The Association of graduates of the University was founded in 1860 by a group of 18 Acadia graduates and senior students who felt that having an alumni association would foster the growth of the University and also bring about the unity of its graduates. The objective of the Association as stated in the Constitution is as follows:
“...to bring about the unity of graduates and former students of Acadia University and to afford Members of the AAAU the opportunity to promote the best interests of the University.”
The Association plays a role in the government of Acadia University in that it appoints 12 of the 37 members of the Board of Governors. From time to time the executive board has also been asked to appoint members to various University committees.
The major programs carried out by the Association provide an opportunity for alumni to participate in planned events or benefit from their association with Acadia. As alumni, Acadia graduates receive many great benefits and services through Affinity Partners such as TD Insurance Meloche Monnex for auto and home insurance, and others. A complete listing can be found on our Services page.
Branch activities are held in locations throughout Canada, the United States and the world. Every year special classes return to the campus for reunions either in the spring or summer, and many recent graduates return for Homecoming activities in the fall. The Alumni Association also provides student recruitment support.
The Association maintains regular contact with alumni through, among other means, the Acadia Bulletin, first published in 1912, its main communications publication.