Grinnell Welcomes Alumni

Tuesday, May. 27, 2014 11:26 am

More than 1,400 Grinnell College alumni, friends, and family will return to campus for the College’s 135th Alumni Reunion Weekend. Alums from as far as India, Thailand, and New Zealand will return to Grinnell from May 28 to June 1.

Reunion is one of the College’s biggest social events. It combines parties, dances, dinners, and Ultimate Frisbee. Other weekend highlights include an all-Reunion picnic, a 5K fun run, class dinners, tours of the campus and community, and a traditional bakery run at 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Alums will look back at the impact they have had on the world, from the Grinnell 14’s trip to Washington, D.C., which helped start the student peace movement in 1961, to the films alumni have made and the books they’ve written. Nine alumni will receive awards for service to their professions, the College, and community.

Presentations are planned on how the College has changed in the last 40 years, the success of the Liberal Arts in Prison Program, and the first postgraduate steps taken by the Class of 2013. The Alumni College will hold courses on the theme of revolution starting the 28th, and Rosenfield Professor of Political Science H. Wayne Moyer will lead a discussion on climate change.