UC Alumni Weekend Welcomes Lifelong Bearcats With Full Slate of Activities

Alumni to return to campus April 13-17 for the Bearcats Bash, UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration, traditional Sigma Sigma Carnival and more!

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association (UCAA) will welcome alumni and friends back to campus during its annual UC Alumni Weekend from April 13-17. Returning alumni will enjoy events that bring together lifelong Bearcats, celebrate alumni excellence, and provide a nostalgic return to the university community. Major events include the UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration, Sigma Sigma Carnival and a new Alumni Weekend mainstay, the Bearcats Bash.

“UC was the launching pad for more than 285,000 alumni who are doing great things here in Cincinnati, across the country and around the world,” said Jennifer Heisey, UCAA executive director and vice president for alumni relations of the UC Foundation. “Each spring, Alumni Weekend draws many of them back home to reconnect with their fellow Bearcats and honor their UC lineage. We will greet them with a range of college-based and university-wide events, including the Distinguished Alumni Celebration, which has paid tribute to alumni excellence for generations, and the Bearcats Bash party which debuted just last year.”

A full events listing can be viewed online at https://www.alumni.uc.edu/alumni-weekend.  Alumni Weekend is presented in cooperation with Nationwide Insurance.


UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration | Thursday, April 14

Each year, the UCAA honors its most accomplished alumni at the UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration. The ceremony will recognize five remarkably accomplished alumni with the UCAA’s slate of signature awards, plus 14 recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Awards featuring an honoree from each of UC’s 13 colleges plus Athletics. Held in Fifth Third Arena in the heart of UC’s campus, the event will feature a full awards program and dinner.

If You Go

What: UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration
When: 6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner | Thursday, April 14
Where: Fifth Third Arena, UC’s Main (West) Campus
Cost: $100 Individual; $75 Young Professional (Class of 2005-15); $75 Student; $75 Sponsor a Student; $1,500 Table Sponsorship

See the award recipients to be honored.

Bearcats Bash | Friday, April 15

In its second year, the Bearcats Bash is the biggest UC alumni party of the year, featuring outstanding cuisine, beer and wine, dancing and live entertainment. This year’s event takes place at The Redmoor, a unique setting several miles from campus. Individual tickets are $75 but can be purchased for just $50 until March 11. VIP packages are also available, which include reserved seating, access to the full bar, a dedicated server, VIP lanyard, and Cincinnati swag bag. VIP tickets are $100 or $75 if purchased before March 11. Sponsors include Miller Lite and Graeter’s. 

If You Go

What: Bearcats Bash
When: 7 p.m. | Friday, April 15
Where: The Redmoor on Mt. Lookout Square 
Cost (includes valet parking): $100 VIP Package; $75 Individual; group discounts available. Proceeds benefit the UC Alumni Association’s Loyal Bearcat Fund, which helps the association fulfill its mission of serving the university and its alumni.

Sigma Sigma Carnival | Saturday, April 16

In its 77th year, UC’s oldest student-run event is a tradition unlike any other. Held on Sigma Sigma Commons located on UC’s West Campus, the Sigma Sigma Carnival features food, drinks, games, prizes, live music, Rozzi fireworks and more. The event is hosted by the Sigma Sigma Men’s Honorary Fraternity and always draws students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

If You Go

What: Sigma Sigma Carnival
When: 6 p.m. | Saturday, April 16
Where: Sigma Sigma Commons, UC’s Main (West) Campus

UC Parking Services offers a number of convenient paid parking garages across campus. 
West Campus parking map
East Campus parking map

Alumni Weekend is also Family Weekend at UC, with a variety of activities available for UC students and their families.

The Russell C. Myers Alumni Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. UC Alumni Association staff will be on site with maps, light refreshments and assistance to help visitors enjoy Alumni Weekend.


About the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association

Celebrating more than a century of service, the UC Alumni Association represents and serves UC’s more than 285,000 alumni worldwide, helping them maintain a lifetime connection to each other and their alma mater. The UCAA staff and volunteers work to provide year-round opportunities for networking, continuing education and professional development.


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