Each spring, graduates from the Tepper School of Business celebrate the Tepper network at Reunion Weekend — a weekend that was packed with more than 35 exciting events this year. A total of 420 attendees enjoyed class parties, faculty presentations, networking with new acquaintances, a memorable all-class celebration at Heinz Field and catching up with one another in person.
“One of the indirect benefits of the Tepper MBA is the friendships and connections that you create with your classmates, professors and administrators. Reunion offers an exclusive opportunity to rekindle and even grow these alumni relationships,” said Micah Paul Keith of the class of 2010.
Attendees also had the opportunity to expand their knowledge and catch up with their former professors during presentations by faculty and staff leaders, including Robert Dammon, dean and professor of finance; Michael Trick, senior associate dean for faculty and research; Laura Maxwell, executive director of the Accelerate Leadership Center; Christopher Olivola, assistant professor of marketing; and Sevin Yeltekin, associate professor of economics. In addition, one of Reunion Weekend’s most popular events was a “New Building Update” with Bryan Routledge, associate professor of finance and co-chair of the New Tepper Quad Working Group.
Alumni traveled from across the U.S. and from a number of international locations. Graduates from 2014, 2010 and 1975 broke attendance records for their correlating reunion milestones. All of these classes also hold at least one other record: The class of 2014 holds the record for highest-ever giving participation from a class; members from the class of 2010 simultaneously broke the record for highest attendance by a single class during Reunion Weekend; and the class of 1975 still holds onto the 35-year reunion record for milestone attendance.
Notably, many returning alumni marked the special occasion with donations in support of the Tepper School. Focus on class giving participation was at an all-time high, attributable to fellowship funds from the classes of 1985 and 1990, as well as the work of class subcommittees from 2014, 2010 and 2005.
“If we each take look at what the Tepper School has unlocked for us, not just financially and professionally, but also socially with friends and colleagues who have made our lives more rich and full, I think it is obvious that we have all profited in a major way,” Keith explained. “Our Tepper community is truly a gift that keeps on giving.”
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Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Reunion Weekend 2016, scheduled for April 15-16, 2016!