Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Reunion 2021
What will a Virtual Reunion look like?
We look forward to kicking off Reunion on Thursday, June 17, 2021 and will hold our final events on Sunday, June 20, 2021. During this time we will offer a variety of virtual programming to include class-specific events as well as signature Lawrence Reunion events.
The spring Learning @ Lawrence webinar series will also feature alumni presenters celebrating their Reunion this year. These events take place every other Friday at 12 pm Lawrence (Central) Time.
Why did you make this decision now?
Planning Reunion is a year-long, campus-wide endeavor that requires thoughtful coordination and collaboration among many departments and offices across the college as well as community vendors and alumni volunteers. Our goal is to provide an engaging, memorable, and safe experience for our alumni during Reunion. With the current pace of vaccination and current uncertainty about the length of the vaccine’s effectiveness, we cannot guarantee the ability to gather safely in large numbers by early summer. In addition, because Lawrence has reduced capacity in classrooms, meeting spaces, and residence halls for student and faculty safety this year, there are significant logistical challenges to resetting the campus, challenges that cannot be met in the short time between the conclusion of the academic year and Reunion. These factors and more led us to the decision that an on-campus Reunion will not be feasible.
Could we hold Reunion at some other point, like the late summer?
A successful and safe Reunion requires significant coordination with every element of the campus community, including housing and student support. In addition to the profound uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic, the many construction projects already planned throughout the summer and the absence of students from campus, necessary to help staff Reunion, preclude the possibility of holding a full Reunion at another time this year.
When is the schedule of events going to be available?
The schedule of events will be available when registration opens on May 14, 2021.
What is my class up to?
Our schedule of online events will be updated over the following months. Follow and like your class Facebook page for any class specific programming plans.
Who is planning the virtual Reunion?
Just like an on-campus Reunion, our virtual all-class events (Alumni College programs, Alumni Awards recognition, etc.) are planned by the Office of Alumni & Constituency Engagement, while class-specific events are planned by individual Reunion class committees.
When can we register for Reunion events?
Registration will open on May 14, 2021.
Is there a cost for Reunion events?
There is no charge to participate in the virtual Reunion 2021 programming.
Can I attend events if I am not in a Reunion year?
Absolutely! Alumni who are not part of an official Reunion class are welcome to register and attend. Some events may be open only to members of a certain class.
Will the online events be recorded?
Many but not all events will be recorded, and we look forward to sharing those recordings soon afterwards.
Will we celebrate recipients of Alumni Awards and Milwaukee-Downer Light Keeper Awards?
Yes, we look forward to honoring Reunion 2020 Alumni Award recipients, Reunion 2021 Alumni Award recipients as well as Milwaukee-Downer Light Keeper Award recipients during Reunion 2021.
What will happen to the Reunion class fundraising effort?
Reunion class gifts are important to Lawrence University, and especially so right now. Class volunteers will continue their efforts to encourage classmates to give to the Lawrence Fund through June 30, 2021.
Now more than ever, the nimbleness and flexibility the Lawrence Fund provides allows Lawrence University to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. Lawrence is privileged to have a storied Reunion giving program and will continue to benefit from the support of Reunion classes in 2021.
When can we come back to campus?
As much as we would like to welcome you, please do not come to campus at this time.
We encourage all alumni and friends to follow the guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), which recommend distancing and social isolation as the only known way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you not put essential Lawrence University community members at risk by visiting campus.
Where can I find more information about Lawrence University’s response to COVID-19?
The latest updates, announcements, statements, FAQs and more can be found on the Lawrence University’s COVID-19 blog.