New College hosts two Gaude reunion events on a Saturday in March and September each year for its Old Members. Four to five year groups are invited back at a time, with older cohorts being invited back to the earlier of the two Gaudes. The Gaude events are free in perpetuity, made possible by a generous benefaction from Warden Smith.
What does Gaude mean?
At the University of Oxford, the term Gaudy ('Gaude' at New College) is a college feast/celebration bringing Old Members and their contemporaries back to their College.
Typically, a Gaude event at New College takes the following format:
4.00-5.30pm: Afternoon Tea in Cloister
6.00pm: Service in Chapel
7.00pm: Pre-dinner drinks in Founder's Library (if wet) or on the grass in Front Quad (if dry)
7.30pm: Dinner in Hall (Black Tie)
Places are allocated on a first served, first served basis. Accommodation is limited but Old Members will have the opportunity to book accommodation.