Yale College Class Reunions for 2020 canceled
2020 Yale College Reunions Canceled
It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that reunions as planned have been canceled for this May due to continuing concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In all decisions being made at this time, the safety and welfare of our alumni and guests are of our utmost concern.
We know this news will bring disappointment to many of you, as it does to us, but we hope it also provides a level of certainty in these otherwise uncertain times. We are actively seeking alternatives so that you – the classes ending in 0 and 5 and the senior reunion – will have an opportunity to celebrate.
Dear Classmates and Friends:
Grab your sharpest sharpie and boldly circle May 21 to May 24, 2020 on your calendar. These are the dates of Yale 1955’s 65th Reunion. It’s going to be a grand affair! We’d also like to know if you are planning to attend. You can tell us by clicking on the "Let Us Know You Are Coming!" tab. It's quick and easy.
Last week the Reunion Committee met to plan a balanced program, selecting stimulating speakers from Yale’s faculty and our own ranks, working for a blend of information and entertainment, and insuring an event that leaves ample schmoozing time to catch up with old friends and to make new ones.
The budget for the Reunion received a lot of the Committee’s attention. Our top priority is to maximize attendance. To that end the Committee voted that we heavily subsidize the event from the class treasury, thus reducing the registration fee to a bare minimum and making attendance financially irresistible. As usual, financial aid will be available to classmates upon request, and we waive fees for widows, whom we warmly welcome.
Aware that mobility of various degrees is a concern for a group in their late 80’s, the Committee points out that our reunion headquarters will be Jonathan Edwards, Yale’s coziest and most manageable college. Secondly, we expect the other venues will be as close to J.E. as possible. Finally, Yale provides an efficient shuttle system which makes a regular circuit of the campus while all reunions events are under way.
You may be aware that the YAA reserves blocks of hotel rooms at the downtown hotels; while these are currently sold out, you may be able to reserve hotel rooms in the spring when people start to cancel. For other housing options, go to the Reunion Hotels link on this web page. Campus housing in JE will be reserved in the spring when you sign up for the reunion.
After our 65th the class will doubtless get together on various occasions in New Haven and elsewhere, but this may be our last reunion on campus. Compared to the average of other classes, 1955 has routinely had a larger percentage of attendance at five-year reunions, and we are by my count in the top three of all Yale’s classes in the number of our mini reunions. We enjoyed and continue to enjoy our time at Yale, and we like each other’s company. Call your roommates, teammates, fraternity brothers, singing pals and other friends to encourage their attendance. Let’s get together one more time.
Don Werner, 65th Reunion Chair
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Observance of Eid al-Fitr
The first weekend of 2020 Yale College reunions falls on the same date as Eid al-Fitr, the annual celebration held at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid is an important time for Muslims everywhere, both religiously and culturally, for family and community, and we sincerely regret the conflict.