reunion co-chairs letter
Hello Fellow Class of 1983ers!
We are happy to announce that registration for our 35th Reunion on Memorial Day Weekend is now open! Whether this reunion will be your first, seventh or something in between, we look forward to seeing you May 23rd-27th for a memorable opportunity to “Connect, Contemplate and Commemorate” with 1983 classmates. Register now to join us!
The Reunion Committee is planning a full range of activities. The current schedule of events is posted on the Class Website and our Class Facebook Page. We encourage you to return often for the latest updates as we continue to refine the schedule details. If you don’t have time just now to scroll through the schedule, rest assured that it includes some traditional programming (e.g., a Memorial Service to honor and to remember classmates who have died, classmate panelist discussions, “Glimpses” and the Class Survey), a display of artistic talent widespread among our classmates (e.g., a selection of film clips from talented classmate filmmakers), meals and scheduled downtime for unstructured connections with classmates.
Costs for reunions have materially increased over the past five years and we have worked hard to keep the price as low as possible through a combination of cost-trimming and a significant subsidy from our class treasury. There are two important items that we wish to call to your attention regarding costs:
- Unlike previous reunions, there will not be favors/”swag bag” included in the registration price. These favors increase the per person cost and our exit polls from prior reunions show a variable range of satisfaction with favors chosen by the Committee. Therefore, for the first time, classmates are free to select their own favors/swag, at additional cost. The menu of choices here reflect a variety of price points and are customized for our class. In addition, the Patagonia and hat offerings can be customized with your House logo. If you plan to attend reunion, any items you purchase can be picked up at reunion check-in (select “Group Distribution” as your shipping option). For those who cannot attend reunion, you may still purchase items and have them shipped directly to your home at an additional cost.
- Despite our best efforts, we realize that the reunion cost, coupled with travel and housing expenses, may prevent some classmates from affording reunion. Please be aware that we have some financial aid available and are also working on donated local housing and frequent flyer miles, to help defray costs and to encourage as many classmates as possible to attend reunion. Please contact Marianne or Chris (our email addresses are below) for a confidential conversation about these options before making the decision not to attend for financial reasons. We want to see you in Cambridge in May!
Over the past six months, we've heard from a number of classmates with questions about Reunion logistics. Thinking that many may have same questions, here are a few FAQs and responses:
Housing? For those who wish to stay on campus, we will be staying in one (or more) of the River Houses. We cannot choose our House and we do not yet know our House assignment, but will post that information to the Class Website and to our Class Facebook Page as soon as it becomes available. As those who stayed in the Yard dorms during our 25th reunion will remember, Harvard dorms can be a fun trip down memory lane but the Houses, like the Yard dorms, are simple, no-frills, with some shared bathrooms and no A/C. Still, it is a beautiful and historic setting right in the heart of it all, and is likely to be less costly than staying in a hotel. Campus housing will be $95 per person, per night, or $75 flat for children. Due to limited availability, housing requests will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. All housing requests must be made by Friday, April 28.
For those who prefer to stay in a hotel, rooms in Cambridge on Memorial Day/Commencement/Reunion weekend are scarce and expensive. HAA has held some blocks of rooms at "discounted" rates (still costly but less than otherwise). This information is contained on the last page of the current reunion schedule linked to our Class Website as a PDF document. These blocks are open to other reunion classes as well so we recommend booking as soon as possible to secure a room and these rates.
What about children? Unlike the 25th, children traditionally have not been a big part of the 35th reunion. There is not a Field Day or other formal/scheduled events for families with children. In response to expressed interest from some classmates, we will designate a time on Saturday for families with children to connect with each other informally at Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall, dubbed “Hub ’83”, reserved exclusively for our class to meet up informally throughout the weekend. We hope that this will allow classmates who wish to introduce their families to other classmates to easily do so. Please note that:
- classmates who opt to bring children ages 3-17 may also enroll them, at additional cost, in the organized children’s programming offered to 25th reunion attendees. Click here for further information on reunion childcare and children’s programming. In order to participate in the Children's Program, your child must be registered by May 5th at 5PM. Registration info will be available soon. Walk-ins will not be accepted under any circumstances; and
- children who are teens and young adults are welcome to attend 35th reunion events as paid guests and should be registered as such when you complete your registration form.
How can I find out who else is coming? To check who's planning to be there, for now we encourage you to join the Class Facebook Page and to connect with classmates before the Reunion. Once you arrive in Cambridge and check in for reunion, you can also access a list of cell phone numbers for all attending classmates so finding pals will be easy. In any case, please do not shy away from attending reunion because you don’t have a partner or can’t bring him/her/them. We know from HAA’s data that for a variety of reasons, more than half of 35th reunion attendees will attend alone! You will be in good and plentiful company and Hub ’83 (Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall, reserved exclusively for our class to meet up informally throughout the weekend) will make it particularly easy to meet up with other solo attendees.
Class Survey? Please be on the lookout for a separate email coming very soon with the link to the class survey. This year, classmates Marie Cloutier and Jang-Ho Cha have bravely taken on the task of creating the survey, analyzing the results, and presenting on Saturday afternoon as the final presentation of the day. Even if you are not able to come to Cambridge, we encourage you to complete the survey as you will still be able to participate in real time: we are working to live stream the survey presentation on Facebook! In addition, we plan to expand the inclusion of real time questions, and remote classmates will be able to participate in these on their smartphones. Stay tuned for details!
So how do I sign up? Register now. You can either register for the entire Reunion package or for one or more individual events on an a la carte basis. To encourage classmates to register early for planning purposes, we are offering "Early Bird" rates for those who register prior to April 28.
Please note: you will need your Harvard Key to register for the Reunion. If you've not yet claimed your Harvard Key click here. For simplified instructions, please visit our class webpage Class Website.
Any other questions? Please contact Harvard Alumni Association.
We look forward to seeing you all in Cambridge in a couple of short months!
35th Reunion Committee Co-Chairs
Photos from first informal reunion committee meeting at Marianne's house:
ps. Please bookmark this website so you won’t have to remember its address ( https://1983.classes.harvard.edu/ ) .