Reunion 2019 FAQs
Below you'll find the answers to our most popular questions about the Tepper School Alumni Reunion. Check our Travel FAQs if you are looking for answers to questions related to travel, parking, and accommodations.
Is this the same weekend as Carnegie Mellon’s Carnival?
Yes. Spring Carnival and Reunion Weekend 2019 will be observed April 12-13. It will be an exciting time for all Carnegie Mellon alumni returning to campus. Remember the buggy races? For more information, go to Carnegie Mellon Alumni's site.
Who's invited to Reunion Weekend festivities?
All Tepper School/GSIA alumni (and their guests) – regardless of year or program – are invited to attend Reunion Weekend. Each year, we highlight specific MBA/MSIA-reunion milestones and in 2019 we will be celebrating those ending in 9’s and 4’s. The Tepper School also highlights the most recent graduating class celebrating their one-year reunion (Class of 2018). Partners, children, and other special guests of alumni are invited to attend all components of the weekend. Children are welcome to attend all Reunion Weekend activities under the supervision of their parents. Please register your child(ren) as you complete the registration form for you and your guests.
Will there be child care at Reunion Weekend?
On-site childcare for children 12 and under will be available during the All-Class Reunion Celebration at Heinz Field on Saturday evening. To be eligible, children must be pre-registered for either the Full Weekend Package or the Saturday Night All-Class Celebration. There is no additional cost for the on-site care Saturday evening if your child has been pre-registered for the event.
For those planning to use the on-site childcare on Saturday night, an email will be sent out in late-February to all those who have registered children so far containing details on how to sign your children up with the selected child care provider. For those who have yet to register for Reunion, these same details will be added to the Reunion registration process.
What types of activities are available for children?
Children are welcome to attend Reunion Weekend activities under the supervision of their parents. Last year, more than 45 kids were registered as reunion guests. There are a variety of activities available for children.
Here are some ideas:
Carnegie Mellon University has traditionally offered a Kidzone on campus on both Friday and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Frew Street location in the morning, Midway in the afternoon). Moreover, buggy and other Carnival attractions may also be appealing to older children. View the CMU schedule of events, for more information on these activities.
Depending on your comfort level with walking distance, the following attractions are walkable from campus: Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Museums, and the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh.
What is the appropriate attire?
Reunion is a time to relax among friends and celebrate! It is generally a casual weekend; however, most alumni choose to dress up (“cocktail attire”) for the special Saturday evening All-Class Reunion Celebration, which is a reception-style dinner. View last year’s reunion photos to get a sense of what alumni chose to wear for the 2018 reunion.
What local transportation is available?
The City of Pittsburgh is accessible by ground, rail, and air transportation.
Public transportation is provided in Pittsburgh by the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT). Bus schedules are available at the CMU University Center and online. Furthermore, CMU’s complimentary fixed-route, fixed-stop shuttle service runs throughout the weekend.
Taxis are available in the city, but we recommend pre-ordering your cab service by calling the company to arrange pick-up times and locations. Shuttle service may be provided by your hotel, but you will need to check with the front desk to determine whether or not it provides service to and from campus or other desirable locations.
Additional information regarding transportation can be found on the Carnegie Mellon Transportation Options webpage. (Please note, the “Parking” section does not necessarily apply to Reunion Weekend.)
Golf cart and wheelchair availability: Should you need assistance, please speak with the staff at the Carnival Information Table in the Cohon University Center. If you would like to request a wheelchair in advance, please contact the Carnegie Mellon University alumni events team.
Are there facilities for those with disabilities or special needs?
We want to make sure Reunion Weekend is enjoyable, welcoming and accessible for all alumni, students, and their guests. If you or any of your guests have special needs, please let us know.
In advance: Please contact us via email or by phone at 412-268-7949.
Onsite: Alert the Reunion Weekend staff by going to the Registration Area.
How can I volunteer for Reunion Weekend?
Alert the Office of Alumni Relations to your interest in being a Class Ambassador by sending an email to Alumni Relations. The Tepper School of Business aims to establish class committees by early fall; however, alumni are welcome to join their class committee at any point during the year.
What is the average gift alumni contribute in honor of reunion?
Last year, reunion-year alumni gave an average gift of $1,000. We encourage all reunion celebrants to give a gift at the W.L. Mellon Society level ($2,500+) in honor of their reunion milestone; however, participation at any level is most important.