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October 20, 2011

Céilidh Weekend, Oct. 27-30, Combines a Trio of CMU Traditions

ceilidhStudent Affairs and University Advancement have joined forces to introduce Cèilidh (pronounced kay-lee) Weekend, Oct. 27-30. The new event combines Homecoming, Family Weekend and the International Festival.

"The common goal is to bring the entire community — students, families, alumni, faculty and staff — together in celebration," said Dan Barnett, director of on-campus programs for Alumni Relations.

"We selected the Scottish Gaelic word Cèilidh because it represents a traditional social gathering and pays tribute to our founder's heritage."

Some highlights for this year include:

Thursday, Oct. 27
  • Alumni Faculty and Staff Reception, 12:30 - 2 p.m., Alumni Lounge, University Center. The 900-plus employees who also are CMU alumni are invited. Registration is required.

Friday, Oct. 28
  • International Festival Keynote Lecture, 12:30 - 2 p.m., Rangos Hall, UC. Author Chris Abani will speak about spending his teenage years as a prisoner of the Nigerian government. The event is free and includes lunch. Registration is required.
  • Alumni Awards Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Rangos Hall, UC. Alumni Relations will honor 16 individuals for their professional achievements and contributions to the university. Registration is required.
  • Student Showcase, 9 - 10:30 p.m., Rangos Hall, UC. Students from around the world will present reflections on their cultures through music, dance and poetry performances.

Saturday, Oct. 29
  • Carnegie Clan Chili Cook-Off, Céilidh Tailgate Party and KidZone Activity Fair, 11:30 - 2 p.m., Wiegand Gym, UC.
  • Football game, Carnegie Mellon Tartans vs. Washington University in St. Louis Bears, noon, Gesling Stadium. Admission is $5 and includes a game program. CMU Student admission is free.

A full schedule of events and registration details are available at