House (of Grit) Party

House (of Grit) Party

UMBC celebrates its 50 years in style

Saturday, September 17, 2016 was a day to remember for any Retriever who made it to campus to join in the  biggest celebration of black and gold pride ever.

Over 3,300 alumni, students, faculty and staff from across the campus community came together to attend the event – which included a puppy parade, storytelling, hands-on demonstrations and lectures across disciplines, athletics events, and a dazzling display of fireworks to cap it off. We wanted to share that day – including some of the best stories from faculty and alumni – with our readers.

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Enjoying the sunshine and ale crafted by alumni founded Suspended Brewing Company in the beer garden.

Enjoying the sunshine and ale crafted by alumni founded Suspended Brewing Company in the beer garden.

The UMBC community gathers in the House of Grit.

The UMBC community gathers in the House of Grit.

 

UMBC a cappella group the Cleftomaniacs performs.

UMBC a cappella group the Cleftomaniacs performs.

 

Science demonstration in the Thinkers Tent at the House of Grit.

Science demonstration in the Thinkers Tent at the House of Grit.

First Class

Members of UMBC’s first graduating class share memories at the Class of 1970 happy hour on Friday night.

Kids find the plush life with Retriever memorabilia at the House of Grit.

Kids find the plush life with Retriever memorabilia at the House of Grit.

President Hrabowski celebrates philanthropy with alumni at the Alpha Kappa Alpha/Lamda Phi Reunion Friday night.

President Hrabowski celebrates philanthropy with alumni at the Alpha Kappa Alpha/Lamda Phi Reunion Friday night.

Future UMBC alumni get hands-on experiences with gaming and prototyping at the Makers Tent in the House of Grit.

Future UMBC alumni get hands-on experiences with gaming and prototyping at the Makers Tent in the House of Grit.

Alumni sign a beam that will be placed in UMBC’s new state-of-the-art Events Center.

Alumni sign a beam that will be placed in UMBC’s new state-of-the-art Events Center.

Mascots meet at the Puppy Parade, as True Grit gets a grip on some of the Chesapeak

Mascots meet at the Puppy Parade, as True Grit gets a grip on some of the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers in attendance.

The UMBC community counts its syllables creatively at UMBC Haiku in the Thinkers Tent.

The UMBC community counts its syllables creatively at UMBC Haiku in the Thinkers Tent.

Imaging Research Center director Lee Boot talks about “Putting Humpty Together Again” at Grit-X.

Imaging Research Center director Lee Boot talks about “Putting Humpty Together Again” at Grit-X.

UMBC’s varsity cheerleaders help get alumni into the black and gold spirit at the Dawg Pound.

UMBC’s varsity cheerleaders help get alumni into the black and gold spirit at the Dawg Pound.

Alumni from the Honors College gather to celebrate one of the key programs in UMBC’s academic excellence.

Alumni from the Honors College gather to celebrate one of the key programs in UMBC’s academic excellence.

A chance to get behind the wheel of Baja SAE off-road vehicle was on offer at the Makers Tent in the House of Grit.

A chance to get behind the wheel of Baja SAE off-road vehicle was on offer at the Makers Tent in the House of Grit.

UMBC took shape plastic brick by plastic brick in a Lego display of campus.

UMBC took shape plastic brick by plastic brick in a Lego display of campus.

Rebecca Adelman, associate professor of media and communications studies, talks about citizenship and surveillance at Grit-X.

Rebecca Adelman, associate professor of media and communications studies, talks about citizenship and surveillance at Grit-X.

Doggone! UMBC canines strut their stuff at the Puppy Parade.

Doggone! UMBC canines strut their stuff at the Puppy Parade.

Really Really Big Breakfast and Bingo were on the menu at the RAC on Friday night.

Really Really Big Breakfast and Bingo were on the menu at the RAC on Friday night.

Student and alumni performers make a joyful noise all day long on the House of Grit Community Festival stage.

Student and alumni performers make a joyful noise all day long on the House of Grit Community Festival stage.