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2020 Alumni Weekend is Postponed

Will be held Homecoming weekend:
Friday, October 16 & Saturday, October 17

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to remain socially distanced through the end of April (and possibly longer), we have decided that it is in everyone’s best interest for us to postpone our 2020 Alumni Weekend festivities.

We are still working out the details, but we plan to offer a fun array of events including our annual All-Alumni Cocktail Reception, our 2020 Distinguished Alumni Ceremony honoring Dr. Kristen Feemster ’91, Reunion Class Dinners and more during Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 16 & Saturday, October 17.

Many schools like ours combine their Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, and this gives us an excuse to try it out. It also gives you – our spirited alumni — a chance to spend Saturday, October 17 at school cheering on our Knights at the many sports events and activities that will occur that day. In addition, we will host our annual Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 16.

It’s going to be a jam-packed weekend and we are all looking forward to seeing you here on campus … in person … in October.

All paid Alumni Weekend registrations will be refunded to the original payment method used. We will set up a new 2020 Alumni Weekend registration page in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 disrupts upcoming alumni events

As alumni, you are an important part of the University Liggett School community and we will continue to keep you as informed as possible as events here on Cook Road get altered and/or cancelled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. The situation is changing by the day, indeed by the hour at times. Here is what we are doing right now to protect the health of our student population and our broader community:

Unfortunately, these alumni events are cancelled:

  • The Washington, DC Alumni & Friends reception on April 14
  • The Parents of Alumni Reception on April 16
  • JT Mestdagh ’14 Speaking at Community Time on April 24
  • The Alumni/Student Volunteer event at Keep Growing Detroit on April 25

These alumni events are still happening until further notice:

  • Arts Hall of Fame event honoring Leonard Sullivan ’97 on May 7
  • Ring and Founders Day Ceremony (for current upper school students/families), featuring alumni speaker Joanna Miller ‘04 on May 8

We plan to keep you apprised, via email, in the next few weeks as we announce updates and roll out more cancellations as needed. Thank you for your flexibility during this extraordinary and unprecedented time.


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This is your school and your community. We offer many ways to get and stay in touch with old friends, share your expertise, and tap into the incredible talent and energy that is the University Liggett School community.

We're glad you're here and welcome you to explore. If you don't find what you're looking for, have ideas about how to contribute or simply want to share a memory, please contact Director of Alumni Relations, Katie Durno at

Alumni Facts & Figures

  • University Liggett School is the oldest independent school in Michigan
  • We are comprised of four predecessor schools:
    • The Liggett School, founded in 1878
    • Detroit University School, founded in 1899
    • Grosse Pointe Country Day School, founded in 1915
    • Grosse Pointe University School, founded in 1954
  • We have almost 4,600 active alumni in more than 21 countries around the world
  • With more than 175 Knights in the state, New York has the highest number of alumni outside of Michigan
  • Our alumni have won Pulitzer Prizes, Tony and Emmy Awards, and have medaled in the Olympics
  • ULS graduates have won Fulbright and Rhodes Scholarships
  • We currently have 17 faculty/staff emeritus
  • Longest-serving teacher? Francis J McCann (47 years)
  • Alumni are the largest donors to the Annual Fund
  • We are called the Knights because DUS was once housed in a building known as “The Castle”

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