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FAQs

Who qualifies as an alumnus?

Anyone who matriculated as a student at Great Ife is considered an Alumnus – graduation is not required.

Can I attend even if I'm not an alumnus?

You can attend as a guest of an alumnus. Adult guests are welcome to attend the Sunday night banquet.

Who will be attending?

Large number of alumni in the USA, NigeriAnd across the world are expected to attend. The Vice Chancellor has been very supportive and he is coming with an entourage of university officials and the the President of the Nigerian Chapter of the Great Ife Alumni Association. Previous reunions were attended by alumni from Europe, AfricAnd across the United States

What’s the theme for the Reunion?

"Breaking into the Top 200 World Universities." We plan to develop plans – strategic and tactical, on how to raise the profile of our beloved alma mater to be considered among the best in the world. A major component of the strategic plan is the launching of an endowment to fund various programs required for consideration as a top 200 among world universities.

How do I register?

Please click here to use our online registration page. However if you are unable to complete the form online, or if you prefer to mail it in, you can download the form in PDF format and complete and send it along with your payment to

Great Ife Alumni Association
SFBayArea Branch
1939 Harrison Street, Suite 420
Oakland, CA 94612.

Checks (or Money Orders) should be made payable to:

Great Ife Alumni Association – SFBayArea Branch. Alternatively you can call 510-531-3615 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and someone will be able to help you with registration.

Where can I stay?

The reunion will be held at Marriott Hotel in Walnut Creek, California. This hotel is within reasonable driving distance of four (4) airports – San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Sacramento. The Marriott has some rooms reserved for us at a discounted price but there are other hotels you can look up in the area they are available on the hotel section of this website. You can book a room by clicking here for the hotel website

Can I just show up at the venue for the reunion

We strongly encourage you to register prior to the Reunion. This will help with our planning so that we can make sure that you have a thoroughly enjoyable experience

Will transportation be available?

The Marriot hotel, Walnut Creek runs complimentary shuttle service to the Walnut Creek Subway station.

What about my kids?

Although the reunion is targeted towards alumni we do recognize that many alumni would like to bring their children. The banquet on Sunday night and the Saturday moning activities are the only events restricted to adults. We urge you to contact www.sittercity.com (888-SIT-CITY Option 1, 888-748-2489) to make pre-arrangements for baby sitting for these events.

What else can I do in the local area?

Experience the California Bay Area for its fantastic shopping (including outlet malls) if you are bargain hunting, it’s western heritage and a number of activity parks such as Waterworld, Walnut creek shopping outlets in close proximity to the reunion host hotel. San Francisco and Oakland are only about 30 minutes, and 20 minutes away through BART, the local transit system.

Besides register, what do I have to do?

Nothing except book your travel and hotel reservations. We can’t wait to see you!

What type of clothes do I need?

The dress code for the banquet on Sunday night is formal which can be either western or NaijAttire. We want you to be comfortable but we also want you to look good. Remember plenty of photographs will be taken and your photograph just might end up on our reunion website.

The other events are more casual but please remember that the summers in California can be hot. People dressed in shorts and T-shirts regardless or age and gender is extremely common.

Can I stay elsewhere besides the Reunion host hotel?

Yes, but we strongly encourage you to stay at our host hotel. This will ensure that you don’t get lost, and can easily arrive at the various events.

How do I get to Walnut Creek?

By road, obviously depending on where you’re starting your journey, and by air. San Francisco Bay Area is served by several International airports – San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, San Jose International airport and Sacramento International airport. Please click here to view the maps and directions.

Where can I attend or participate in religious services?

Depending on your religious persuasion, we will attempt to identify a place of worship for you. Just contact one of the hosts when you arrive

What does the Reunion fee cover?

The fee covers your attendance at our scheduled events including the food and soft drinks to be served. Alcohol will be available at the bar which you will be able to purchase. You will also get some souvenirs to remember this fun experience; however you will have to settle your hotel accommodation bill personally. We used our excellent negotiation skills but we couldn’t quite get the accommodation rates low enough to include the Reunion registration fee.

I’m slightly concerned about using my credit card on the internet

We added payment using Paypal as a feature of our online registration.
PayPal, an eBay Company, enables any individual or business with an
email address to securely, easily and quickly send and receive payments
online. Please see http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/gen/about-outside for more information

Why are we raising funds for the university?

Well, we think it is a charitable endeavor. We believe in giving back. Making the university a better place than we met and left it. Thereby creating a stronger foundation to produce better citizens and leaders of the world. It is disheartening that none of Nigerian universities is ranked among the top 400 in the World. In fact, it was not until 2007 that a university in Africa, University of Cape Town in South Africa, was ranked as the 200th top university in the World. Hence, we believe that we need to break the barrier of permanently installing our university as one of top 200 in the World. One of the ways of doing that is by investing in the university to improve its performance in some of the criteria used in the ranking.

What if I want to change the information in my registration form before submitting?

There is a "Reset" button available.

What if I have special needs?

We wish to make the Reunion as accessible as possible to all. Because situations vary, we will work closely with individuals to accommodate special needs for housing, transportation, etc.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance and information.

What will the weather be like?

Hot but nice. The temperature at that time of the year ranges from 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

What if I need to cancel?

Unfortunately the fee is non-refundable

I have more questions — who can I talk to?

Please contact the Reunion event team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 510-531-3615.

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We look forward to seeing you!