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Reunions 2016 Begin June 9


Reunion is defined as “the act of coming together again.”  There will be plenty of opportunity to do that this weekend, June 9-12, as Hamilton will welcome back more than 1,000 alumni and guests for Reunions 2016.  A special welcome goes to members of the class of 1966 who will be celebrating their 50th reunion. A full schedule of events will keep attendees busy throughout the weekend.

Reunion highlights this year include:

  • A wide array of Alumni Colleges, examining everything from presidential politics to care of aging parents.
  • Join Ted Frese ’66 on Saturday morning as he delivers the Half-Century Annalist Letter at the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association.
  • President Joan Hinde Stewart will receive the Bell Ringer Award at the meeting. 
  • Alumni who studied psychology, psychobiology and neuroscience are invited to a Friday seminar with a series of talks and a celebratory reception honoring retiring Stone Professor of Psychology Doug Weldon. 
  • Service of Remembrance with the Baldwin and Reunion choirs
  • Fraternity, sorority, private society and Kirkland alumnae gatherings
  • Walking tours showcasing the historic beauty of the campus such as Root Glen and the cemetery and new facilities

Among Alumni Colleges this year, former two-term Delaware governor and nine-term U.S. Congressman Michael N. Castle '61 will discuss, from an insider's perspective, what's in store for the buildup to November and the election itself.

Author Terry Brooks ’66 will describe “How Hamilton College Prepared me to Write About Elves,” and  Class of 2006 alumni Tom Booth, Ben Critton and Ann Horwitz will describe how a passion for art and design can turn into a successful career.

Tom Schwarz ’66 will discuss his experience as volunteer, acting president and a trustee for more than 30 years.

Other special events on Friday will include a ribbon-cutting for the new society room in Bristol Center on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and a Writing Center open house and reception for retiring director Sharon Williams.

On Saturday, alumni and guests can begin the day with a guided bicycle ride or a fun run. All Kirkland and Hamilton alumnae are invited to a strawberries and champagne reception  to celebrate the legacy of women on College Hill.

Other special events on Friday will include a ribbon-cutting for the new society room in Bristol Center on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and a Writing Center open house and reception for retiring director Sharon Williams.

On Saturday, alumni and guests can begin the day with a guided bicycle ride or a fun run. All Kirkland and Hamilton alumnae are invited to a strawberries and champagne reception  to celebrate the legacy of women on College Hill.

Later Saturday morning, President Stewart will receive the Bell Ringer Award at the annual meeting of the Alumni Association, and the Mohawk Valley Frasers will then lead the Reunion parade to the all-alumni picnic on Dunham Green.

Dedication of Withiam and Goodfriend athletic fields will take place at 3:30 p.m., then reunion-goers will gather for class receptions and dinners.

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