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Reunions and Multicultural Conference

The years a Duck spends at the UO are largely carefree, spent learning in classrooms campuswide, studying at the library, cheering at football games and track meets, sunbathing on the quad, tubing in the Willamette River, and socializing at Taylor’s and Rennie’s (in that order or priority, we assume).

Fun, right?

In addition to a diploma, graduation brings with it job searches, mortgage payments, car and car insurance payments, loan repayments, taxes, weddings, children, job changes, and more (in no particular order, that’s for sure).

Life, right?

So, naturally, alumni reminisce about those simpler times when the biggest concerns were how much time to allot to studying for an exam, rather than how much they were about to hand over to Uncle Sam. Remember the Columbus Day storm of 1962? Watching Steve Prefontaine, BS ’74 run at Hayward Field? Singing along with the likes of the Grateful Dead, Simon and Garfunkel, the Temptations, U2, Neil Young, or Elvis Presley at McArthur Court, Autzen Stadium, or Matthew Knight Arena? Cheering as Kenny Wheaton scored?

As part of its regular alumni programming, the UO Alumni Association hosts a 50th class reunion where graduates return to their alma mater for a campus tour, a reception, a banquet, and induction into the Order of the Emerald. Ducks gather and reminisce about their student days while enjoying a guided tour of campus, seeing buildings both old and new and learning about the University of Oregon in the new millennium—a university defined by groundbreaking research, innovative cluster hires, and championship-caliber sports teams. At a Friday evening banquet, alumni are presented with medals signifying their induction into the Order of the Emerald, a special classification for Ducks 50 or more years removed from their graduation.

Learn more about the Class of 1966 reunion here.

Now in its fifth year, the Multicultural Alumni Conference brings together Ducks from all walks of life to network and discuss issues that are relevant to minority students and alumni. Traditionally a reunion, last year the event expanded to become a two-day conference that included a campus tour, a networking session, and presentations on topics ranging from social media to Native American issues to LGBTQ service projects.

Information about this year's Multicultural Alumni Conference will be coming soon. Check here for details.