Reunion FAQ

What should I wear? Is campus housing available? Can family and friends attend? Will childcare be available? Answers to these and other questions are available here. Can’t find an answer to your question? Ask us at via email reunions@denison.edu.



General Information


Reunion is the largest Denison alumni event held each spring. Alumni return to the College to rekindle connections with classmates, enjoy lively conversations and lectures, explore the current campus, and revisit their past. We expect 1,000 to 1,300 Denison alumni, spouses, children, and friends at Reunion.

A complete listing of upcoming Reunion dates for each class is available on the Reunion overview page.

Online registration will be available on March 1. Alumni will also receive a postcard in the mail in early March. The postcard contains registration information about the schedule of events.

You will receive the Reunion Weekend postcard in early March or can view the information online.

For those wanting to take advantage of the early-bird discount (weekend packages only), the deadline is April 30. The deadline for all registrations is May 27.

Yes. There are two pricing options, one all-inclusive (with or without campus housing) and one à la Carte. The 50th Reunion Class and 5th and 1st Reunion Classes have a special all-inclusive registration option only. For a la carte options, please contact the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at 740-587-5659

Yes, although alumni are strongly encouraged to register in advance. Some events have limited capacities and sell out quickly, and we cannot guarantee the availability of rooms or dining services if you have not registered in advance.

Refund requests received in writing by the Office of Alumni, Family & Friends Engagement before May 27 will be granted in full.



Who is Coming?


Absolutely! We encourage returning alumni to bring their entire families. All activities and programs are open to anyone who is on campus for the weekend.

Check out the online registration page to find out who’s attending from your class.

Certainly! All alumni are invited to return for Reunion Weekend. In an effort to be green, the Office of Alumni, Family & Friends Engagement does not mail reservation materials to the non-Reunion years.

Yes. Faculty, coaches, and staff are invited to attend various meals and functions during the weekend.



Activities & Amenities


Reunion Weekend includes many different events. You can participate in some or all — it’s up to you. Among the weekend activities and programs are the following:

  • Campus van tours, featuring the new and renovated buildings on campus
  • Alumni Convocation, featuring the current year’s Citation recipients and announcement of class gifts
  • Alumni College Classes
  • Bio Reserve Bird Watch
  • 5K Fun-Run, Jog, Walk
  • State of the College Address, with the President
  • Class receptions and dinners
  • Entertainment each evening

The Convocation ceremony is a time-honored tradition and the sole opportunity for all Reunion classes to be together in Swasey Chapel. Of special highlight are the achievements in fundraising by each Reunion class and the public recognition of Alumni Citation honorees.

Yes! On Saturday morning at 11 a.m. the president will give a first-hand update on life at Denison — what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what the future holds with Q&A to follow.

Yes! For 2022, the Denison Bookstore will be open during its normal hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bookstore also has extended its weekend hours: Friday, June 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Denison’s athletic facilities are available for returning alumni and their guests. Take a swim in the pool, play racquetball or use the indoor track in Mitchell, play a tennis match at the outdoor courts, or sweat it out in the new state-of-the-art Crown Fitness Center. Times vary and are included in the weekend schedule you will receive at the Check-In Center.

No, unfortunately due to liability concerns we are unable to offer childcare.

Denison now has a campus-wide Wi-Fi network available!

It is especially important to register in advance if you will need any special accommodations, menus, or transportation assistance on campus. Make sure to give us your contact information, and include your cell phone number (if you have one).

Casual clothes are fine for all daytime activities as well as the opening reception on Friday evening. “Business casual” is appropriate for events at the President’s home. Saturday dinners give you a chance to “dress up” a bit if you wish.

In addition to walking around the campus or downtown, many events are outdoors on the grass. Keep this in mind as you select which shoes to bring.



Travel & Lodging


Parking is available throughout campus. If you’ll be staying in campus housing, it is recommended that you leave your car parked in one location and not worry about it for the weekend. Our student crew will be on golf carts throughout Reunion weekend to transport you around campus.

Relive your student experience by staying in campus housing (dormitories) during your reunion. Check-in begins at noon on Friday for all classes. Check-out is no later than noon on Sunday.

Caution! There is a reason on-campus housing is such an economical option: these are dorms (now known as residence halls). Do not think in terms of “ambience” or “amenities.” Very few residence halls are air-conditioned. Dorm rooms come equipped with one or two single beds (debunked of course), a desk and dresser. You will receive one linen packet for the weekend (sheets, pillowcase, towel, washcloth, and small bar of soap). Light blankets are available as well. You may wish to bring your own pillow, an extra blanket, portable fan, small reading lamp, personal toiletries, alarm clock, etc.

Our friendly student crew will be on hand to help those needing assistance with their luggage. If a student is not readily available, use your cell phone or the phone at the entrance to your residence hall and call the Registration Center.

Yes, alumni may request to be paired with a roommate for the weekend. However, because we anticipate a large number of alumni staying on campus, we are unable to honor request to be placed near another classmate.

Special housing for families with children is available. Simply request the family-housing option on the registration form. This kid-friendly space is limited, so be sure to register early.

Shuttle service from John Glenn International Airport is available free of charge and will be departing the airport at the following times:

  • Wednesday, June 1 at 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 2 at Noon and 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 3 at Noon and 5 p.m.

Shuttles departing Denison to John Glenn International Airport will depart from the Burton D. Morgan Circle at the following times:

  • Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 5 at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

For transportation outside of these times we suggest using Uber or a taxi service.

Limited shuttle service is provided between campus and the Granville Inn, the Buxton Inn, Cherry Valley Hotel, and Courtyard by Marriott-Newark. Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Your first stop should be the Registration Center located in the Burton Morgan Center, Room 218. There you will receive a packet containing your name tag(s), ticket(s), an updated weekend schedule, campus maps, and other information needed for the Weekend. If you are staying on campus, your registration packet will also include your dorm room key.

Go to the Campus Safety / Switchboard Office located on the Visitor Level (P1) of the Parking Garage adjacent to the Burton D. Morgan Center. A Safety Officer will let you into your room. The next morning, check in at the Registration Desk to pick up your weekend packet and dorm room key.

The Licking County Board of Health regulation prohibits smoking, including e-cigarettes, in all educational facilities, which includes private offices, restrooms, and all campus buildings.

There are no formal discounts available.

The Greater Newark/Granville area is brimming with hotels and bed-and-breakfast establishments. When calling, be sure to mention Denison Reunions. Names you may remember are included here.

Some events may be moved inside, but many of our Reunion celebrations will continue, rain or shine.

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