Watercolor of tigers outside Palmer Stadium with fireworks

Alumni return for Reunions 2017

Nearly 26,000 alumni and guests are expected to return to Princeton University from Thursday through Sunday, June 1-4, for Reunions 2017.

Highlights will include:

  • The P-rade throughout campus beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3;
  • Alumni-faculty forums and department open houses Friday and Saturday, June 2 and June 3;
  • Performances throughout the weekend by student groups such as eXpressions, Fuzzy Dice, Kindred Spirit, Koleinu, Nassoons, OldNasSoul, Princeton University Ballet, Princeton Triangle Club, Quipfire!, Theatre Intime and more;
  • Exhibits in Firestone Library, Frist Campus Center; Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau St.; Office of International Programs; Mudd Library; Princeton University Art Museum; Robertson Hall; and other locations; and
  • The University Orchestra lawn concert at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, June 3, on Finney and Campbell fields.

All alumni and their guests, as well as members of the University community, will be required to have wristbands for entry to all Reunions headquarters sites for evening entertainment as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Wristbands are not required for attending lectures or performances, watching the P-rade, or attending the concert and fireworks.

Alumni should visit the Reunions 2017 website for information about wristband registration and registration hours and locations for this year.

Faculty and staff may register for wristbands for themselves and one additional guest (21 years or older) in person at Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room from Thursday through Saturday, June 1-3. Reunions wristbands are $65 per person. Note: Online registration is no longer offered. A University ID and valid driver's license with photo or valid passport will be required for pick-up. The pick-up schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 1, noon to midnight
  • Friday, June 2, noon to midnight
  • Saturday, June 3, 5 p.m. to midnight

Attendees also can access the schedule of events online and on the Reunions Mobile website for mobile devices.

Engage in Princeton Reunions social media by using the hashtag #PrincetonReunions. Also watch Princeton Reunions unfold on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Professor of Chemistry, Hubert N. Alyea ’25, is remembered among Princeton folk for his outrageous chemistry demonstrations in class and at Princeton Reunions, one nicknamed “100 Explosions in 100 Minutes.” He is remembered beyond Princeton for his popular worldwide lectures on the themes of “Lucky Accidents, Great Discoveries and the Prepared Mind” and “Atomic Energy: Weapon for Peace.” Moreover, he was the inspiration for the Walt Disney film, “The Absent-minded Professor.” Current Department of Chemistry Lecture Demonstrator Kathryn Wagner recounts Alyea’s enthusiastic efforts toward teaching and communicating chemistry and his lasting impact.