Alumni return to campus for Reunions
Princeton alumni, family members and friends have arrived on the Princeton campus for Reunions activities, which run through Sunday, May 29.
More than 20,000 attendees are expected to participate in Reunions events, which began Thursday, May 26.
Among the alumni returning on Thursday was Donald Carey, a member of Princeton's class of 1951, who joined with his wife, Barbara, to ride their bicycles to Reunions from New Hampshire.
The couple -- he is 81, she is 82 -- climbed on their 17-year-old bikes on May 2 and departed Portsmouth, N.H., about 50 miles from their home in Gilford. They spent the next 24 days traveling through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York before arriving in Princeton on Thursday afternoon.
This is the fourth time the Careys have made the 540-mile trip by bike over the last 35 years -- they also came for Donald Carey's 25th, 30th and 50th reunions. This year they biked an average of six hours a day to join in his 60th reunion.
"It's a challenge," said Barbara Carey. Added her husband, "I haven't been on a bike in more than a year."
The Careys were part of a group of alumni who rode to campus in an effort to promote environmental sustainability, arriving in time for a "green tour" of campus hosted by the Office of Sustainability.
Other highlights of this year's Reunions include:
- 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, Theatre Intime and Triangle Club on Thursday, 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.
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 or performances or watching the P-rade, which are open to alumni, friends and the campus community. The concert and fireworks are open to the campus and local communities.
Faculty and staff members and their guests must pick up their wristbands in person in the parlor of Maclean House (enter at the front of the house) between 7 and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 27-28. A University ID card and valid driver's license with photo will be required for pickup.
Attendees can access the Reunions schedule and other key content via smartphone on the Reunions Mobile website. For more information on Reunions activities, visit the Reunions 2011 website or call (609) 258-1900.