50th Reunion

Last updated Wednesday, May 4th.

Schedule

Tuesday, May 31

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Open time for classmates self-organized meet-ups

4:00–10:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

6:00–10:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Barker Center

Wednesday, June 1

8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

7:30–9:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Gatherings

Topics:

  • Grief
  • Games/Hobbies

Annenberg Dining Hall

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Class Survey

Sanders Theatre

12:00–1:30 p.m.

Class Lunch and Gatherings

Topics:

  • Staying Fit
  • Genealogy

Annenberg Dining Hall

1:45–3:00 p.m.

Reporter's Notebook: Adventures in Journalism

Sanders Theatre

The way we get news and information has evolved dramatically over the last 50 years, but the fundamentals of good journalism remain the same -- and are arguably more important than ever to the health of our democracy. Meet five classmates whose curiosity, talent and passion for finding and sharing great stories drove them along very different paths to very different destinations. As those paths converge in Cambridge this June, join these veterans of the news business in a candid conversation about their adventures in journalism.

3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break

Annenberg Dining Hall & Sanders Theatre Tents

3:15–4:30 p.m.

Aging, Retirement, and Legacy: The View from Here

Sanders Theatre

Aging and retirement mean different things to different people. Maybe it’s a chance to re-engage with passions or interests that you had to set aside in your work years. Alternatively, it can bring entirely new discoveries. Illness or personal loss may have forced you to reimagine ways of finding meaning in life. Or maybe you've maintained the same strong sense of purpose and passion you had right after college. How are you doing with retirement? In this session, we will share our own personal perspectives on aging and retirement, how they have influenced our sense of identity and legacy, and the ways in which we have each found purpose in our later years.

6:00–7:45 p.m.

Class Dinner

Science Center Plaza Tent

8:00–9:30 p.m.

A Little Song, a Little Dance, a Little Seltzer Down Your Pants: A Multimedia Celebration of '72 in the Performing Arts

Sanders Theater

Through live performances, photos and film clips, classmates who have built remarkable careers in the performing arts share their exceptional talents, as well as stories of life behind the curtain and the camera. Featuring past and present members of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College.

Host: Steve Peterman

9:30–11:00 p.m.

Dessert

Science Center Plaza Tent

Thursday, June 2

8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

7:30–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Gatherings

Topics:

  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Spirituality

Annenberg Dining Hall

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Challenges in Higher Education: A Conversation

Sanders Theatre

This panel will be a conversation among esteemed leaders discussing a wide range of issues facing higher education today. The discussion will focus on education issues at Harvard as well as on national trends. Please join our the Harvard President, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and three ’72 classmates for this exciting and far-reaching conversation.

10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

Annenberg Dining Hall & Sanders Theatre Tents

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Protesting and Participating Over the Last 50 Years

Sanders Theatre

Looking back 50 years and ahead 25, this group of classmates -- who have been active in politics and policy -- focuses on how we and the country have changed. They will share their experiences in advocating for liberty, running a city, serving at a national level, studying our national tragedies, and working in politics. And they’ll offer their thoughts – and ask for yours – on what can illuminate the path over the next 25 years.

Speakers:

12:15–1:45 p.m.

Lunch and Gatherings

Topics:

  • Aging Gracefully
  • Phillips Brooks House

Annenberg Dining Hall

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Memorial Service

Memorial Church

3:15 p.m.

Class Photo

Widener Library Steps

6:30–10:30 p.m.

Class Dinner and Dancing

Science Center Plaza Tent

Festive attire encouraged

 

Friday, June 3

8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

7:30–9:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Gatherings

Topics:

  • Single at 70
  • Becoming a Parent After 40

Lowell House Dining Hall

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Open for gatherings

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Radcliffe Women-Only Gathering

Boylston Hall, Fong Auditorium

We started out in an all-female Radcliffe Quad. We saw lots of change during our four years, and have seen much more in the 50 years since then. This is a gathering to talk about our experiences as women -- at Radcliffe, at Harvard, and as we have moved through our lives since then. As we have done every five years since graduation, we will talk about whatever those attending want to talk about.

12:00–1:30 p.m.

Luncheon and Gatherings

Topics:

  • Political Activism
  • Caretaking

Science Center Plaza Tent

1:30–2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Alumni/ae Procession*

2:15–4:00 p.m.

Harvard Alumni Day Program

Tercentenary Theatre

A University-wide, global event honoring alumni impact, citizenship, and community. The time-honored and festive alumni parade led by the eldest alumni into Tercentenary Theatre will kick off the afternoon festivities. Following the parade, the program, led by the HAA president Vanessa W. Liu AB ’96, JD ’03, will feature former poet laureate, Pulitzer-prize winner, and Harvard Professor Tracy K. Smith AB ’94 as the Harvard Alumni Day keynote speaker. The speaking program will also include a report from Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow MPP ’76, JD ’76, PhD ’78, and a celebration of Harvard Medalists, along with musical components, and recognition of the Chief Marshal of Alumni Allyson Hobbs AB '97.

There will be no official 50th Reunion programming beyond the Harvard Alumni Day program. Guests are encouraged to check-out Friday evening, unless if travel plans require you to stay overnight.

4:00 p.m.

Informal Gathering

Philips Brooks House with refreshments

Saturday, June 4

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

All House/dorm keys must be dropped off by noon on Saturday, June 4. Please note there is *no luggage storage* available at headquarters.

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Informal Farewell Breakfast

Optional for those staying Friday night

In self-organized groups, either takeout or at local eateries; PBH will again be available as a perch.

Check out by noon. Luggage storage not available.

*All times in EDT

Shuttles will be available to and from class parking and around campus.