Meet your Student Alumni Association leaders
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.
The 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.
The SAA connects current students with Emory University alumni and encourages students to be active alumni themselves upon graduation. Members will interact with alumni as well as attend SAA-hosted events throughout the year. See below for our lists of signature events and programs.
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 general resources, such as alumni speakers, panelists and much more.
Dinner with 12 Strangers
Sit down as 12 strangers, and leave as 12 friends! At the beginning of each semester, 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.
100 Senior Honorary
In conjunction with the EAA, the Student Alumni Association (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.
The SAA, in partnership with groups like the Senior Experience Committee (SEC) plans and hosts a series of seminars designed to help students navigate the future. Popular events in the series include a business etiquette dinner hosted by Tom Brodnax 65Ox 68C, finance 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.
The Senior Experience Committee
The Senior Experience Committee is comprised of nominated Emory seniors and is run jointly by the EAA and Residence Life & Housing. The goal of the SEC is to provide the best senior year possible for Emory students, to ease the transition into life post-graduation, and to celebrate and enhance the student to alumni experience.
Emory Commencement Weekend offers a variety of activities for students and their families including the traditional Candlelight Crossover, Torch and Trumpet Soiree and Emory Senior Block Party.
Sophomore Pinning Ceremony
After 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 the sophomore pinning ceremony attended by faculty, staff, family, and local alumni.
President Jim Wagner, and his wife, Debbie Wagner, host many events at their home in Lullwater Park, from intimate gatherings to open houses. Lullwater Ambassadors serve as helping hands to the event staff and the Wagners during events and are also ambassadors of Emory's student body to visiting guests. Outstanding members of SAB are chosen each year to participate in this program.