A Message from Alumni Relations

For the health and safety of our community, it will unfortunately not be possible to hold Reunion on campus in June 2021. This is not what we hoped for, and we share in your sadness and disappointment. While we were aiming to bring two sets of Reunion cohorts together on campus this June to celebrate, we instead are offering a full slate of programming online this May and June. Our staff and class volunteers for Reunion 20+21 classes (’0s, ’5s, ’1s, and ’6s) have planned many virtual celebrations and connection events. 

We know Carls are resilient and creative and will find meaningful ways to stay connected despite the challenges of our pandemic-induced physical separation.  We look forward to presenting the inspired ideas of your class volunteer leaders and to reconnecting in these virtual spaces. 


Michael Thompson ’96
Director of Alumni Relations

FAQ regarding Reunion 20+21

How did you make the decision to have a virtual Reunion?

Planning a Carleton Reunion is a year-long, campus-wide endeavor that requires thoughtful coordination and collaboration among many departments and offices across the college as well as community vendors and alumni volunteers. Our goal is to provide an engaging, memorable, and safe experience for our alumni during Reunion. We determined we could not guarantee the that it is safe to gather in large numbers. In addition, because Carleton has reduced capacity in classrooms, meeting spaces, and residence halls for student and faculty safety this year, there are significant logistical challenges to resetting the campus, challenges that cannot be met in the short time between the conclusion of the academic year and Reunion. These factors and more led us to the decision that an on-campus Reunion will not be feasible.

Could we hold Reunion at some other point, like the late summer?

A successful and safe Reunion requires significant coordination with every element of the campus community, including housing and student support.  In addition to the profound uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic, the many construction projects already planned throughout the summer and the absence of students from campus, necessary to help staff Reunion, preclude the possibility of holding a full Reunion at another time this year.

When is the schedule of events going to be available?

The Reunion 20+21 Schedule of Events is currently live.

What is my class up to?

Please view your class specific events on your class Reunion webpage. For 50th and 25th Reunion alumni, more information about celebrating these milestones is posted on your class site.

Who is planning the virtual Reunion?

Just like an on-campus Reunion, our virtual all-class events (Alumni College programs, awards recognition, etc.) are planned by the Alumni Relations Office, while class-specific events are planned by individual Reunion class committees. To learn more about your class Reunion committee and get involved, please visit your class page.

Is there a cost for Reunion events?

There is no charge to participate in the virtual Reunion 20+21 programming.

Can I attend events if I am not in a Reunion year?

Absolutely! Alumni who are not part of an official Reunion class are welcome to register and attend. Some events may be open only to members of a certain class.

Will the online events be recorded?

Many but not all events will be recorded, and we look forward to sharing those recordings soon afterwards.

Will we celebrate recipients of Alumni Association Awards and inductees into the ‘C’ Club Hall of Fame?

Yes, we look forward to honoring Alumni Association Award recipients and ‘C’ Club Hall of Fame inductees during Reunion.

What will happen to the Reunion class fundraising effort?

Reunion class gifts are important to Carleton, and especially so right now. Class volunteers will continue their efforts to encourage classmates to give to the Alumni Annual Fund (and for 50th Reunion alumni, to the Class of 1971 Fund) through June 30.

Now more than ever, the nimbleness and flexibility the Alumni Annual Fund provides allows the College to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. Carleton is privileged to have a storied Reunion giving program and will continue to benefit from the support of Reunion classes in 2021.

When can we come back to campus?

As much as we would like to welcome you, please do not come to campus at this time. Detailed information is available in our Fall 2020 Visitor Guidance document. Most events with outside speakers will be held remotely and accessible to the public, including our weekly Friday convocations.

We encourage all alumni and friends to follow the guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), which recommend distancing and social isolation as the only known way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you not put essential Carleton community members at risk by visiting campus.

Does this mean that Commencement is canceled as well? 

The decision to hold Reunion 20+21 virtually is separate from the decisions surrounding Commencement.

What does this mean for Reunion 2022?

We look forward to welcoming our ‘2s and ‘7s classes back to campus in 2022.

Where can I find more information about Carleton’s response to COVID-19?

The latest updates, announcements, statements, FAQs and more can be found on the College’s COVID-19 response web site.