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Harper Alumni Center

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Maintained and operated by the Alumni Association, the Harper Alumni Center is an outstanding venue that may be rented by the general public for meetings, conferences, weddings, receptions and other social events. It truly provides a “home” on campus for alumni and a place for activities that help alumni strengthen ties to the students, the campus, and the community. Alumni Association life members receive a 10 percent discount on room rental fees.

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Room Capacity

harper room seating setup styles

Room Sq. Ft. Banquet Theater Classroom
Capital Room 4,800 300 400 150
½ Capital Room 2,400 150 170 80
¼ Capital Room 1,200 60 80 40
Board Room
   ◊ Seats 10
250 NA NA NA

Reservations & Policies

Reservations may be confirmed at up to 12 months in advance. Confirmation of space requires a signed rental agreement and a deposit of 50 percent of the rental fee unless other payment arrangements are made with the Harper Alumni Center Manager. All fees must be fully paid within six weeks of the event.

To check availability, please download this availability inquiry form and return it via email to The Alumni Center or fax (916) 278-7464 to the Harper Alumni Center Coordinator. For questions, please call (916) 278-7809.

Download and print a copy of the Harper Alumni Center Policies.

Preferred Caterers

The Leslie and Anita Harper Alumni Center features a staging kitchen only. All food brought into the Harper Alumni Center must be prepared off-site in a commercial kitchen and provided by a licensed and insured catering company, restaurant or bakery. Potlucks or self-prepared food for your event is not allowed.

Clients may choose from one of our preferred caterers or pay an additional $500 catering fee along with supplying additional paperwork required by the Harper Alumni Center.

Preferred Caterer List

Room Rental Rates

Rental fees include: use of the allotted space, normal setup and breakdown of tables and chairs, and coordination assistance with additional vendors for your event.

  • Weekend pricing includes eight hours of rental time
  • Additional rental hours may be purchased for $150 per hour
  • All events must end by 11 p.m., with the event space vacated by midnight
  • If space is not vacated by midnight, an additional charge of $200 will be applied
  • Life members of the Sacramento State Alumni Association receive a 10 percent discount on room rental fees

Room Rental Rate Sheet

Equipment Rentals/Fees

In addition to the basic tables and chairs that are included with your rental, we do have additional equipment available such as staging, a dance floor, cocktail tables, etc. We also have audio visual equipment and packages available for an additional fee.

Equipment Rental Rates

Audio Visual Rental Rates

We also realize clients have needs beyond what we can provide from plant rentals to photo booths. We've put together a resource sheet to help you in planning your best event.

Vendor Resource Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

When is my reservation considered “confirmed?”

Confirmation of space requires a refundable $500 security deposit, 50 percent of the rental fee, and a signed rental agreement. Before your event, please contact us for a list of helpful hints to help ensure your event is successful. Questions? Contact the Alumni Center Coordinator.

When is my balance due?

Balance is due six weeks prior to the event date.

What is the difference between “access time” and “event time?”

Access times should include any time required by you or your vendors such as disc jockeys, caterers, florists, et cetera to set up and break down. Event times refer to when your guests will begin to arrive until the party is officially over.

How late can my event run?

Events must conclude by 11 p.m. All event space needs to be cleared of client materials and cleaned by midnight.

What happens if we run late?

There is a $200 per hour fee if group stays past midnight.

What size tables do you have?

The Harper Alumni Center has 6-foot by 30-inch rectangular banquet tables and 60-inch rounds.

Can we serve alcohol?

You may serve alcohol at the Harper Alumni Center. Service of alcohol must be by a licensed bartender and must be free to your guests.

Alcohol may not be sold unless sold by a caterer with a valid alcohol catering permit or a one day license is obtained from Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Do we have to have a dance floor?

The dance floor is required if there is any dancing at your event.

Do we have to rent tables and chairs separately?

Tables and chairs are included with your room rental; however, linens are not included with your room rental.

For more information, please refer to the Harper Alumni Center Policies.

Alumni Center Parking

A Sacramento State parking permit is required at all times to park on campus including the Leslie and Anita Harper Alumni Center. There are two options available for event attendees.

Guests attending an event may pay to park on the day of the event by purchasing a daily parking permit from a permit machine located in campus parking lots, information booths, parking structures or the University Transportation and Parking Services office. Parking permits may be purchased for $8 for the day or $4 for two hours. If you are visiting the Harper Alumni Center for an appointment, a 30-minute guest parking zone is located on the north side of the Harper Alumni Center, facing the center patio.

Additionally, special arrangements may be made for parking fees to be paid in advance for large groups at a reduced cost. If you are hosting an event at the Harper Alumni Center and would like to pre-pay for your guests, please request a Special Event Parking Request Form from UTAPS. You may also email Event Parking or call (916) 278-7275 for further information.

The following additional parking-related services are available for special event parking:

UTAPS can provide parking lot staffing to cordon off parking spaces, greet visitors and allow access to a parking lot with the appropriate parking permit: $27 per hour per Parking Officer, three hours minimum. UTAPS provides information booth staffing beyond normal hours to give directions and distribute parking permits: $20 per hour per Information Service Provider, three hours minimum. There will be a charge for the above services and signage needed.