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 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 facilities such as the Alumni Center, a historic landmark of the community that we are proud to have as a focal point of the University, and the future alumni pavilion at Cajun Field.
Easter Open House
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 sweet treats, family photos, and an easter egg hunt for the little ones.
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.
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.
Bubbly and Bingo
The women-only event is a fun day filled with food, beverages, and eight rounds of bingo ending in a $100 cash prize to the winner. There is also a special blackout bingo round with two prizes of $500 each. Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and enter to win one of the gift baskets that are generously donated by local businesses.
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.
Art of Giving
Alumni and the Acadiana area have a chance to support UL Lafayette and local artists during Art of Giving, a fundraiser featuring beautiful works of art by some of Lafayette's most talented artists. Variations of artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to funding student scholarships.
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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