This page lays out all the details about the reunion itself (May 30-June 2, 2019), as they are decided and finalized. Check back here often for updates.
Be sure to check out the links to the Yale Alumni Association website about our Reunion. We’ll try to aggregate information here so that it’s easy to find, but information on the YAA site will be both current and canonical.
Classmates associated with the Class of ’69, their spouses, widows or other guests are welcome. Anyone who attended Yale College during our years (9/65 – 6/69), and their guests, are welcome to join us.
Where Will It Be Held?
The Yale Alumni Association (“YAA” — formerly called “AYA”) confirms that our Reunion HQ will be Davenport.
Like prior reunions, Classmates and their guests are welcome to stay in the college. Full details about on-campus housing are here. Staying in the college is most convenient, in that you can easily walk from your room to any reunion activity. And it will be least expensive with the $145 fee/person, total, covering all three nights — Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Any two nights are $123 and one night is $100 per person.
What Activities Are Planned? What’s the Program?
The overall structure of the reunion program is similar to that of prior reunions, and you can get up-to-the-minute program information on the YAA reunion website. The main activities are on Friday (including, importantly, our Class Dinner) and Saturday (including a dinner/dance).
The reunion itself starts on Thursday, and there are some cool events planned for Thursday afternoon and evening. So, come as early on Thursday as you can. And Sunday morning is a great time to have a final meal and gather ourselves to travel home.
Broadly speaking here are the types of activities that will flesh out the actual program:
- Meals, Cocktail Receptions – these are very popular ways to visit with long-lost friends and enjoy ourselves;
- Faculty Presentations – on Friday and Saturday mornings, the University schedules a diverse set of presentations and lectures by current faculty members;
- Dinner/Dance – Saturday evening, after dinner, we’ll have a live band (the Plastic Visitation) and dancing;
- University-wide resources – the campus and many of the key resources (Payne-Whitney, Peabody, colleges, Beinecke, Sterling, Battell, Cross-Campus, etc., etc.) will be open and available during certain times for your viewing pleasure, or for touring with your spouse or family;
- Special Events – 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;
- Yale Singing – there’s a jamboree in Woolsey Hall on Saturday afternoon. Alumni from a cappella groups and the Glee Club will perform, and alumni are invited to sing the old Yale songs, too.
- Class-only Events – the Reunion Committee is hard at work putting together some very interesting events just for our class, and these will be offered on all four days of the reunion (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning).
- Sunday Worship – join Yale’s ecumenical Christian community for Sunday worship, which will include prayers for alumni who have died, a sermon by an alumnus from one of the reunion classes, and wonderful music and liturgy.
As the program evolves, we’ll update this page. And check the YAA reunion website, too.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of attending the reunion is comprised of three different costs:
- Transportation to and from Yale – you will make your own arrangements; here are some valuable links and phone numbers.
- The cost of the reunion activities and meals – when you sign up, you’ll choose which days you’ll attend and which meals you’ll eat; and
- The cost of housing – when you sign up for the reunion, you can add “staying in the college” to your charges. See the YAA information about on-campus housing for important information about on-campus housing. Also, Yale has deals with the 5 closest hotels, and the shuttle buses run to them and to Pierson-Sage garage on Whitney Avenue. (Learn more about hotels. And also about parking.) Alternatively, you can make separate arrangements to stay in a nearby hotel and drive in for reunion activities.
The exact charge for the reunion and meals hasn’t been determined yet, but we’ll let everyone know when the cost is set.
How Do I Signup and Pay?
In March, the YAA will create a signup page whereby you can sign up for the reunion activities and meals … and for on-campus housing in the college. We will link to that page when it is available.
In the meantime, indicate your non-binding intention to attend via this pre-registration form.
What Other Questions Do You Have?
There are many other FAQs and answers about a broad range of related issues on the YAA reunion website. If this page or that website doesn’t answer your question, please send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at 203-432-2110 during business hours.