55th Reunion

May 29-31, 2024

 
The Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge is a sponsor of this reunion.

Our reunion is largely weather-proof since all meals and programs from Wednesday noon up to the memorial service on Thursday afternoon will be indoors at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, a short walk around Cambridge Common to Harvard Yard.

Here is the schedule of reunion events - check back for updates:

Wednesday, May 29
      • [10:00 am: choir rehearsal - Horner Ballroom in Agassiz House]
      • 12:00 noon: welcome luncheon - Sheraton Commander Hotel
      • 1:30 pm: Symposium: The State of the State - Sheraton Commander Hotel
      • [4:00 pm: Radcliffe '69 meeting - Horner Ballroom in Agassiz House]
      • 6:30 pm: reception and dinner - Sheraton Commander Hotel
Thursday, May 30
      • 9:00 am: Symposium: Challenges to Higher Education - Sheraton Commander Hotel
      • 10:35 am: Symposium: Scientific and Medical Breakthroughs - Sheraton Commander Hotel
      • 12:15 pm: luncheon - Sheraton Commander Hotel
      • 2:00 pm: Memorial Service - The Memorial Church, followed by class photo
      • 6:30 pm: dinner and entertainment - MAC (formerly IAB) Quad tent
Friday, May 31
      • 9:00 am: Symposium: Personal Challenges at Our Age - Yenching Auditorium (2 Divinity Avenue)
      • Harvard Alumni Day - Tercentenary Theater
      • Tree Spread luncheon - Harvard Yard location

 


 

Registration

Registration information will be sent by the Harvard Alumni Association in March 2024.

For online registration, you will need a HarvardKey user credential. Please check that you can login to the alumni portal with a HarvardKey! Go to key.harvard.edu to claim a new HarvardKey (you will need your 10-character HAA ID number at the bottom of any email from the university).

 


 
Accommodations

The Harvard Alumni Association has already assigned us, along with older reunions and the Crimson Society, to two Cambridge hotels.

There may still be rooms available at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, our reunion sponsor.

You may also find a good deal at hotels that are a short bus ride to campus, such as the nearby Porter Square Hotel and Hotel 1868. Since these are smaller hotels, we encourage you to make a reservation there as soon as possible.

 


 

Symposia

This reunion will be shorter than our previous reunions, according to the HAA’s new reunion schedule. We still want to have a full program, so some of our symposia will be presented as pre-reunion Zoom events and others will be in-person as usual during the reunion itself.

Joanie Rubin and Paul Guyer have announced the themes of four symposia that will occur in person during the reunion. The plan is for short introductory comments by several classmates to set the stage for participation by the rest of us.

  • The State of the State: Reflections on the American Polity (Wednesday after lunch)
  • Challenges to Higher Education Today and Tomorrow (Thursday morning)
  • Scientific and Medical Breakthroughs in Our Time and to Come (Thursday morning)
  • Personal Challenges at Our Age: Open Conversation (Friday morning)

Several distinguished scholars have been invited to speak and lead discussions during Zoom meetings leading up to the reunion.

  • Harvard Professor of Government Daniel Ziblatt, interviewed by Terry McNally on democracy and minority rule – January 25
  • Andrew Delbanco ’73, president of the Teagle Foundation, on the humanities and liberal arts education – February 15
  • Harvard Professor of American History Jill Lepore, on the future of democracy – March 7
  • Harvard Professor of Philosophy Alison Simmons, on ethics embedded in Computer Science classes – March 21
  • Thomas Dunne, Dean of Students in Harvard College – March 28
  • Harvard Professor of English Louis Menand, on race-conscious admissions – April 11

 


 

Supporting Classmates

The Reunion Committee has always believed that if a classmate can get to Cambridge, they should be able to attend the reunion. For our 50th Reunion, we proudly provided $15,403 to make attendance possible for classmates with limited resources. As you are able, we invite you to contribute to a fund to subsidize attendance at this reunion.

The Class of 1969 is a 501(c)(3) organization and can receive donations securely through PayPal by clicking here or by scanning this QR code.

 


 

Email Address

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