Golden Bearcats Society

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50+ Years since Graduation

The University of Cincinnati enjoys a rich history and multitudes of traditions that exemplify the Bearcats spirit. The UC Alumni Association recognizes that those histories and traditions are passed down from generation to generation by those who walked the campus of our beloved alma mater for almost 200 years.

To honor those who have and continue to uphold our institution’s alma mater, the Golden Bearcats Society (GBS) was established to represent all alumni who have celebrated 50 years since graduating from UC. Each spring during Alumni Weekend, the UC Alumni Association hosts the Golden Bearcats Society Luncheon to acknowledge all members of the Society, as well as induct graduates from a half-century ago.

Golden Bearcats Society Homecoming Parade Grandstand

Saturday, Oct. 8
Parade Time: TBD
Clifton Avenue, below Arts & Sciences Hall

Calling all UC alumni who graduated 50+ years ago! You are invited to be our special guests during the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 8, in the Golden Bearcats Society Homecoming Parade grandstand, with special seating to experience the pageantry of our favorite weekend. Included in your reservation is the designated seating area and refreshments. We will begin welcoming guests to their seats 30 minutes prior to the parade start time. Seating is very limited, so guests are invited to register soon. Due to limited seating, alumni are invited to bring only one guest to join them in the grandstand. Specific details will be emailed to registrants once they are finalized.

COVID-19 Update

With the health and safety of our UC family foremost in mind, alumni relations activity of the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association will remain limited to virtual platforms for the time being. We will continue to follow the guidance from government and health organizations as we all look forward to coming together in person when we can. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for digital alumni experiences, please share them with Justin Gibson, Program Director for Diversity Outreach and Engagement, at or (513) 556-4312. For more information about UC and COVID-19, please visit UC’s public health website.


The Golden Bearcats Society is one of the university’s most treasured communities of alumni. All UC graduates of 50 or more years make up the Society. These alumni are the keepers of our traditions, the stewards of our alma mater’s memories. Our Golden Bearcats have paved the way for subsequent generations, leading us into the third century of academic, vocational, and civic success.

All alumni who reach the 50th anniversary of receiving their degree from the University of Cincinnati automatically become members of the Society. Each spring, the UCAA holds an induction ceremony for the newest class, where they receive their pin commemorating the milestone. Can’t make the induction ceremony? Don’t worry, you’ll still be a member of the Society!

The answer is no on both questions. Rather than asking alumni to pay dues to the society, members are encouraged to give to the areas of the university that inspires them. Whether it is to your college, athletics, or scholarships – we can help point you in the right direction if needed.

As of right now, the Society meets for an annual reunion each spring during Alumni Weekend (early April). During that event, members of the graduating class who is celebrating their 50th anniversary are inducted into the Golden Bearcats Society. And of course we have a great time doing it!

Going forward, we are actively looking at how we can engage our Golden Bearcats throughout the year, not just around the reunion time. Many topics are on the table, from mentoring students to a class gift to participating in Convocation and Commencement. If you’d like to share your thoughts on the Golden Bearcats Society, please contact Justin Gibson, Associate Director of Diversity Outreach and Engagement or call 513.556.4312.

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Justin Gibson, Bus '05

Program Director of Alumni & Donor Experience, Diversity Outreach and Engagement