55th Anniversary Global Alumni Weekend

Global Alumni Weekend - Event Schedule

Join the ACP/AUP community in celebrating our 55th Anniversary with an extraordinary Global Alumni Weekend in Paris. The celebration begins on Friday, May 19th and continues through the weekend until Monday, May 22nd, followed by the AUP Commencement on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Online registration is now available until Sunday, April 30th. Visit our registration page to participate in the weekend!


Friday, May 19th

Registration/Ticket Retrieval
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
AUP Fine Arts Gallery (Ground Floor), 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
Attendees of Global Alumni Weekend will be able to pick up their welcome bag, including weekend pass.

Campus Tours
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
AUP Fine Arts Gallery (Ground Floor), 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
Rediscover the university with a tour of the renovated campus and the local 7th arrondissement lead by students and fellow alumni.

Privately Hosted Class Reunion Cocktails
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Various locations around Paris
Alumni are invited to join their classmates for reunion cocktails hosted by alumni, Trustees and friends in Paris. Reunions will be grouped into the following:

  • 60s and 70s
  • 80s
  • 90s
  • Early 2000s – those graduating as of 2009 and earlier
  • Late 2000s – those graduating as of 2010 and later

Further information regarding location details to follow in the coming weeks. Details will be provided only to registered participants. The reunions are included in the weekend packages.

AUP Boat Party
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Bateau River’s King, 25 Quai de Grenelle (Escale de Grenelle), 75015 Paris
The entire AUP community – alumni, current students, faculty, staff, parents and friends – are invited to this classic AUP party! The boat will remain stationary with complete access to arriving guests throughout the evening.  This event is included in the weekend packages. Tickets will be available at the door and your first drink is free.

Saturday, May 20th

Registration/Ticket Retrieval
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
AUP Fine Arts Gallery (Ground Floor), 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
Attendees of Global Alumni Weekend will be able to pick up their welcome bag, including weekend pass.

Welcome Address by President Celeste Schenck
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

President Celeste Schenck will welcome attendees to Global Alumni Weekend and speak on the University today, as well as introduce the directors of AUP’s five new centers:

  • The Joy and Edward Frieman Environmental Science Center
  • The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention
  • The Center for Critical Democracy Studies
  • The Center for Writers and Translators
  • The Civic Media Lab

This event is included in the weekend packages.


Plenary Session: Then & Now
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
The session will explore the transitions undertaken within the AUP community and on campus during the course of our 55-year history. This discussion will include a panel of AUP alumni representing a mix of generations.

Lunch in the Amex Café
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
All registered guests are welcome to enjoy lunch in the Amex Café. Lunch is included in the weekend packages.

Knowledge Festival
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
Following lunch, we will explore the various issues facing us around the globe and on campus with our Knowledge Fair. Incorporating discussions lead by seasoned professors and alumni panels alike, we consider the themes represented in our new centers and the necessity of their work in approaching modern challenges. This session will be broken up into Forum I and Forum II, with additional details to soon follow. Recently confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Waddick Doyle, Director of the Civic Media Lab and an Associate Professor in Global Communications
  • Professor Ziad Majed, Assistant Professor of History. Professor Majed’s discussion will be entitled, “The Syrian Question”.

Alumni Panelists:

  • Patricia Del Favero Campbell
  • Nelly Corbel

This event is included in the weekend packages.

55th Anniversary Soirée, Then and Now
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
The Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, 18 Avenue de Suffren, 75015 Paris
The evening will include a cocktail and dinner, as well as an opportunity to connect or reconnect with fellow alumni, AUP family and friends while enjoying one of the most exquisite views of the Eiffel Tower available in Paris. This event is only included in the All Inclusive Package with Gala.

Sunday, May 21st

Networking Brunch
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes
In bringing our weekend’s campus activities to a close, we invite community members to join us for our networking brunch in the Amex. Mingling with fellow professionals, this afternoon will include an organized workshop lead by some of our dynamic AUP alumni. Details regarding this day to soon follow. This event is included in the weekend packages.

Monday, May 22nd

Cultural Excursion to Champagne
All Day
Region of Champagne
Champagne, the region between Lorraine and Paris, is the only internationally recognized source of real champagne. Learn about the rigorous méthode champenoise that has made this wine so special that it has come to symbolize the essence of celebration the world over. The drive takes you through the region’s rolling hills to Reims where you start the day with a visit to the city’s famous Notre Dame de Reims, one of France’s largest and beautiful cathedrals. Afterwards, enjoy a guided cellar tour of a well-known champagne house. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant in Reims, before getting on the bus to visit a smaller, family-owned cellar, which includes another tasting. Plan to return to Paris in time for a late dinner.

Additional Information


The American University of Paris will have photographers at many of the 55th Anniversary Global Alumni Weekend events. Please be advised that AUP may use photos taken during the weekend for AUP publications (print and online), fundraising materials and other non-commercial purposes.

Please contact the Office of Outreach and Advancement before the weekend if you object to being photographed for these purposes.


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Prepare your stay

You will find a selection of hotels near the AUP campus for which aspecial rate has been negotiated with Inwood Hotels. Please book your stay directly on their website and use the code: AUP2017.

Book your flights

We have secured some special deals on flights from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco with Corpovia, available for the AUP community. You can find out more and book your travel here.


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