Alumni Weekend will bring Bearcat grads back to campus

by University Communications,

Events for alumni to reconnect and reunite with classmates kick off on Friday.

More than 500 alumni will be back on campus this week to reconnect with their alma mater and each other during the three days of Alumni Weekend.

Starting from their time as students, many attendees have served as dedicated volunteers and made generous gifts totalling nearly $10 million to support Willamette. This weekend, they’ll interact with current students at class sessions, meet-and-greet events for programs, classes and Greek organizations, and tours of special campus locations including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Martha Springer Botanical Garden and Zena Forest.

They’ll also have the opportunity to learn about Willamette’s history through special lectures, tours and a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Waller Hall.

This year’s alumni award winners will be recognized during a dinner in their honor on Friday evening.

A special event to dedicate the Buzz ’49 and Libby Yocom memorial bench outside Waller Hall will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Cone Chapel. All members of the Willamette community are invited to join.

After the dedication, the community is encouraged to join alumni to cheer on the Bearcats during Saturday’s home football game versus California Lutheran University, which kicks off at 1 p.m.

A complete schedule of events is available online. Willamette community members are encouraged to give our alumni a warm Bearcat welcome back to campus.

Willamette’s Alumni Weekend is planned by the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement with the assistance of many dedicated alumni volunteers. Programming for the weekend is supported by registration fees from attendees.

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