Send-Off Parties and Launchpad Receptions

In a few short weeks, students from across the country and around the world will converge on Hyde Park for the start of a new academic year. For the College, this is a time of traditions and new beginnings: Move-In Day, The Aims of Education, and O-Week. And for members of our parent and family and alumni communities it is a time to open their doors to welcome the students and parents in the Class of 2022 by hosting a Send-Off Party or Launchpad Reception.

Send-Off Parties and Launchpad Receptions are UChicago gatherings that bring together incoming students and their families with current students, parents, and alumni for an opportunity to build community, ask questions, and share insights. Students will have the opportunity to meet others from their area and get the inside scoop on life in Hyde Park. Events occur in cities across the US and abroad. See the schedule below and RSVP for an event near you. If you have questions or know of an event occurring that we have missed, please email the College Programming Office at or call us at 773-702-8616.

If you are interested in hosting a Send-Off Party next summer or getting involved as a host for any UChicago event, contact Matthew Hendricks at

Location Date Time RSVP
Austin, TX July 9 5:00-7:00 PM Closed
Baltimore, MD August 12 3:00-5:00 PM RSVP
Beijing, China August 17 5:30-7:30 PM RSVP
Boston, MA September 16 3:00-5:00 PM RSVP
Chatham, NJ (Northern New Jersey) August 18
(Rain date: 8/19)
2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
Chicago, IL July 30 6:00-8:00 PM RSVP
Cleveland, OH August 2 5:00-7:00 PM RSVP
Columbus, OH August 11 5:00-7:00 PM RSVP
Dallas, TX August 28 6:30-8:30 PM RSVP
Denver, CO August 26 6:00-8:00 PM RSVP
Detroit, MI August 23 6:00-8:00 PM RSVP
Hong Kong August 22 6:30-8:30 PM RSVP
Houston, TX August 23 7:00-9:00 PM RSVP
Kansas City, KS August 26 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
London, United Kingdom June 10 4:00-6:00 PM Closed
Los Angeles, CA (East) September 8 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
Los Angeles, CA (West) August 26 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
Miami, FL June 26 5:30-7:30 PM Closed
Milwaukee, WI September 9 1:00-3:00 PM RSVP
Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN July 9 5:30-7:30 PM Closed
Nashville, TN August 12 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
New York, NY July 9 5:30-7:30 PM Closed
Northern Virginia/DC Area August 19 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
Orange County, CA August 26 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
Paris, France June 14 7:30-9:00 PM Closed
Phoenix, AZ Setpember 9 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
San Diego, CA (Alumni Club BBQ) August 5 12:00-3:00 PM RSVP
San Diego, CA August 7 5:00-8:00 PM RSVP
San Francisco, CA July 6 6:30-8:30 PM Closed
SF Bay Area (North) - Novato, CA September 8 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
SF Bay Area (South) - Los Altos, CA August 29 6:15-8:30 PM RSVP
Seattle, WA August 12 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
Shanghai, China September 1 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
Singapore August 17 7:00 PM RSVP
St. Petersburg, FL August 18 3:00-5:00 PM RSVP
Tokyo, Japan July 19 8:00 PM Closed
Washington D.C. (Chevy Chase, MD) August 18 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP
Westport, CT August 29 6:00-8:00 PM RSVP