Program Highlights

Here are some of the exciting activities planned for reunion weekend!

Class Programs

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: 1953, 1963, 1968

Saturday evening: 1958, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013

Meet Me at Mory's

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.

Friday Lectures

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.

Morning at Yale

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.

Gatherings and 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.

Family FestivalFamily Festival

On Saturday afternoon (May 26 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.


President’s University Update & Celebration of Yale Singing

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!

University Worship

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.