2024 Alumni Reunion: Bleu Renaissance

It’s time to come together for the annual Dillard University Alumni Reunion and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. But this year, we’re particularly excited to pay special homage to those whose class years end in 4 and 9.

2024 ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Schedule of Events

BE PART OF THE FUN

We have something for everyone – exciting event’s, activities, games, and more! Come join us for an unforgettable weekend of fun.

SHARE YOUR MEMORIES

Bring your family and show them what makes Dillard so special – we want to hear all your memories from college and beyond.

2024 ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2024

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Lawless Chapel – 1 p.m.
Dillard University’s Department of Nursing will host its annual Pinning Ceremony. Let’s come together to celebrate and recognize the rigorous accomplishments of the Nursing Class of 2024. 

Roaring ‘20s Evening Jazz Dinner Cruise 
Steamboat NATCHEZ | 400 Toulouse New Orleans, LA 70130
Arrival: 6 p.m.  Departure: 7 p.m.
Immerse yourself in reunion weekend by starting with a stand out event of elegance and mystique. Join us in your best-roaring ‘20s glitz and glamour as we celebrate scholarship, music, art, and fashion centered around Dillard University and its extraordinary alums.  


FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024

On-site & Pre-Registration Pick-Up
Featuring DJ Raj Smoove ‘98
Student Union Foyer – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy some great tunes while taking care of business! Alumni who pre-purchased packages or event tickets will have the opportunity to pick them up during this time. If you still desire to purchase tickets, here is your chance to do so! Reunion merch will also be available for purchase.

DU Alumni ReunionGolden Graduates Breakfast Celebration
Student Union
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Help us celebrate those who graduated 50 years ago at a breakfast event in their honor.  Note that this is the first event on Friday, therefore, you are strongly encouraged to pay in advance. Registrants will be on the guest list at the event, so there is no need to stop at registration for your ticket. (Please note that this event is not included in the reunion packages.)

Meet & Greet
Celebrating Alumni Nurses Hosted by DUPON, PSB 2nd Floor Balcony
10 – 11 a.m.
Calling all Alumni Nurses! Join us for an unforgettable celebration, discovering the power of the strong bond between the esteemed Dillard University Professional Organization of Nursing (DUPON) and our prestigious College of Nursing. Immerse yourself in an engaging atmosphere as alumni nurses come together to share experiences, insights, and memories. Indulge in delectable light refreshments while forging new connections and reigniting old friendships. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event that celebrates the past, present, and future of nursing excellence.

Bleu Devil Soul Luncheon
Kearny Dining Hall featuring Live Music
Noon – 2 p.m.
Get ready for a soulful feast like no other! This ultimate fusion of mouthwatering cuisine and infectious rhythms will have you dancing all day. Join us as we celebrate our Silver Graduates and honor our esteemed Miss Dillard queens and Mister Dillard kings in a memorable event filled with fun, laughter, and great food. Don’t miss out on this unique experience that will leave you craving for more. 

Class Meetings – Years Ending in 4s & 9s
Professional Schools Building (PSB)
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Don’t miss out on the exclusive Class Meeting designed just for you. Join us for an engaging session where we’ll celebrate the incredible achievements of our university and dive into your class’s goals and aspirations. Our dedicated class agents and university representatives will be present to answer any questions you may have and provide valuable assistance. Let’s come together, reconnect, and make a lasting impact on our alma mater. 

Bleu Renaissance Alumni Talent Show, Featuring D.J. Raj Smoove ‘98
Cook Theater
5 – 7 p.m.
Get ready for a night of electrifying entertainment! Our stage is set to be transformed into a dazzling showcase of talent, where our esteemed alumni will take center stage. From mesmerizing music performances to soul-stirring singing, captivating dances, powerful poetry, and spellbinding acting, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Immerse yourself in a world of Bleu Renaissance creativity and be captivated by the incredible talents of our alumni. Need to add your name to the line-up?! Follow this link to sign up today!

Baccalaureate
Lawless Memorial Chapel
6 p.m.
Join us in a powerful tradition of unity and love. Let’s uplift the 2024 Graduating Seniors as they step into their bright futures. Together, through prayer, we create a bond that lasts a lifetime. Stand with us and be part of something truly special.


SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024

Commencement, Avenue of the Oaks
8 a.m.
Welcome back to the Oaks, where we celebrate the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and achievement. Join the Dillard community in celebrating not only our remarkable graduating class of 2024 and their successes but to our Golden Graduates and their 50-year graduation anniversary.  Please note the first 75 Early Bird packages sold will include reserved seating at the Commencement ceremony.

DU Alumni ReunionLegacy Gala & Award Ceremony
Marriot Warehouse Arts District Hotel, 859 Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70130
6 p.m. 4s & 9s Class Year Photos & Donor Reception
7 p.m. Dinner & Program
Celebrate our alma mater’s past and future, starting with a donor reception at 6 pm, followed by dinner and the presentation of awards to our university’s best and brightest. Semi-formal and cocktail attire is encouraged.  

The After Party
Treehouse, 1940 Thalia St., pay at the door, prices set by the venue
10 p.m.
Alumni who are ready for a night out on the town should be ready for this!  Meet us at Treehouse, the latest “it” club of our time. Pay at the door (prices set by venue). 


Early Bird & Mail-In Registration Ends April 5, 2024
Reunion Registration Closes April 22, 2024

*The acronym PSB is short for the Professional Schools Building (located directly behind the Alumni House).  
*The new Student Union Building is located behind the Cook Center, facing Gentilly Blvd.
Event locations are subject to change

BLEU RENAISSANCE BUS PASS
Don’t miss a beat at the Bleu Renaissance Reunion weekend! Secure your stress-free transportation with the exclusive BLEU RENAISSANCE BUS PASS. Say goodbye to parking nightmares and hello to convenience. Limited passes are available, so grab yours now and focus on creating unforgettable memories, hassle-free! Please note this bus pass is only valid for transportation to and from the reunion-hosting hotels and events.

LEGACY GALA AND AWARDS CEREMONY: PROGRAM ADVERTISEMENT
Celebrate legacies in style! Secure your spot in the prestigious 2024 Legacy Gala and Awards Ceremony Program Booklet. Honor your class, business, or loved ones with a timeless tribute that will be remembered for years to come. Act now to reserve your ad space and make a lasting impact. Submit the Event Registration Form and payment before April 12, 2024, to be part of this exclusive opportunity. Don’t miss this chance to shine bright at the Legacy Gala!

Follow this link to submit all designs (in their original electronic file) for editing by April 15, 2024.

MOBILITY NEEDS
The university is happy to refer alumni in need of mobility services to Total Access Mobility Services, which will provide Dillard alumni with a special discount and delivery fee waiver using the below information. To reserve, call (504) 534-3366 and reference “Dillard Alumni Reunion.”

Daily rates are as follows:
Manual wheelchair: $21.99
Standard scooter: $33.00
Heavy duty scooter (over 300lbs): $45.00
Power wheelchairs: $45.00

Email  dwhite@totalaccessmobility.com or visit  www.totalaccessmobility.com.

Where to Stay

Hosting Hotel

New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District
859 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130. 

Dillard University Reunion group rate

The room rate is $209 and will be available until April, 2024. Please use the link to book your room or call (504) 613-2888. 

Springhill Suites New Orleans Downtown

1600 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 702-6800

Dillard University Reunion group rate

The room rate is $149 and will be available until April 13, 2024. Please use the link to book your room or call (504) 613-2888.

Omni Hotel

621 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 
(504) 529-5333

Dillard University Reunion group rate

The room rate is $189 per night and will be available until April 17, 2024. Please use the link to book your room or call (504) 529-5333

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Ways to Register

Register online through April 22, 2024

Register by Phone

(504) 816-4675

Available between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
M-F through April 22, 2024

 

Register by Mail

Print, complete the downloadable PDF, enclose your payment, and mail to:

Dillard University
Office of Alumni Relations
Office 2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122.
Alumni Reunion Printable Registration Form

Please ensure forms and payments are received by April 5, 2024.


On-Site Registration

Please note that tickets purchased on-site are subject to availability. Given past instances of sold-out events, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to secure your entry.

Registration Pick-up

All registered attendees are required to pick up their event tickets and souvenirs at the Pre-registration/Registration Pick-up Station on Friday, May 10th, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you designate someone to collect your tickets on your behalf, kindly email their names to alumnirelations@dillard.edu by April 30, 2024.

 

Reunion Packages

Reunion Package A

Early Bird Special – $325 | $405
Register by April 5


1 Bleu Devil Soul Luncheon ticket
1 Bleu Renaissance Alumni Talent Show
1 Legacy Gala & Awards Ceremony ticket
1 Roaring ‘20s Evening Jazz Dinner Cruise ticket
1 Souvenir T-shirt
1 Souvenir Umbrella
1 Souvenir Drawstring Bag

Reunion Package B

Early Bird Special – $300 | $355
Register by April 5


1 Bleu Devil Soul Luncheon ticket
1 Bleu Renaissance Alumni Talent Show
1 Legacy Gala & Awards Ceremony ticket
1 Roaring ‘20s Evening Jazz Dinner Cruise ticket

For individual ticket purchases, please see registration form

Key Reminders

Things to Remember

  • All pre-registrants must retrieve event tickets at Registration on Friday, May 10.
  • Presentation of tickets is mandatory for entry to each event (tickets available for purchase and pick-up on Friday, May 10, in the registration room).
  • Class gifts represent cumulative donations from each class to the University during the fiscal year (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024). Gala attendees will be updated on class gift totals, with final figures released online in July 2024.
  • Alumni participation rate denotes the percentage of alumni contributing to their alma mater during the fiscal year. High-participation classes will be recognized at the gala.
  • Gifts may accompany your registration form or be arranged by contacting the Development Office at (504) 816-5707.
  • For inquiries about the Donor Recognition Event, please contact the Development Office at (504) 816-5707.
  • Transportation between the reunion hotel and events will be available from May 9-11 with the purchase of the Renaissance Bus Pass. The transportation schedule will be accessible online and at the reunion hotel’s concierge desk.
 
 

For more information, visit www.dillard.edu/alumni-reunion or contact us at alumnirelations@dillard.edu or call 504.816.4675

Alumni Weekend 2023 Alumni taking a selfie

Update Us!

Be part of the fun

We have something for everyone – exciting events, activities, games, and more! Come join us for an unforgettable weekend of fun.

Bring your family and show them what makes Dillard so special – we want to hear all your memories from college and beyond.

Share your memories

DU Alumni

Contact Us!

Alumni Relations

2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans Louisiana 70122

Ph. (504)816.4182
alumnirelations@dillard.edu

Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.