Washington University in St. Louis

Alumni & Development 

We invite you to relive memories -- and make new ones with friends -- during Reunion at Commencement 2019, the weekend of May 16-18! For more information about Reunion, please click here. Should you have any questions while registering don't hesitate to contact us at 800-867-2586.

Please note some events do not require advanced registration and are not listed below. Select events may require a separate registration through the organization hosting the event. For the full schedule of events, please click here.


 







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50th Reunion Gown

If you are participating in the Medallion Ceremony and/or Commencement, a gown will be provided for you. In addition, we will provide hoods for all those who hold a Masters or Doctorate from any institution. Please list your height and advanced degrees (if applicable) below.






Reunion Activities

Please select the activities listed below with the name of each person attending. Answer additional choices or options for the activity if applicable.


Thursday, May 16


4 – 6:15 p.m. | 50th Reunion Medallion Ceremony
Rettner Gallery, Laboratory Sciences Building and Graham Chapel

The Class of 1969 will don cap and gown for this momentous ceremony led by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. Proceed as a class from Rettner Gallery into Graham Chapel, participate in a beautiful ceremony, and receive a keepsake 50th Reunion medallion. Family members and guests are welcome to join in this special not-to-be missed event for your 50th Reunion. Business casual attire is suggested.

4:00 p.m. | Registration and robing 
5:00 p.m. | Medallion Ceremony 

Cost:
Complimentary

6:15 – 7:30 p.m. | 50th Reunion Medallion Ceremony Reception
Rettner Gallery, Laboratory Sciences Building 

The Class of 1969 will don cap and gown for this momentous ceremony led by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in Rettner Gallery. Reconnect with classmates over cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Family members and guests are welcome to attend. Business casual attire is suggested.

Cost:
Complimentary


Friday, May 17


7:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 50th Reunion Breakfast, Robing, Commencement March, and Lunch
Rettner Gallery, Laboratory Sciences Building and Brookings Quadrangle

Experience Commencement once again as you lead the procession into the Quad and sit on stage during the ceremony! Commencement is an important and moving event in the lives of students, faculty, parents, and alumni. Many past 50th Reunion attendees fondly look back on this event as one of their favorite experiences during Reunion. Family members and guests are welcome to attend and will have special seating during the ceremony. Business casual attire and comfortable shoes are suggested.

7:15 a.m. | Breakfast 
8:30 a.m. | Commencement 
11:30 a.m. | Lunch

Cost:
Complimentary


10:30 - 11 a.m. | 55th - 75th Welcome Reception
Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive

The classes of 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949, and 1944 will kick off Reunion weekend with this casual reception before the Golden Bear Brunch. Catch up with your classmates over coffee and light refreshments. Business casual attire is suggested.

Complimentary valet parking will be available. 


11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Golden Bear Brunch
Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive

Reunion celebrants and emeritus alumni are invited to begin Reunion weekend with a fun and casual brunch. Jamie Kolker, associate vice chancellor and university architect, will share updates about the transformation of the east end of the Danforth campus and discuss WashU's engagement and impact throughout the St. Louis community. Business casual attire is suggested.

Complimentary valet parking will be available. 

Cost:
$25


11 a.m. | Program in Occupational Therapy Reception
Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall

Program in Occupational Therapy Reception at Holmes Lounge, Danforth Campus, for graduating students and alumni.


1 - 3 p.m. | Program in Occupational Therapy Commencement
Graham Chapel

50th Reunion Occupational Therapy alumni are welcome to participate in the Commencement ceremony for master’s, doctoral, and PhD students.


1 - 3:45 p.m. | Little Italy Tour
Motorcoach transportation provided from Anheuser-Busch Hall along Snow Way Drive Drive

A guided two-hour shuttle tour of St. Louis' own "Little Italy", The Hill, home to 28 restaurants and delis and the childhood homes of Baseball Hall of Famers, Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. The tour will include a dry run homemade ravioli-making demonstration at the Food Network's favorite, Mama Toscano's, a visit to Yogi Berra's childhood home and other baseball notables who once lived on the same block, bocce ball lesson, and two stops; the historical St. Ambrose Church and the brand new Hill Town Center called "Piazza Imo". Along the way you will hear stories of the proud families that built The Hill up through the early 1900's, the Great Depression, WWII, etc. You will also learn where Oprah Winfrey and Tony Bennett like to dine when in the neighborhood. The tour will allow time for shopping at local Italian craft and gift shops, grocery stores, bakeries, and more.

Cost:
$15 per person


1 - 4 p.m. | WashU Engage St. Louis: Understanding What We See with Bob Hansman (50th Reunion Celebrants only)​
Motorcoach transportation provided from Anheuser-Busch Hall along Snow Way Drive

Join us to learn about St. Louis beyond the tourist hot spots. Bob Hansman, professor of architecture and Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement faculty fellow, will lead his highly regarded tour exploring the racial, sociocultural, and political context of St. Louis city and county. Visit a number of significant areas in the St. Louis region, where Professor Hansman will describe the present and explain the past, gradually drawing a picture of the region as a whole, a city divided against itself, a city struggling to deal with its history and continuation of racial injustice.


1:15 - 4:45 p.m. | Literary Tour of St. Louis with Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters
Motorcoach transportation provided from Anheuser-Busch Hall along Snow Way Drive

From Mark Twain to T.S. Eliot to Ntozake Shange, St. Louis has been home to many great writers, each of whom left their mark on the city. The Common Reader's St. Louis Literary Tour, led by Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, takes visitors on a literary adventure through the City of St. Louis. Attendees will see the Old Courthouse, where Joseph Pulitzer bought the Evening-Dispatch, now the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Mark Twain’s home during his apprenticeship as a river pilot; Ntozake Shange's elementary school; and much more. Photo opportunities will be available at various stops along the way.

Cost:
$15 per person


2 - 4 p.m. | Show Me Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Suite 180, West Campus, 9 N. Jackson Avenue

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University (OLLI) invites you to explore their peer-learning courses for senior adults. This event features an orientation presentation followed by three sample classes and is open to individuals 50 years old and older. Refreshments will be served.


2:30 - 4 p.m. | John M. Olin Library Open House
John M. Olin Library

Visit the transformed Olin Library and see some of the university's special collections, including the Declaration of Independence "Southwide Broadside," a truly rare piece of history. Learn about the recently unveiled Newman Exploration Center and stop by the expanded Whisper's Café. Libraries staff will be stationed throughout the building to answer questions and share additional information related to our unique acquisitions.


6 - 8:30 p.m. | Reunion SoiréeWhittemore House
Whittemore House, 6440 Forsyth Boulevard

The Reunion Soirée is the official kick-off to Reunion at Commencement for the 55th–75th Reunion classes and emeritus alumni. A Reunion favorite, the Reunion Soirée is a festive evening held at the historic Whittemore House. The soirée will include cocktails, delicious dinner and dessert, and music. Cocktail attire is suggested.

Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Cost:
$30 per person


6:30 p.m. | Journey Back to the Top of the Arch (50th Reunion Celebrants Only)
Gateway Arch National Park

Gateway Arch National Park has been transformed since your visit during freshman orientation! Visit the new museum, which features 201 years of history in six themed exhibit areas, while enjoying cocktails and gourmet food stations with your classmates. Of course, no visit to the Arch is complete without a journey to the top! Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this breathtaking monument again and appreciate the best view in St. Louis. Roundtrip transportation from campus will be provided.


6:30 p.m. | Motorcoach departs from Mallinckrodt Center for Gateway Arch National Park 
7:15 p.m. | Cocktails and gourmet food stations and tram rides begin 

Cost:
$35 per person




Saturday, May 18


9:30 - 11 a.m. | Exploring Washington University with Jim Burmeister, AB ’61, MBA ’63, MA ’67Exploring WashU
Trial Courtroom, Anheuser-Busch Hall

Learn about some of the university’s rich history, then take a short walking tour highlighting a few of the greatest treasures on campus.

 


10 - 11 a.m. | The Living Earth Collaborative with Jonathan Losos, the William H. Danforth Distinguished Professor​
Zorensky Classroom, Anheuser-Busch Hall

Learn about the university’s efforts to conserve biodiversity and sustain life on earth from Jonathan Losos, the William H. Danforth Distinguished Professor and director of the Living Earth Collaborative. In January 2018, the Living Earth Collaborative formed as a unique partnership between a leading university, a top zoo, and a world-class botanical garden. The collaborative’s goals are to bring together these three premier institutions to advance research, conservation, and education about the animals, plants, and the microbes that populate our shared planet. 

To learn more about the Living Earth Collaborative, click here.


10 - 11 a.m. | WashU Medical Spotlight with Beau Ances, MD, PhD, the Daniel J. Brennan, MD, Professor of Neurology: Forerunners of Forgetfulness: The Role of Neuroimaging in Alzheimer's Disease
Cullenbine Classroom, Anheuser-Busch Hall

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States with millions of Americans projected to developed memory problems in the upcoming decades. Alzheimer’s disease results from the deposition of proteins, including amyloid-beta and tau, in the brain. Groundbreaking neuroimaging research performed at Washington University School of Medicine has shown that changes in amyloid-beta and tau occur more than 15 years prior to the onset of clinical symptoms. This presentation will focus on new biomarkers that can map the progression of Alzheimer's disease. This talk, given by Beau Ances, the Daniel J. Brennan, MD, Professor of Neurology, will also discuss how neuroimaging is being used as a clinical endpoint for evaluating potential therapies.


11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Chancellor's Luncheon
Crowder Courtyard, Anheuser-Busch Hall

Enjoy a lovely luncheon hosted by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton in beautiful Crowder Courtyard in Anheuser-Busch Hall. During his final luncheon as chancellor, Wrighton will toast all Reunion celebrants and emeritus alumni. The musical revue, a collaboration between the Performing Arts and Music Departments, will be immediately following the luncheon, so be sure to stick around - you won't want to miss it! You will be entertained by students who will be singing famous and entertaining songs. Business casual attire is suggested. 

Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Cost:
$25 per person*
*Complimentary for the Class of 1969 and one guest


1 - 3 p.m. | Black Alumni Council Reception
Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall

Connect with alumni during Commencement weekend while listening to great music.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness with Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences, Tim Bono, AB '05, MA '08, PhD '11
Cullenbine Classroom, Anheuser-Busch Hall

What makes people happy and how can we increase happiness in our lives? Our society sends us many messages about what should make us happy (which many people buy into—literally). What does the research suggest about the validity of these messages? There may be a simple path to living the good life. This presentation will discuss the scientific study of happiness and strategies for life satisfaction based on research in positive psychology, the subject of one of the most popular courses at WashU! 

To learn more about Dr. Tim Bono and this topic, click here.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Soldier, Sailor, Flyer, Too: Veterans Study at Washington U.​
Zorensky Classroom, Anheuser-Busch Hall

Hear from Provost Holden Thorp and Washington University veterans from 1946 to the present who will talk about how the university has supported veterans on campus through the years. Current students will discuss the resources currently available through the Office of Military & Veteran Services.


6 - 9:30 p.m. | 55th - 75th Reunion Class Party
15th Floor Dining Room, Saint Louis Club, 7701 Forsyth Boulevard

End the weekend with a bang, and enjoy your class party at the beautiful Saint Louis Club. Take in views of St. Louis from the 15th floor while reminiscing with classmates over cocktails and dinner. Enjoy the musical stylings of Curt Landes. This will be a night to remember with friends you never forgot. Cocktail attire is suggested.

Complimentary parking will be available in the garage.

Cost: 
$60 per person


6:30 - 10 p.m. | 50th Reunion Class Party
16th Floor Ballroom, Saint Louis Club, 7701 Forsyth Boulevard

End the weekend with a bang and enjoy your class party at the beautiful St. Louis Club with cocktails, dinner and the musical stylings of the renowned Bob Kuban Band. Take in views of St. Louis from the 16th floor while spending the last few hours of this exciting Reunion weekend reminiscing with classmates. This will be a night to remember with friends you will never forget. Cocktail attire is suggested.

Complimentary parking will be available in the garage.

Cost:
$60 per person


Reunion Giving

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Reunion Village (On-Campus Accommodations)

Reunion Village residence housing offers value, convenience, and nostalgia. Guest rooms are located in some of the campus' newest residence halls, which ensure comfortable and ample space. The rooms are suite style: two private rooms share a bathroom. Each private room includes two twin beds. You have the option to reserve a single private room (one person/room) or a double private room (two people/room). Keep in mind that Reunion Village is student housing. Smoking is not allowed on campus and rooms will have minimal amenities. Light continental breakfast and wireless internet are included. Golf cart shuttles are available to most campus events.

Check-in: Begins at 12 p.m. 
Check-out: 11 a.m.

Cost:
$55/night - Single Room
$100/night - Double Room

 





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