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General Reunion Information

Everything you need to know about planning your visit, arriving on campus, and making your way around during Reunion.
Scenic picture of the Colgate University campus launching Reunion 2017
On-campus and off-campus options are available during Reunion weekend. Click here for information on all available accommodations.
Transportation and Parking
We offer a wide variety of transportation for getting around campus during reunion weekend, as well as resources for getting to Hamilton. Learn more.
Arrival, Registration, and Other Resources - Reunion Headquarters
Location: Donovan’s Pub, James C. Colgate Student Union

Make Reunion Headquarters your first stop on campus—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 all weekend to help meet your needs and answer your questions.

Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 a.m.
Open Sunday from 8:00 a.m.–noon

Available in Reunion Headquarters:
  • Registration desk 
  • Lists of local physicians, dentists, and babysitters
  • Lost and found box
  • Message board
  • Class souvenir room
  • Room key return (see next section)
Check Out and Room Key Return
All Reunion attendees staying in campus housing must return room keys before departing campus.

Friday and Saturday: Return keys between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. at Reunion Headquarters
Sunday: Return keys between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon at Reunion Headquarters or Curtiss E. Frank Dining Hall.

Keys may also be deposited in the key drop boxes located at: James C. Colgate Student Union (inside the front middle door), East Hall, Parker Commons, Townhouses, Drake Hall, and Persson Hall (outside, near the road). In order to get credit for returning your keys, please place key(s) in an envelope with your name and phone number.

Failure to return keys prior to departing campus will result in a $150 locksmith charge. Keys must be returned before noon on Sunday and cannot be mailed back to campus. If you have any questions, please call 315-228-7433.
Family Programs
Colgate Reunion isn’t just for adults. Families are encouraged to attend. Details regarding family-oriented activities and child care services can be found here.
Saturday Evening Formal Class and Affinity Dinners
Alumni and guests who select the Full Weekend and Saturday Only registration options are invited to attend their formal class or affinity dinner, held Saturday from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at various locations. If you plan to attend your class or affinity dinner, please select the Full Weekend or Saturday Only option when registering.

Please note that these dinners are open to guests aged 21 and over. Alternative arrangements should be made for meals and childcare for younger guests.

Formal Dinner Attire: These dinners are dressier than other Reunion events, although apparel varies by Reunion year. For most class and affinity dinners, 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. The 25th and 50th class dinners are more formal affairs, with men wearing jackets and/or ties and ladies in nice comparable attire. 
Sports and Recreation Facilities Hours
Take advantage of Colgate’s recreation facilities while you’re on campus for Reunion. Facilities include Huntington Gymnasium (basketball/racquetball/squash) and Equipment Cage; Trudy Fitness Center; Angert Family Climbing Wall; Lineberry Natatorium; Tennis Courts; and Glendening Boathouse.

Facilities hours will be posted in May.
Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Dial 911 for fire, police, SOMAC ambulance, Campus Safety emergency (If you have a cell phone, dial 315-228-7999 for Campus Safety)
  • Community Memorial Hospital: 315-824-1100
  • Campus Safety (non-emergencies): 315-228-7333
Wireless Internet and E-mail Access
Wireless internet access is available throughout campus. Select ColgateGuest in your list of available wireless networks, and acknowledge the acceptable use statement.

Computers are available at Case-Geyer Library during regular business hours.
Alcohol Policy
Under New York State law, persons under the age of 21 cannot purchase or be served alcoholic beverages. The university requests that everyone conform to the letter of the law. Beer, wine, and mixers are provided in the tents until 1:30 a.m. There will be a cash bar offering mixed drinks on the field.
Sustainability and Green Initiatives
Reunion supports Colgate's environmental sustainability program. For this year's events, we are proud to continue our commitment to sustainability in the following ways.
  • E-mail is the primary method for marketing Reunion, reducing the amount of paper used.
  • Local produce and products are integrated into meals.
  • Composting food waste for Friday barbecue lunches and dinners.
  • Water coolers are provided around campus in place of one-time use, disposable water bottles.
  • Recycling presence throughout headquarters and tents.
  • Golf carts used for transportation around campus to reduce greenhouse emissions.
  • Dining services uses biodegradable plates, utensils, cups, and napkins.
  • Optional gift to the Green Revolving Loan Fund during online registration enables Reunion attendees to support significant physical upgrades that have a clear, measurable change in the university’s ecological impact
To learn more about how Colgate is committed to climate neutrality by 2019, see our Climate Action Plan. For more information on Colgate's Sustainability Initiative, visit the official sustainability page by clicking here or contact the sustainability coordinator, John Pumilio at 315-228-6487.