Please browse the FAQs below for answers to some common questions about our virtual Reunion Weekend being held May 16-29. If you don’t find your answer here, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
What will Reunion 2021 look like?
Kenyon is hosting a robust virtual reunion celebration that will span two weeks, from May 16-29, giving you multiple opportunities to connect with classmates, favorite professors and to learn about Kenyon today. View the schedule and register for live events.
Why did you make this decision now?
Last spring, we were cautiously optimistic that we would be able to host an in-person Reunion Weekend this May. Our main goal is always to provide an engaging, memorable and safe experience for our alumni during Reunion. With the current pace of vaccines and the uncertainties surrounding new strains of the coronavirus, we now know that our ability to gather together safely in May is unlikely.
Further, planning a reunion is a year-long endeavor. It takes the commitment of class committees as well as collaboration from campus partners and community vendors to make it happen. With the College continuing a policy of low-population density on campus, there are significant logistical challenges that make hosting an in-person reunion not feasible this year. Making the decision now to host Reunion virtually allows staff and volunteers the ability to plan a thoughtful and creative virtual celebration.
Why not postpone Reunion until later in the summer or fall?
The College cannot determine if or when it will be safe for visitors to gather in large groups, therefore deferring to a later weekend would not ensure an in-person event could take place.
When will a schedule of events be available? Can I register now?
What will happen with Alumni Awards?
Alumni Award recipients will receive their award virtually and will be featured on Kenyon’s website, similar to how they were recognized in 2020.
Is there a cost to participate in the virtual Reunion events?
Virtual all-reunion events and activities will be free. We encourage alumni to consider supporting their class fundraising goals by making a gift in honor of reunion at gift.kenyon.edu.
I have an idea for a virtual event. Who can help me?
We would love to hear from you and will be happy to pass on your idea to your class committee. Email Lindsey Colopy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm new to virtual events. Will there be training for Reunion attendees?
Most of our virtual events will take place on the Zoom platform. A Zoom account is not required if you are strictly joining as a participant. If someone invites you to their meeting, you can join as a participant without creating an account. If you are new to the platform, the Zoom website has various video tutorials to walk you through each step. If you need further instruction, contact Heidi Boland.
Can I attend if it is not my reunion year?
Of course! Alumni who are not celebrating a reunion may still attend events that are open to all reunion guests. Keep in mind that some events may be open only to members of a certain class.
What does this mean for our reunion fundraising effort?
Your class gift and participation goals will remain unchanged, and we will count all gifts and pledges made through May 25 in reunion fundraising totals. The Kenyon Together giving challenge will culminate during the virtual reunion activities, providing a perfect opportunity to support Kenyon and make a gift that can help your class earn bragging rights and more!
Can I come to campus anyway and just look around?
Unfortunately, no. The College is closed to most external visitors at this time in an effort to keep our essential staff and community members safe. 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).
What if I have received the COVID-19 vaccine, can I come to campus?
Thank you for doing your part to keep your community healthy! At this time we still respectfully request that you delay your visit to Gambier.
Does this mean that the College will also be cancelling an in-person Commencement?
On April 1, the College announced adjusted plans for the Class of 2021’s Commencement.
The Commencement ceremony will now occur Friday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. outdoors, rain or shine. Seniors (including those studying remotely and those who graduated early), faculty, staff and a limited number of guests are invited to attend in person in appropriately distanced seating, with masking and other COVID-19 protocols in place. Each senior may invite a maximum of two people to campus to attend Commencement as guests as well as to assist them in moving out of their residences.
The May 21 ceremony replaces two events that were previously announced: the in-person Senior Celebration, scheduled for May 8, and the virtual Commencement ceremony, scheduled for June 12. For more information, read the full announcement.
How will registration for Reunion Weekend 2022 work?
In recognition of the special nature of milestone 25th and 50th reunions, priority registration will be given to those reunion classes who were not able to celebrate in person due to pandemic postponements in 2020 and this year, along with classes celebrating their reunions next year. The full tier structure, subject to change as conditions next year warrant, is:
Tier 1: 2s & 7s, 1971, 1970, 1996, 1995
Tier 2: 0s, 5s, 1s & 6s.
Tier 3: All alumni