Connect with Emory's Student Alumni Association
The mission of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) is to connect alumni to the university and the student body by building tradition, fostering student and alumni interaction, serving the diverse needs and interests of our community, and creating opportunities for investment in Emory's future.
What is the SAA?
Emory’s Student Alumni Association (SAA) is the student chapter of the Emory Alumni Association. At Emory, all students who have completed two semesters are considered alumni and automatically become members of the Student Alumni Association. We do this in honor of Robert W. Woodruff, Emory’s greatest benefactor, who left Emory after a term to work at the Coca Cola Company.
SAA programs are organized by the Student Alumni Board (SAB), a select group of student leaders charged with connecting current students with Emory alumni and encouraging students to be engaged alumni through and beyond graduation. SAA programs are hosted throughout the year by the Emory Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Board, comprised of a group of student leaders who oversee the planning and execution of signature SAA events. See below for our lists of signature events and programs, many of which are open to all Emory students.Find out more about the Student Alumni Board
Student Alumni Board signature programming
Student Organization Sponsorship Program
The Student Alumni Board (SAB) and the Emory Alumni Association (EAA) welcome the opportunity to support programs and events organized by recognized student organizations that seek to enhance the student-to-alumni experience, create opportunities for awareness of the EAA, and encourage students to become engaged alumni.
We are pleased to offer both financial support and alumni resources, such as alumni speakers/panelists, alumni lists, event registration pages, speaker gifts, and much more.
Sophomore Pinning Ceremony
After completing two consecutive semesters at Emory, students are officially considered alumni. This is in honor of Robert Woodruff, who left Emory after two semesters to run Coca-Cola; his gift back to the school forever changed the landscape of Emory. Each year, eligible students are inducted into the Student Alumni Association at the Sophomore Pinning Ceremony, where they receive a gold Emory Alumni lapel pin and are celebrated by peers, administrators, faculty, staff, and other alumni. A reception typically follows the program.
Dinner with 12 Strangers
Sit down as strangers, and leave as friends! Each semester, local alumni, faculty, and staff host or co-host dinners for a group of students (around 12) in their homes or at restaurants. These dinners are free for students and provide a great way for students to meet the big Emory network!Register for a D12
100 Senior Honorary
In conjunction with the EAA, the Student Alumni Board (SAB) solicits nominations from students, faculty, staff, and alumni each fall for the 100 most outstanding members of the senior class. Recipients of the prestigious 100 Senior Honorary award are inducted in the spring and serve as engaged alumni ambassadors beyond graduation.
The Senior Experience Committee
The Senior Experience Committee within SAB organizes undergraduate senior-specific programs throughout the year that unite the fourth year class and foster Emory spirit. SEC strives to enhance the senior experience and ease the transition to life post-graduation. Comprised of all class years, SEC plans and execute beloved senior traditions including 200 Days ‘til Graduation, 100 Days ‘til Graduation, Seniors at Sweetwater, Life 101 events, Senior Wonderful Wednesday, and more. If you are senior, be sure to join your class’s Senior Experience Facebook group to stay tuned about upcoming activities and RSVP deadlines you don’t want to miss!
SAB’s Senior Experience Committee (SEC) plans and hosts a series of seminars designed to help students navigate the future. Popular events in the series include networking workshops, business etiquette sessions, apartment hunting programs, seminars, cooking classes, and even lessons on how to change a car tire. Life 101 topics vary each year, so be on the lookout for a topic that interests you.
Emory Commencement Weekend offers a variety of activities for graduating students including Senior Wonderful Wednesday, the International Graduation Recognition Ceremony, Candlelight Crossover, Legacy Medallion Ceremony, 100 Senior Honorary Family Reception, and more!