The Kansas University Alumni Association has scheduled a pair of events next spring, one aimed at those who are graduating from KU this year and one for those who have already graduated.
The morning of commencement, the alumni association will host a breakfast for graduating seniors and their families at the Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave.
"We started the Senior Breakfast in 1991, and we hope it's the beginning of a new tradition," said Donna Neuner, the alumni association's director of membership services.
According to Neuner, the Senior Breakfast is a chance for seniors to find out about the alumni association.
Graduating seniors are given complimentary six-month memberships to the alumni association, with the hope they will join the 45,000-member organization.
GRADUATING seniors will receive a mailing in late March, and those interested are encouraged to respond quickly because reservations are limited.
Alumni activities that used to coincide with commencement weekend have been moved to a separate alumni weekend in late April to make both events more convenient for everyone involved, Neuner said.
"It taxed the staff of everyone in the university setting, as well as the city, with all the seniors and alumni. So we decided to follow the lead of other schools and we chose the 125th commencement (in 1991) to initiate a separate alumni weekend," Neuner said.
The Alumni Weekend features an all-university dinner; several class reunions; the spring football game; open houses; five- and 10-kilometer runs; and special bus tours to show returning alum how the campus has changed.
The 1993 Alumni Weekend will host reunions for those who graduated in 1943, 1953, 1968, and those who graduated before 1943.
Neuner says the Alumni Weekend has been a big hit.
"IT WAS very successful because the alumni enjoyed having their own weekend. They also enjoyed being on campus when most of the students were here," Neuner said. "We encourage families who have children that are pre-college age to bring them and introduce them to KU."
Those interested in either event can contact the Alumni Association at 864-4760.
Neuner said that the alumni association's functions have been successful because of the ties formed during a student's time on Mount Oread.
"We know that KU has one of the strongest, most loyal bodies of alumni of any university our size. That's due in large part to their experience while they're here," she said.