New College hosts two Gaude reunion events on a Saturday in 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 in September. 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.
Old Members whose turn it is to return for their Gaude will receive an invitation before Easter. Generally forthcoming Gaude dates are published on our website, and in the annual New College News, and also in our bimonthly E-News communications.