Class programs – those events planned by and for each class – include a wide range of activities, such as panels, faculty lectures, tours, concerts, athletic events, family-friendly events, and memorial services. Reunion chairs are hard at work planning your programs; please feel free to pass along any suggestions.
Reunion meals under the tent are among the most enjoyable aspects of the weekend. Most lunches and dinners are buffets offering a variety of entrées, side dishes, salads, and desserts. The traditional Class Dinner is a highlight of reunions, with the most classmates in attendance; it is scheduled as noted below:
Friday evening: 1952, 1957, 1967
Saturday evening: 1962, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012
Plan to meet your friends at Mory’s the place to be on Thursday night as the doors are thrown open for returning alumni. Complimentary food, cash bar, impromptu singing and camaraderie from 9 pm until midnight.
The AYA’s Friday morning lectures feature several of Yale’s charismatic faculty. In recent years, topics have ranged from the architecture of the new residential colleges to why people make irrational decisions.
One of our most popular programs, Saturday’s “Morning at Yale” gives alumni and guests a chance to experience what a Yale education today is all about. Lectures by faculty, talks by administrators, a Glee Club singing workshop open to all, and tours of the galleries, gym, and the inner workings of the Newberry Organ will be offered during two time slots.
Receptions and other events sponsored by a variety of cultural houses, departments, and programs are scheduled throughout the weekend. Look for gatherings at the Afro-American, Asian American, Native American, and Latino Cultural Centers, as well as events organized by Dwight Hall, GALA (LGBT Alumni/ae), Directed Studies and Athletics, to name a few.
On Saturday afternoon (May 27 only), parents and children can enjoy a fun-filled time at the Family Festival at the Gym. Games, mechanical animal rides, and a rock-climbing wall all add to the excitement.
On Saturday afternoon in Woolsey Hall, President Salovey will offer his informative University update. Immediately following, singers from the morning’s Glee Club workshop will be joined by the Whiffenpoofs and Whim ’n Rhythm from reunion classes for a jamboree. The Celebration has won consistently high marks from alumni and you will not want to miss it!
With its college banners and traditional Yale setting, University Commons
in Schwarzman Center always looks its best for a final gathering of all classes on Sunday morning. Enjoy breakfast with family and friends before leaving.
The University Chaplain’s Ofﬁce offers Sunday morning worship in Battell Chapel. The service is non-denominational and inclusive, in the Protestant tradition. Childcare will be available.