Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

October 11-12, 2019

Save the date for the 2019 Oakland University Homecoming and Reunion Weekend! Join fellow students and alumni to celebrate the two-day event October 11-12. Check back for more information as the date moves closer. 

Featured Events

Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Grizz Madnezz

Join us in the O'rena as we tip off the 2018-19 Men’s and Women’s Basketball season in Golden Grizzly style!

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Football Club at Oakland University (Updated!)

Cheer on the OU Club Football Team as they face off against the semi pro team the Coyotes! 

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Homecoming Festival

Students and alumni are invited to share in the OU homecoming spirit at the Homecoming Festival!

Saturday, 12 p.m. NEW LOCATION: Athletic Bubble

Men’s Soccer vs. Northern Kentucky

Join the Grizz in cheering on the Men’s Soccer team as they take on the University of Northern Kentucky. Students free with ID. $7.00 Adults. $5.00 for 12 and under, 65 and over, or any OU Staff and Faculty.  NOTE: The game location has moved from soccer field to the Athletic Bubble.

All Events

Wednesday, October 3

All Audiences
6-9 p.m.
Celebrity Pizza Social
Park 600 Restaurant, Royal Park Hotel
More info

Join our three local alumni mayors - Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills, Rob Ray of Rochester and Kevin McDaniel of Auburn Hills - for a fun and "cheesy" kick off to homecoming weekend.

Friday, October 5

All Audiences
10 a.m.- Noon
Hillcrest Hall Grand Opening
Hillcrest Hall
More info

Celebrate in the grand opening of the newest residence hall at Oakland University! Tours of the hall will be available and refreshments will be served. Registration coming soon. For more information, contact Patty Gillespie at gillesp2@oakland.edu

Noon-12:30 p.m.
Elliott Tower Carillon Concert
Elliott Tower
5-7 p.m. (5-6 p.m tailgate party / 6-7 p.m. game)
Rec Center 20th Anniversary Tailgate Party
Recreation and Athletic Outdoor Complex
More info

Stop by our Tailgate for a hot dog, chips and a drink compliments of OU Rec Well. Enjoy music, lawn games, catch up with friends and see the new RAOC facility! Tailgate attendees will receive a commemorative 20th anniversary t-shirt. Cheer on your former Rec Staff and current OU students at the Alumni Flag Football game. Former and current IM and Club Sports Coordinators Andre Love and Dan Bettmann & Gabby Sokol will come back to lead the Rec alumni from the first 10 years (1998-2007) as they battle it out against Rec alumni hailing from the second 10 years (2008-2018) of University Recreation. This is an event you don't want to miss! Registration is required for Rec alumni to play in the flag football game. The tailgate event is free to OU students, Rec Alumni and their family

7-8 p.m.
Residence Halls Association Presents Comedian Jessi Campbell
The Habitat OC Amphitheater
More info

Jessi Campbell is an energetic and passionate comedian known for her unique blend of high-energy story telling and dead-pan sarcasm. She has performed on Last Comic Standing on NBC and soon at OU. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Timothy Nickels, Residence Director, Oak View Hall at (248) 370-4493 or tnickels@oakland.edu.

8:30 p.m.
Grizz Madnezz
More info

Join us as we tip off the 2018-19 Men’s and Women’s Basketball season in Golden Grizzly style!  Start the season off excited with this pep rally style event where you will be introduced to members of both teams and watch Grizzly Motion in action. There are opportunities to participate in activities, win prizes, and receive some great #WearTheBear gear!  Bring your Oakland Pride and wear your Black and Gold! Registration not required. For more information, call Becky Weber at (248) 370-2713. 

8-10 p.m.
OU Rec Alumni Social
Red Ox Tavern, Auburn Hills, MI
More info

Rec Alumni and a guest are invited join Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being staff for a casual social with past and current Rec Well/Campus Rec staff.  A pizza buffet and salad will be provided and you may purchase drinks from the bar. This gathering is planned for Red Ox Tavern, located at 3773 E Walton Blvd. Auburn Hills. 

Register HERE by September 24, 2018.

10 p.m.-midnight
Movie, Munchies and More
The Habitat OC Amphitheater
More info
For your viewing pleasure,  "The Greatest Showman" will be featured on the big screen, plus lots of munchies, novelty entertainment, and recreation games in the Bear Cave to enjoy. And it's all FREE!!!
For more information, contact Jean Ann Miller, Senior Director, Office for Student Involvement at (248) 370-4332.
9-11 a.m.
Golden Celebration Reunion Breakfast
Oakland Center, Banquet Room B
More info

Welcome home to OU! Reunion weekend begins with class member introductions and reminiscing over breakfast and a welcome from Provost James Lentini. The 50th Reunion of the Class of 1968 and 55th reunion of the Class of 1963 will be featured, but all alumni from the Class of 1968 and earlier are invited to attend and celebrate. Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (248) 364-6130 for more information. Registration is required by September 21. Register here

5 p.m.
Alumni Awards Banquet
Oakland Center Ballrooms
More info

The Oakland University Alumni Association hosts the 24th Annual Alumni Awards Banquet honoring those who have achieved success in business, community service, volunteerism and more. Registration is required by September 21. Register here

Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (248) 364-6130 for more information. 

Faculty and Staff
9-11 a.m.
Pioneer Club Faculty and Staff Retiree Brunch
Oakland Center, Founders Ballroom C
More info

As a retiree, you are a valued member of the University community. Let us show our appreciation while you reconnect with former colleagues during a breakfast to begin the fall Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

Registration is required. Please RSVP to oupioneerclub@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4389 by September 24.

Saturday, October 6

All Audiences
10 a.m.
Matilda Dodge Wilson Statue Unveiling
Grounds between the Oakland Center and South Foundation Hall
More info

Join us for this historical moment as President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz unveils the statue of our Founder. Rain or shine. For more information, contact Kathryn Lehman at (248) 370-4916 or klehman@oakland.edu.

9:30-11 a.m.
OU Parents Reception and Meadow Brook Hall tour
Meadow Brook Hall, Christopher Wren Dining Room
More info

Join fellow OU Parents as we gather for a light breakfast reception and a behind-the-scenes tour of the national historic landmark, Meadow Brook Hall, located on the campus of Oakland University. To register for this event, click here. For more information, contact Kelsie Deppe at kdeppen@oakland.edu

10 a.m.
24-Hour Filmmaking Challenge Starts
More info

Showcase your creative skills and test your endurance in this around-the-clock filmmaking project, where 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. More information coming soon.

11 a.m.
Rec Center Herman Room Dedication
Lower Level of the Recreation Center
More info

Join current Rec staff, former staff, and many others for the dedication of the Herman Room in the Oakland University Recreation Center. There will be remarks from Greg Jordan (Director of OU Rec Well) and former Dean of Students David E. Herman as well as plaque presentation and a short video. Light refreshments will be offered. Tours of the Rec will be available immediately following the program. Register here

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
"Return to Learn" Lectures
Oakland Center, Gold Rooms
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Enjoy special lectures presented by the OU Center for Civic Engagement, Recreation and Well-Being and the School of Health Sciences. Two sessions will be offered at each time: 11 - 11:45 a.m. and Noon-12:45 p.m. Registration is not required. Click here for details.

1-4 p.m.
Homecoming Festival: Featured Reunions, OUSC Tailgate and Alumni Association Family Festival NOTE: This event has moved inside the Oakland Center
BBQ moved to Oakland Center; Family Festival moved to Rec. Center 3 Court Gym
More info

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. Reconnect with fellow alumni in reunion tents, enjoy inflatables and games with the family and join current students in the OUSC Tailgate tent. Featured reunions include: Center for Multicultural Initiatives and Black Alumni Chapter Social, Recreation and Well-Being 20th Anniversary, and Greek Alumni.

OU Men's Soccer vs. Northern Kentucky
GAME MOVED FROM Soccer Fields to Athletic Bubble
7 p.m.
Club Football Game Vs. Semi Pro Coyotes (Updated!)
Recreation and Athletic Outdoor Complex
More info

Cheer on the Oakland University Club Football Team as they face off against the semi pro Coyotes!

6-8 p.m.
Residence Life Reunion at Hillcrest
Hillcrest Hall - Multi-Purpose Room
More info

Reminisce with your fellow Residents Hall Alumni from the 1970's-1980's during this year's Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Join us as we remember the good old days and see how much campus has changed in our newest residence hall. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Amanda Fylan at (248) 364-6128.

8 p.m.
Black Alumni Chapter Social
More info

Information is TBD

Sunday, October 7

All Audiences
10 a.m.
Filmmaking Challenge Ends
Varner Hall, Room 112
More info

For more information and to register for the 24-Hour Film Challenge, please email Kyle Edwards edwards2@oakland.edu 

4 p.m.
Filmmaking Challenge Awards
North Foundation Hall, Room 156
More info

For more information and to register for the 24-Hour Film Challenge, please email Kyle Edwards edwards2@oakland.edu.

General Information

Hotel Information

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

Crowne Plaza Auburn Hills
(248) 373-4550

Royal Park Hotel
(248) 652-2600
Limited Availability

Courtyard by Marriott
Auburn Hills
(248) 373-4100

Holiday Inn Express and Suites 
Northern Rochester Hills
(248) 923-4500

Tailgate Policy

Coming Soon! 

Parking on Campus

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

The recommended lots for events at Hillcrest Hall are P36, P34 and P32 (south of the engineering center) and P24 (south of Varner Hall).

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 Alumni Awards Banquet 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 Matilda Dodge Wilson statue unveiling is P1 (west of the Oakland Center).

The recommended lot for the Homecoming Festival and BBQ is P36 (south of the engineering center).

An action shot of Oakland University's club football team playing against Michigan State's club team
Close up photo of 4 people among a larger crowd of people smiling and cheering
The Grizz posing for a photo with a group of students on a parking garage roof with a view of Elliott Tower in the background
Oakland University's logo painted into the grass on a hill with Elliott Tower seen in the background
2 female students wearing Oakland University t-shits and posing for a photo while holding plates of food
Oakland University's O U logo formed on the ground out of fallen orange autumn leaves
2 O U cheerleaders smiling for a photo. One is in the foreground and the other is blurry in the background