Reunion Reimagined

Dear Lawrentians and Downerites,

As we all rise to the challenge posed by COVID-19 and the resulting upheaval to so much in our lives, it has become clear that we will no longer be able to host Reunion 2020 on campus as originally planned.  We take these unfortunate but essential steps in order to safeguard the extended Lawrence community and to do our part to help mitigate spread of this virus.

For 144 years, Reunion has provided a platform for alumni to reminisce and renew; to celebrate the people, places and programs that make us uniquely Lawrence.  No pandemic will take away the essence of this tradition.  Reunion volunteers are already partnering with staff to re-imagine how we celebrate, both online and in the future.

The news of this announcement will impact us all in different ways.  I took a moment to record a short video to share my thoughts from campus along with a preview of some things to come.

We'd love to hear your thoughts as well. Lawrentians and Downerites across the globe have been sharing stories of hope, perseverance, and triumph. Below are a few other ways to remain connected.

Until we meet again, take care, and be the light!

Matt Baumler
Executive Director
Alumni & Constituency Engagement

Alumni Directory

Human connection feeds the soul. Use the Alumni Directory to find and connect with Lawrentians and Downerites across the globe.

Social Media

Connect with the alumni office or your Reunion class online and on social media.

Learn about Lawrence's COVID-19 Response Plan

If you're curious to learn more about Lawrence's evolving response to COVID-19, you can access our COVID blog here. It has the most up to date information about the University's decisions. 

Lawrence | Milwaukee-Downer Reunions

Approximately 1,000 people come back each summer to celebrate their Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer experiences at Reunion. Originally held during Commencement week, Reunions in various forms have been occurring annually since 1876.

Supporting Our Students (SOS) Emergency Fund

Our attention has turned from Reunion class gifts to the Supporting Our Students (SOS) emergency fund. This fund has been established to aid students’ unexpected and urgent expenses related to the impacts of COVID-19. It will make immediate funds available for critical needs like our new distance-learning model, food, travel, housing, and other unexpected expenses. Every contribution helps support the University’s ability to assist students, and is part of the Be the Light! Campaign.