The Class of 2002 made a memorable march down Elm Drive during its 15th reunion in 2017.
Frank Wojciechowski
Curious about what the major-reunion classes have planned? PAW has the highlights.

Class of 1962

Semper Super

Thursday begins with the option to take tours of Washington Crossing State Park, available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Friday, there will be a panel of federal judges, all Class of ’62 alumni, as well as an open Zoom for alums around the country who could not make it to Princeton for the in-person celebration. Saturday features an 11 a.m. memorial service in the University Chapel to remember classmates who have recently passed away, and Saturday ends with a class dinner, featuring awards and the election of new class officers. Sunday concludes with a boathouse brunch.

A special shoutout should be given to ’62 classmates Al Muller and Al Barr, who are returning for their 60th consecutive Reunions, including having come back to campus in 2020 and 2021 despite the full pomp and circumstance being shut down due to COVID. However, COVID was not even the greatest impediment to this iron-man streak: Muller flew in from Vietnam for a brief appearance at his fifth reunion before returning directly to Asia to resume his service.


Class of 1967

Clear the Track! ’67’s Back!

All aboard for the Class of 1967’s Reunions weekend celebration! Friday’s festivities include a presentation titled “Tales of P-Rades Past: Marching to Prospect Street 1897-1992,” open to all Reunions attendees. Tom Tulenko ’67 will share an array of P-rade history and trivia, including popular costumes over the years (sailors and pirates are high on the list).

The class reception and dinner will be held Friday night, in which three honorary classmates will be introduced to the class: Andrea Goldsmith, the engineering dean; James Steward, director of the Art Museum; and John Mack ’00, the director of athletics. President Eisgruber ’83 (another honorary ’67 classmate) will welcome the class back to campus. Friday night concludes with a performance from Dueling Pianos, as well as an appearance from Princeton a cappella group Roaring 20 in 1879 Arch. There will also be a memorial service Friday at 1 p.m., led by Rev. Frank Strasburger in the Princeton Chapel.

Saturday features two class-only seminars: one titled “Living a Full Life” with Dr. Colin Weber ’67, Dr. Ron Innerfield ’67, and behavior health expert Don Parker, and the other “Bringing the Class Together” with Dave Martin ’67 and Dick Fiss ’67, covering connection in the digital age. Saturday night features music from DJ James Pierson, bringing the train into the station to conclude a packed Reunions weekend.


Class of 1972

1972’s 50th

The Class of 1972’s celebration commences at noon on Thursday in Blair Courtyard, followed by a meeting with the Class of 2022 that afternoon. From 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a bourbon, vodka, gin, and hard cider tasting at the class’ Blair site, courtesy of 1911 Established Distillery and Skiff Orchard, a distillery/orchard run by the daughter of a ’72 alumnus. There will be a Thursday buffet dinner at the class site, and a Princeton jazz performance from 8:30 to 11 p.m. On both Thursday and Friday, Glenn “Merc” Morris ’72 will lead his tree tour throughout campus, discussing Princeton horticulture and tree types.

Friday features three ’72 classmates on panels (Judge Andrew Napolitano, Chris Janney, and Jim Marshall), a talk from 10 a.m. to noon by Princeton professor Sean Wilentz on the state of liberal arts education, and Tom Woodward and Max McLean giving a talk on C.S. Lewis from 2 to 3 p.m. in Frist Theatre. There will be a memorial service and official class meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Alexander Hall, followed by a class dinner at the site on Alexander Beach, featuring New Jersey’s own Mighty Spectrum Band, playing Springsteen covers and other Jersey classics. Saturday festivities include a women’s brunch from 10:30 a.m. to noon outside Blair Hall, a pre P-rade class lunch, and a Saturday night performance from another local Jersey band, the Soul Cruisers. Sunday concludes the weekend with a brunch from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Madison Hall.


Class of 1977

Born to Reune

Thursday night kicks off with an art show and wine tasting in Mathey Common Room, with 20 pieces of art created by members of the Class of ’77, along with a sampling of West Coast wines. Adjacent to this, there will be musical performances by classmates’ singing groups and other class alumni in Holder Courtyard.

Friday morning there will be a doctors’ roundtable, and following the class dinner of Friday evening, the Sensational Soul Cruisers will perform. There will be a memorial service in the University Chapel on Saturday morning, followed by lunch and the P-rade, before concluding with a Saturday evening dinner and a performance by the Donner Groove Band.


Class of 1982

Epic Belonging

Friday begins with an open presentation at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute by David Spergel ’82 on “What Is the Shape of the Universe?” His talk introduces to the basic ideas in cosmology, its current state, and new ideas in trying to understand the universe. Other events on Friday include the ’82 memorial service and a class dinner, where new officers and honorary classmates will be announced and the recipient of the Fred Woodbridge Award will be honored. Saturday highlights include the Community Service World Café, led by members of the class’ Community Service Projects Team and current students.

The 40th reunion’s musical acts include a cappella from the Tigertones and Old NasSoul on Thursday; Madam Radar Band, from Austin, Texas, on Friday; and the Brooklyn United Marching Band and the JukeBoxx Band, from Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Sunday concludes with a class brunch at First College’s Wilcox Hall featuring “First on Film,” a student-curated photo exhibit reflecting on the long journey of racial integration and inclusion at Princeton.


Class of 1987

’87 in the Groove

Join the Class of 1987 as they attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest hustle dance ever recorded on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Sherrerd Field (Class of 1952 Stadium)! No prior Hustle experience is required, as the event features instruction and a performance from the Radio City Rockettes.

Other Friday activities include morning yoga led by alumna Amy Trecikas ’87, a class dinner at the class site between Spelman and New South, and performances from guitarist Katty Mayorga, Park Central, and more from the Radio City Rockettes. Outside of the celebration, the Class of 1987 encourages support of Project Linus, their community service project, making no-sew blankets to donate to children in need.


Class of 1992

Reunited

Thursday night kicks off with performances from ’92 alumni FoPo DJs and DJ Jackrabbit, followed by West Coast DJ Jena Red, part of a jam-packed musical docket for the Class of ’92’s Reunions celebration. Friday continues with a class dinner that evening, followed by a performance from the 20-piece Right On Band, playing deep into Saturday morning. Saturday also features a lunch complete with glitter, tiger tails, mimosas, and another DJ set — a celebration of all things orange and black. The Class of ’92 will be joined by not one but two marching bands in the P-rade.

Saturday night concludes with another round of sets from FoPo DJs, DJ Jackrabbit, and Jena Red. There will be performances by classmates, Princeton student signing groups, and more, scattered throughout the weekend as well.


Class of 1997

Prime Time ’97

Thursday night opens with a karaoke event featuring a performance of “Mirror Ball Karaoke,” followed by rock band Gypsy Wisdom, and nightcapped by DJ FoPo into the early hours of the morning. Friday features a late-afternoon trivia competition, a 25th cocktail reception, and the class dinner.

Friday night features Café Wha, a cover band that plays music stretching across Motown, soul, rock, pop, hip-hop, and funk, rocking the main stage following the class dinner. For kids, there will be laser tag and an obstacle course on Poe Field on Friday, and more activities to come on Saturday. The Saturday schedule features a midday memorial service, prior to the P-rade, and at night, a performance by the band Hello Brooklyn.


Class of 2002

’02 Tickets to Paradise

Transport yourself to island time for the Class of 2002’s tropical-themed reunion celebration. Friday’s events include a class dinner, complete with specialty tropical-themed cocktail selection, and a performance that night from ’80s/’90s cover band The Nerds.

For Saturday, the tropical theme rolls on with Hawaiian shirts and leis for the P-rade, hula hoop performances and classes for kids, and a performance that night from Franklin and Alison Music.


Class of 2007

Sailing the ’07 Seas

Raise the mast and get ready for Class of 2007’s sailing-themed 15th reunion, located in First (formerly Wilson) Courtyard. Kicking off with a Thursday performance from DJ Bob, Friday features a class site lunch, a pre-dinner beer and cider tasting featuring Alesong Brewing and Blending and Potter’s Craft Cider, and dinner on site, as well as a performance by Hudson Horns on Friday night.

Saturday continues with a barbecue with a steel-drum band, another class site dinner, and DJ OP that night. For kids, there will be a bouncy house all three days, as well as face painting and a coloring book event Saturday morning. Finally, beyond the celebration itself, the Class of 2007 encourages support for the class community service project, raising money for STEM to Stern to provide opportunities for kids in Trenton to learn to both swim and row, as well as engage in STEM programs; more info can be found at stemtosternrowing.org.


Class of 2012

Hang Ten

Class of 2012’s reunion celebration features outstanding musical guests on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Thursday features Local Dialect, a DJ group made up of Princeton grads that has opened some of the biggest names in electronic music, such as Deadmau5, Nora en Pure, and Gorgon City, playing their signature progressive house blend. Friday opens with a set from ’12 alumnus Jackson Greenberg, followed by Rubix Cube, an ’80s cover band that has become a Princeton Reunions staple. Finally, Saturday is headlined by Fleetmac Wood.

Outside of the weekend itself, the Class of 2012 encourages alumni to donate to help raise funds for Razor Sharp, a Trenton barber shop that has been an integral part of past Community Action activities. From the Class of 2012: “Every year, Razor Sharp hosts a Labor Day back-to-school block party and gives out free haircuts and school supplies ... . Our fundraiser will support the purchase of 100-150 backpacks full of school supplies. You can read more about Razor Sharp and Princeton’s connection to them at our GoFundMe.” 


Class of 2017

Dancing Queen Only ’17

Class of 2017 features a number of different musical acts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Thursday night begins with Faces for Radio (performing from 9:45 to 11:45 p.m.), a high-energy pop rock cover band that has performed all across the New York/New Jersey area, as well as a set from current Princeton senior DJ Kevin Yang (11:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m.).

Friday night continues with Dancing Dream, an ABBA cover band (performing from 9:30 to 11 p.m.), following DJ Scags; Princeton student Connor Scaglione ’23 (11 p.m. to midnight); and Class of 2017 alumnus DJ Relley Rozay (midnight to 2 a.m.), offering a wide variety of songs from the ’70s to the present day.

Finally, Saturday concludes with another set from DJ Scags (9:30 to 11 p.m.), and then a performance from Wingtip (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.), otherwise known as Nick Perloff-Giles, a producer whose disco-themed projects have been smashing success over the past few years.


Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni

Reunions: The Perfect Multi-Party System

It takes a big tent to hold the APGA’s diverse community of architects, humanists, engineers, scientists, and social scientists, headquartered at Cuyler Courtyard. This year’s events include a pair of co-sponsored gatherings: the APGA and BTGALA Drag Show on Thursday night; and La Gran Fiesta on Friday night, with the University’s Latino, Black, and Asian American alumni groups, ALPA, ABPA, and A4P.

Graduate alumni also are well represented in the Alumni-Faculty Forums, on topics that include climate change and energy solutions, civil rights, democracy in America, U.S.-China diplomacy, and the future of work.