Reconnecting with campus and classmates: Yale College reunions set attendance records

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Alumnae of the Yale College Class of 1971, the first undergraduate class with women. (Photo by Lise P. Chapman ’81 M.B.A.)

The most recent quinquennial class reunions in Yale College set a new overall record, with 4,538 alumni returning to New Haven and a total attendance of 7,198, including family and friends. This year there were celebrations for the Yale College classes of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011. The “senior reunion” for all alumni who graduated 66 or more years ago brought together alumni as far back as the class of 1938.

The alumni returning to campus represent one-third of all living members of the reunion classes. These reunions continue the growth of alumni engagement in programs organized with the Yale alumni association, including regional alumni organizations around the United States and internationally, an extensive network of shared interest groups, graduate and professional school alumni associations, and service programs.

Once again younger alumni were pacesetters in reunion attendance records. Graduates of the Class of 2011 returned in strength, with 57% of graduates returning for their fifth-year reunion. The Class of 1996 welcomed 540 classmates and 996 total guests and set a new record for attendance at a 20th year reunion.

To view some of the highlights of the reunion weekends — and many other alumni events — on social media, visit the Yale Alumni Storify page.

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