Student Traditions

Sophomore Pinning Ceremony

Sophomore PinningAfter two consecutive semesters at Emory, students are officially considered alumni. This is in honor of Robert Woodruff, who, after two semesters at Emory, left to run Coca-Cola; his gift back to the school forever changed the landscape of Emory. Each year, eligible students are inducted into the alumni community at a special pinning ceremony attended by faculty, staff, family, and local alumni. 

Emory Homecoming Weekend 

Thousands of alumni return to campus each fall to recapture feelings of their time at Emory and reconnect with students. SAA members are integral to Homecoming's success, helping and networking with 10 reunion classes and many other alumni. 

Homecoming: Catch the Spirit! 

Emory Cares International Service Day

Emory Cares International Service Day is one of the EAA's signature programs. Through Emory Cares, alumni, students, parents, and friends participate in a day of service in their local communities. Emory Cares is one of the University's most prominent vehicles for furthering its mission of serving humanity. In 2008, Emory Cares International Service Day was recognized for its valuable contributions to Emory University's 2008 Presidential Award for General Community Service. 

Emory Cares. Do you?

100 Senior Honorary 

In conjunction with the EAA, the SAA solicits nominations from students, faculty, and staff each fall for the 100 most outstanding members of the senior class. Recipients of the 100 Senior Honorary are inducted in the spring and are recognized at graduation.

Life 101 

The Student Alumni Association (SAA), in partnership with the Senior Experience Committee (SEC), plans and hosts a series of seminars designed to help students navigate through life. Popular events in the series include the dinner on business etiquette hosted by Tom Brodnax 65Ox 68C, finance seminars, cooking classes, and how to change a car tire. Events vary each year, so check out the next Life 101 series.

Dinner with 12 Strangers

Sit down as 12 strangers, and leave as 12 friends! Local alumni host or co-host dinners for 12 or more students at their homes or at restaurants. These dinners are free for students to attend and provide a great way for students and alumni to network. Find out more information

Emory Commencement Weekend

Emory Commencement Weekend offers a variety of activities for students and their families. Read about a few of the events here, or visit the full Commencement page.

Candlelight Crossover


Emory Commencement Weekend begins on Thursday evening when graduating seniors cross over the Houston Mill bridge from the Emory Conference Center Hotel to the Miller-Ward Alumni House, symbolizing their transition from students to alumni.

Torch and Trumpet Soiree

Emory Commencement Weekend really kicks into gear on Friday night at the Torch and Trumpet Soiree, a fabulous dance party and reception for graduating students, their family, and friends.

Emory Senior Block Party

Saturday is highlighted by food, friends, and music at the family-friendly Emory Commencement Weekend Block Party!

How you can get involved

Whether you are a student or an alumnus/alumna, the SAA is a great way for you to engage in the University. SAA programs offer alumni direct connections to the current student body and opportunities to help shape the student experience at Emory. For students, the SAA can offer meaningful networking, leadership, and philanthropic opportunities.

To apply to the Student Alumni Association, please send an email requesting an application to “SAA Interest” on LearnLink.The SAA executive board reviews applications during the beginning of the fall semester.

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