25th Reunion Schedule

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Wed May 28

1:00 pm – midnight         Reunion Headquarters opens @ Phillips Brooks House (PBH) 

2:00 – 4:00 pm                 Class of 2014 Class Day Exercises @ Tercentenary Theatre

Senior Class Day is a student-focused, somewhat informal celebration. In addition to a featured speaker selected by the 2014 Class Committee, the Exercises include presentations of the Ames Awards and the Harvard and Ivy Orations.

2:00 pm                                Walking Tour: What’s New at Harvard  - Depart from PBH (Family friendly)

3:00 pm                                 Walking Tour: What’s New at Harvard  - Depart from PBH (Family friendly)

5:00 – 7:00 pm                 Children’s Pizza Party  @ Old Yard

6:00 – 10:00 pm              Children’s Program Kickoff  @ Respective Children’s Group Headquarters

                 Children’s Program Liaisons:  Sarah Yeates Arnold, Penny Rossano, & Adam Schwartz

7:00–11:00 pm                 Welcome Back: The Harvard 25th Reunion Speakeasy/Garden Party @ Class of ’89 HQ: between Holden Chapel and PBH

Ease into the 25th Reunion with style and grace. We are holding a casual yet festive event in a cozy corner of Harvard Yard. Come unwind after your travels, and enjoy either the relaxing, speakeasy vibe inside Phillips Brooks House or mingle outside in the balmy evening air in a garden party setting under the tent with some bubbly. Enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and music spanning modern jazz to old favorites from back in the day.  The party will be in the space between Phillips Brooks House and the Holden Chapel, a lovely calm eddy, which also is the epicenter of our reunion activities, including registration. Hosted by Carter Vincent and Katrina Yolen

8:00–9:30 pm                   Student Concerts @ Tercentenary Theatre

Enjoy the music of the Harvard Band, Glee Club, and Radcliffe Choral Society. Concerts are free and open to the public. Many alumni/ae enjoy these presentations, given every year on the eve of Commencement.

Thurs May 29

6:30–9:30 am                    Family Breakfast @ Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall (Family friendly)

7:00 am–midnight          Registration @ Phillips Brooks House (PBH)

8:15 – 8:30 am                       Procession forms  @ Adjacent to Harvard Hall

8:30–11:30 am                   363rd Commencement: The Morning Exercises @ Tercentenary Theatre

The Morning Exercises consist of orations, anthems, and the conferring of degrees on all the graduates. Diplomas are received at ceremonies at the Houses and at individual graduate and professional schools. Seating for the  Morning Exercises is limited. Tickets are required for entrance to Harvard Yard and are limited to one per alumnus/a. You may pick up your ticket from Headquarters in Phillips Brooks House at any time on Wednesday or Thursday. Guests may view a simulcast of the program in the Science Center.

11:30 am–1:15 pm          Twenty-fifth Reunion Commencement Luncheon @  Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall (Children eat with the their respective camp program)

1:20 pm                               Bagpipe Parade to Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association - Begins outside Memorial Hall

2:15–4:00 pm                  Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association: The Afternoon Program @ Tercentenary Theatre

The program will include welcoming remarks and recognitions by Kate Gellert 92,  president of the Harvard Alumni Association; an announcement of Overseer and HAA Director elections; the presentation of the Harvard Medals; remarks by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust; and an address by the Commencement speaker Michael Bloomberg.

6:30pm –9:00 pm               Class of 1989 Dinner: Taste of New England @ Annenberg Hall 

Join us for a modern take on an old New England tradition— a clambake! Our interpretation will add vegetarian and non-seafood delectables to the traditional corn on the cob, lobster, and clams. We’ll do the work so you can enjoy the local flavors in style. No plastic bibs required. Hosted by Lisa Lavoie and Penny Rossano.

(Adults eat with classmates in Annenberg; kids eat with the camp program in the  large tent across from the Science Center. A photo booth will be setup between the tent and Annenberg for family/friend photos during dinner)

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm                 Haunted Harvard Tour (Advanced signup required) (Family friendly)

9:00 pm–10:30 pm                   Class of 1989 Film and Television Festival @ Science Center (Family friendly)

What connects you to The West Wing, Pedro Almodóvar, and Nanking?  Your ’89 classmates, of course!  It seems we’ve graduated from Expos and the QRR to Oscars and Emmys— in this special 89-minute event, we’ll look back at how our Class has done its part to entertain and enlighten over the past 25 years.  Popcorn provided. Hosted by Robert Carney and Heidi Sullivan.


10:00 pm–midnight                 Afterparty @ Class of 1989 Reunion Headquarters and PBH

Fri May 30

RADCLIFFE DAY ACTIVITIES: Planned by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, additional details at  www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/radcliffe-day. Pre-registration required.

6:30–9:30 am                Family Breakfast @ Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall (Family friendly)

8:00 am–midnight        Registration @ Phillips Brooks House

8:00 am – 9:00 am          Yoga @ Karma Studios (Advanced signup required) 1120 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (617) 547-9642

9:00–10:30 am                Classmate Panels and Discussion Groups @ Science Center

10:45 – 12:15 pm              Classmate Panels and Discussion Groups @ Science Center

12:30–2:00 pm                Class of 1989 Picnic Luncheon organized by Freshman Dorm Entry @ The Tent on the Plaza, Myer Gate (adjacent to the Science Center)

Picnic under the tent with your classmates with whom you spent that first year at Harvard almost 29 years ago! Catch up with old friends and share freshman year memories. Hosted by Christine Berkenstock Yardley and Lily Shang Yu

12:30 pm                            Radcliffe Day Activities @ Radcliffe Yard Tent   www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/radcliffe-day

1:45–2:30 pm                  Class of 1989 Survey Results @ Sanders Theatre

Curious about how the Class of ’89 lives life but are too lazy to read the Red Book? Join us for an entertaining look at our class survey. Data has been massaged to make us all look ridiculous.  Organized by Beth Gamulka, David Goldberg, and David Eun

2:30–4:30 pm                  Session with Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History, and Michael D. Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Discussion Groups led by current Harvard Faculty, Sanders Theatre

5:00 – 5:30 PM                 Class photo – Widener Library Steps

3:00-4:30 pm                  Harvard Museum of Natural History Tour (Advanced signup required)

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm        Then and Now Tour – changes from 1989-present (Advanced signup required) 

6-7:30pm                            Reunion Choir REHEARSAL @ Holden Chapel – please arrive 10 minutes early

7 pm – 7:30 pm                Pre-party Gathering for Solo ‘89ers at Northwest Labs, 52 Oxford Street

Whatever your status (single, divorced, married), if you are attending reunion solo, join many other classmates who are doing the same. This will be a great opportunity to have some fun with a “classmates only” group. Solos will get the party started!

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm          Friday Evening: Anything Goes @ Northwest Labs, 52 Oxford Street (Adults only)

Catch up with classmates in the Northwest Lab’s own reinterpretation of the Carlyle Hotel’s renowned Bemelmans Bar. Be surrounded by the amber light of Parisian illustrations and Cole Porter-inspired music while enjoying good food, wine, and cheer. An upper-level salon will showcase a range of works in all media by members of the Class of 1989. Grab a candlelit corner table for intimate conversation or a glass of champagne to stroll through the gallery, “Nobody will oppose, anything goes.”

Visual artists, performance artists, writers, architects and all others are encouraged to share their work the class.  Please submit any work to h89artshowcase@gmail.com

Hosted by Louis Caldarella, Amanda Smith and Amanda S. Brainerd

8 pm                                        Hillel Reunion Shabbat Dinner – more info/RSVP here

8 pm                                           Shabbat Dinner at Harvard Chabad! – more info/RSVP here

11 pm –1:00 am                     Night Café @ Holden Chapel  

Come share your talents and cheer own your classmates. Sing, dance, tell a joke and enjoy a fun, casual atmosphere. And yes, drinks will be served. Questions? contact: gary@garynegbaur.com Hosted by Melanie Deas and Gary Negbaur

Sat May 31

6:30–9:30 am             Family Breakfast @  Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall (Family friendly)

8:00 am–midnight  Registration @ Phillips Brooks House

8:45–9:45 am          Class Memorial Service @ Memorial Church

Organized by Robert Brooker; Service by Mark Caggiano and Martha Moore-Keish.  Interested in being part of the choir? Click here

10:00–11:30                  Classmate Panelsmini TED-like Talks and Discussion Groups @ Science Center

11:45 – 2:00 pm             Class of 1989 House Luncheon – Dine in your former House

Shuttle service will be available to the Radcliffe Quad Houses and far river houses (Dunster, Mather and Leverett) on a continuous loop basis from noon – 2pm.

Return to your old stomping grounds. Walk the halls and common rooms where you slept and ate for three years.  Hang with your old housemates in a quieter, smaller setting while having lunch in your old dining hall*. Chaired by John Schiavone and Jeewon Park and House Lunch Co-Chairs.

* Click here for details for Dunster and Leverett House – accommodations due to House Renewal Project

2:15–3:45 pm             Classmate Panels and Discussion Groups @ Science Center 

4:00-5:15 pm             Classmate Panels and Discussion Groups @ Science Center 

5:45 pm                         Board buses for Class of 1989 Picnic at the Pops at Symphony Hall – depart Quincy Street near Lamont Library

NOTE: choir singers and a cappella singers depart at 5:30 PM – all others leave from 5:45 — 6:15 PM

6:15 pm                           Buses arrive at Symphony Hall

6:30-9:30 pm               Picnic at the Pops Concert and Dinner (Adults only)

Start the evening with an a cappella welcome, signature cocktails, and appetizers. Enjoy an elegant picnic dinner in the concert hall with a special program designed and conducted by classmate Alan Gilbert, the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. This festive program celebrates Harvard, the American songbook and the music of Leonard Bernstein. Classmate soloists include Allison Charney Epstein, Ben Loeb, and Anton Schwartz. Choir Master, Jeffrey Bernstein will lead classmates and members of the Harvard choral groups in the grand finale followed by a dessert reception. Hosted by Allison Charney Epstein, Claudia Lewis, and Edward Yim.

Note: Shuttle service will be available between Harvard Yard and Symphony Hall in Boston for the duration of Saturday night.    

10:00 -11:00 pm         Board buses to depart Symphony Hall

11:00–1:00 am            After-party at Class HQ and dancing in Holden Chapel

           Hosted by Melanie Deas and Gary Negbaur.

Sun June 1

6:30 am                                    Coffee

8:00 am – 9:00 am              Yoga @ Karma Studios (Advanced signup required) 1120 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (617) 547-9642

8:00–9:00 am                     Reunion Fun Run @  Widener Library Tercentary Steps (Family friendly)

The best way to connect with old and new friends is to sweat together.  Join us for the quarterennial Harvard ’89 Fun Run.  Burn off some calories, get your glow on, and put some points on your FitBit or Nike+.  Minimum recommended distance is 25 furlongs (5 kilometers)—one furlong for each year since graduation!  Fitness fanatics can run longer. We’ll have groups of all speeds and distances; significant-others and kids are welcome too!  Prizes, recognition and refreshments to be provided.  Organized by Maria Montes, Nancy Paynter, Kevin Volpp, Eric Davis.

8:00–11:30 am                         Farewell Brunch @ Annenberg Dining Hall (Family friendly)

9:00-10:30 a.m                        The “Classic” Hahvahd Tour (Advanced signup required) (Family friendly)

2:00 pm                                       Final checkout from dormitories; Headquarters closes

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