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Northwestern Reunion

Come back October 5-8, 2017.

Last day to register is Friday, September 29.

Register Now

Northwestern Reunion

Come back October 5-8, 2017.

Last day to register is Friday, September 29.

Register Now

Explore Reunion 2017

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Featured Events During Reunion Weekend

Attend your class party. Cheer on the ’Cats against Penn State. Spend the weekend participating in interesting lectures and tours, or exploring new buildings and your favorite spots on campus.

Campus Events

Class Parties

Game Day Experiences

Reunion is a fantastic opportunity to come back to campus and reconnect with friends we don’t see as frequently as we’d like. And, when we’re here, we realize that even as things grow and change and get better, we reconnect to the traditions that always have and always will make Northwestern and Evanston special.”

Rob Schoenthaler ’92 and Lauren Knudson Schoenthaler ’92, National Reunion Co-Chairs

Find Your Class Page

Get class party details and see who’s coming back!

Find Your Class Page

Get class party details and see who’s coming back!

Come Back. Give Back.

Support a new generation of Wildcats.

Come Back. Give Back.

Support a new generation of Wildcats.

Support Your Class Scholarship Fund

Honor your Reunion while supporting generations of Northwestern students to come.

Support Your Class Scholarship Fund

Honor your Reunion while supporting generations of Northwestern students to come.


2017 Weekend Schedule

Preregistration is recommended

Featured events are highlighted

7:30–9 PM

See the Word: A Look at Northwestern’s Beatles Manuscripts

Deering Library

Northwestern Libraries hold seven original manuscripts by the Fab Four; learn about the history and significance of these musical treasures.

7:30–8:30 PM

The Unexpected Universe: Astronomical Telescopes Continue to Reveal New Surprises

Cahn Auditorium

Join Professor Wendy Freedman for a lecture on exciting advances in cosmology, which has been undergoing a revolution in recent decades. Astronomers have for the first time identified the major constituents of the universe, revealing a universe that hardly resembles what we thought only a few decades ago. It is filled with dark matter that is not visible and energy that permeates all of space, causing its expansion to speed up with time. Thousands of planets are now being discovered beyond our solar system. New giant telescopes planned for the next decade are likely to reveal more surprises.

8:30–10 AM

Welcome Breakfast and Class Gatherings

Norris University Center

Complimentary continental breakfast is available for all alumni celebrating their Reunion. Class-specific breakfast event details are available for the classes of 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962, and 1957. Breakfast provided by Northwestern Gift Planning.

10–11 AM

Lake Effect: The Evolution of Northwestern’s Campus

McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center

University Archivist Kevin Leonard ’77, ’82 MA reveals the backstory of the Evanston campus from its founding to today in an encore of last year’s highest-rated reunion talk.

10–11 AM

Campus Walking Tour

Norris University Center

Explore old and new features of Northwestern’s campus on a guided highlights tour. Tour leaves from Norris University Center, 2nd Floor, near the Reunion Information Desk.

11 AM–Noon

NU Live

McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center

Accomplished alumni share first-person stories about moments that have shaped their lives in this TED-style event. Learn more about the event and speakers here.

11 AM–Noon

Campus Walking Tour

Norris University Center

Explore old and new features of Northwestern’s campus on a guided highlights tour. Tour leaves from Norris University Center, 2nd Floor, near the Reunion Information Desk.

Noon–1:30 PM

NGN Homecoming Luncheon

This event is sold out.

Louis Room, Norris University Center ($40)

Join a Northwestern football tradition by lunching with Wildcats football players and Pat Fitzgerald ’97, Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach, sponsored by the Northwestern Gridiron Network. Register early; space is limited.

Noon–1:30 PM

Lunch in the Residence Halls

Allison, Foster-Walker, or Hinman Hall (Pay at the door)

The Daily Meal website cited Northwestern Dining as one of the top 10 college food experiences in the country. Allison Hall features a kosher meal station.

1–3:30 PM

Drop-Off Kids Camp

Norris East Lawn

Kids ages 5–12 can play and interact with student athletes while rotating through stations and games. Past activities have included a football carrying relay, freeze tag, kickball, and fencing. More family-friendly events and activities can be found here.

1:30–3 PM

President’s Alumni Panel: My Northwestern Direction

McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center

Don’t miss this annual audience favorite featuring distinguished alumni who share how Northwestern shaped their lives and prepared them for success in a range of fields. Panelist information is listed here.

3–4 PM

Campus Walking Tour

Norris University Center

Explore old and new features of Northwestern’s campus on a guided highlights tour. Tour leaves from Norris University Center, 2nd Floor, near the Reunion Information Desk.

3–5 PM

Academics and Arts in the Afternoon

Alumni from every school are welcome to participate in these engaging Friday afternoon events.

  • Bienen School of Music: Ryan Center Tour

    Take a guided tour of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, opened in 2015.

  • McCormick School of Engineering: Prototype Purple

    Create and decorate gear to show your purple pride at the Segal Design Institute in Northwestern’s Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center. Note: Event begins at 4 p.m.

  • Medill Open House

    Mingle with alumni and faculty and hear from Dean Bradley J. Hamm about recent developments at Medill. Open house will be held in the lobby of the McCormick Foundation Center.

  • Faculty Flashback with Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

    Stop by to mingle with classmates and some of Weinberg's stellar faculty.

  • Deering and University Libraries Tours

    See recent updates to University Library’s first floor and learn about renovations planned for iconic Deering Library.

  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Gallery Tour

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” with William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, an exhibition that explores the impact of visionary British poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) on the 1960s. A model for non-conformity, self-expression, and social and political resistance, his work inspired artists Diane Arbus, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Robert Frank, Clyfford Still and Robert Smithson, poet Allen Ginsberg, and musicians Jimi Hendrix and the Doors. Featuring rare prints and pages from Blake's illuminated books and over 200 paintings, drawings, photographs, films, and posters.

  • The Daily Northwestern Open House

    Meet the current staff of The Daily Northwestern and enjoy the student newspaper atmosphere.

  • School of Education and Social Policy Reception with Dean Figlio

    Drop in to meet Dean Figlio and other representatives of the School of Education and Social Policy to hear more about events happening in the school. Please note: This event begins at 4 pm in Annenberg 123.

3:30–4:30 PM

Northwestern Admissions Information Session

This event is sold out. Although this special session is at full capacity, regularly scheduled undergraduate admission sessions and tours will still occur. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions site for more information.

Segal Visitors Center

Get a glimpse of current student life at Northwestern while learning more about the University, the application process, and financial aid from Chris Watson, Dean of Admissions and the staff at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

4–5 PM

Dolphin Show Performance

Norris University Center

America’s largest student-produced musical theater program presents a retrospective of show tunes from past Dolphin Shows.

4–5 PM

Green Campus Tour

Norris University Center

Join the staff of sustainNU, Northwestern’s sustainability program, for a tour of environmentally friendly campus features. Learn about green features of the new Ryan Center for the Musical Arts and newly renovated Kresge Centennial Hall.

4–5 PM

Kellogg Global Hub Tour

This event is sold out. However, the Global Hub will be open to the public on Friday, October 6. All alumni are welcome to drop in to see the lobby and public spaces.

Kellogg Global Hub

Take a guided walk through the Kellogg School of Management’s new flagship facility. Register early; space is limited.

TBD

Tour The Garage at Northwestern

Sign up for tours here.

Take a guided walk through The Garage, Northwestern’s hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation.

5–7 PM

Homecoming Activities

Visit northwesternhomecoming.com for a complete list of Homecoming events.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the construction on Sheridan Road, we are unable to hold the Homecoming Parade this year. We regret this unavoidable change in the schedule, but hope you will join us at the Pep Rally.

  • Homecoming Student-Alumni Reception

    5–6 PM

    Deering Meadow Tent

    Toast fellow alumni and friends and interact with students.

  • Homecoming Pep Rally

    6:30–7 PM

    Deering Meadow

    Come cheer on the marching bands, hear from Coach Fitz, and get excited for Saturday’s Homecoming football game. Rain location: Cahn Auditorium.

Times vary by class

Class Parties

(Price varies by class)

Register early for the most popular event of Reunion Weekend—your class party! Ticket price includes all food and beverages. See your class page for class party details.

8 PM–Midnight

Friday Late Night Activities

  • Stargazing at Dearborn Observatory

    8–11 PM

    Dearborn Observatory

    Tour the observatory, learn about its historic telescope, and—weather permitting—gaze at the heavens. Dress appropriately, as the dome does not have heat or air conditioning. Several flights of stairs must be climbed to reach the telescope.

  • S’more Making

    10–11 PM

    Lakefill Bonfire

    Gather around the campfire on the lakefill. S’more ingredients included!

  • All-Class After-Party

    Advance registration is closed for this event. Walk-ins will be welcome as space allows.

    10:30 PM–Midnight

    Deering Meadow Tent ($10)

    Join fellow night owls at the All-Class After-Party, the newest Reunion Weekend tradition.

9–10:30 AM

Pre-Game Breakfast

For All Classes
Deering Meadow Tent (Adults: $40, Children 2–12: $20)

Gather for a hot buffet breakfast, beer, wine, and soft drinks before catching a shuttle to Ryan Field for the football game. Adult price at the door is $50.

10 AM (Terrace opens)

Randy Walker Terrace Game-Day Experience

For the Classes of 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007
Randy Walker Terrace at Ryan Field ($100 includes football ticket)

Join your classmates on this open-air patio with sweeping views of Ryan Field. Enjoy a hot food buffet through the third quarter (both breakfast and lunch menus) and beer, wine, and Bloody Marys through halftime. Doors open one hour prior to kickoff. Event price includes a seat on the bleachers or an assigned seat in the reunion block section of the stadium. Find more details on our game day information page. Due to the Welsh-Ryan Arena construction project, there is no elevator access to Randy Walker Terrace this year. Guests who cannot manage a flight of stairs should not register for this event. We apologize for the inconvenience.

11 AM (Kick-off)

Wildcats Football vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Ryan Field ($45)

Cheer on the ’Cats as they take on Penn State in the annual Homecoming game at Ryan Field. Refund deadline for football tickets is August 25. Find more details on our game day information page.

3–5 PM

Northwestern Campus Alive

Evanston Campus

We’re rolling out the purple carpet! Dozens of residence halls, Greek organizations, student groups, and programs will host Reunion Weekend open houses. A complete list of events and locations is available here.

3–5:30 PM

Norris Bar

Norris University Center ($10 for food and first drink; $5 each additional drink)

The legendary Gathering Place is back! From 1982–1992, “The Bar” located in the ground floor of Norris was a favorite spot on campus. For one afternoon only we’re bringing it back, as part of NU’s Campus Alive! Join us to pay homage to this piece of Northwestern history.

Open to alumni 21 and over, with beer and wine tickets for sale at the door. Pizza and snacks included.

10 AM–Noon

Half Century Club Brunch

For the Classes of 1957, 1962, and 1967

This event is sold out.

Deering Library ($30)

Members of the Half Century Club (alumni who graduated in 1967 or earlier) are invited to a special brunch in the Library’s beautiful Eloise W. Martin Reading Room.

10 AM–Noon

Breakfast with Willie

Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (Adults: $25, Children 2–12: $10)

Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, spectacular views, and photos with Willie the Wildcat. Adult price at the door is $30.

10 AM–5 PM

Visit the Block Museum of Art

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” with William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, an exhibition that explores the impact of visionary British poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) on the 1960s. A model for non-conformity, self-expression, and social and political resistance, his work inspired artists Diane Arbus, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Robert Frank, Clyfford Still and Robert Smithson, poet Allen Ginsberg, and musicians Jimi Hendrix and the Doors. Featuring rare prints and pages from Blake's illuminated books and over 200 paintings, drawings, photographs, films, and posters.

12:30–1:30 PM

Bus Tour of Campus

See campus architectural highlights from the comfort of a bus. The tour begins and ends outside the Ethel M. Barber Theater on Arts Circle Drive.

Travel and Accommodations

Find everything you need to plan your trip—including hotel accommodations in and around Evanston and information about campus parking, shuttles, public transportation, and area attractions. We’ll update this page frequently so check back as Reunion Weekend approaches. 

Hotel Accommodations

The following are suggested hotels near campus and area attractions. Please contact the hotel directly for availability and rates.

Additional hotel options in Evanston and the Chicago area can be found on the North Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Choose Chicago websites.

Traveling to Northwestern


Getting to Campus
Shuttle Services

For shuttles both to and from O’Hare and Midway airports, please contact one of the following companies to schedule a shuttle pick-up:

Rail and Bus Transportation (Evanston and Chicago)

Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses are easily accessible by public transportation, including the CTA subway and bus system and the Metra commuter rail:

Transportation and Parking


Parking on Campus

University parking restrictions will be waived on campus from Thursday at 5 p.m. through Sunday at 5 p.m., excluding emergency lanes and reserved spots. Complimentary shuttles will be available from the north and south parking lots to central campus all day on Friday. See the Evanston campus parking map.

Shuttles will also run from the Hilton Orrington, Hilton Garden Inn, and Hyatt House to central campus on Friday. Hours will be posted at the front desk of each hotel.

Parking at Ryan Field is only available to season ticket holders who purchased parking passes via the Athletics Ticket Office. All other ticket holders must park in campus lots and take the University shuttles that will be available on game day. Shuttle schedule and pickup location information is available online at nusports.com.

Divvy Bike Stations

Evanston recently added 10 Divvy bike share stations around the city and Northwestern’s campus to provide residents, visitors, and students with an additional two-wheeled transportation option. Designed to allow riders to get quickly from Point A to Point B, Divvy is intended for short trips within Evanston or across Divvy’s network of more than 580 Chicagoland stations.

To learn more and view a list of the Evanston bike share stations, visit divvybikes.com/evanston.

Find Your Class Year

Did you graduate in a year ending in 2 or 7? If so, it's your reunion year! Find class specific info below to connect with friends, join your reunion class committee, and find out more about making your class gift.

Contribute to Your Class Gift

A gift in honor of your Reunion supports need-based scholarships, faculty recruitment, academic innovations, and unparalleled learning experiences. All gifts made from September 1, 2016, through October 31, 2017, to any area of the University will count toward your class total.

Come Back. Give Back.

Support a new generation of Wildcats.

Come Back. Give Back.

Support a new generation of Wildcats.

Support Your Class Scholarship Fund

Honor your Reunion while supporting generations of Northwestern students to come.

Support Your Class Scholarship Fund

Honor your Reunion while supporting generations of Northwestern students to come.

Join the community of engaged philanthropists who provide a significant base of support for Northwestern, its initiatives and its students: Make a leadership pledge in your reunion year!

This unique opportunity allows you to make a commitment now and maximize your impact to your class gift. Your whole pledge, not just the first pledge payment, will count towards the class gift goal. That could increase the impact of your gift by as much as five times or more.

Fill out and send in a Reunion multi-year pledge form or contact the Reunion team to coordinate pledge details by phone at 877-240-6512 or email at reunion@northwestern.edu.

Contact the Reunion Office

For general information about reunion events, email reunion@northwestern.edu or call 877-240-6512 (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST).

Northwestern Reunion staff
Carlos Terrazas ’98

Senior Director
c-terrazas@northwestern.edu
847.467.2631

Alison Finkel

Senior Associate Director
Liaison to class of 1967
alison.finkel@northwestern.edu
847.467.3729

Jennifer Klink ’16 MS

Senior Associate Director
Liaison to class of 1997
j-klink@northwestern.edu
847.491.8376

Lena Gryaznova ’15, ’18 MS

Associate Director
Liaison to classes of 1957, 1962, 1972
elena.gryaznova@northwestern.edu
847.491.4509

Andrea Minor

Associate Director
Liaison to classes of 1977, 1982, 1992, 2002
a-minor@northwestern.edu
847.491.3073

Claire Burke Quinlin

Associate Director
Liaison to classes of 1987, 2007, 2012, 2016
c-burke@northwestern.edu
847.491.5316

Frequently Asked Questions