Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

October 11-12, 2019

Join fellow students and alumni to celebrate this year's Homecoming and Reunion Weekend! Bring friends and family to the two-day event October 11 – 12.

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The classrooms

The time spent together

The victories

For remembering the good times and making new memories… it’s time to come home

Featured Events

headshot of the Grizz bear mascot with people cheering in the background

Friday, 9 p.m.

Grizz Madnezz

at the O'rena

man running up to kick a football

Saturday, 6 p.m.

Football Club

Cheer on the OU Football Club as they face off against Michigan State at the upper fields.

musicians playing brass instruments

Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Homecoming Festival

Students and alumni are invited to share in the OU homecoming spirit at the Homecoming Festival at the Oakland Center. Register now!
men in bright green uniforms playing soccer

Saturday, 4 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. IUPUI

at the soccer fields

All Events

Thursday, October 10

6 p.m.
Alumni Homecoming Welcome Reception
Meadow Brook Hall
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Beer, Brats and The Bear! Join us for a night of Oktoberfest food, craft beers, mixing with fellow alums, taking a spin on the dance floor and taking lots of pics with Grizz! Registration is required.

Friday, October 11

9 a.m.
Golden Celebration Reunion
Oakland Center, Banquet Room B
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The 50th Reunion class of 1969, along with all previous classes (1963-1969) are invited to attend the 2019 Golden Celebration. Visit oakland.imodules.com/goldencelebration2019 for a complete list of reunion activities and registration. Call (248) 364-6130 for more information.

10 a.m.
Pioneer Club Homecoming Brunch
Oakland Center, Banquet Room A
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The Pioneer Club Homecoming Brunch is an opportunity to show appreciation for Oakland University’s retired faculty and staff. RSVP to oupioneerclub@oakland.edu or call Sandy Altherr at (248) 370-4909.

10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Urinetown
Varner Studio Theatre
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A hilarious musical satire of capitalism — join us in Urinetown; a place where the government has banned private toilets — allowing a corrupt company to sweep in and charge outrageous fees for one of humanities basic needs. $22 general, $12 students and 10 a.m. matinee. Tickets available at etix.com.

Noon
Matilda's Birthday Bash
Outside the Oakland Center
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More information coming soon!

4 p.m.
Swimming and Diving vs. Milwaukee
Aquatic Center
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The Golden Grizzlies take on the Milwaukee Panthers for their home opener. Tickets can be purchased on goldengrizzlies.com, at the door, or by calling (248) 370-4000.

5:30 - 8 p.m. strolling dinner
40th Master of Public Administration (MPA) Anniversary Celebration
Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms
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Join us as we celebrate our 40-year history of excellence in public management education! We would love to see you and hear what you're up to. Registration is required. For more information, contact Suzanne Rossi at (248) 370-4117.

6 - 9 p.m.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 40th Reunion Dinner – Class of '79
D'Marcos Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar (401 S. Main Street, Rochester, MI 48307)
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Calling all members from the MBA Class of 1979. On behalf Dean Michael A. Mazzeo, you are cordially invited to join us for a private 40th Reunion Dinner at D’Marcos Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar. Please join us to reconnect with former classmates and to celebrate 40 years since earning your MBA at Oakland University. Space is limited! Registration is required at oakland.imodules.com/MBA40. Contact Kathryn Lehman at (248) 370-4916 for more information.

7-10 p.m.
OU Rec Alumni Homecoming Social
Red Ox Tavern, 3773 E Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
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Join Director of University of Recreation and Well-Being Greg Jordan, plus current and past OU rec staff, and fellow rec alumni as we enjoy food, friends and reminisce about our amazing rec experiences. A pizza buffet will be provided compliments of OU Recreation. RSVP to attend by 9/25/19 by registering here!

For more information, contact Marie VanBuskirk at taylor4@oakland.edu.

7 p.m.
SAFAC Presents Chris D'Elia
Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms
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Tickets will be available Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Office for Student Involvement Service Window, 49 Oakland Center. Tickets are FREE for OU student, faculty, staff, and alumni with ID. There is a maximum of two tickets per person. For more information or to request special assistance, contact the Office for Student Involvement at 248-370-2400 or osi@oakland.edu

9 p.m.
Grizz Madnezz
O'rena
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Show your Golden Grizzly pride at Grizz Madnezz! Come enjoy the free giveaways, entertainment, food, meet the student-athletes and coaches, and much more! Free and open to all Golden Grizzly fans. Contact Leanne Schnurer at leschnur@oakland.edu for more information.

Saturday, October 12

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) 40th Anniversary Celebration
Human Health Building, School of Health Sciences
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The Environmental Health and Safety Program (EHS), within the School of Health Sciences, will be hosting a 40th Anniversary Celebration for graduates of the EHS or OSH Programs. Current students of the program, along with faculty, staff and community partners of the EHS program are also invited. For more information, please contact Janice Eaton at eaton@oakland.edu. Registration is required.

9 - 11 a.m.
OU Parents Reception and Tour
Meadow Brook Hall
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Join OU Parents for a light continental breakfast reception and a behind-the-scenes tour of the national historic landmark, Meadow Brook Hall, located on the campus of Oakland University. Registration is required at oakland.imodules.com/ParentsHOCO19. For more information, contact Kelsie Deppen at kdeppen@oakland.edu.

10 a.m.
24-Hour Filmmaking Challenge Begins
Varner Hall Room 112
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Showcase your creative skills and test your endurance in this around-the-clock filmmaking project. Teams of three or four will show and edit an original short film. No previous experience is required. OU Cinema Studies faculty and students will be present to offer technical and logistical assistance. Teams will have access to video equipment and digital editing lab space. An awards program will be held Sunday afternoon. No cost to register. For more information or to pre-register, contact Professor Adam Gould at agould@oakland.edu.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Executive-Master of Business Administration (E-MBA) Alumni Brunch
Oakland University Art Gallery
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All members from the E-MBA program are cordially invited to join Dean Michael Mazzeo for an exclusive E-MBA Alumni Brunch at Oakland University’s Art Gallery. Space is limited. Registration required at oakland.imodules.com/EMBAHoco. For more information, please contact Kathryn Lehman at (248) 370-4916.

1 - 4 p.m.
OUSC BYOB Tailgate
South Foundation Hall
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The OU Student Congress BYOB Student Tailgate will be held on the west side of South Foundation Hall (across from the P1 Parking Lot) on Saturday afternoon.

1 - 4 p.m.
Tau Kappa Epsilon Car Smash
South Foundation Hall
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Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKEs) is hosting their annual car smash to fundraise for St. Jude Children's Hospital Saturday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on the west side of South Foundation Hall (across from the P1 Parking Lot) on Saturday afternoon. The car will be parked in the half circle by the campus map.

1 - 4 p.m.
Homecoming Festival
Sponsored by the Oakland University Credit Union
Oakland Center
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Students, alumni, family and friends are invited to share in the OU homecoming spirit at the Homecoming Festival. Food, music and fun for all ages, rain or shine! Reconnect with fellow alumni, enjoy fun and games with the family festival, pumpkin decorating, and more. Featured reunions include: Center for Multicultural Initiatives and Black Alumni Chapter Social, English Department, and Athletics Reunion.

Advanced registration is encouraged to receive festival food tickets. Register here.

1-3 p.m.
"Return to Learn" Lectures
Oakland Center, Room 157/158
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Hear from some of your favorite faculty members on exciting topics and current trends during the Homecoming Festival. Registration is not required. For complete details, visit oakland.imodules.com/2019ReturnToLearn.

1 p.m.
Swimming and Diving Golden Grizzly Relays
Aquatic Center
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The Golden Grizzly relays meet is a competition between Oakland, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Wayne State, Calvin College and Hope College. Tickets can be purchased on goldengrizzlies.com, at the door, or by calling (248) 370-4000.

1 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Oakland Soccer Fields
More info

The Golden Grizzlies take on the IUPUI Jaguars for their homecoming weekend matchup. Tickets can be purchased on goldengrizzlies.com, at the door, or by calling (248) 370-4000.

4 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Oakland Soccer Fields
More info

The Golden Grizzlies take on the IUPUI Jaguars for their homecoming weekend matchup. Tickets can be purchased on goldengrizzlies.com, at the door, or by calling (248) 370-4000.

6 p.m.
OU Football Club Game
Recreation and Athletics Outdoor Complex
More info

Cheer on the OU Football Club as they face off against Michigan State at the upper fields. For more information, contact Brett Jacobs.

8 p.m.
Black Alumni Chapter Celebration
Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms
More info

The OU Black Alumni Chapter invites you to unwind and rewind at Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. This evening celebration will feature drinks and appetizers, reminiscing and reconnecting. Advanced registration is required.

8 p.m.
Urinetown
Varner Studio Theatre
More info

A hilarious musical satire of capitalism — join us in Urinetown; a place where the government has banned private toilets — allowing a corrupt company to sweep in and charge outrageous fees for one of humanities basic needs. $22 general, $12 students. Tickets available at etix.com.

Sunday, October 13

10 a.m.
24-Hour Filmmaking Challenge Ends/Turn In
Varner Hall Room 228
2 p.m.
Urinetown
Varner Studio Theatre
More info

A hilarious musical satire of capitalism — join us in Urinetown; a place where the government has banned private toilets — allowing a corrupt company to sweep in and charge outrageous fees for one of humanities basic needs. $12 admission. Tickets available at etix.com.

4 p.m.
Filmmaking Challenge Awards
Human Health Building, Room 1050
More info

Enjoy a viewing of all the films plus awards, snacks and prizes.

5 p.m.
Volleyball vs Milwaukee
O'rena
More info

The Golden Grizzlies take on the Milwaukee Panthers for their homecoming weekend matchup. Tickets can be purchased on goldengrizzlies.com, at the door, or by calling (248) 370-4000.

General Information

Hotel Information

Mention OU's Homecoming & Reunion Weekend to receive a special rate from these hotels!

Crowne Plaza Auburn Hills

Make a reservation online.
(248) 373-4550
$119 per night
Last day to book: Monday, September 30, 2019
If calling, please ask for the Oakland University Homecoming group rate.

Royal Park Hotel

(248) 652-2600
Limited Availability

Courtyard by Marriott

Make a reservation online.
(248) 373-4100
$89-99 per night
Last day to book: Monday, September 30, 2019
If calling, please ask for the Oakland University Homecoming group rate.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Northern Rochester Hills
(248) 923-4500

We want to hear from you

Tell us a special memory you have from Oakland University, or how OU impacted your life. Nominate you or a friend’s story, and you could be highlighted in a future feature on oakland.edu/alumni. Learn more here.

Parking on Campus

Alumni, students, faculty and staff should plan ahead for parking on campus.

The recommended lot for the Golden Celebration reunion attendees and the Pioneer Club brunch attendees is P1 (west of the Oakland Center).  Golf carts will be available to shuttle guests to the Oakland Center doors.

The recommended lot for the Homecoming Festival and BBQ is P1.

Bookstore

The Bookstore will be open the following hours the week of October 7-12:
10/7: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10/8 & 10/9: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
10/10: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10/11: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10/12: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For homecoming weekend we will be running a clearance flash sale and will also be accepting nonperishable food items to support the Golden Grizzlies’ Pantry.

three women in graduation caps and gowns standing outside in winter near a wall that says Oakland University
two women pointing to a sign on a door that says High Class Place
two young men shirtless, posing with arms around each other's shoulders
crowd of students surrounding the Grizz mascot at a sporting event
three young adults around a table, talking
four men in Oakland University football uniforms, holding helmets
four women in white Oakland University uniforms, huddled with arms around each other at a sporting event