Reunion and Commencement Weekend May 24-27

Picnics, entertainment, dances and get-togethers are all part of Reunion and Commencement Weekend, which kicks off May 24.
Posted 05/16/07
Picnics, seminars, a parade of classes, alumni luncheons, campus walking tours, rock concerts, academic department open houses, and graduation ceremonies are all part of the 2007 Reunion and Commencement Weekend May 24-27.

All Wesleyan alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to the three-day event, which will conclude Wesleyan’s yearlong celebration of its 175th anniversary.

“Reunion and Commencement weekends are partly about Wesleyan’s past and present,” says President Doug Bennet. “We come together from across the Wesleyan map to affirm the tradition of where we have come from and, especially this year, the promise of where we are going.”

Registration begins at 9 a.m. May 24. Major events include the 25th reunion of the Class of 1982, a welcome picnic, a champagne reception for graduating seniors and their families, an all-college dinner, reunion party, an all-college picnic, reunion class photos and an all-college party.

WESeminars will cover such topics as 175 Years of Piano, The Bells of Old South College, How to Counteract the Harmful Effects of Stress, Wesleyan’s Changing Campus, a Connecticut River Expedition, among others.

Exhibitions include “A Campus Fair and Green: Wesleyan’s Changing Landscape,” “Typewriters to Keyboards: The Production of the ‘Modern’ Thesis,”  “A Newspaperman’s Eye: American Photographs from the Collection of Russell G. D’Oench,” “Brushwork by Kazuaki Tanahashi,” and “The Faculty Show.”

The 175th Commencement Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. May 27. Jim Lehrer P’85, will be the featured speaker at the ceremony and will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

“I hope you will join us on campus for Reunion and Commencement Weekend 2007 and share with us the passion and the character that connect class years, including this year’s graduates and their families,” Bennet says.

To register for the event, to see a complete schedule, or obtain more information go to:

By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor