Alumni Return to Campus for Class Reunions, Festivities

Alumni walk in the traditional Parade of Classes on May 25 during Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

Alumni walked in the traditional Parade of Classes on May 25 during Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

On May 23-25 hundreds of Wesleyan alumni flocked to campus to celebrate Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

In addition to class reunions, alumni attended WESeminars, academic department open houses, a parade of classes, campus tours, an all-college picnic and festival, and an all-campus party featuring mamarazzi and Illegalize. The weekend culminated with the 182nd Commencement Ceremony featuring commencement speaker Theodore Shaw ’76. View the full schedule online here.

Classes ending in “4” and “9” celebrated their reunions.

For psychology major Sheryl Sturges '79 and theater major Jonathan Duell '79 of Cornwall, N.Y.

Sheryl Sturges ’79 and Jonathan Duell ’79 of Cornwall, N.Y. are celebrating their 35th reunion.

For psychology major Sheryl Sturges ’79 and theater major Jonathan Duell ’79 of Cornwall, N.Y., being together on campus is all too familiar.

“I just showed up here in 1975 and I met my significant other,” Duell said.

“We met on the lawn in between Harriman Hall and Clark Hall, before Olin had an addition put on,” Sturges said. “We could see each other at night by pointing a flashlight through the window.”

Duell said the biggest change to campus is the addition of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

“When we were students, that was the old Scott Lab. It wasn’t needed anymore because they had just built the new science center. It was empty, so at night I remember sneaking in there. Other than that, many things still look the same,” Duell said.

“Yes, we look the same too,” Sturges said. “We just use hair dye or have a new style.”

The couple is celebrating their 35th reunion.

Bill Moody '59, P'91 and his wife, Janet Cline-Moody P'91 of Washington DC are on campus celebrating Bill's 55th reunion.

Bill Moody ’59, P’91 and his wife, Janet Cline-Moody P’91 of Washington DC celebrated Bill’s 55th reunion.

History major Bill Moody ’59, P’91 and his wife, Janet Cline-Moody P’91 of Washington, D.C. celebrated Bill’s 55th reunion. Moody, a history major with a minor in French, retired from the Navy in 1993 and has attended reunion every five years since. “The first words I learned in Russian were ‘don’t shoot!’” he said. Moody, who was instrumental in landing Wesleyan’s Eclectic House on the National Register of Historic Places and Connecticut State Register of Historic Places, hopes the older buildings on campus can be maintained and restored.

“It’s nice to be back on campus. The physical condition of campus is very nice. I’m hoping to meet up with some old friends and have a good time this weekend,” he said.

John Woodhouse '79 of Houston, Texas is attending his 35th reunion.

John Woodhouse ’79 of Houston, Texas attended his 35th reunion.

Earth science major John Woodhouse ’79 of Houston, Texas attended his 35th reunion. Woodhouse’s father, John F. Woodhouse ’53, served as a Wesleyan trustee for 16 years and chaired the Wesleyan Campaign from 1997 to 2005. He received an Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1993 during his 40th Reunion and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wesleyan in 1997.

“I’m still learning what my father did for the university. I understand there is a bell in [the] South College [belfry] with his name on it, and I’m going to see it [Friday],” Woodhouse said.

Jonathan Robison ’64 of Pittsburgh, Pa. celebrated his 50th reunion. Robison majored in the College of Qualitative Studies.

“A lot has changed, but a lot hasn’t. It’s still a beautiful campus,” he said.

Jonathan Robison '64 of Pittsburgh, Pa. is celebrating his 50th reunion this weekend.

Jonathan Robison ’64 of Pittsburgh, Pa. celebrated his 50th reunion. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

While at Wesleyan, Robison was a member of the John Wesley Club, an alternative to fraternities. The Club formerly occupied the current Center for African American Studies building on High Street.

“Back then, we were an all-male school and two-thirds of all the students were in a fraternity. The fraternities were very selective and most got in their freshman or sophomore year. Those of us in the John Wesley Club joined as juniors and seniors and we were open to anyone,” Robison recalled. “We were different.”

 

 

Watch a highlight video of Reunion & Commencement Weekend:

YouTube Preview Image

 

View more photos of alumni reunions below or in the complete Wesleyan Reunion & Commencement 2014 photo gallery.

eve_ruc_2014-0524121536

Alumni reunite during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

Members of the 25th Reunion Class of 1989 gathered on May 23 for a reception at WesWings, hosted by Ed Thorndike '89. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Members of the 25th Reunion Class of 1989 gathered on May 23 for a reception at WesWings, hosted by Ed Thorndike ’89. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

Marty Becker '64 of New York, N.Y. is celebrating his 50th Wesleyan reunion with his wife Shelley Kovar Becker.

Government major Marty Becker ’64 of New York, N.Y. is celebrating his 50th Wesleyan reunion with his wife Shelley Kovar Becker. The couple attended the Welcome Picnic May 23 behind Russell House. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

Ted Ridout '64, P '04 of Wayland, Mass. celebrated his 50th reunion.

Ted Ridout ’64, P ’04 of Wayland, Mass. celebrated his 50th reunion. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

Alan Brewster '64 and his wife Linda Brewster attended Alan's 50th reunion. The couple hails from Milford, Conn.

Alan Brewster ’64 and his wife Linda Brewster attended Alan’s 50th reunion. The couple hails from Milford, Conn. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

Members of the Class of 2004 gathered for a reception and dinner in Usdan University Center's Mink Dining Hall on May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

Members of the Class of 2004 gathered for a reception and dinner in Usdan University Center’s Mink Dining Hall on May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

Members of the Class of 1974 gathered for a reception and dinner at the Daniel Family Commons in Usdan University Center on May 24.  (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

Members of the Class of 1974 gathered for a reception and dinner at the Daniel Family Commons on May 24. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri)

eve_ruc_2014-0523120052

Thomas Howard ’64 also attended his 50th reunion. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

Olivia Drake

Olivia (M.A.L.S. '08) is editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter and campus photographer. I have two dogs, five chickens and 30 house plants. I like snow, photographing firemen and enjoying "stinky" cheeses. Send me your story ideas to newsletter@wesleyan.edu. 

Tags: