Frequently Asked Questions

What is Alumni Weekend and Homecoming?

It is a campus-wide event that takes place once a year on the Coral Gables campus, and the one time each year that all ’Canes - students, alumni, faculty, staff, families and friends come together in celebration of the U, it’s rich traditions and treasured memories!

When is Alumni Weekend and Homecoming this year?

Dates for Alumni Weekend and Homecoming are November 1-3, 2018. 

Why should I come to Alumni Weekend and Homecoming?

Alumni Weekend is truly a reason to celebrate! It is a time to return to your alma mater, reconnect with long-time friends, and relive the memories. It's a chance to see all of the changes on the Coral Gables campus, and to find out about the amazing things that are happening at the U! 

What graduating class will we celebrate this year? 

50th Reunion: Class of 1968  
*Includes entry to the Golden Ibis Society Celebration                                                                     

Golden Ibis Society: 1926-1968

10th Reunion: Class of 2008
*Includes entry to the Alumni Lounge at the Lakeside Patio.

What if my graduating class isn’t celebrating a reunion?

All alumni are invited back to enjoy all the Alumni Weekend and Homecoming festivities. In addition to the reunion celebrations, other events include the Audrey R. Finkelstein UM Experience, Alumni Lounge, the Homecoming Parade, Pep Rally, Boat Burning, Fireworks, Pregame Celebration, and the Homecoming Game. Additionally, schools and colleges, and affinity groups also host events during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. There is definitely something for everyone, and new affinity groups are welcome!

The schools and colleges are celebrating too with a wide range of programming. For the most up to date schedule of the events, visit:                           

Where can I get more information and where can I register online? 

To register, visit the website, Bookmark the site and check back often!  Information and features will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Full registration details
  • Schedule and event information
  • Reunion event information
  • Travel and hotel

When is registration closing?

Online registration closes a week prior to the first event. We’ll still be able to take orders by phone leading up to the event. Walk-ups will be accepted at the events as well. 

Once I register, will I receive a confirmation of my order?

Yes, registration confirmations are emailed within 48 hours of your registering. If you would like to receive your confirmation via U.S. Mail, just contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-866-UMALUMS (862-5867), or 305-284-2872 and ask to speak with a member of our Alumni Weekend & Homecoming team. Please allow up to one week for mailed confirmations. *Game tickets are not mailed and must be picked up during event registration with a valid photo ID.

Is there a cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be received on or before the published cancellation deadline each year to receive a full refund. 

Do I have to be a UM alumnus to attend the Alumni Weekend and Homecoming? 

No, everyone is welcome to attend Alumni Weekend and Homecoming events. Alumni Weekend and Homecoming is a community-wide event. Guests are welcome to register to attend! While we celebrate class reunions and all alumni, our extended Hurricane family is welcome and encouraged to join in the festivities!

Can guests pay at the door if they don’t register in advance?

Yes with a credit card. However, we encourage guests to register in advance in efforts to accommodate all in attendance food, space, giveaways, etc.

Where can I find travel details and maps to get to campus?

Local and campus map and travel information is available online at

Is there a list of recommended or discounted hotels for alumni?

Yes. Please visit our travel page to view a list of hotels providing special Alumni Weekend and Homecoming rates.

Where can I park once I am on campus?

Printable on-campus parking passes for Alumni Weekend and Homecoming guests are emailed along with the event confirmation. We also include an on-campus parking pass valid for Alumni Weekend and Homecoming dates only. Please see additional notes listed on the permit. The Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center is your alumni "home away from home" so you are welcome to park at the center and take our campus shuttles or walk from there. Our address is 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. 

Parking for the Pregame Celebration or Game Package registrants will NOT receive a parking pass. Parking at The Hard Rock Stadium requires a separate purchase of a venue parking permit. 

What happened to Alumni Avenue? 

We have relocated our signature event, formerly known as Alumni Avenue to the Whitten University Center’s Lakeside Patio. The location has changed due to the University’s new multi-phase housing plan for students. For more information, please visit:        

What is the Alumni Lounge and where is it located?

The Alumni Lounge (formerly known as Alumni Avenue) is a place for alumni and friends to gather and enjoy music, games, tapas, spirits, and reconnect. The Alumni Lounge, located in the heart of campus, is the place to be Friday night - to enjoy the boat burning and fireworks, to access campus eateries, food trucks, and to celebrate the University’s rich traditions! It will be hosted at the Whitten University Center’s Lakeside Patio (near Lake Osceola).

How much is Alumni Lounge?

The cost of attending the Alumni Lounge is T.B.D.
*If you are registering for your 10th Reunion, Alumni Lounge is automatically included. You do not have to pay for both.

What are affinity reunions and which ones are you celebrating this year?

Affinity reunions are groups with a shared experience such as a student organization or club, like Band of the Hour or Veterans/Military. It can also be a group that has formed through a common bond such as Black Alumni Society or LGBTQ ’Canes.

**A list of groups can be provided upon request and a list will also be maintained and updated regularly on the Alumni Weekend and Homecoming website. **

What does the UM Alumni Association Game Package include?

The Game Package includes tickets to the game and admission to Pregame Celebration.

How much is the Pregame Celebration by itself?  

Pregame (ONLY) is T.B.D. 

When will they announce the game time?

Game times are typically annnounced 10 -7 days prior to the game.

Where is the Pregame Celebration being held?

At the Hard Rock Stadium. Gate location T.B.D.

Where are the game seats?

The Alumni Association sections this year are T.B.D.

Where is the UM Homecoming football game taking place?

The Hard Rock Stadium. 

Who is the artist for the Homecoming Concert and where is it taking place?

The concert artist is T.B.D. 

*All registrants will receive a confirmation email within 2-3 business days. This will include a parking permit (for events on our campus). 

For Future Reference, Reunion Committee Questions:

I live out-of-state, and am interested in joining the Reunion Committee, but I can’t make meetings in Miami. What is my role on the committee? 

Most, if not all reunion meetings are conducted via conference calls in efforts to accommodate regional participation. We seek committee volunteers that reflect the regional diversity of our graduates as they are a valuable resources contacting fellow alumni.

I have an extremely busy schedule.  What is the Reunion Committee time commitment?

We only ask that each volunteer commit the time they are able to contribute.  We realize that some volunteers will be more involved than others, and that’s okay!  We look to our committees to give input when needed, help recruit attendees, and spread goodwill about Alumni Weekend and Homecoming in general.  There are a number of ways to be involved without taking up too much of your time.

I don’t have current contact information.  How do I find former classmates?

No problem!  Printed directories are also available for member use.

For Reunion Committee Members:

UM Alumni Association staff is available to answer any questions.  Please encourage people to contact our office toll-free at 1-866-UMALUMS (862-5867), 305-284-2872, or via E-mail at