»Activities and Events

Chapman University will always be your home and we hope you come back often and participate in the life of the university. There’s always something exciting happening on campus, whether it’s a Panther athletic event, a performance by our talented COPA students or a lecture from one of our world-class faculty members. 

Check out the university-wide calendar of events to see what’s happening across campus every day.

+-Campus Events

Candle Lighting Ceremony

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
7 p.m. - dessert reception in Leatherby Libraries
7:30 p.m. - ceremony begins in Attallah Piazza

Want to help us welcome the Class of 2019 to the Chapman Family? Join us for the annual candle lighting ceremony (as part of Orientation Week)
 to light the candles of freshmen from yours, passing on the flame of the Chapman experience. RSVP to Sarah Buckley '14 by Friday, August 21 »


INTERSTICES: ReWILDing
with 
Cheryl Strayed - New York Times Bestselling Author 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
7 p.m.
Memorial Hall 

How do we retain wildness in ourselves? How do we stay in touch with those things that allow us to take risks, change patterns, and see the world differently? The event will discuss the importance of natural wildness – the wilderness that exists outside of our day to day living that preexists us, surrounds us, and yet can seem so far away. How do we reconnect to wilderness? And when we do what impact does it have on us?

New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Strayed will discuss her bestseller Wild, which was adapted into the 2014 film of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon. An interactive panel discussion will follow the presentation. After the event, Strayed will be on hand to autograph copies of Wild, which will be available for purchase. 

The event is general admission and open to the public. Learn more »


The Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration

October 2 - 4, 2015

Come home to your alma mater for a week packed with events, including:

  • The 6th annual Chili Cook Off and Tailgate, hosted by the Chapman University Alumni Association
  • Reunions for the Classes of 1990, 2005 and 2010 (more information below)
  • The Chapman Family Picnic
  • The 10th annual Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5K Run/Walk
  • Faculty Master Classes and Dialogues with Deans
  • Panther Pub in the Piazza, where you can hang out and watch the homecoming football game on live streaming TVs while you enjoy beer and wine
  • ...and so much more!

Get more information and check out a complete schedule of events »


Class of 2010 5-Year Reunion

Friday, October 2, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Barbara Bush Patio, Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404

"Can you believe it’s been five years since we walked across the stage at graduation (we were the first year the class was too big to have graduation all at once!)? Celebrating that moment was a highlight for all, and now it’s time to properly celebrate that milestone again.

Much has changed since we graduated from Chapman, but the “Chapman Spirit” has remained the same. During this five-year anniversary celebration we will make new memories as we reconnect with Chapman friends, remember classmates, recount stories, and celebrate in each other’s achievements over the past five years. It’s time to cheers to the engagements and weddings, promotions, personal achievements, and new babies, in person, rather than just ‘liking’ them on Facebook. This is also the perfect opportunity to visit campus and reconnect with the place we once called home.

I hope to see you all in October to kick-off the University’s first-ever Five Year Reunion." - Riley (Donovan) Couglin '10, Class of 2010 Representative

Learn more »
Check out the Facebook event to see who's coming and invite your classmates »

Class of 2005 10(ish)-Year Reunion

Friday, October 2, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum, Argyros Forum, Room 310

"It's crazy to think that we graduated from Chapman University 10 years ago! I could swear it was just last week that we all gathered in the heat on the old Chapman grass field one last time to receive our diplomas. Join us for a fun-filled dinner with drinks on the Faculty Athenaeum Patio in Argyros Forum to catch up with friends, professors and staff. Since we know all our friends weren't in the same graduating class as us, we’re bending the rules a bit and inviting the Class of 2004 and the Class of 2006. We look forward to seeing you in October!" - Kevin Hansen ’05 and David May ’05. Class of 2005 Representatives

Learn more »
Check out the Facebook event to see who's coming and invite your classmates »

Class of 1990 25-Year Reunion

Friday, October 2, 2015
7 - 10 p.m.
Hester Faculty Senate Boardroom, Lyon Conference Center, Argyros Forum, Room 201

"Can you believe it’s been 25 years since we walked across the stage on the now called Wilson Field at Chapman University? Chapman has expanded so much since we graduated. To us, it was Chapman College with less than 300 people in our class. Now, Chapman has expanded to a university and has grown to a graduating class of over 1500 students. Lets come back home and see what new over a fun-filled dinner with drinks to catch up with old classmates and former professors and staff." - Ariel Bailey Fernald '90, Class of 1990 Representative

Learn more »
Check out the Facebook event to see who's coming and invite your classmates »


American Celebration

Opening Night: Friday, November 6, 2015
Gala: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Enjoy an evening of dazzling entertainment provided by a cast of more than 100 singing and dancing students from Chapman's acclaimed College of Performing Arts, accompanied by a live orchestra, in fully-produced scenes from Broadway's hottest shows.

Every year, this not-to-be missed extravaganza is produced by Chapman University with vital support from Orange County's most committed philanthropists and volunteers. In total, American Celebration has raised more than $20 million to provide scholarships to Chapman’s best and most deserving students.

Learn more and purchase tickets »


Winterfest

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Attallah Piazza

Join the Chapman Family for this annual free community event featuring live performances of seasonal music by Chapman student ensembles, children’s activities and fireworks. 

+-Chappy Hour

On (or around) the third Thursday of every other month, Chapman grads across the country get together for happy hour, networking and of course, fun!  


Upcoming Chappy Hours:

Las Vegas, NV

Thank you Natasha Shahani '11 for organizing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
7 - 9 p.m.
Itsy Bitsy
150 Las Vegas Blvd N Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Register here

Orange County, CA

Thank you Rob Selway '07 (MBA '09) for organizing.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Center Club
650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Complimentary valet service located next to the box office of Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Register here

Portland, OR

Thank you Marina Martinez '13 and Ben Bateman '13 for organizing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
7 - 10 p.m.
Oregon Public House
700 NE Dekum Street, Portland, OR 97211
Oregon Public House is the first non-profit pub. Your drinks will benefit local non-profits!
Register here.

San Francisco, CA

Thank you Whitney Standring-Trueblood '10 and Dominique Escalante '09 for organizing. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Palomino
345 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Register here.

More Chappy Hours are added regularly, so check back often!

The Chappy Hour Code:

  • Share your favorite Chapman memory. Was it hanging out in the Attallah Piazza or the old quad with your friends? What about the old caf?
  • It’s a social event (not a fundraising event), so relax and enjoy!
  • Bring some business cards; you never know when you’ll make a connection.
  • Have fun!

We’d love to expand the Chappy Hour program to more regions across the country. It's easy to organize a Chappy Hour and we'll help you promote it, including registration. We'll also send you a Chappy Hour Care Package full of goodies to decorate with and give to attendees. 

Set up a Chappy Hour in your area »

To learn more about setting up a Chappy Hour in your area email alumni@chapman.edu

+-Panthers in the Community

Panther Team for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night

Saturday, September 19, 2015
4 p.m.
Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

Join the Chapman Family in supporting a great cause by participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk at Angel Stadium. Every fall participants in nearly 200 communities across North America join together carrying illuminated lanterns to take steps to end cancer in these inspirational and memorable evening walks.

Learn more about Light the Night »
Register for the Panther team »

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