Reunions 2010 celebration is under way

May 28, 2010, 7:20 p.m.
hugging alumni

From left, Lizzie Hammar of the class of 2008 embraced her friend Carol Shih, a 2009 graduate, at Reunions. Some 20,000 Princeton alumni, family members and friends are expected on campus through Sunday for Reunions activities.

Photo: Brian Wilson

Princeton's Reunions 2010 celebration is under way, with alumni, family members and friends gathering on campus for activities through Sunday, May 30.

Reunions activities began Thursday, May 27. Highlights through the rest of the weekend will include annual activities such as: the P-rade throughout campus beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday; alumni-faculty forums and department open houses during the day Friday and Saturday; performances by student groups including Quipfire!, the Princeton University Players and Triangle Club on Friday and Saturday evenings; receptions and student/alumni arch sings on Friday and Saturday evenings; and the University Orchestra's lawn concert at 8 p.m. Saturday on Finney and Campbell fields, followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The concert and fireworks are open to the entire community.

In addition, some new activities are part of this year's Reunions schedule (unless otherwise noted, activities are open to alumni, friends and the campus community):

Alumni laughing

Class of 1990 members (from left) Carlos Romero, Liz Yang Seale and Dalia Hierro enjoyed their 20th reunion. (Photo: Brian Wilson)

  • An exhibition celebrating the art and history of the Nassau Hall Faculty Room will be on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Faculty Room. The class of 1970 underwrote the exhibition, titled "Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton's Faculty Room at Nassau Hall," in honor of its 40th reunion. The exhibition will close Sunday for Commencement activities and reopen Wednesday, June 3.

  • A "green tour" of campus hosted by the Office of Sustainability will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday. The tour, which starts at Dillon Gymnasium, will include an overview of the University's Sustainability Plan, student environmental initiatives and Dining Services' sustainable food sourcing and waste disposal efforts. The tour also will visit the Forbes College organic garden and include a focus on the Butler College green roof.
Green tour

Shana Weber (in green jacket), manager of the Office of Sustainability, guided members of the class of 1985 through a new "green tour" of campus. At this stop, Weber explained details about the Butler College green roof. (Photo: Brian Wilson)

All alumni and University representatives again will be required to have wristbands to participate in Reunions activities in the major reunion headquarters courtyards (wristbands are not required for attending lectures, watching the P-rade or attending the concert and fireworks).

Faculty and staff who ordered wristbands in advance from the Alumni Association but have not picked them up may go to Maclean House to obtain them between 7 and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 28-29. A University ID card and valid driver's license with photo will be required for pickup.

For the second year, attendees also can access the Reunions schedule and other key content on their smartphone via the Reunions Mobile website. For more information on Reunions activities, visit the Reunions 2010 Web page or call (609) 258-1900.

touring the faculty room

Members of the class of 1970 on Thursday evening received an early view of a new exhibition celebrating the art and history of the Nassau Hall Faculty Room. The class underwrote the exhibition, which opened Friday. (Photo: Denise Applewhite)


Alumni on the lawn

Reunions offers alumni a chance to reconnect and relax with their classmates back on campus. (Photo: Brian Wilson)