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  Ready to challenge your
  mind and expand your
  horizons? WESeminars
  offered throughout the
  weekend feature
  prominent alumni and
  parents, as well as some
  of Wesleyan’s finest
  students and faculty
»Learn more now!


  1953 | 1958 | 1963 | 1968
  1973 | 1978 | 1983 | 1988
  1993 | 1998



7 a.m.
Crew Reception and Alumni Row

7:30–10 a.m.
Breakfast Available

No advance registration required. All are welcome, including members of the senior class, alumni, and their families.


8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Reunion & Commencement 2003 Registration

Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 330 High Street


8 a.m.
President’s Breakfast in Honor of the WESeniorsClasses of 1926 Through 1952

WESeniors including the Classes of 1938, 1943 and 1948 will have their separate Reunion photos, as well as a group photo, taken at this time.

(by invitation only)


8–10 a.m.
Annual Family Swim

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a morning swim in the Freeman Athletic Center Olympic-size pool. Towels and light refreshments will be provided.


8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Psi Upsilon Open House
Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street


8:30 a.m.
Cardinal Loop Fun Run
(2.1-, 3.2-, 4.3-mile courses)

Join classmates, friends, and family members for an exhilarating run through campus. All runners will receive a complimentary Wesleyan Fun Run T-shirt.


9 a.m.
Men's Rugby Alumni Gathering

Come join fellow ruggers, past, present and future for an informal gathering.  Some folks will get on the pitch for a fun game of touch, but all are welcome to come along to cheer on the willing and able, sing, critique, reminisce about how good we were in the old days, tend to the wounded, etc.


9 a.m.

WESeminar 21

The Greatest Operas Revisited


9 a.m.

WESeminar 22



9 a.m.

WESeminar 23

American Studies: It's All in the Mix


9–11 a.m.
Academic Department Open House

Film Studies Department


9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Senior Projects in Film Studies

View a series of eight 16mm films, eleven digital videos, and two examples of virtual filmmaking made by members of the graduating Class of 2003.


9:30 a.m.

WESeminar 24

Hidden Techies: Pushing the Envelope of Technology and Creativity


9:30 a.m.

WESeminar 25

Medical Milestones


9:30–11 a.m.
Reception for Senior Athletes, Former Athletes, and Families

Sponsored by the Athletic Department


10 a.m.
Mystical Seven Society Annual Meeting


10 a.m.

Skull And Serpent Society Annual Meeting


10-11 a.m.
Reunion Memorial Service

The names of those alumni who passed away during the last year will be read. Individuals may offer personal remembrances.


10-11 a.m.
Alumni of Color Network Meetings

Wesleyan Asian Pacific American Alumni Council Meeting (WAPAAC)

Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Meeting (WBAC)

Wesleyan Latino Alumni Council Meeting (WLAC)


10 a.m.

WESeminar 26

Diasporas, Transnationalism, and Globalization


10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Senior Class Diploma Pickup

Members of the Class of 2003 may obtain their diplomas during this time.


11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Special Collections & Archives Open House

Drop in at the University’s Special Collections & Archives to remember your student days—yearbooks, The Argus, Hermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials are all here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.


11:15 a.m.
Annual Parade of Classes

Wear your red and black and join friends, parents, families, and students for the parade. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the WESeniors will ride in the Middletown trolley and antique automobiles as they lead the parade down High Street and Wyllys Avenue. An old-time jazz band will also head the parade, playing a lively mix of Dixieland and New Orleans Street Music. After the parade ends on Wyllys Avenue, participants should proceed directly into Crowell Concert Hall for the Wesleyan Assembly.


Noon–1 p.m.
Wesleyan Annual Assembly Featuring Herb Kelleher '53

The entire Wesleyan community is invited to this exciting event featuring distinguished alumnus Herb Kelleher '53, Chairman of the Board for Southwest Airlines. Outstanding Service and Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented at this time.

Outstanding Service Award Recipient

Edgar T. See '38

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

William T. Pryce '53

Laman A. Gray Jr. '63

Richard E. Cavanagh '68

David J. Rhodes '68 

James M. Loy '70 MALS

Beverly Donofrio '78

Akiva J. Goldsman '83



Eclectic Society, Phi Nu Theta, Socratic Literary Society, and Eclectic Alumni Association Open House and Reception

Eclectic Society, 200 High Street


Noon-2 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

Asian Languages and Literatures

East Asian Studies Program


Noon–4 p.m.
Northern Light: Photographs by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson from St. Andrews University, Scotland

Working in partnership over a period of four years, the Scotsmen David Octavius Hill (1802–1870) and Robert Adamson (1821–1848) produced some of the most sophisticated and beautiful calotypes ever made. The exhibition will include 30 views of the town of St. Andrews as well as a variety of other portraits and views. The Davison Art Center is the sole U.S. venue for this show.

This exhibition is funded in part by the Edward W. Snowdon Fund.

Davison Art Center



6 p.m.

The German film 'Frau2 sucht HappyEnd' (2001) from director Edward Berger will
have two showings with subtitles by Vida Long '03.  The subtitling of
this film has been Vida's senior project for German Studies.  The film runs 96


Fisk 413



1–3:30 p.m.
All-College Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill

Gather under the tent on Andrus Field to enjoy the outdoor festivities and picnic with your classmates and their families. A lively festival of music plus entertainment, sports, games, and fun for all ages awaits you on the hill. This event is a great place to connect with friends and family members between WESeminars and other Reunion & Commencement Weekend programs. The picnic lunch is free for everyone; advance registration is not required.


Approximately 1:30 p.m.
West African Drumming and Dance—Participation Welcome!

Enjoy an invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring master drummer Abraham Adzenyah joined by students, alumni, and friends. After your picnic lunch, take off your shoes, join the dancers on Andrus Field, and move to the energizing beat.


1-3 p.m.

Wes Wings/Delta Tau Delta Reception

Wes Wings will host a reception for former employees and customers, along with members of Delta Tau Delta and their families and friends.

Wes Wings, 156 High Street


1-3 p.m.

Graduate Liberal Studies Program Luncheon 

The director and the associate dean of GLSP invite 2003 GLSP graduates, their family and friends, and faculty and staff to the GLSP Commencement Luncheon celebrating the program's 50th graduating class. GLSP 2003 graduates receive their diplomas and are honored by deans, faculty, and staff. Essay prize winners and faculty advisors will also be introduced and recognized. Advance tickets are required. A limited number of tickets may be available at the lunch.


1 p.m.-2 a.m. (Sunday)

Reunion Class Headquarters

WESeniors, Clark Hall Lounge

Classes of 1953-1998, Hewitt Lounge


1-2:30 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses


Women's Studies Program


1-3 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

Archaeology Program

Art and Art History

Classical Studies

College of Social Studies (seniors and parents only)


Medieval Studies Program




1-5 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

Romance Languages and Literatures

Russian Language and Literature


1:30 p.m.

WESeminar 27

Celebration of Wesleyan Writing

Works by Steve Almond '88 and Amanda Davis '93


1:30 p.m.

WESeminar 28

Back in the Day: Perspectives on the Black Community at Wesleyan


1:30 p.m.

WESeminar 29

Outside the Classroom


1:30 p.m.

WESeminar 30

What Did They Know? And When Did They Know It? Wesleyan Connections to the OSS and CIA


1:30 p.m.

WESeminar 31

The Gatekeepers: Perception and Reality Behind the Wesleyan Admission Process


1:30 p.m.

WESeminar 32

Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Dorothy's Guide to the Economy


1:30 p.m.

WESeminar 37

"Never Settle"


2 p.m.

Delta Kappa Epsilon Reunion

Delta Kappa Epsilon House, 276 High Street


2 p.m.

Eclectic Society Alumni Association Induction of New Members

Eclectic Society, 200 High Street


2-3:30 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses


Science in Society Program


2-4 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses



College of Letters

Earth and Environmental Sciences


German Studies



Mathematics and Computer Science

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Neuroscience and Behavior Program






2:30 p.m.

WESeminar 33

Climbing for Beginners


2:30-4 p.m.

Freeman Scholars Reception

(by invitation only)

Freeman Scholars and their families, friends, and alumni are invited to a reception honoring the Freeman Scholars of the Class of 2003.


3 p.m.

WESeminar 34

Telling a Tale Hollywood Style: A Good Script Defined


3 p.m.

WESeminar 35

Transportation Security in Post-9/11 America


3 p.m.

WESeminar 36

Retrospective of the Work of Robert Ludlum '51


3 p.m.

WESeminar 38

Wesleyan's Campus Master Plan


3-5 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

American Studies Program


College of Social Studies (for alumni only)

Latin American Studies


3:30–5 p.m.
Alumni of Color (AOC) Network Reception

Alumni, seniors, and parents are welcome to join the AOC Network for an afternoon reception. This is a great opportunity for alumni to reconnect with each other and for seniors and their parents to meet and network with alumni of color.


4 p.m.

WESeminar 39

Tom Chapin: Live in Concert


4 p.m.

WESeminar 40

Five Years Out


4 p.m.

WESeminar 41

U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century: Friend or Foe?


4 p.m.
Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration and Tour of the Freeman Family Japanese Garden

Presenter: Stephen A. Morrell, Landscape Designer

Center for East Asian Studies Gallery


4-5:30 p.m.

Academic Program Open House 

African American Studies Program


4–6 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

The 4 p.m. ceremony is followed by a 5 p.m. reception for inductees and their families.


4–6 p.m.
Wespan/Bigala Reception

Reception for Wesleyan Progressive Alumni/ae Network and Bi, Gay, and Lesbian alumni members. All alumni are welcome.

Wesleyan Student Assembly Office (WSA), 190 High Street


4:30 p.m.

WESeminar 42 

A Reading by Yusef Komunyakaa


5 p.m.

Catholic Mass


5 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions and Dinners

The Classes of 1938, 1943, 1948, and WESeniors (Classes of 1926–1952) gather for their Class Dinners and special programs.


5:30 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions and Dinners

The Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 1998 gather at separate locations for their Class Dinners and special programs.  The Classes of 1953 through 1978 will assemble promptly at 5:30 p.m. during their respective receptions for their class photographs.


5:30–9 p.m.
GLSP 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner
(Reception 5:30–6:30 P.M.)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University. The University will host a gala dinner to celebrate the rich history and strong future of the graduate liberal studies at Wesleyan. Join friends and colleagues from the GLSP community for the festivities during Reunion & Commencement weekend. All GLSP alumni, former and current faculty members, former and current students, staff, and their family members are invited. Advance tickets are required. Online registration is not available for this event. For more information, please consult www.wesleyan.edu/glsp, or call Kimberly Jeanfavre at 860/685-2900 or 860/685-3346.


9 p.m.
Traditional All-College Sing on the Steps of North College

Steve Roslonek '93, along with alumni and current Wesleyan Spirits, will lead this year's sing.


10 p.m.
All-College Dance Party

Pop culture through the ages.  DJs Smokey Fontaine '93 and Sean Sharp '92 spin requests from the WESeniors up through the Class of 2003.


Until 2:30 a.m.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service is available to area hotels and the residence halls.  Please call 860/685-2418 for more information.


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