WHY WAS REUNION WEEKEND 2020 CANCELLED ON MAY 1-3, 2020?
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started directly affecting our country, the Yale SOM Office of Development and Alumni Relations worked with campus leadership, while following federal and local guidance, to determine the best course of action for our Reunion Weekend celebrations. Given restrictions set forth by public health officials about large in-person gatherings, we had no choice but to cancel Reunion Weekend 2020. It was our initial hope that we could hold an in-person gathering in fall 2020, but it soon became clear that would not be possible.
WHAT WILL THE FORMAT BE LIKE FOR VIRTUAL REUNION 2021 ON APRIL 29-MAY 1, 2021?
All events for Virtual Reunion 2021 will be virtual and will include sessions focused on faculty research, class networking, careers information, and some things just for fun! We don’t want you to sit in front of your computer all day, so sessions will be available at various times over the three-day virtual reunion.
WILL THERE BE IN-PERSON EVENTS PLANNED FOR MY CLASS AT A LATER DATE?
Currently, we are unable to make plans to host in-person reunion events. We recognize that the Yale SOM community is one that spans the globe and that not all locations have been similarly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but with an uncertain path to recovery ahead, and without clearance from Yale University, state, and local health officials, Yale SOM Alumni Relations will continue to halt all plans for in-person events, on or off campus, until further notice. When we receive such clearance, we will consider organizing in-person class events at a later date that would be in addition to (not in place of) the virtual reunion programming in spring 2021.
WHY CAN’T MY IN-PERSON REUNION JUST BE POSTPONED?
While postponing the event would be ideal, logistically it would be unrealistic from budget, building capacity, and staffing standpoints. In a typical year Yale SOM welcomes over 1,000 alumni and guests during Reunion Weekend. The 2020 reunion event for 0’s and 5’s was cancelled outright and we want to avoid having to cancel an event for 1’s and 6’s in 2021 should public health conditions and guidelines continue to wax and wane. A virtual reunion program in the spring will ensure alumni can celebrate their reunion milestones without further delay and creates an opportunity for classmates who might not otherwise be able to attend in person to participate virtually.
WHEN WILL REGISTRATION FOR VIRTUAL REUNION 2021 OPEN?
Registration will open in January 2021. You will be contacted via email once registration is open.
WILL THERE BE A COST FOR VIRTUAL REUNION 2021?
No. All programming will be free for alumni from reunion classes ending in 0s, 5s, 1s, 6s, and the class of 2019.
IS MY CLASS STILL FUNDRAISING IN HONOR OF OUR REUNION? HOW DO I MAKE A GIFT OR DOCUMENT A GIFT INTENTION?
Yes, classes are still fundraising for their reunion gift. For more information about gifts, gifts intentions, and reunion giving, please visit this page.