Lessons
2:00 - 2:50 P.M.

Trailblazers: Advancing Women @ CMU
The AI Initiative
3:00 - 3:50 P.M.

Founders Convocation and Keynote Address: Thomas L. Friedman
4:30 - 6:00 P.M.
Cohon University Center

Founders Reception in the Exposition
6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Wiegand Gym

Saturday, November 11

Founders Exposition continues
11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 
Wiegand Gym
Homecoming Tailgate
11:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. 
Tartans Pavillion
Homecoming Football Game: Carnegie Mellon Tartans vs. Case Western Reserve Spartans
2:00 - 4:30 P.M.
Gesling Stadium
Heinz College Historic Documentary Screening
6:00 - 6:30 P.M.
Hamburg Hall
Heinz College 50th Anniversary Gala
6:30 - 9:00 P.M.
Hamburg Hall