Frequently Asked Questions
In no particular order, here are some frequently asked Reunion questions. Don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Alumni Relations
if you need additional information.
Where should I go first when I arrive on campus?
You should plan to make Reunion Headquarters in Donovan's Pub your first stop once you arrive on campus. You can pick up your registration packets, on-campus housing information and keys, see who is attending from your class, and more. Staff members are on hand every day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. to help meet your needs and answer your questions.
What is the attire for the Saturday evening Class Banquet?
Generally, the class banquets are dressier than other Reunion events because a formal meal is served. However, apparel varies by Reunion year.
The 50th Reunion Class has discussed the dress code for the weekend and has decided that they are shedding the customary ties and suggest a business casual dress theme. (Don’t forget to pack your comfortable shoes for walking those infamous hills!) Also, you will be given an embroidered button down shirt when you arrive to campus and your spouse/partner will be given a silk Colgate scarf. The men should wear a navy blazer (with class shirt) and khaki pants for Friday night’s Award Ceremony, Saturday’s memorial service and class picture, and Saturday's all-class parade. Therefore, it is advisable to bring another button down shirt or two.
The 25th Reunion Silver Anniversary Banquet is also a dressier occasion on Saturday evening with men wearing jackets and/or ties and ladies in nice comparable attire.
For the other class banquets, generally nice attire is appropriate. Men can choose to wear a nice shirt, jacket, or tie as they prefer. Ladies are welcome to wear skirts, dresses, or other summer dressy apparel. Please no jeans, shorts, or flip flops.
Why is there a registration fee?
The registration fee covers the majority of general Reunion expenses. Everything from the mailings that you receive throughout the year, to the tents on Whitnall Field - even the torches for the traditional torchlight parade are paid for by the registration fee. Unlike our peer schools, our Reunion program does not receive a subsidy from the university.
Class specific expenses are also included in the registration fee to cover items specific to your class such as your banquet cocktail party, entertainment during the weekend, and your class souvenir (if one was chosen by your program chair). The fee also helps to underwrite a small portion of the student staff workers' pay.
What is the refund policy?
Please see Colgate's event and Reunion refund policy. Refunds are available until May 18, 2016. Refunds requested after this date may be considered, however no refunds will be processed until after Reunion.
Why does my Reunion registration include a participatory gift to Colgate?
Opportunity. Reunion is a wonderful opportunity for you and your classmates to connect with one another and reengage with Colgate. Your contribution this year is a way to honor your Colgate experience and also allows Colgate the chance to improve its rankings in US News & World Report.
Flexibility. Our goal is to provide the best Reunion experience with the greatest flexibility to our alumni and guests. To this end, you’ll notice that we have provided a variety of new reunion packages this year. These new pricing options allow guests to register for only the days they choose to attend Reunion, allowing the university to lower the alumni price tag even when including the participatory gift to Colgate.
Transparency. We get it ... and understand that some alumni have already made a gift to Colgate this year. If any Reunion attendee prefers not to include a gift with their registration, they can simply call the alumni relations office at 315-228-7433 to opt-out (no questions asked).
What is included in the campus housing fee?
You will have a clean room with shared bathroom facilities in one of the on-campus residence halls or apartments. The bed is twin size and you will be provided sheets, towels, a blanket and pillow. It is a good idea to check the weather as you may want to bring an extra blanket or fan depending on the forecast. Bring along hangers if you plan to hang clothes.
Should your room require attention upon check-in, please let our staff in Reunion Headquarters know so that it can be addressed. We want your on-campus experience to be enjoyable for you and your guest(s).
Where do I park?
Parking is available on Whitnall Field and in several areas around campus. It is very helpful if alumni and guests refrain from parking on campus roads and pay attention to no parking signs.
It is 7:00 a.m. and I‘m hungry – where’s breakfast?
Go to Frank Dining Hall. You will enjoy a delicious breakfast in a relaxing atmosphere. Please note that Sunday brunch starts at 8:00 a.m.
Where is the lost and found?
Lost and found items will be held at Reunion Headquarters in Donovan’s Pub.
When do I find out my housing assignment?
Assigning housing is like that 1,500 piece puzzle in your closet - it takes a lot of time and patience to complete. Rest assured that we will do our very best to accommodate your housing requests but need to receive them in a timely manner. When you arrive on campus, please go to Reunion Headquarters in Donovan's Pub. You will receive your housing information at that time.
What if I need assistance getting up the hill and back to the Colgate Inn?
No problem! We have a team of drivers who can get you around campus and the Colgate Cruiser will take you into the village. Stop by the transportation tent in front of the pub for a ride.
My 5-year-old is coming with me to Reunion. What can she do all weekend?
Camp Raider is our professional child-care program, based in Huntington Gym and available on Saturday. A list of local baby sitters is available in the Pub. You will find that the atmosphere on Whitnall Field is fun for kids during daylight hours. Kids eat with you at all meals with the exception of the Saturday night banquet, which is a ticketed event.
We also offer a variety of family-friendly programming throughout the weekend. A complete schedule will be included in the back of your Reunion Program booklet.
I've lost my key and am locked out of my on-campus room. Reunion Headquarters closed at 2:00 a.m. Now what?
Go to campus safety, located in the gray house on Hamilton Street behind Merrill House. An officer will be happy to assist.
My buddy and I would like to participate in an event, but it says space is limited. Where do we sign up?
We suggest heading to the information desk at Donovan's Pub as soon as you arrive. Sign-up sheets will be available for all events with limited seating.