Join us for a two-day extravaganza honoring the University's first Black graduates and introducing The Taylor Family/UTrailblazers Experience, a permanent exhibit and reflection space that commemorates the enduring contributions of the University's Black community—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Activities include a dedication for The Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. Breezeway and The Taylor Family/UTrailblazers Experience; a "pass the baton" ceremony for students, alumni, faculty, and staff; a concert featuring Grammy-winning artist Regina Belle benefiting the UTrailblazers/First Black Graduates Endowed Scholarship Fund; and a "party with a purpose" at the Rat. 

Special thanks to sponsors Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., The Kadre Family, Holland & Knight LLP, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, The Rathskeller and the Division of Student Affairs.

Friday, August 26, 2022
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  • Regina Belle UTrailblazer Benefit Concert

    A night of song and celebration with Grammy-winner Regina Belle: 7:30 p.m.

    Regina Belle

    Academy Award-winning and multi Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress, Regina Belle - known for a string of hits including Make It Like It Was, If I Could, Baby Come To Me and This Is Love - is partnering with our UTrailblazers to present an intimate, one-night-only concert benefiting the UTrailblazers/First Black Graduates Endowed Scholarship Fund. Don't miss your chance to experience a night of inspired music - with a special performance featuring students from the Frost School of Music - all for a powerful cause.


    Regina Belle Pre-Show Meet & Greet: (5:15 - 7 p.m.) Priority tickets include a unique opportunity to meet with University President Julio Frenk and star of our UTrailblazers benefit concert, Regina Belle.

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    Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. Breezeway Dedication: (2 p.m.) Join us as we celebrate University of Miami alumnus and trustee Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.'s gift which enabled the interactive digital exhibit to honor the legacy of the University of Miami’s first Black graduates.

    Pass the Baton Ceremony: (Immediately after Dedication) Be a part of our traditional ceremony where current UTrailblazers symbolically pass the “baton” to the newest generation of student leaders at the U, who will continue to blaze the trail for those to come. The ceremony includes an Oleku performance, formal welcome to the newest leaders, and a networking reception. 

    "Our Legacy Matters," an Exhibition: (4 - 5 p.m.) Enjoy a self-led tour of UTrailblazers displays in the Kislak Center at the University of Miami.

Saturday, August 27, 2022
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  • Party with a Purpose

    A celebration for the future of our University and the UTrailblazers: 7 p.m.

    UTrailblazers Party with a Purpose

    Join us as we close out our UTrailblazers Weekend at The Rathskeller! Each ticket benefits the Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. Breezeway, and the future curation of The Taylor Family/UTrailblazers Experience.