Meliora Weekend FAQs

Meliora Weekend was founded in 2001 following the successful Sesquicentennial celebration of 2000. The weekend celebrates reunions, family weekend and homecoming activities. It is designed for alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Rochester.

Meliora Weekend is October 6-9, 2016

Registration information is sent in early summer and will be updated on this Website. The preferred method of registration is online, through this site. Registration closes on Friday, September 30 at noon EDT. To cancel reservations or a guest, you must indicate changes in writing and email or fax to 585.276.2623. Written requests for cancellation must be received by midnight September 25, 2016, less a $10 processing fee. No refunds will be given after September 25.

A printable registration form will be posted this summer.

Yes. However, we strongly encourage you to register in advance as many events will sell out.


River Campus parking is available but limited, especially when classes are in session on Friday. Shuttle service is provided to and from campus lots. If you plan to come to campus Thursday evening, parking is open where legal spaces are available. Details will be posted this summer.


Yes. Once you arrive on campus, parking staff can direct you to the closest available handicap parking space. You must have a government-issued handicap parking sticker in order to utilize these spaces. More information will be provided to those requesting handicap parking on their registration form.

Limited shuttle service is provided to and from many hotels. Shuttles will also be provided between select off-campus events, hotels, and the River Campus. Golf carts are available on the River Campus to assist guests who need assistance. Transportation is not available from the airport to campus. Details will be posted this summer.



Meliora Weekend includes a range of programs, including major speakers, entertainment, symposia and panel discussions, reunion events, sporting events, seminars, open houses, and much more.

Yes! Alumni, parents, and friends are encouraged to bring their entire family to Meliora Weekend. A variety of programs are specially designed for children of all ages.

The Children's School at the University of Rochester Medical Center will provide a list of qualified (by New York State clearances) childcare providers to registrants with childcare needs during the weekend. Please note that childcare will not be provided at The Children's School, but at Meliora Weekend sites. The deadline for requests is September 8. There is limited availability, and childcare providers will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email Angela Colt (Center Director) at or call 585.273.3677.

The general dress code for the weekend is casual attire. However, for reunion dinners you may want to change to business attire. We strongly advise you to bring an umbrella and suitable clothing for variable weather.

The University of Rochester is committed to making its campuses accessible to persons with disabilities. However, not all areas are fully accessible. Please contact us if you have specific needs and we can assist you. Maps of ADA accessibility will be available at on-site registration.

Rochester’s Goergen Athletic Center on the River Campus is available for returning alumni, families, and their guests. Take a swim in the pool, use the indoor track, or sweat it out on the free weights, exercise bicycles, treadmills, and rowing machines. Show your weekend name badge at the front desk for free admittance and to sign out basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, and Frisbees.

Goergen Athletic Center Hours
6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

8 a.m.–8 p.m.

8 a.m.–11 p.m.

Speegle-Wilbraham Aquatic Center Hours
6:30–8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Noon–3 p.m.

Noon–3 p.m.

*Stop by the pool for "Sunday Splash" from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Lane lines will be taken down for recreational swim time, open to all. 

A simulcast is a closed-circuit broadcast of an event, while it is taking place. 


Stay tuned for details of the 2016 Keynote lottery.


Registration fees help to offset the tremendous infrastructure efforts required for Meliora Weekend: tents, golf carts, keynote speaker, facilities, shuttles, and public safety. Even with these registration fees, the University greatly subsidizes Meliora Weekend.

If you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be given for written cancellation requests received by midnight September 25, 2016, less a $10 processing fee. Due to catering and logistical commitments, no refunds will be given after this date. Email requests to or fax to 585.276.2623.


For more information, please reference the specially designed weekend map by clicking here.



Details coming this summer!

Please look for the location that you selected to pick up your regsitration packet below. The service hours for each location will be listed this summer. 


River Campus Registration

Wilson Commons, Hirst Lounge


School of Medicine and Dentistry

Lobby, Ground Floor


School of Nursing

Loretta C. Ford Education Wing


Rochester Forum - if attending


50th Reunion Welcome Dinner - if attending


Eastman School of Music

Lowry Hall



Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 585.273.5888/877.MELIORA (877.635.4672).