Alumni Weekend Schedule

This is Your Weekend - Welcome Home. Alumni Weekend 2024, May 30 - June 2, 2024.

Alumni Weekend 2024 Schedule

Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2, 2024

Preliminary Schedule - Last updated January 24, 2024

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change. This schedule will be updated with reunion activities and a wide variety of other campus events as Alumni Weekend approaches.

ContinuED Session: Feed your desire for lifelong learning with lectures, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions from our esteemed faculty, staff, and alumni.

Student Spotlight: Engage with CMC students, network with various student organizations, and share in the college experience.

Event Registration: Registration fee includes snacks, refreshments, and bar at the Alumni Club, ContinuED sessions, receptions prior to Friday and Saturday dinners, special interest sessions, live music, campus tours, Monte Carlo Night, and more.

Event Shuttle: If you’re staying at the Doubletree by Hilton Claremont, a complimentary shuttle will take you to and from campus. The shuttle will run on a scheduled loop between the hotel and Kravis Center all day Friday and Saturday. The schedule will be posted in the Kravis Center breezeway.

Childcare: Due to liability reasons, we are unable to provide childcare over Alumni Weekend. We encourage you to explore other options so that you can come celebrate with us!

3:00 to 8:00 p.m.Registration and Dorm Check In
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Check in and receive your roommate assignment, dorm room key, and reunion schedule. Then, get excited for the thrill-a-minute weekend that lies ahead of you!
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.50th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1974
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Reunite with classmates at this special reception for the 50th reunion class of 1974. Registration required.
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Alumni Welcome Mixer
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Welcome back to Claremont! Drop in upon your arrival and join fellow CMC alumni for welcome appetizers and beverages, strike up a conversation, and make connections. Registration required.
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.Early Morning Coffee 
Outside of Collins Dining Hall
Attention all early risers! Stop by to grab a perfect cup of coffee to kickstart your day.
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Open Exercise
Nakasone Family Fitness Center, Roberts Pavilion
Enjoy the state-of-the-art equipment and beautiful views in Roberts Pavilion.
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Alumni Club
Kravis Center
For all of our V.I.P. guests (you!), the Alumni Club is reserved for your exclusive use over the weekend. Check in, register, connect with classmates, and enjoy refreshments while you discover the various programming offered throughout the weekend. Included with registration fee.
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.Kick­-Off Breakfast
Collins Dining Hall
Meet up with new and old friends as we get the weekend started off right with a breakfast buffet and beverages. Registration required.
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.CMC Supply Shop
Gann Quadrangle, North Side
Come stock up on CMC swag at the CMC Supply Shop pop-up, we have items for all ages and styles! No cash accepted, credit card or Apple Pay only.
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.Alumni Association Annual Meeting
Davidson Lecture Hall
Curious about the inner workings of the Alumni Association or would like to become more involved in the alumni community? All alumni are welcome to join CMCAA President Scott Torrey ’91 P’23 P’26 to learn more about Alumni Association activities.
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.Campus Tour
Meet at the Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Join John Faranda ’79, ambassador-at-large, on a walking tour of the CMC campus. Explore the latest additions and revisit past landmarks to see what has changed since your days as a student.
10:00 to 10:50 a.m.ContinuED Session: "Nuclear Accidents, Miscalculations, and Near Misses" with Professor Lisa Koch, Ph.D.
Kravis 164
What lessons can we learn from nuclear accidents, miscalculations, and near misses? We’ll examine cases from the history of nuclear weapons development, and the command and control of nuclear arsenals. And we’ll consider what these cases might lead us to conclude about the future role of artificial intelligence in nuclear operations.
11:00 to 11:50 a.m.ContinuEd Session: “Love Letters from James Baldwin” with Professor Nicholas Buccola, Ph.D.
Kravis 102 
The idea of love was at the center of James Baldwin’s philosophy, but his understanding of the idea defies easy categorization. Please join Professor Nick Buccola for an exploration of the idea of love in Baldwin’s fiction, nonfiction, and activism and how the idea might be relevant to our own moral and political lives.
11:00 to 11:50 a.m.ContinuED Session: "US-China Relations" with Professor Minxin Pei, Ph.D.
Freeberg Forum, Kravis Center Lower Court
Come hear from Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, Dr. Professor Minxin Pei P’12, on the current status of US-China relations.
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.Lunch & Learn: “The Kids are Alright: Public Policy Education in a Polarized Time” with Professor Eric Helland, Ph.D.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Come enjoy a hearty lunch and discussion with William F. Podlich Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow, Eric Helland, Ph.D.  Fill up on delicious food and dessert, but be sure to leave room for some Q&A!.
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.CMS Rummage Sale
Ali Mirza ’15 Recreational Court, Roberts Pavilion
Come stock up on a mix of new CMS items and old-school gear. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your old uniform or a brand new shirt to rep the Stags and Athenas!
2:00 to 2:50 p.m.ContinuED Session: "AI and Creativity" with Professor Amy Kind, Ph.D.
Kravis 102
What impact does the rise of AI systems have on creativity? Does our reliance on them signal the death of human creativity, or might our partnerships with them unleash new powers of creativity within us? And can AI systems themselves be considered genuinely creative? Join Amy Kind, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, for a discussion of these timely and important questions.
2:00 to 2:50 p.m.ContinuEd Session: "RLCIE Discussion Panel"
Kravis 164
The mission of the Randall Lewis Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to help prepare students to be thoughtful, productive, and responsible business leaders and innovators. Come join their discussion on venture capital and entrepreneurship. Panelists include Adele English ’19 and Ankit Sud ’14.
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.(Drop-in hours)College Connection: Career Drop-In with the Soll Center for Student Opportunity
The Soll Center for Student Opportunity (near The Hub)
Are you trying to clarify your career goals? Are you thinking about a career pivot or applying to graduate school? Do you have some opportunities to share with current students? Come into the Soll Center to meet with one of our career coaches!
3:00 to 3:50 p.m.CMS Athletics Alumni Reception
Colorado Terrace, Roberts Pavilion
Join fellow Athena and Stag alumni for light refreshments on the Colorado Terrace of Roberts Pavilion to reminisce about the “glory days” of playing for CMS.
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.Athenaeum Tea
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, North Patio
Join us for this long-standing CMC tradition at the Ath! Enjoy chocolate covered strawberries, Rice Krispies treats, and great conversation.
4:00 to 4:50 p.m.ContinuED Session: “The Future of Science Education is Present at CMC” with Professor Ran Libeskind-Hadas
Kravis 102
Join Professor Ran “RON” Libeskind-Hadas, Founding Chair of the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences, for a discussion of CMC’s innovative and exciting new science program. The new department is organized around three grand challenges: human health, the brain, and our planet and will be housed in the iconic Robert Day Sciences Center which is currently under construction.
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.Alumni Weekend Class Committee Volunteer Reception
Valach Hall Lounge
Inviting all of our Alumni Weekend Class Committee volunteers for this special thank you. By invitation only.
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.CMC Wine Tasting
“Qwalala” by Pae White SC’85, Mid Quad
Reconnect and toast to college memories under the setting California sun. Featuring wines from CMC alumni-owned and affiliated vineyards. Registration required.
6:30 to 7:15 p.m.Welcome Reception
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Rolling out the maroon carpet for all of our esteemed guests, the welcome reception will offer a selection of specialty beverages as we prepare for our celebration dinner. Included in registration fee.
7:15 to 9:00 p.m.Celebration Dinner
Gann Quadrangle
Our traditional “all class” reunion dinner. Registration required.
9:00 to 10:00 p.m.Singing Party in Honor of Ward Elliott
Beckett Hall Fire Pit
Bring your instruments and singing voices and pay tribute to Professor Ward Elliott by joining in song in his honor, led by Noah Mesel ’83 P’25. We welcome Noah back to campus for this special gathering.
9:00 to 10:00 p.m.After Dinner Lounge
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Enjoy refreshments after dinner while relaxing in the Alumni Club lounge.
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.After Hours at the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont/PianoPiano
555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
Unwind from a busy day at the DoubleTree bar and lounge until 10:00 pm. If you are looking to keep the fun going, DoubleTree guests can enjoy free entry to the adjoining dueling piano bar, PianoPiano, until 1:00 am. No host.
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.Early Morning Coffee
Outside of Collins Dining Hall
Attention all early risers! Stop by to grab a perfect cup of coffee to kickstart your day.
7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Open Exercise
Nakasone Family Fitness Center, Roberts Pavilion
Enjoy the state-of-the-art equipment and beautiful views in Roberts Pavilion.
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.Res Publica Society Brunch
Roberts Pavilion, 2nd floor Terrace
By invitation only.
8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.Alumni Club
Kravis Center
For all of our V.I.P. alumni guests (you!), the Alumni Club is reserved for your exclusive use over the weekend. Check in, register, connect with classmates, and enjoy refreshments while you discover the various programming offered throughout the weekend. Included with registration fee.
8:45 to 9:30 a.m.Breakfast at Bauer
Pickford Auditorium, Bauer Center
Grab a bite to eat before heading into Pickford Auditorium for a morning discussion. Enjoy a selection of breakfast burritos, fruits, bagels, pastries, yogurts, juices, coffees and teas. Registration required.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.CMC Supply Shop
Gann Quadrangle, North Side
Come stock up on CMC swag at the CMC Supply Shop pop-up, we have items for all ages and styles! No cash accepted, credit card or Apple Pay only.
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.ContinuEd Session: “What’s Happening in the World?” with Professor Jenny Taw, Ph.D.
Pickford Auditorium, Bauer Center
Come join a discussion with Associate Professor of Government and International Relations, Jennifer Taw, Ph.D.
Based on a classroom practice with which many IR alum will be familiar(!), we will discuss current events from an International Relations perspective. Participants should come with a global news item in mind (on an international action, in any region, preferably with an emphasis on security and diplomacy, though we can go beyond those) and we can talk our way around the world. Let’s make this more of a discussion than a lecture (like the IR classes on which it’s based).
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Pickup Basketball
Ali Mirza '15 Recreational Court, Roberts Pavilion
Put on your sneakers and head over to Roberts Pavilion to join a team for a lively pickup game.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Pickleball Open Play
Pickleball Courts, Center Court
Pickleball is sweeping the nation! Come see what all the fuss is about and put your ping pong/tennis/badminton skills to the test.
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.The Next Big Steps for CMC with President Hiram E. Chodosh
Pickford Auditorium, Bauer Center
What are the major challenges and opportunities of our time, both beyond and within higher education? What are CMC’s core strategies and key priorities in response? Please join President Chodosh in this interactive forum to learn more about the next big steps for CMC and how we continue to contribute to the promise of our shared future.
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.Class of 1974 Golden Medallion Luncheon
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
The 50th reunion class receives their coveted medallions during this lunch celebration. Registration required.
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.Stag-a-Palooza! Lunch
Gann Quadrangle, Kravis Center
Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring live music, lawn games, face painting, and sweet treats—it’s fun for all ages! Registration required.
12:30 to 2:00 p.m.Craft Brew Review
Gann Quadrangle, Kravis Center
Stroll from station to station to sample delicious craft beers, with flavors that range from the traditional to the eclectic. Your taste buds will be hopping! Under 21 not admitted. Registration required.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.Campus Tour
Meet at the Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Join John Faranda ’79, ambassador-at-large, on a walking tour of the CMC campus. Explore the latest additions and revisit past landmarks to see what has changed since your days as a student.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.ROTC Target Shoot and Open House
Lower Level, Bauer Center
Practice your sharp¬shooting skills with a lesson from members of the Army ROTC.
2:00 to 2:50 p.m.ContinuEd Session: “What CMC Means to Us” with Professor Marc Massoud, Ph.D.
Davidson Lecture Hall
Being a part of the CMC community lasts much longer than your time on campus. Join Robert A. Day Distinguished Professor Emeritus Marc Massoud P’89, Ph.D. as he reflects on his 43-year long journey with CMC as a member of the faculty, a father, and a lifetime member of the CMC Alumni Association, and his ongoing interest in staying connected with alumni across the globe.
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.Innertube Water Polo/Free Swim
Axelrood Pool, Roberts Pavilion
That’s right, it’s back, the game that’s technically only slightly faster than a lazy river: innertube water polo! Whether you’re looking to redeem your former dorm or test whether your classmates are as competitive as you remember, you won’t want to miss this event.
3:00 to 3:50 p.m.Alumni of Color Reception
Reception Patio, Gann Quadrangle, North Side
Join alumni of color, staff, and faculty for a special reception to celebrate CMC’s diversity. Expand your network, reconnect with old classmates, and make new friends. All are welcome to join. Hosted by the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement and the CMC Alumni Association.
3:00 to 3:50 p.m.ContinuEd Session: “Leadership 101: Myths, Truths, and KLI Research” with Professor Ronald Riggio, Ph.D.
Kravis 102
What do we REALLY know about leadership? Join Professor Ron Riggio to answer some of the most often-asked questions about leaders and leadership. Are leaders born or made? Can leadership really be developed? Are managers leaders? Learn also about the cutting-edge research that the Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI) is conducting with its faculty and students and some of the fascinating findings. We will also discuss KLI’s programs to develop responsible leadership in our students, and beyond the College.
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.Class of 1969 Virtual Gathering
Roberts North 103
For members of the class of 1969 who are unable to attend Alumni Weekend in person, please join us for this hour-long Zoom check in to catch up with friends, both old and new. Link to follow.
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.Class of 1964 Virtual Gathering
Roberts North 104
For members of the class of 1964 who are unable to attend Alumni Weekend in person, please join us for this hour-long Zoom check in to catch up with friends, both old and new. Link to follow.
4:00 to 4:50 p.m.Pride at CMC!
Reception Patio, Gann Quadrangle, North Side
Join alumni, staff, and faculty for a reception celebrating CMC’s LGBTQIA+ community. Spend time with fellow alumni, mingle over delicious treats and beverages, and make new friends. All are welcome to join. Hosted by the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement and the CMC Alumni Association.
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.Public Art at CMC
Meet at the Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Join Kimberly Shiring, Secretary of the College and Director of Public Art on a walking tour highlighting the key Public Art pieces at CMC. Explore the latest additions the new Public Art Initiative has supported.
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.Class of 1974 Gathering at the John E. Allen '73 Tree
Green Hall
Join classmates for a quiet moment in this beautiful location and take some time to honor late classmates, friends, faculty, and coaches.
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.Reunion Reception and Class Photos
Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Immortalize your return to CMC with class photos and enjoy a lively reception with fellow CMCers before the infamous class dinners! Don't forget to order your class photo when you register for the weekend. Reception included in registration fee.
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Reunion Class Dinners
Gann Quadrangle and Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Reminisce about years past with classmates over a gourmet meal. If you can only attend one event at Alumni Weekend, this signature affair should be it. Registration required.
8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.Monte Carlo Night
McKenna Auditorium
Let us transport you to the decadent world of Monte Carlo. Try your luck at the casino tables, lounge with friends over beverages, and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music & glamorous decor. A re-creation of the longest running CMC event, we hope to leave you with yet another cherished “college” memory. Included in registration fee.
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.After Hours at the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont/PianoPiano
555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
Unwind from a busy day at the DoubleTree bar and lounge until 10:00 pm. If you are looking to keep the fun going, DoubleTree guests can enjoy free entry to the adjoining dueling piano bar, PianoPiano, until 1:00 am. No host.
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.Early Morning Coffee
Outside of Collins Dining Hall
Attention all early risers! Stop by to grab a perfect cup of coffee to kickstart your day.
7:00 to 11:00 a.m.Open exercise
Nakasone Family Fitness Center, Roberts Pavilion
Enjoy the state-of-the-art equipment and beautiful views in Roberts Pavilion.
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.Friends of Bill
The Massoud
8:00 to 10:30 a.m.Morning Hike: The Claremont Loop
Meet at The Alumni Club, Kravis Center
Join faculty, staff, and alumni for a guided 5-mile trek through the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, located just 10 minutes from campus. Although the terrain can be steep, the incredible views are worth the climb. Registration required; transportation, water, and snacks are included. Bus departs promptly at 8:00 a.m.
8:30 to 11:00 a.m.Alumni Club
Kravis Center
For all of our V.I.P. alumni guests (you!), the Alumni Club is reserved for your exclusive use over the weekend. Connect with classmates, relax and enjoy refreshments and energizing snacks, and discover the various programming offered throughout the weekend.
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.Memorial Service
Reception Patio, Gann Quadrangle, North Side
Take a moment to pay respects to our community members we have lost. Join us to celebrate and remember the lives of fellow CMC alumni.
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.Goat Yoga and Fun
9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Goat Yoga
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Petting/Pictures and Playing with Goats
Parents Field
We know you wish you could Nama-stay at CMC forever but before you head back home, balance your body and mind through a calming Yoga class (with goats!) to help recover from the weekend’s festivities. There will be one hour of yoga with the goats and one hour for playing, petting, and taking pictures!
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Athena & Friends Brunch
Collins Dining Hall
Unfortunately, it is true, all good things must come to an end. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and bubbly mimosas with all alumni before you say your goodbyes. Registration required.