Alumni Reunion Weekend 2023 FAQs

Details and answers to the most frequently asked questions.

  1. General Information
  2. Children & Childcare
  3. Registration & Prices
  4. Changes & Cancellations
  5. Lodging - Where Should I Stay?
  6. Transportation & Parking
  7. Weather & Comfort
  8. Arriving on Campus

1. General Information

When is Alumni Reunion Weekend 2023?

The weekend is set for June 15-18.

Who is invited?

All alumni – from every school, every class year, degree or non-degree – are invited. This is a celebration of all things Willamette with something for everyone. Special programming is provided for those celebrating a reunion year (classes ending in a 3 or an 8).

Who is coming?

Check online to see who's coming

Can I just show up on campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend?

We strongly encourage you to pre-register to receive an "early bird" discount. This will also guarantee your ability to attend as space is limited due to the popularity of the weekend's events.  

How is Willamette handling COVID-19 for Alumni Reunion Weekend?

The health and safety of our Alumni Weekend guests is our highest priority. We are following all state of Oregon public health guidelines. For more information, check out our COVID-19 Information Page for the most updated policies regarding masks, vaccinations, and other COVID-19 related protocols.

2. Children & Childcare

Should I bring my child and is there childcare?

Please keep in mind that activities are specifically planned for adults and that childcare will not be available on campus. Children under 18 must be escorted and supervised at all times by a parent, legal guardian or another authorized adult. It is the responsibility of the parent, legal guardian or another authorized adult to make appropriate off-campus arrangements if children cannot be accompanied at all times while on campus. We hope families will consider joining us for Willamette Family Weekend and Homecoming for an all-ages weekend in October.

3. Registration & Prices

How do I register?

Registration is open! Check out our registration page online

Is there a registration deadline?

Yes.  The registration deadline is May 22 for 2023. Early registration is encouraged to reserve your place at the event.

Are drink tickets included in prices?

We have done away with drink tickets. Your price of admission for events serving food and beverages provides you with all you care to eat and drink. Responsible consumption is encouraged.  

I registered and paid online, but my name is not on the Look Who's Coming list. Why is this?

Registrations are updated at the end of each business day. Due to the volume of registrations, your registration may not have been processed yet. We work quickly to process all registrations as we recognize how exciting it is to see who from your class is attending. Some registrants may choose to exclude themselves from the public list. Please contact and we will make sure to include your name!

4. Changes & Cancellations

Can I change my registration?

Yes! Call the Office of Alumni Engagement at 503-375-5304 and we will assist you.  

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Cancellations will be accepted with full refunds of all payments to Willamette University minus a $15 non-refundable cancellation fee, until May 22. Due to the costs associated with catering and event planning, refunds will not be offered after May 22. 

5. Lodging - Where Should I Stay?

On-Campus Lodging

With this fun and affordable option, alumni are welcome to stay in the residence halls or sorority houses during Alumni Reunion Weekend. Rooms will be available starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. Each room will be outfitted with single bed(s), sheets, pillow, blanket and towels. Please bring your own toiletries. 

You may pick up your key only during the check-in hours listed below. Reservations and payment for rooms should be made as part of your registration process (online or via the enclosed form).

Space is limited, so act fast! 
Rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes and generations will be paired together, if possible.

If you plan to arrive after check-in hours or have ADA requests, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 503-375-5304 or before May 31.

Off-Campus Lodging

We’ve reserved blocks of rooms in Salem at the Grand Hotel, Best Western Mill Creek Inn and the Holman Riverfront Park Hotel. Visit the accommodations page for details. 

You may also wish to use to search for affordable rentals in Salem or check out other hotel options. Willamette has not vetted or endorsed these locations.

6. Transportation & Parking

How do I get to campus?

Directions to campus.

Information about Groome Transportation (formerly HUT Shuttle) service between PDX and Salem.

Where do I park?

Parking is available in the Sparks parking lot on the southeast side of campus, and in the Atkinson lot at the corner of Winter and Mill Street, just north of Bellevue.

Limited metered street parking is available on Winter and Mill Streets, and is enforced on weekdays.

Those with handicapped placards may park at the meters on State Street for free anytime.

Please do not park in spaces marked reserved or in fire lanes and loading areas. 

What do I do if I have special mobility needs?

Golf cart shuttles will be available for transportation to and from the Sparks and Atkinson parking lots, as well as around campus during the weekend. Shuttles will be continuously circulating.

Can I bring my RV?

You can park your RV in the south side of Sparks parking lot while you are on campus. However, you are not allowed to sleep or gather with friends in the RV while on Willamette property. Guests with RVs are invited to take advantage of any of the on- or off-campus lodging options listed above.

7. Weather & Comfort

What should I pack?

While June weather in the Willamette Valley is usually near perfect, we suggest you prepare for temperature swings and rain. Check the weather forecast.

How should I dress?

Events are casual, but many will choose to dress up for class reunion dinners. Northwest dress is the order of the weekend.

8. Arriving on Campus

When and where do I check in?

Thursday, June 15

3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Putnam University Center

Friday, June 16

8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Putnam University Center

Saturday, June 17

8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Putnam University Center

Sunday, June 18

9 a.m. - Noon
Putnam University Center

Campus Map

Click here for a campus map (will be updated for 2023 soon). You will also be provided with an Alumni Reunion Weekend program at check-in that will include event locations and an event-specific campus map. 

Photography and Recording

This Willamette University event is being photographed, video recorded or both. By attending, you consent to this recording and authorize Willamette University and its employees and agents to use your name, photograph, voice or other likeness for purposes related to the university’s mission, including but not limited to marketing, publicity, website and other social, print, electronic and broadcast media. For questions or concerns, please contact 

Other questions?

Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 503-375-5304 or

Willamette University

Alumni Engagement

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-375-5304 voice
503-370-6830 fax

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