Every spring on Alumni Reunion Day, the campus comes alive as hundreds of alumni, friends, and family from around the world return to McMaster. This is the McMaster Alumni Association’s longest-standing program, previously called Grads’ Day and Alumni Weekend. Classes celebrating their 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th reunion traditionally hold their celebrations during Alumni Reunion Day. Faculty specific reunions for more recent classes and general events also take place on Alumni Reunion Day.

Alumni Reunion Day 2017 - Saturday, June 3, 2017!

The Classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967 will be celebrated!  Reunion updates will be sent in Fall 2016, and full event details will arrive in the mail and by email in April 2017.  If you do not receive these invitations, please contact Laura Escalante.   Alumni Reunion Day 2017 information will also appear on this page in spring 2017.  In the meantime, view the 2016 event details below for an idea what to expect!

To support McMaster students with a gift to your class fund, please visit our McMaster Class Gifts page.

Share Your McMaster Memories

As you prepare to return to campus to revisit and reminisce, we invite you to share a favourite McMaster Memory at memories.mcmaster.ca. This site displays memories, places and times that connect us through our shared McMaster experiences. While there, enjoy reading the funny, touching and sometimes zany memories posted by fellow alumni!

Reunions and General Events 2016

For class updates, watch your email or mailbox for an update from your reunion committee, or contact the Office of Alumni Advancement by phone at 905-525-9140 ext. 24224, toll-free at 1-888-217-6003 or by email at alumni@mcmaster.ca

Welcome Center

Great Hall, Alumni Memorial Hall
A casual, drop-in meeting space for alumni to gather over refreshments.  Alumni Reunion Day information is available at the Welcome Center, however nametags will be available at your first registered event. Note: Tickets are NOT mailed in advance for Alumni Reunion Day.

President's Reunion Luncheon

Join McMaster’s President Patrick Deane (Hon. ’11), at this special annual reunion for all classes that have celebrated their 50th anniversary, and where we honour this year's anniversary classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956 and 1961.  The luncheon will provide the opportunity to dine with classmates and also visit with friends from adjacent years.  Registration for McMaster graduates of the Classes of 1949 and earlier is complimentary.

Convocation Hall, University Hall, Room 213
Registration: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
$25 per person (McMaster graduates of 1949 and earlier are complimentary, however registration fees apply for any guests)

Class of 1951 Reception

Classmates of 1951 are invited to attend a casual reception in the University Club Lounge following the President's Reunion Luncheon.  

University Club Lounge, Alumni Memorial Hall
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Class of 1956 

Classmates of 1956 are invited to attend a casual reception in the Great Hall following the President's Reunion Luncheon.  

Great Hall, Alumni Memorial Hall (University Club)
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

BPE '81 - 35 Year Anniversary Dinner

A raucous evening is sure to follow when BPE '81 classmates gather to dine and dance to the music of Pat Hewitt! BPE '81 members are welcome to come to campus early to visit the Museum of Art or Mills Library, and to take advantage of the Alumni Reunion Day activities open to everyone including campus tours and the lecture with Russ Otter '66. 

Fitzhenry Studio, David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC)
Tour of DBAC: 5:00 p.m. (Meet at main entrance of DBAC)
 Reception: 5:30 p.m. 
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
$35 per person (included dinner and entertainment.  Cash Bar.)

From the Bench at Wentworth House to the Bench at the Ontario Court of Justice
with Russ Otter ‘66

Over a journey of five decades from McMaster days (student government ‘You Otter Vote Otter’, Honorary Nurse and Honorary THALEIA Exec member, and Honour M recipient), to Provincial Court Judge, Honourable Russ J. Otter has seen his share of colourful stories. From legal processes to human interest plights, the chance to impact individuals and society has been appealing, absorbing and sometimes amusing. Join Russ – a member of the McMaster Alumni Gallery and the first Canadian President of the American Judges Association – as he shares insider information about our judicial system appointment, dismissal and training processes, along with highlights and anecdotes from his career.
Behind the Bench with Russ Otter  ‘66

Hamilton Hall, Room 109
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FREE (Open to all alumni and guests attending Alumni Reunion Day)

Campus Tours

Take a golf cart tour around campus highlighting the changes throughout McMaster history.

Tours depart regularly from Alumni Memorial Hall.  Registration not required.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

McMaster Museum of Art

Open: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mills Library

Open: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


1966 Members are also encouraged to attend the open events listed above, particularly From the Bench at Wentworth House to the Bench at the Ontario Court of Justice, with Russ Otter '66! 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Class of 1966 Pub Night

A casual and social gathering for local alumni or those coming into town early. Light appetizers provided. Cash bar.

The Phoenix Bar and Grill
Refectory Building
6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016  

Class of 1966 W. J. McCallion Planetarium Show SOLD OUT (Please email: escalan@mcmaster.ca for wait list)

McMaster's Planetarium provides spectacular shows of various themes to wide-ranging audiences year round, and 1966 classmates are invited to start your day with a private planetarium show.

Burke Science Building, B149 
1:30 p.m.   

Nursing Class of 1966 Luncheon

Nursing 1966 classmates are invited to gather for a casual and social lunch visit.

West Room, Alumni Memorial Hall (University Club)
12:00 Noon  
$25 per person

Class of 1966 - 50th Anniversary Dinner

To mark this Golden Anniversary, members are invited to attend a special reception and dinner for a chance to reconnect and reminisce with classmates. 

Convocation Hall, University Hall, Room 213
Reception: 5:00 p.m. 
Dinner: 6:00 p.m. 
Cost: $30 per person

Your Gift Will Be Matched!  

Gifts made in your anniversary year to the Class of 1966, 50th Anniversary Scholarship fund or Class of 1966, 50th Anniversary Bursary fund will be matched by an anonymous classmate.  Every dollar donated doubles!  To donate to the Class of 1966 Golden Anniversary Projects visit here.

General Details


Please check your mail in spring 2016 for your Alumni Reunion Day Mailing with details on how to register, or please click HERE to register online.

Questions? Email alumni@mcmaster.ca

Most guests prefer smart casual wear.  We encourage you to dress as you are comfortable, but of course McMaster attire is always welcome!


We recommend parking in Lot E, accessed via the Sterling Street entrance (click here for map)

Shuttles will be available in the parking lots to take you to your first location.

Complimentary Saturday parking passes will be available upon registration at your first event. On campus parking on Friday June 5, 2015 is $7 after 4:00 p.m.


On Campus

To Book your "Summer Guest" stay in one of McMaster's residences on campus, visit our summer guest info site or call (905) 525-9140 ext. 26898 OR 24781

Visitors Inn (649 Main Street West)

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Visitors Inn Hotel, 1.5km away from McMaster. “Alumni Reunion Day” rooms can be booked up to May 3, 2016.

Visit www.visitorsinn.com or call toll free (from Canada and USA) 1-800-387-4620

Directions to McMaster

We look forward to welcoming all alumni back to campus!

Click here to view pictures from Alumni Reunion Day