Alumni Weekend reunites and reconnects

by University Communications,

  • alumni weekend Waller hall 150 celebration
    Alumni celebrate Waller Hall’s 150th birthday in the president’s office.
  • alumni walking on Willamette campus
    Alumni had the option to attend classes Friday and be a student for a day.
  • alumni gather on balcony of UC
    Alumni gathered for a happy hour Friday evening.
  • alumni gather for the weekend
    Alumni gathered for a happy hour Friday evening.
  • alumni awards dinner
    The Willamette University Alumni Association Board of Directors honored alumni at an awards presentation and dinner.
  • cheering on Willamette football team
    Students and alumni cheered on the Bearcats at Saturday’s home game vs. Cal Lutheran.
  • alumni awards dinner
    The Willamette University Alumni Association Board of Directors honored alumni at an awards presentation and dinner.
  • speaker at bench dedication
    Community members gathered in Cone Chapel to dedicate a memorial bench that sits outside Waller Hall to Richard “Buzz” Yocom '49 and Elizabeth “Libby” Yocom in recognition of their commitment and loyal service to Willamette University.
  • casino night alumni weekend
    The Winning Hand Casino Celebration and Dance was a hit at Alumni Weekend.
  • casino night alumni weekend
    The Winning Hand Casino Celebration and Dance was a hit at Alumni Weekend.
  • casino night alumni weekend
    The Winning Hand Casino Celebration and Dance was a hit at Alumni Weekend.
  • chemistry panel alumni weekend
    The Department of Chemistry celebrated more than a century with alumni, professors past and present, and students.
  • chemistry panel alumni weekend
    The Department of Chemistry celebrated more than a century with alumni, professors past and present, and students.
  • Willamette Football take the field
    Alumni cheered on the Bearcats at Saturday’s home game vs. Cal Lutheran.
  • cheering on the Bearcats football
    Alumni cheered on the Bearcats at Saturday’s home game vs. Cal Lutheran.
  • cheering on the Bearcats football
    Alumni cheered on the Bearcats at Saturday’s home game vs. Cal Lutheran.
  • cheering on the Bearcats football
    Alumni cheered on the Bearcats at Saturday’s home game vs. Cal Lutheran.
  • cheering on the Bearcats football
    Alumni cheered on the Bearcats at Saturday’s home game vs. Cal Lutheran.
  • alumni weekend Greek event
    The Greek Life Reception provided alumni a chance to reconnect.
  • Alumni weekend happy Bearcats
    Members of the Half Century Club, the class of ’67, celebrated at a special brunch.

The campus community worked together to create a memorable, meaningful weekend for alumni.

Three days of special events concluded on Sunday — just before the rain arrived — to welcome alumni back to campus and create opportunities to reconnect and celebrate.

Nearly 600 alumni attended this year’s festivities, including reunions for classes celebrating anniversaries in 5- and 10-year increments. The photo gallery above offers a quick glimpse into the weekend’s events.

“I want to thank Kim Burris in alumni engagement, the advancement team and the entire campus community for welcoming our alumni back home to Willamette,” said Tyler Reich, associate vice president for university relations. “Special thanks to our campus partners who went out of their way to ensure a successful event, including Jeff Bolt, Matthew Wolpa, Lindsey Leisinger and the teams at Bon Appétit and facilities.”

Related Story

Hawai’i Club presents 29th Lū’au

The event shared Polynesian music, food and traditions with the Willamette community.

Willamette students dance with fans in the luau
Related Story

Willamette celebrates Student Scholarship Recognition Day

The 18th annual event highlighted student achievements across disciplines.

a student presents a poster at SSRD
Related Story

Willamette announces commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients

Former governor, community leaders to speak at graduation ceremony