Friday

Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

Parents’ Info Lounge

10/18/19 10 a.m.4 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.1 p.m.  

Come by for a chance to talk with campus leadership about topics specific to Cal Parents and families. Learn what resources are available for you and get advice on how your student can make the most of their time on campus. Plan on having a chance to talk to the Dean of Students and many of the colleges as well as parent, housing, and other teams to help you help your student thrive!

Check back in August for the schedule of deans and faculty who will be in the lounge.

Sponsored by: 
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Golden Bear Luncheon (Classes of 1968 and earlier)

10/18/19 11 a.m.2 p.m.  

Join the classes of 1964, 1959, 1954, and others for a festive social hour followed by a luncheon. All alumni celebrating reunions beyond the 50th are welcome! Chancellor Carol Christ, the Cal Band, and student performance groups will share in the festivities.

Advance registration: $85 per person. On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $125 per person. Ticket prices include the Class Pass.

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Black Holes: Beyond Reasonable Doubt

10/18/19 5 p.m.6 p.m.  

Black holes, long thought to be only the products of theoretical physicists’ fertile imaginations, have now been shown to exist beyond a reasonable doubt. The best recent evidence comes from the detection of merging pairs of black holes, rapidly orbiting stars in the centers of galaxies, and the stunning image (revealed in April 2019) of the shadow of a black hole in the center of galaxy M87. Come learn about black holes and the amazing observations that reveal them.

Speaker(s): 
Alex Filippenko
Professor, Astronomy

Alex Filippenko is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers and the only person to have served on both teams that simultaneously discovered the Nobel-worthy accelerating expansion of the universe. Voted UC Berkeley’s “Best Professor” a record nine times, he appears frequently on TV documentaries and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses throughout the globe (16 so far).

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Class of 1994
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Chancellor’s Homecoming Reception

10/18/19 6 p.m.8 p.m.  

The whole Cal community comes together for Friday night’s big event! Alumni, parents, and students are invited to a relaxed reception on Memorial Glade. Roll out your Homecoming blanket on the lawn as we celebrate class and affinity reunions and introduce incoming Berkeley family members to our favorite traditions.

Tickets include snacks — or bring your own picnic if you prefer! Hear from Chancellor Carol Christ at 7 p.m. and enjoy entertainment from student performance groups as they warm up for the Homecoming Rally immediately following. Advance registration: $25 per person for adults, Cal students, and children (age 5–17). On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $40 for adults, Cal students, and children (age 5–17). Cash bar on-site. Ticket prices include the Class Pass. Some seating will be available for guests needing mobility accommodation.

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Class of 1969 50th Reunion Dinner

10/18/19 6 p.m.9 p.m.  

Celebrate your milestone over buffet dinner and drinks with classmates. Special surprises are in store to celebrate your milestone!

Advance registration: $125. On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $150. Ticket prices include the Class Pass. 

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Class of 1994 25th Reunion Celebration

10/18/19 6 p.m.8 p.m.  

After the Class of 1994 Lecture, celebrate your milestone and catch up with classmates at a private reception under the stars.

Advance registration: $75; additional $25 for a drink wristband. On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $100. Ticket prices include the Class Pass.

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Class of 2009 10th Reunion Celebration

10/18/19 7 p.m.10 p.m.  

Sip cocktails with classmates in an exclusive location overlooking the Chancellor’s Homecoming Reception, then stay to enjoy the traditions of the Homecoming Rally and reminisce about your time hanging out on Memorial Glade as a student.

Advance registration: $35; additional $25 for a drink wristband. On-site registration is available on a first-come, first served basis: $50. Ticket prices include the Class Pass.

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Doe and Moffitt Libraries and Gardner Stacks Open House

10/18/19 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

Explore these libraries which have served the campus for more than 100 years. Be awed by grand spaces like the North and Heyns reading rooms and delve into the exhibits of the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery and Moffitt exhibit cases. Plus, get special access to the 52 miles of shelves in the Main (Gardner) Stacks, which link Doe and Moffitt libraries.

Simply show your Homecoming badge at the entrance for access.

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Power and People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

10/18/19 8 a.m.9 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.9 p.m.  

Census 2020, like every decennial census since 1790, will have a tremendous impact on the political, social, and economic aspects of our lives. It is the largest information-gathering effort in the U.S. and provides the most detailed demographic information available for all geographic areas. This exhibit showcases both the historic and current censuses, and examines some of the controversies and challenges in determining who counts.

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There There: You Are on Indian Land

10/18/19 8 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

On the Same Page, the campus’s common reading program, has selected There There, the critically acclaimed and award-winning first novel by Oakland’s Tommy Orange, as this year’s reading. Moffitt Library is hosting a companion exhibit showcasing library materials from the Native American studies collection within the Ethnic Studies Library, the Bancroft Library, and Main (Gardner) Stacks that document the vibrant Native American community of the San Francisco Bay Area in which the novel is set.

Simply show your badge at the Moffitt Library entrance to view. 

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University and Jepson Herbaria Open House and Tours

10/18/19 8 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/18/19 1 p.m.5 p.m.  

With more than 2.2 million specimens representing all plant groups from around the world, the herbaria hold the largest collection of their kind at a U.S. public university. Visit on your own time to see these delicately preserved specimens, from marine algae to California flowers, or join a guided tour at 1 or 3 p.m.

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Bears Lounge

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 8 a.m.4 p.m.  

Relax, enjoy refreshments, and plan your day with the help of Cal staff and students.

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Cal Café

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 8 a.m.  

The Cal Alumni Association invites you to celebrate Homecoming with complimentary refreshments and light snacks. Stop by on Friday or before the football game kickoff on Saturday to receive special edition Cal souvenirs and learn more about CAA’s extensive programming and services for alumni and students.

Visit alumni.berkeley.edu for more information.

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Environmental Design Library Open House

10/18/19 9 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/19/19 11 a.m.5 p.m.  
10/20/19 11 a.m.10 p.m.  

The Environmental Design Library has the largest collection west of the Mississippi for architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The library will have an exhibition of The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto, exploring the complex story behind the only Japanese American architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community.

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SkyDeck Open House

10/18/19 9 a.m.1 p.m.  

Located in the penthouse of downtown Berkeley’s tallest building, Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator is currently home to more than 120 startup companies! SkyDeck’s startups receive funding, mentorship from seasoned advisors, and free office space to work so they can more easily build innovative technologies. SkyDeck also aims to support UC Berkeley with the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund donating back half of its investment profits to campus. If you’re an aspiring or current entrepreneur or are fascinated by cutting-edge technology, this tour is for you.

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