2008 10th Reunion Schedule

2008 Reunion Headquarters Opens

Reunion headquarters opens on Old Campus. Campus rooms available. Headquarters will be open as follows: 

Thursday: 1 pm - midnight

Friday: 7 am - midnight

Saturday: 7 am - midnight

Sunday: 7 am - 2 pm

Thursday, May 31, 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 3, 2:00 PM
’08 Tenth Reunion Kick-off at Bar


Join your classmates for a casual welcome reception at BAR Pizza for traditional New Haven-style thin crust brick oven pizza and BAR's own fresh microbrewed beer.  Complimentary pizza, salad and soft drinks. Cash bar. 

 BAR Pizza254 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Thursday, May 31, 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Meet Me at Mory's!

Plan to meet your friends at Mory’s, the place to be Thursday night as the doors are thrown open to all returning alumni!  Complimentary food, impromptu singing and camaraderie.

Thursday, May 31, 9:00 PM - Friday, June 1, 12:00 AM
Mory's - 306 York Street
AYA Faculty Lectures

Rows of empty seats in classrooms across campus await your arrival for our many lectures on Friday and Saturday mornings. This morning we will feature some of Yale's most distinguished faculty members in two time slots, from 9 - 10 am, and from 10:30 - 11:30 am. A number of tours and open houses are also offered.

Friday, June 1, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
What Makes the Human Mind Special? Insights From Nonhuman Animals

Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science

Why are humans the only species that reads fiction, tells jokes, and shares photos on Instagram? In this talk, I will explore this question of human uniqueness by examining what makes the human mind so different from that of other animals. I will first discuss recent work in comparative cognition that shows a number of ways that other animals are strikingly similar to humans in the way they think about the world. I will also explore some key cognitive differences between humans and other animals that make the human species different from other animals but also a bit less rational than you might expect.


Friday, June 1, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall - 1 Prospect Street
Room: 114
University Welcome Reception

The evening begins with a reception for all classes. Enjoy samples of a variety of wines, as well as cheese and fruit, in a beautiful and historic Yale setting. Find your friends by looking for your residential college flag.

Friday, June 1, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cross Campus - On College between Elm & Wall
Friday Happy Hour

Relive freshman year all over again, meeting old classmates and connecting with new ones as we officially start reunion festivities.

Friday, June 1, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Davenport College - 248 York Street
Room: Courtyard
Dinner Under the Tent

Kick off the first official night of reunion catching up with friends while enjoying our Friday happy hour followed by barbeque-themed dinner. You won’t want to miss the delicious flank steak, pulled pork, beef brisket, vegan sweet potato quinoa burger, and the full open bar!

Friday, June 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Davenport College - 248 York Street
Room: Courtyard
Return to Old Campus

After dinner under the tent in Davenport, return to Old Campus for the Friday Night Reception.

Walk from Davenport to Old Campus via the Jonathan Edwards / Branford Walkway.

Friday, June 1, 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Room: Courtyard
Friday Reception

Following dinner head back to Old Campus to spend more time reconnecting with ’08 friends and guests for chatting, dancing, and drinking. There will also be an informal networking component during which you can meet classmates you have not met before. The bar will be open until 1am.

Friday, June 1, 9:30 PM - Saturday, June 2, 1:00 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Room: Courtyard
Morning Yoga for All Classes

Start your Saturday morning (weather permitting) with some gentle stretching and breathing exercises, and get your body feeling "yoga good" for a busy day of reunion activities! This is a mixed-level class featuring modifications for all levels of ability, so whether you have been practicing for years or have never touched a yoga mat, everyone can have an enjoyable experience in this class. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. No previous yoga experience necessary; children and all ages welcome.

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Fitstyle Walking Tour

Explore Yale and Downtown New Haven in 5,000 steps! See what's new and what still looks familiar in your college town. Join Shana Schneider '00, a New Haven resident and group fitness instructor, for this guided fitness walk. Shana will share fun facts, insider tips, and take you along a few surprising paths and walkways. She'll set the pace to about a 20-minute mile on paved paths and sidewalks. There may be one "surprising" hill, but otherwise, the routes are flat and stroller friendly. You'll forget that you're even exercising as you learn more about Yale and New Haven. The walking tour combines fitness with routes featuring the new residential colleges, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History's Torosaurus, the Yale Farm, the art installation showcasing all 14 college shields, and more! For a look at New Haven today before you arrive, watch Fitstyle Travel: New Haven. Meet at Rose Alumni House, all ages welcome; limited to 20.

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Rose Alumni House - 232 York St
Room: front desk
Morning at Yale

Here's your chance to enjoy again the extraordinary educational opportunities available at Yale! There are two "course times," 9 am and 10:30 am. Also available will be tours of the new colleges.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lunch Under the Tent

Whether you have just finished taking a tour around campus, sitting in on a lecture, or are just rolling out of bed after trying to relive those Friday nights of freshman year, join your classmates for a tasty lunch under the tent, with picnic-style favorites including hamburgers, salads, and coleslaw.

Saturday, June 2, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Room: Courtyard
On Grand Strategy - Class of 2008

John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History

Professor Gaddis will discuss and answer questions about his new book, in which he attempts to distill what classical texts have meant in the study of grand strategy at Yale over the past decade and a half.

Saturday, June 2, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sterling Law Building - 127 Wall Street
Room: Levinson Auditorium
Yale ’08 Class Events - America's Constitution, Written and Unwritten

Akhil Reed Amar '80, '84 Law, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science

In this lecture, based on his two most recent books, America's Constitution: A Biography and America's Unwritten Constitution, Professor Amar will offer his audience an overview of the grand project of American constitutionalism, past, present, and future, with particular emphasis on America's place in the world.

Professor Amar is an Association of Yale Alumni Howard R. Lamar Faculty Award recipient for 2017.

Saturday, June 2, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Sterling Law Building - 127 Wall Street
Room: Levinson Auditorium
President's University Update

President Peter Salovey welcomes you back to campus, offering his review of Yale today.


Saturday, June 2, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
A Celebration of Yale Singing

After President Salovey’s update, join singers from all classes for a jamboree celebrating Yale’s incredible musical tradition. Whiffenpoof and Whim ’n Rhythm alumni groups will perform, and alumni from the Yale Glee Club will be led by its Director, Jeffrey Douma, and by Paul Machlin '68, Director of the Colby College Chorale for 38 years. Yale favorites from many generations will be on offer, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Bright College Years.” (Our "Singing Workshop" - a rehearsal for the Glee Club portion of the Celebration - will take place at 10:30 am Saturday morning as part of "Morning at Yale." All singers are welcome!)

Saturday, June 2, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Saturday Happy Hour

Before class dinner, there’s always class drinks to get the Saturday night events started.

Saturday, June 2, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Room: Courtyard
Tenth Reunion Class Dinner

Come dressed to have a good time and feast your taste buds on a spread of eclectic, signature dishes from across America. With good company and delicious food, the fully-stocked happy hour and tenth reunion class dinner is one you can’t miss!  The '08 reunion gift and class officers for the next five years will be announced, and the residential college with the highest reunion attendance will celebrate with a champagne toast.

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Room: Courtyard
2008 Party Under the Tent

Celebrate the ten years since college with all your classmates Saturday night. We will have a photo booth, DJ and dancing, and the open bar that will make you think it’s senior week all over again.

Saturday, June 2, 9:30 PM - Sunday, June 3, 1:00 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Room: Courtyard
Residential College Open Houses

Students from each college (except Franklin and Murray - see Saturday morning for tours of these colleges) will be on hand to talk about residential college life today. Access will be limited to the courtyard, but there will be plenty to see!

Sunday, June 3, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
University Church Worship

Join Yale’s ecumenical Christian community for Sunday worship, which will include prayers for alumni who have died, a sermon by The Reverend William Eddy '68, and wonderful music and liturgy.

After Yale, Bill Eddy helped to found “The 100 Worst Buildings in New York City.” In response to the immediate needs of tenants, the organization assisted thousands of families living in landlord-abandoned buildings to secure heat and hot water and other essential repairs. During this time, Bill was invited to train for the priesthood at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the result being a forty-year career serving in more than twenty-five parishes, “the tenements of faith.”

Sunday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street
Brunch Around New Haven

Return to some of your favorite eateries for brunch with friends. Not included in reunion fees.

(Throughout New Haven)


Sunday, June 3, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM