Some 20,000 Princeton University alumni, family and
friends are expected on campus for Reunions 2012, which
features performances by student groups, bands,
alumni-faculty forums and the annual P-rade through
campus. Among the attendees is Class of 1992 graduate
Yuen Chau, his wife, Natasha, and children (from left to
right) Aidan, Emilie and Anna, who dressed up in honor of
the class' "Tiger Chef" theme.
Alumni attending Reunions often find unique ways to wear
orange and black from head to toe.
Alumni celebrate Reunions 2012
Posted June 1, 2012; 06:00 p.m.
by Emily Aronson
Some 20,000 Princeton University alumni, family and friends
began arriving on campus Thursday, May 31, to reconnect
with classmates, enjoy performances by student groups,
attend panel discussions and show off their most colorful
orange and black fashions during Reunions
Carola Ibanez, a member of the Class of 2002, traveled from
Spain with her husband, Sergio de la Calle, and young
daughter, Isabel, to attend the celebration.
"I was here for my 5th Reunion, now I'm back for my
10th and we plan to be here for the 15th," Ibanez said.
"This is my time to really cherish Princeton. Everything
I didn't have a chance to do while I was a student here,
I can do now."
Also among this year's attendees was Colleen Holmes, a
member of the Class of 1981, who said it was her first
visit to campus since graduating. Her reason for returning:
the inaugural reunion of the eXpressions Dance Company,
which she founded as an undergraduate. Holmes quickly fell
back into place as she joined current and former
eXpressions dancers at a workout session in the Wilson
College Dance Studio on Thursday.
By Friday afternoon, the University was abounding with alumni
laughing, snapping photos together and enjoying events across
campus. As part of its 25th Reunion, the Class of 1987
sponsored a large outdoor yoga class on Poe Field. People
young and old spread orange mats across the grass,
stretching, bending and twisting their bodies.
Earlier in the day, actress and author Brooke Shields, of
the Class of 1987, reflected on her undergraduate days
during the discussion "Tigers in the Arts," which
was one of the many alumni-faculty forums scheduled
throughout the weekend.
"I came in already being an artist, but I was never
able to fully own being an artist until I spent my four
years here as a French literature major," Shields
said, referring to her experience as a child actress before
This year's event marks the 100th anniversary of class
jackets, which are featured in an exhibit in the Frist Campus
Center. The traditional jackets, designed by seniors when
they graduate and worn by alumni during Reunions, began with
denim jackets sported by some seniors from the Class of 1912.
Other highlights of Reunions 2012, which runs through
Sunday, June 3, include: the annual P-rade throughout
campus beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday; department open houses
during the day Friday and Saturday; theatrical and musical
shows by the Princeton University Players, Theatre Intime,
Triangle Club and other student organizations throughout
the weekend; and evening receptions and student/alumni arch
sings Friday and Saturday.
The festivities will light up the sky on Saturday with the
annual fireworks scheduled for 9:15 p.m. on Finney and
Campbell fields. A lawn concert by the University Orchestra
will precede the display at 8 p.m. In the event of inclement
weather, Reunions attendees may call 609-258-8100 for a
All alumni and University representatives again will be
required to have wristbands for entry to all Reunions
headquarters sites for evening entertainment as well as
alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Wristbands are not
required for attending lectures or performances, watching
the P-rade, or attending the concert and fireworks, all of
which are open to alumni, friends and the campus community.
Faculty and staff members may register for a wristband for
themselves and one additional guest. The wristbands are not
transferable, and applicants and guests must be 21 or
older. The cost for a wristband is $40 per person. Online
registration for wristbands closed earlier this week,
though individuals may still register in person in the
Frist Campus Center, Room 309, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, with payment accepted in cash or check only. A
University ID, plus a valid driver's license with photo
or valid passport, is required for pickup.
Attendees can access event schedules and other key content
via the Reunions
Mobile website. For more information on Reunions
activities, visit the Reunions
2012 website, call 609-258-1900 or email