Meliora Weekend FAQ

Meliora Weekend was founded in 2001 following the successful Sesquicentennial celebration of 2000. Designed for University of Rochester alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends, the weekend encompasses reunions, family weekend, a showcase of UR student and faculty/staff talent, and homecoming activities.

This year, Meliora Weekend will be held from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 15 2017.

Meliora Weekend truly has something for everyone! The schedule includes major speakers, entertainment, symposia and panel discussions, reunion events, sporting events, seminars, open houses, and much, much more.

A simulcast is a closed-circuit broadcast of an event in real time, in a different location than the event itself. We offer simulcasts of some of our most highly-attended events to be sure that all Meliora Weekend attendees have the opportunity to partake in the events of their choice.

The Meliora Weekend Pass will help you enjoy your weekend to the fullest! Included in your registration, this wristband should be worn throughout the weekend to give you access to all non-ticketed events. Stay tuned for other events that will be included in your registration!


Registration information will be emailed to you in early summer and regularly updated on this website.

Yes, but you may miss out! We strongly encourage advance registration as many of the weekend's events will sell out.

Say it ain’t so! If you must cancel all or part of your Meliora Weekend 2017 reservation, please do so by midnight on October 1, 2017 and we’ll provide you with a refund (minus a $15 processing fee). Due to catering and logistical commitments, no refunds will be given after this date.

To request a cancellation, please email or fax your written request to 585.276.2623.

Yes! The message board located at River Campus Registration in Wilson Commons, Hirst Lounge is the place to leave notes for classmates or friends, or post messages about buying or selling event tickets.

Seating at all events is limited. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early for all free events to minimize the possibility that venue seating will reach capacity before your arrival. We will make every effort to ensure that everyone who wishes to see a speaker is able to do so. Ticket holders who do not arrive within 10 minutes of show time may have their seats made available to those waiting in the no-ticket line.

Yes, please be sure to wear your name badge at all times as it contains a unique identifier which grants you access to those events on your schedule and all free events as part of your weekend pass. Some events require prior fee payment..

River Campus parking is limited, especially when classes are in session on Friday, so we encourage you to take advantage of our shuttle service to and from campus lots. Shuttles will also be available to and from select hotels. If you plan to come to campus Thursday evening, parking is open where legal spaces are available.

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. If you request handicap parking when you register, we’ll provide you with more information closer to the weekend. 

We've got you covered! Shuttle service is provided to and from many Meliora Weekend hotels, as well as select off-campus events, hotels, and the River Campus. However, transportation is not available from the airport to River Campus.

On the River Campus, staffed golf carts will be available for guests who need assistance. 

As a courtesy to speakers and other guests, please silence all mobile devices while attending lectures, discussions, and performances throughout Meliora Weekend.

The University of Rochester is committed to making its campuses accessible to persons with disabilities, however at this time, not all areas are fully accessible. Please contact us if you have specific needs and we will assist you. We'll also have maps of ADA accessibility at on-site registration during the weekend. 

Campus visitors are invited to use the University of Rochester guest wireless Internet access during Meliora Weekend. Connect to the network called UR_RC_Guest in your wireless connections manager. If you need help, please contact the IT help desk at (585) 275-2000 or email for technical assistance. This is an unsecured network. Please run appropriate local security measures as needed.

During Meliora Weekend, staff photographers will be working at various events. Photos taken at these events may be used for marketing and advertising purposes in print, online, and in multimedia productions. If you do not wish to be photographed at an event, please contact a staff member in the event's registration area.

Unless noted, the general dress code for the weekend is casual attire. We strongly advise you to bring an umbrella and suitable clothing for Rochester's variable weather!

Between Meliora Weekend events and our campus dining options, you’ll never be hungry! In addition to scheduled meals, we will add a complete schedule of campus dining options available to all.


The 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 Meliora Weekend name badge at the front desk for free admittance and to sign out basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, and Frisbees.

Goergen Athletic Center Hours

  • Friday, October 7: 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.

Speegle-Wilbraham Aquatic Center Hours

  • Friday, October 7: 6:30–8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8: Noon–3 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9: Noon–3 p.m.
    • Stop by the pool from 8:30-10:30 p.m. for Sunday Splash! Lane lines will be taken down for recreational swim time, open to all. 

Visit the University’s new Barnes & Noble Bookstore located in College Town!
Address: 1305 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620


  • Thursday, October 12: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 13: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Branches of JPMorgan Chase Bank are located on the River Campus and at the Medical Center. Each provides full-service banking.

ATM Locations
JPMorgan Chase ATMs

  • River Campus in Todd Union
  • River Campus in Rush Rhees Library
  • Medical Center off the Main Lobby
  • Medical Center near the Crittenden Boulevard entrance

Advantage Federal Credit Union ATMs

  • River Campus in Susan B. Anthony Halls
  • River Campus in Wilson Commons
  • Medical Center Crittenden Boulevard lobby entrance

We’ll post the official Meliora Weekend 2016 map later this summer. Still curious? Take a look at last year’s map for reference.

The Common Connection can assist alumni, parents, and guests with campus and City of Rochester maps, program schedules and directions, and dining and entertainment recommendations. Located in on the first level of Wilson Commons, The Common Connection is supported by gifts from the Rochester Parents Fund and the Class of 2003.

Common Connection Hours

  • Friday, October 7: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

The University of Rochester campuses are smoke free except for designated areas.

Yes! Alumni, parents, and friends are encouraged to get the entire family in the Meliora spirit. A variety of the weekend’s events are designed for children of all ages.

Yes! The Children's School at the University of Rochester Medical Center can provide a list of NYS-qualified childcare providers from whom you can request services. To request childcare, contact Director Angela Colt at or 585.273.3677 no later than Thursday, September 7. Childcare providers have limited availability and will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Pick up a Blue Light Emergency Phone or dial x13 from any other University phone. From an on-campus pay phone or your cell phone, dial (585) 275-3333.

Yes! The River Campus Lost and Found is located in the Common Connection (Room 201) on the first level of Wilson Commons.

Common Connection Hours

  • Friday, October 7: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Yes! Luggage storage is available on the River Campus in the Common Connection (Room 201) on the first level of Wilson Commons. 

Common Connection Hours

  • Friday, October 13: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9: 15 a.m.-10 p.m.

Don’t see your question answered here? Send us an email at or give us a call at 585.273.5888 (877.635.4672 toll-free).

During the weekend, Meliora Weekend staff are available to assist you or answer any questions. Please call 585.275.0129 during registration hours.