Whether it’s a year after graduation or 50-plus years, returning to Penn State as an alum is fun. Traditional Reunion Weekend—this year celebrating the classes of 1967, 1962 and all earlier classes—is a great time for alumni to get together with classmates and relive memories of their college days. Plan to attend May 31–June 3.
Each year, the Penn State Alumni Association puts together a full schedule of educational and entertaining activities for alumni during Traditional Reunion Weekend. From dinners to lectures to tours, there is something for every interest. Plus, there is plenty of time for catching up and socializing, strolling through campus, shopping downtown or slipping into the Berkey Creamery for a quick cone.
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The weekend kicks off on Thursday with tours of Beaver Stadium (from the field to the President’s box to the team locker room) and The Arboretum at Penn State, one of the newer additions to campus, featuring more than 17,000 plants.
On Friday, the Class of 1962 will be inducted into the Penn State Pioneers, a program begun in 1957 to honor alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago from Penn State.
Another popular program of reunion weekend is the Alumni Institute, now in its 62nd year, which features some of Penn State’s best faculty members lecturing on a wide range of topics. This year’s topics include a look back at The Fred Waring Show and its classic commercials, tips for better travel photography, protecting privacy while using social networking sites, making financial investment decisions, and more.
Walking and bus tours of campus are also popular events, as well as the chance to tour the Centre Furnace Mansion, the historic home of Moses Thompson who donated 200 acres to begin Farmers High School—the forerunner of Penn State.
Other planned events include Saturday’s All-Class Luncheon, class dinners, receptions and college open houses. Reunion attendees can also have their photo taken for free by a professional photographer at the Nittany Lion Shrine.
For more info or to register now, click here. Registration is also available by calling 800-548-(LION) 5466, option 4. The registration deadline is May 18.