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Spring Alumni Weekend 2019
May 3-5
A Charleston Affair

A Charleston Affair

By John Stabinger
Posted on 8 February 2019 | 5:45 pm

The premier event of Spring Alumni Weekend will be the 120th Alumni Reception, now known as “A Charleston Affair,” on Saturday, May 4, from 7-10 pm. Since 1900, the Alumni Association has held an annual reception to welcome the graduating students into its membership. The event is held across campus from Calhoun to Wentworth Streets and St. Philip to Coming Streets. More than 3,500 alumni, graduating students, and their guests will dance under the stars to live music by Fantasy in Cistern Yard and DJ Natty Heavy in Cougar Mall. Gather in Cistern Yard at 8 pm to join Interim President Steve Osborne ’73 in a toast to the Class of 2019, then we’ll sing the alma mater. New this year: an upgraded gourmet menu of Southern delights, expanded craft beer and wine offerings in the Glebe Street Lounge, a sushi bar in Craig Club VIP, and brand-new VIP areas, including a “Beach Club” where guests can shag the night away. All guests attending A Charleston Affair must be age 21 or older as of May 4, 2019. Attire is coat and tie/cocktail.

TICKET OPTIONS

ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO A CHARLESTON AFFAIR 2019

There are a variety of ticket types available to A Charleston Affair for all tastes and budgets, ranging from General Admission to VIP upgrades to All Access, which is exactly what it sounds like. Tickets will sell out quickly, so purchase yours early.

Class of 2019 General Admission:

SOLD OUT

As a graduation gift from the College and the Alumni Association, students who successfully applied by February 15 with the Registrar to graduate in May or Summer 2019 may purchase a “Class of 2019” General Admission ticket for their personal use for the special rate of $75 and one guest ticket for $100 (all guests must be age 21 or older by May 4, 2019). Dance under the stars to live music by Fantasy in Cistern Yard, or DJ Natty Heavy in Cougar Mall. Dine on gourmet Southern fare, featuring our signature fountains of boiled shrimp. Enjoy a great selection of beers, wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages at bars across campus. Taste craft beers and fine wines with alumni brewers and sommeliers in the expanded Glebe Street Lounge. Tickets include all food and beverages.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 pm

Location: Main Campus between Calhoun and Wentworth Streets, and St. Philip and Coming Streets

Entry Gate:

  • Class of 2019 graduates and their guests will enter the Cougar Mall Gate on Calhoun Street

Ticket Prices: Advance purchase only by March 8. Ticket options will not be available after this date.

  • Eligible students may purchase a ticket for themselves for $75. Tickets are non-transferable and will not be honored at the gate unless the valid, government-issued photo ID matches the name on the ticket. In other words, these tickets cannot be resold or given to anyone else to use.
  • Eligible students may purchase a General Admission ticket for a guest at $100. These regular price tickets are transferable.

 

General Admission:

ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO A CHARLESTON AFFAIR 2019

Dance under the stars to live music by Fantasy in Cistern Yard, or DJ Natty Heavy in Cougar Mall. Dine on gourmet Southern fare, featuring our signature fountains of boiled shrimp. Enjoy a great selection of beers, wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages at bars across campus. Taste craft beers and fine wines with alumni brewers and sommeliers in the expanded Glebe Street Lounge. Tickets include all food and beverages.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 pm

Location: Main Campus between Calhoun and Wentworth Streets, and St. Philip and Coming Streets

Entry Gates:

  • Class of 2019 graduates and their guests will enter the Cougar Mall Gate on Calhoun Street
  • Alumni and their guests will enter at Green Way (the pedestrian walk that runs behind Randolph Hall) on either the St. Philip Street side or the Coming Street side beginning at 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Advance purchase only. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Early Bird purchase by April 1: $100 per person
  • Regular purchase starting April 2: $125 per person

 

Faculty House VIP:

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO THIS VIP EVENT

Enjoy all that General Admission has to offer, plus add exclusive access to a private VIP area at the Faculty House with an upgraded gourmet menu, a premium open bar, air conditioning, and private restrooms for only $25 more per person. View the party from the piazza and be only steps away from the Glebe Street Lounge craft beer and wine tastings! Tickets include all food and beverages. Please note, this space is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 pm

Location: 20 Glebe Street

Entry Gate: VIP guests enter at the Cistern Yard Gate on St. Philip Street beginning at 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Advance purchase only. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Early Bird purchase by April 1: $125 per person
  • Regular purchase starting April 2: $150 per person

 

LCWA House VIP and Inaugural Hispanic Studies Trujillo Reunion:

ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO A CHARLESTON AFFAIR 2019

Enjoy all that General Admission has to offer, plus add exclusive access to a private VIP area at the Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs House with an upgraded gourmet menu, a premium open bar, air conditioning, and private restrooms for only $25 more per person. Hang out on the piazza with LCWA Dean Tim Johnson and Associate Dean (and former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia) James Melville.

We especially welcome alumni who studied abroad with the Department of Hispanic Studies program in Trujillo, Spain (semester and summer). Reunite with fellow Trujillo students and past faculty program directors!

Tickets include all food and beverages. Please note, this space is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 pm

Location: 11 Glebe Street

Entry Gate: VIP guests enter at the Cistern Yard Gate on St. Philip Street beginning at 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Advance purchase only. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Early Bird purchase by April 1: $125 per person
  • Regular purchase starting April 2: $150 per person

 

HSS House VIP:

ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO A CHARLESTON AFFAIR 2019

Enjoy all that General Admission has to offer, plus add exclusive access to a private VIP area at 7 College Way with an upgraded gourmet menu, a premium open bar, air conditioning, and private restrooms for only $25 more per person. Hang out with Jerold Hale, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). Tickets include all food and beverages. View the party from the piazza, only steps away from the Cistern Yard! Please note, this space is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 pm

Location: 7 College Way

Entry Gate: VIP guests enter at the Cistern Yard Gate on St. Philip Street beginning at 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Advance purchase only. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Early Bird purchase by April 1: $125 per person
  • Regular purchase starting April 2: $150 per person

 

The Beach Club VIP:

ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO A CHARLESTON AFFAIR 2019

Enjoy all that General Admission has to offer, plus add exclusive access to a new private VIP area featuring DJ Lee Edwards ’80 spinning oldies and beach music for you to shag all night. Located in the beautifully renovated Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center, The Beach Club will have its own dance floor, seating, and tables, an upgraded gourmet menu, a premium open bar, air conditioning, and private restrooms for only $25 more per person. Enter the shag contest at 9 pm to win fabulous prizes! Tickets include all food and beverages. Accessible for wheelchair users.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 pm

Location: Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center (where Physicians Auditorium used to be)

Entry Gate: VIP guests enter at the Cistern Yard Gate on St. Philip Street beginning at 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Advance purchase only. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Early Bird purchase by April 1: $125 per person
  • Regular purchase starting April 2: $150 per person

 

Randolph Hall VIP:

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO THIS VIP EVENT

Enjoy all that General Admission has to offer, plus add exclusive access to the premier VIP area at A Charleston Affair. Randolph Hall is at the heart of our beloved campus and will feature a top-shelf open bar, a delicious gourmet menu, air conditioning, and private restrooms. View the festivities from the portico, or step through a private entrance to the dance floor. Tickets include all food and beverages. Accessible for wheelchair users.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 pm

Location: Randolph Hall

Entry Gate: VIP guests enter at the Cistern Yard Gate on St. Philip Street beginning at 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Advance purchase only. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Early Bird purchase by April 1: $200 per person
  • Regular purchase starting April 2: $250 per person

 

All Access VIP:

ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO A CHARLESTON AFFAIR 2019

Love to be treated like a rock star? Purchase the All Access pass and enjoy everything General Admission has to offer, plus access to all six private VIP areas: Randolph Hall, Craig Club, The Beach Club, Honors College Houses, LCWA House, and Faculty House. These VIP areas will feature a premium or top-shelf open bar, a delicious gourmet menu, air conditioning, and private restrooms. Tickets include all food and beverages. Accessible for wheelchair users.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 pm

Location: Randolph Hall

Entry Gate: VIP guests enter at the Cistern Yard Gate on St. Philip Street beginning at 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Advance purchase only. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Early Bird purchase by April 1: $250 per person
  • Regular purchase starting April 2: $300 per person