Yale College alumni reconnect, celebrate, and learn in first reunion weekend

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Alumni mingle at Sunday brunch in Yale Commons at the Schwarzman Center.

Thousands of Yale alumni, family, and friends came back to campus May 26-29 for the 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 55th, and 65th reunions of the Yale College classes of 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1961, and 1951, as well as a reunion of senior alumni from classes marking their 66th reunions and beyond.

Alumni volunteers organize the reunions together with the professional staff of the Association of Yale Alumni. Organizers reported excellent attendance for the first reunion weekend, which was blessed by excellent weather.

This coming week will bring thousands more alumni home for the second reunion weekend of the Yale College classes of 2011, 2006, 1976, 1971, 1966, and 1956. The Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Nursing will also be welcoming alumni on the first weekend of June.

To see photos from the first reunion weekend, visit the Yale Flickr page at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yaleuniversity/albums/. All alumni returning for the second reunion weekend are invited to stop by the free photo booth during the welcome reception on Cross Campus from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3.

In addition to numerous events organized by the specific classes for their members, reunions feature a broad array of educational and cultural programs designed for all returning alumni and friends, including presentations by faculty members, tours and special programs in the museums and libraries, a talk with President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D., receptions at campus cultural centers, and a farewell brunch in Yale Commons at the Schwarzman Center.

These programs give returning alumni an opportunity to see, hear, and learn about developments since they were last at Yale, from the opening of new facilities like Evans Hall at the Yale School of Management and the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, to the conservation and restoration of the Yale Center for British Art and Sterling Memorial Library, and the construction well underway of Franklin and Murray Colleges on Prospect Street. The discussions with faculty and administrators also focus on the university’s progress toward a more connected, accessible, inclusive, and innovative Yale.

Watch YaleNews for further coverage on reunions in the next few weeks and follow the conversation about reunions on social media through the hashtags #YaleReunion and #YaleAlumni.

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