Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you want to know about the Tepper School Alumni Reunion.
  • Is this the same weekend as Carnegie Mellon's Carnival and Reunion Weekend?


    Yes. Spring Carnival and Reunion Weekend 2015 will be observed April 17-18. It will be an exciting time for all Carnegie Mellon alumni returning to campus. Remember the buggy races? For more information, go to Carnegie Mellon Alumni's site.
  • What types of activities are available for children?

    Carnegie Mellon's campus is located in the heart of Oakland and Squirrel Hill. There are a variety of opportunities for casual family excursions.

    Here are some ideas:

    • A playground and park are a short distance away in Schenley Park.
    • The Phipps Conservatory is within walking distance and is open for tours.
    • The Carnegie Museum offers great family activities and exhibits current in the Scaiffe Gallery of the Museum of Art, Dinosaur Hall in the Museum of Natural History, as well as other displays. The museum is within walking distance.
    • The Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh.
    • For older children, a visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center in Point Breeze offers tours of "Clayton," Henry Frick's exquisite Victorian era mansion, as well as an antique car museum and art museum.
    • Southside Works is full of shops, restaurants and fun things to do.
    • Ducky Tours for a scenic trip around the city and surrounding communities.
    • Segway Tours are also available for those who can stand, walk a little and have use of both hands.
    • At the reunion dinner, a children's room with certified child care staff will be available at the Heinz History Center for children of Tepper alumni, infants to age 11, at a minimal charge. A special children's dinner will be provided along with games and DVD's. Alumni are asked to register their children in advance for the service.
  • What local transportation is available?

    The City of Pittsburgh is accessible by ground, rail and air transportation.

    Public transportation is provided in Pittsburgh by the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT). Bus schedules are available at the CMU University Center and online. Furthermore, CMU’s complimentary fixed-route, fixed-stop shuttle service runs throughout the weekend.

    Taxis are available in the city, but we recommend pre-ordering your cab service by calling the company to arrange pick up times and locations. Shuttle service may be provided by your hotel, but you will need to check with the front desk to determine whether or not it provides service to and from campus or other desirable locations.

    Additional information regarding transportation can be found on the Visit Tepper webpage (please note, the “Parking” section does not apply to Reunion Weekend).
  • What's the appropriate attire?

    Reunion is a time to relax among friends and celebrate! It is generally a casual weekend, however, most alumni choose to dress-up (“cocktail attire”) for the special Saturday evening All-Class Reunion Celebration which is a reception-style dinner. View last year’s reunion photos to get a sense of what alumni chose to wear for the 2014 reunion.
  • Are children welcome?

    Yes! There are a variety of activities available for children while you are here.

    Children are welcome to attend the Friday evening B**rs event, under the supervision of their parents.

    Carnegie Mellon University offers a Kidzone on campus on both Friday and Saturday, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Frew Street location in the morning, Midway in the afternoon). At Kidzone, children will receive a free t-shirt, have an opportunity to get into an old buggy, and enjoy coloring activities. There will be stuffed scotty dog toys for the little kids and robot kits for the older kids. Moreover, buggy and other Carnival attractions may also be appealing to older children. View the CMU schedule of events, for more information on these activities.

    VisitPittsburgh’s Kidsburgh website is dedicated to showcasing children’s activities in the area. Here are highlights of just a few of the city’s local attractions:
    Nearby Schenley Park offers a playground and park; it also features a disc golf course and horseshoe court.
    The Phipps Conservatory is just around the bend from the Tepper School of Business. The Conservatory is open for casual visits and tours.
    The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum) offer educational exhibits and displays for visitor enjoyment. The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are located close to the CMU campus on Forbes Avenue.
    Public tours are offered at the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh.
    For older children, a visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center in Point Breeze offers tours of Clayton, Henry Frick's exquisite Victorian era mansion, as well as an antique car museum and art museum.

    On-site childcare at Heinz Field will be provided by Sweet Dreams Childcare, LLC, as an option for parents to consider for their children through age 12 during the Saturday (April 18) evening all-class reception. A children’s meal along with age-appropriate games and activities will be provided. If you plan to utilize the on-site service provider, you must register by Friday, April 3, 2015.

    Children are welcome to attend the Friday evening B**rs event, under the supervision of their parents.

    For the reunion dinner, a children's room with child care staff will be available for children of Tepper alumni, infants to age 11, at a minimal charge. A special children's dinner will be provided along with games and DVD's. Alumni are asked to register their children in advance for the service.
  • ARE THERE FACILITIES FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES OR SPECIAL NEEDS?

    We want to make sure Reunion Weekend is enjoyable, welcoming and accessible for all alumni, students, and their guests. If you or any of your guests have special needs, please let us know.
    - In advance: Please contact us via email or by phone 412-268-5137.
    - Onsite: Alert the Reunion Weekend staff by going to the Registration Area.
  • HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR REUNION WEEKEND?

    Alert the Office of Alumni Relations to your interest in being a class committee volunteer by completing the reunion volunteer registration form or by sending an email to Alumni Relations. The Tepper School of Business aims to establish class committees by early fall, however, alumni are welcome to join their class committee at any point during the year.
  • WHAT IS THE AVERAGE GIFT ALUMNI CONTRIBUTE IN HONOR OF REUNION?

    Last year, reunion-year alumni gave an average gift of $1,000. We encourage all reunion celebrants to give a gift at the W.L. Mellon Society level ($1,000+) in honor of their reunion milestone, however participation at any level is most important.

    For more information on methods of giving, visit the Reunion Giving webpage or contact Meghan E. Bollens, director of annual giving.
  • WHO'S INVITED TO THE REUNION WEEKEND FESTIVITIES?

    All Tepper School/GSIA alumni (and their guests) – regardless of year or program – are invited to attend Reunion Weekend.

    Each year, we highlight specific MBA/MSIA-reunion milestones and in 2015 we will be celebrating those ending in 5’s and 0’s. The Tepper School also highlights the most recent graduating class celebrating their one-year reunion (Class of 2014). Spouses, children, and other special guests of alumni are invited to attend all components of the weekend.