Special Events

New Alumni Celebration

Join the UF Alumni Association for the New Alumni Celebration!
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Emerson Alumni Hall, located just steps away from the O'Connell Center

The New Alumni Celebration is your Graduation Headquarters! The Event Features:
Free Admission for all Gators and their families Barbecue from 4 Rivers Smokehouse available for purchase. A Cash Bar will also be available.
Enjoy a complimentary toast to celebrate your new alumni status.
Flowers available for purchase.
Live music, Gator Market, and photos with Albert and Alberta
Pre-sale tickets are available now! Purchase yours today. Day of lunch tickets will be available for $10.

Grand Guard

The Grand Guard Reunion will be held in Gainesville November 20 - 22, 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Graduation of the Class of 1964. For more information on the reunion weekend and to see a sample of the weekend schedule, please click here.

Phil Griffin Distinguished Lecture Series
Featuring Dr. Mark S. Gold

Join the UF Alumni Association for the Phil Griffin Lecuture series featuring Dr. Mark S. Gold.

Mark S. Gold, M.D. Received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1971 from the Washington University and a Medical degree in 1975 from the University of Florida. He completed his residency in Psychiatry in 1978 at Yale University. He is an editor, author, teacher, pioneer, researcher and inventor, working for over 40 years to create models for understanding the effects of tobacco, opiates and other drugs on the brain and behavior. He has developed models that have led to the discovery of new addiction treatments and conceptualized hypotheses which yielded new approaches to the definition and treatment of additions. Dr. Gold serves as the UF Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Professor; Chair, UF Department of Psychiatry and Donald R. Dizney Eminent Scholar. More information on Dr. Gold can be found at www.drmarkgold.com

We are working to reschedule this event and will update with a date and time when available.

Co-sponsored by the Atlanta Gator Club ® and the UF Alumni Association.

Outstanding Young Alumni Awards Breakfast

Saturday, April 12, 2014 Emerson Alumni Hall

The University of Florida Alumni Association has established the Outstanding Young Alumni Award to recognize alumni who are 35 years of age or younger and have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.

OYAA Winners Guide
OYAA Past Winners

Florida Forward

Gator Clubs® and Affiliate Groups Descent on Titletown to Celebrate Successes

More than 220 active Gator Club® and Affiliate Group members and University of Florida Alumni Association Board Members from around the nation came to Gainesville between Thursday, August 29 and Saturday, August 31 as part of the UFAA’s annual conference. This year’s theme of Florida Forward focused the Alumni Association members’ attention on the University of Florida’s preeminence designation and journey to the Top Ten, and the specific ways it would benefit UF alumni around the country.

In addition to looking to the future, attendees also recognized the many Gator achievements from the past year. Friday evening’s Gator Gala: An Evening of Gatortales & Cocktails was a celebreation of Gator greats and great Gator moments. Immediate Past President Dr. Jason Rosenberg (90, 93, 95) installed Rahul Patel (94, 97) as UFAA 2013-14 President. Using his newly-granted powers, Mr. Patel swore in the new UFAA National Board of Directors and new Gator Club® Presidents. Dr. Mark Gold (75) was confirmed as the UFAA’s Distinguished Alumni Professor, and awards were given to Provost Joe Glover (Gold Standard Award) and Mr. Danny Ponce (70, 73) (Gator of the Year).

For many Gala attendees, the highlight of the Gator Gala was the presentation of The Clubbie Awards, which recognize Gators who have gone above and beyond in strengthening the Gator Nation over the past year. Twenty-one Gator Clubs® and six individuals received Clubbies. You can see the entire list of Clubbie Award winners, our highlight video reel, event photos, and the installation of our new UFAA President by clicking on this link.

Overall, the weekend was a chance to celebrate our Gator Nation while inspiring and recognizing outstanding leaders like Young Alumni Leader of the Year Erin Cigich (07) of the Sarasota Gator Club®, In-State Leader of the Year Chris Carmody (02, 05) of the Central Florida Gator Club® and Out of State Leader of the Year Nicole Weltman (08) of the Gotham Gator Club®. We look forward to seeing the great things that will happen as UF alumni impact their communities.

The Gator Gala Award Winners:

Highest In-State Membership Rate: Taylor County Gator Club®
Highest Out-of-State Membership Rate: South Georgia Gator Club®
In-State Membership Growth: Sarasota County Gator Club®
Out-of-State Membership Growth: Houston Gator Club®
Outstanding Small In-State Club: Key West Gator Club®
Outstanding Medium In-State Club: Sarasota County Gator Club®
Outstanding Large In-State Club: Central Florida Gator Club®
Outstanding Out-of-State Club: Northeast Ohio Gator Club®
Most Improved In-State Club: Space Coast Gator Club®
Most Improved Out-of-State Club: Philadelphia Gator Club®
Outstanding In-State Program/Event: Central Florida Gator Club®
Outstanding Out-of-State Program/Event: Music City Gator Club®
Outstanding In-State Communications: Pinellas County Gator Club®
Outstanding Out-of-State Communications: Philadelphia Gator Club®
In-State Young Alumni Program: Central Florida Gator Club®
Out-of-State Young Alumni Program: Atlanta Gator Club®
Young Alumni Leader of the Year: Erin Cigich
Region 1’s RVP Award: Martin County Gator Club®
Region 2’s RVP Award: Manatee County Gator Club®
Region 3’s RVP Award: Lauren Christ, Pinellas County Gator Club®
Region 4’s RVP Award: Gator Bait Classic Fishing Tournament, Treasure Coast Gator Club®
Region 5’s RVP Award: Gator Club® of Jacksonville
Region 7’s RVP Award: James Gadsby, Atlanta Gator Club®
Region 8’s RVP Award: Gary Manton, Desert Gator Club®
Region 9’s RVP Award: Gotham Gator Club®

In-State Leader of the Year: Chris Carmody
Out-of-State Leader of the Year: Nicole Weltman

Gator of the Year: Mr. Danny Ponce
The Gold Standard Award: Provost Joe Glover

Click here to view photos from Florida Forward.

Click here to view videos from Florida Forward.

Black Alumni Weekend

Black Alumni Weekend (BAW) has always provided members of the Gator Nation with a chance to come together and celebrate the historic milestones achieved by black students at the University of Florida, and this year was no exception. Our impressive slate of “Gator Pioneers” from every decade and degree inspired many attendees to keep dreaming of new frontiers to cross over the next 50 years.

Excited by the momentum of this year’s successful event, we are already planning for next year’s reunion! We invite you to join us. Please stayed tuned for dates to be announced soon for Black Alumni Weekend 2014.

Gator Nation Tailgates

Join the UF Alumni Association as we cheer on the Gators three hours before each home game. Conveniently located at Emerson Alumni Hall across the street from The Swamp, these tailgates are the perfect place to meet with the Gator Nation before seeing our team face off against our rivals.

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