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Upcoming college weekends feature celebrity speakers

The Rochester area’s two largest colleges will bring internationally known celebrities to town as they pack their versions of homecoming and parents’ weekends Oct. 12-15.

Robin Roberts, from ABC’s Good Morning America, headlines the University of Rochester’s Meliora Weekend, speaking at Goergen Athletic Center at 11 a.m.  Oct. 14.

South African native Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central, will share his standup comedy at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gordon Athletic Center at 1 p.m. Oct. 14.

Other UR highlights include Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Peggy Noonan, at 2 p.m. Oct. 13; a concert by the Chick Corea and Steve Gadd band Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.; and standup comedy by Mike Birbiglia at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Oct. 14.

RIT highlights include Sir Dermot Turing, author of a biography of his uncle, “Prof: Alan Turing Decoded,” 12:15 p.m. Oct. 13; Dawn Hudson, the National Football League’s chief marketing officer and former CEO of PepsiCo North America, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13; the men’s hockey team playing Northeastern at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

Of course, student performances and displays, tours on campus and off, talks and panel discussions by inspirational alumni, faculty presentations and sporting events will pepper both campuses. Participants can hurl a pumpkin at RIT or ride a Ferris wheel at UR. Many of the events are open to the public, but some of the more popular events sell out.

According to the institutions, these weekends typically draw more than 7,500 participants in the UR programs, and 16,500 to RIT’s, including the hockey game at Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester.

For more information about UR’s events, visit www.rochester.edu/melioraweekendregistration/schedule/all/27.

For information about RIT’s events, visit www.rit.edu/gcr/brickcity/events.

Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College and State College of New York at Brockport will all have their events for families, alumni or both later in October, though Fisher’s alumni events are Oct. 6-8, including an appearance by The Second City comedy troupe at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Wilson Athletic Center on the Pittsford campus.

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