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The Alumni Association plays host to multiple events throughout the year. From football tailgates to art fundraisers, our alumni are sure to find an event to enjoy with their fellow alumni.

Spring Gala

Spring Gala has been an annual event anticipated by University and community supporters each year since its inception in 1997. Spring Gala features both a silent and live auction including a variety of attractive items to bid on such as original artwork, unique gift assortments, travel opportunities and Ragin' Cajuns merchandise. The event offers fine food and entertainment throughout the night as well. Proceeds from the evening are dedicated to funding Alumni Association initiatives.

Ring Release & Ring Ceremony

This kick-off event is part of the ring tradition on campus. At the Ring Release, the rings will be presented and placed into an air-tight box which is then placed into a customized UL Lafayette pirogue. The University ROTC will launch the pirogue into Cypress Lake where the Louisiana Rings will rest in the swamp overnight guarded by the ROTC, turtles, and alligators.

UL Lafayette’s Ring Ceremony celebrates the bond between all UL Lafayette graduates. Students and alumni are presented with class rings by President Savoie during the ceremony.

Golden Reunion

The Golden Reunion is an annual event held in conjunction with the spring semester graduation. It is a two day event in which the Alumni Association honors the graduating class that has their 50 year graduation anniversary. During the two days, events are planned that bring back the graduating class to campus to relive campus moments, renew friendships and reunite with fellow alumni.

Alumni Hospitality Tailgating

The Alumni Association hosts numerous tailgates throughout the year.  While the most popular are tailgating parties before home football games, we also occasionally host tailgates before away games for football, baseball and basketball where alumni and friends enjoy Cajun cooking and beverages.


Each year the Alumni Association plays host to a week's worth of fun and fellowship leading up to Homecoming Day on campus. Alumni, students, and friends of the community come together for a variety of events taking place and show off their Ragin' Cajun pride.

Christmas Open House/Sonic Christmas Parade

An exclusive event for Loyalty Fund Donors who make an annual gift of at least $100.  Our donors and their families are invited to the Alumni Center for a front seat to the Sonic Christmas parade, photos with Santa, children's activities, and Santa's favorite snack: cookies!

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