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Frequently Asked Questions

General Reunion Information

When is Reunion 2017?
Reunion will take place Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11. Come with your family, bring a guest (so they can finally understand what your "Ithaca Is Gorges" T-shirt means), or come by yourself (you won't be alone)! Come for all of Reunion or just the part of the weekend that fits your schedule.

When should I plan to arrive on campus for Reunion 2017?
Registration and check-in begins at noon on Thursday, June 8, and check-out is by noon on Sunday, June 11. 

What groups are returning this year?
The undergraduate classes of the 2s and 7s (from 1937-2012) and the professional schools (Johnson, Law, Vet).  Additionally, Non-Reunion Year (NRY) alumni and the Continuous Reunion Club (CRC) will be coming back for Reunion.

What do CRC and NRY stand for?
CRC—Continuous Reunion Club—is a group of alumni who have been out of Cornell for at least 10 years and who enjoy Reunion so much that they return to campus every year.

NRY—Non-Reunion Year alumni are any alumni who do not fall into a class having a formal Reunion. They do not have scheduled activities, but are welcome to attend university activities and events.

Where can I find information on my class or association plans?
Classes and associations mailed their registration materials in late March/early April. This website also offers information on class, association, and professional school plans.

Can I attend just the Arts Quad Tent Parties?
Yes. We offer the purchase of a Reunion button for $50 that will allow you access to the Arts Quad Tent Parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Additionally, it allows you to ride the campus Reunion shuttle bus and attend most university events.

You can purchase this button at the Reunion Information Center, newly located in the Tsai Family Atrium in the Statler Hotel School off of East Avenue (Thursday, 2:00-6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) or Alumni Affairs headquarters in the Tatkon Center of Balch Hall on North Campus (Thursday Noon-11:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.). Also, buttons will be sold at Goldwin Smith Hall on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Where can I find the Reunion Information Center?

The Reunion Information Center is newly located in the Tsai Family Atrium in the Statler Hotel School off of East Avenue. Hours will be Thursday, 2:00-6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Office of Alumni Affairs headquarters will be in the Tatkon Center in Balch Hall on North Campus (607-255-7085). Information about Reunion events will be available by contacting these locations. Alumni Affairs headquarters will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.daily during Reunion weekend.

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Activities & Events

What university activities and events have been planned?
There are more than 400 events at Reunion. Concerts, tours, athletic events, lectures, panel discussions, demos, exhibits, receptions, wine tastings, open houses, college breakfasts…and so much more.  Visit the Plan your Reunion page to read all the details. You can search and sort this listing by event category or day/time. You can also build your own itinerary, save it, email or print it.

If I’m not registered with a class or association, can I attend university events?
Yes, we welcome all alumni. A fee of $50 per adult covers the cost of a “generic” Reunion button that provides you with a Reunion schedule, shuttle bus service, and access to non-ticketed university events.

You can purchase this button at the Reunion Information Center, newly located in the Tsai Family Atrium in the Statler Hotel School off of East Avenue (Thursday, 2:00-6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) or Alumni Affairs headquarters in the Tatkon Center of Balch Hall on North Campus (Thursday Noon-11:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.). Also, buttons will be sold at Goldwin Smith Hall on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Who is the guest speaker for this year’s Olin Lecture?

The Olin Lecture was established at Cornell in 1987 through a generous gift from the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation. This year, we feature Steve Reich ’57, one of a handful of living avant-garde composers who can claim to have altered the direction of musical history. The Olin Lecture will begin with a performance by Ensemble Signal of two of Steve Reich’s original compositions, followed by a conversation about Reich’s performing and composing career. This event is open to all registered Reunion 2017 attendees and members of the Cornell community. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.


What athletic events are being offered this year? How do I sign up?
Some university athletic events have a fee and require pre-registration, while others do not.  Some examples of the events being offered this year are: gorge hike, rappeling, Reunion Row, canoeing, zip line, and the Reunion 5K.

Where can I eat if my class/group does not have a lunch planned and how much does it cost?

The Statler Terrace Restaurant is offering a special price for an all-you-care-to-eat cafeteria-style buffet (one trip through the line), featuring tapas-style menu selections.

Inclusive price: $15.00 for adults; $10.00 for Youth (4-10 years old). Lunch is free for children under 4. Payments by cash or card are accepted. Pre-registration not available.


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Children & Family

Can I bring my children to Reunion?
Yes, absolutely! Reunion is a wonderful time to share your Cornell experience with your entire family. Most classes and associations have special packages for kids.Visit our classes/associations page to find out what the registration and housing fees will be for your kids to attend Reunion with your class/association.

What are our childcare options at Reunion?
There are several great options for your children at Reunion. The university has a fantastic program called the Cornell Reunion Kids Club (formerly known as the Youth Program) for children ages 6 to 15 years of age. To be assured that you will all have a fun and relaxing time, it’s important that you make decisions about childcare BEFORE you arrive on campus. Visit our child care page for all the information you’ll need to make the best choice for you and your family.

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Food Waste Reduction

Perishable and non-perishable food items from the Reunion 2017 weekend will be donated to Friendship Donations Network, a local non-profit organization that rescues fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from stores and farms and redistributes it to neighbors in need.

The food rescue organization provides food donations to community programs, including food pantries, low-income housing communities, and low-wage worksites, among other places. Each week 2,000 people are served by the program, and nearly 1,400 pounds of good food is diverted each day from the landfill.

Our 200 volunteers and one part-time employee accomplish those goals with the food donations from local supermarkets, bakeries, farms, dining halls, and farmers. Since its start in 1988, founded by Cornell alum, Sara Pines, PhD., FDN has served a vital role in providing healthy food to needy households, while helping our community reduce the amount of useable food being thrown away.


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Future Reunion Dates

  • June 7-10, 2018
  • June 6-9, 2019
  • June 4-7, 2020

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Housing & Hotels

For information about where to stay in Ithaca, visit our Hotel Information page.

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Who should register?
All alumni from Reunion-Year classes and associations should pre-register before arriving on campus for Reunion if possible. If you did not pre-register, please plan to register at your class or association headquarters.

Non-Reunion-Year alumni who are not staying in the residence halls can register at the Reunion Information Center, newly located in the Tsai Family Atrium in the Statler Hotel School off of East Avenue or, after desk hours, at Alumni Affairs Headquarters in the Tatkon Center, located in Balch Hall on North Campus. See "Reunion Information" above for hours of operation. A flat fee of $50 per button allows registrants access to the Reunion shuttle bus, the Arts Quad tent parties, and a copy of the Reunion schedule.

Those who would like overnight accommodations should pre-register online or at the Non-Reunion-Year headquarters in Sheldon Court at Reunion. For more information, call 607-255-2254. Please note that checkout time for the residence halls is noon on Sunday.

What if I’m registered for my class Reunion but I would like to attend one or more activities with another group (CRC) or professional schools (Law, Vet, Johnson)?
The first thing to do is contact your class/association registration chair to discuss what activities you want to attend that are offered by another group. Then contact the other group or association to find out what costs may exist for the activities you would like to attend.

If I didn't register prior to Reunion, can I register/pay when I arrive on campus?
Yes. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted at the registration desk in each class/association headquarters. You should understand, however, that Reunion chairs need to provide caterers with meal counts prior to Reunion, so some meals or events may be closed by Reunion weekend.

Once I'm registered, how do I make a change or cancel and get a refund?
Contact your registration chair about the changes you need to make. Full refunds will be issued if cancellations are made prior to May 25th. The refund will be issued using the same payment method you used when registering (i.e., by credit card or check), but may not be processed until after Reunion.

I registered and paid online, but my name is not on the “See Who’s Coming” list.  What do I do?
Notify your registration chair immediately. Your payment may not have gone through, or you may have accidently checked the box indicating that you did not want your name displayed on the website.

Where do I register?
You can register online here.

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Transportation & Parking

There is limited parking on Central Campus. For a complete list of routes and stops, see the campus transportation page.

Reunion shuttles

We strongly encourage the use of the Reunion shuttle buses. Buses marked “Reunion Shuttle” are provided for Reunion participants wearing 2017 Reunion buttons. No fare is charged. Hours of operation: Thursday, noon-midnight; Friday and Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8:00 a.m.–noon.

North Campus:

  • 2 buses (7:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m.)
  • Start at Tobin Field House on North Campus on the hour and 30 past the hour and work their way to the Vet College.
  • Buses leave the Vet College at 30 past the hour and on the hour and work their way to Tobin Field House.

West Campus:

  • 1 bus (7:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m.)
  • Starts at Alice Cook House bus stop approximately on the hour, 20 past the hour, and 40 past the hour and works its way to central campus up Campus Rd., with stops on the edge of Collegetown and on to stops on Garden Ave., Tower Rd., and East Avenue back down to West Campus via University Avenue.
  • Bus leaves the Hollister Hall bus stop at approximately 10 past the hour, 30 past the hour, and 50 past the hour and works its way back to the Alice Cook House bus stop.

What do I do if I have special mobility needs?
A special vehicle that accommodates wheelchairs with a hydraulic lift is available during Reunion weekend. Guests will receive a Transportation Brochure upon check-in at their HQ. The brochure will have phone numbers that ring our staff HQ. Guests can call 607-254-7115 or 607-255-2254 to make arrangements for rides they will require. You can also download a campus map with special parking access. Accessibility transportation can be scheduled as of noon on Thursday, June 8 once Reunion is officially open.

Where do I park throughout the weekend?

Parking permits are not required during Reunion weekend from Thursday at noon through Sunday at noon.  If your class/association headquarters is on North Campus, you may park in A-lot, CC-lot or Appel Commons lot.  Limited parking is also available at the Latino Living Center lot.  You may also park in metered spaces on Thurston Ave. after 6:00 p.m. on Friday.

If your class/association headquarters is on West Campus, you may park on Libe slope and the University Ave. lot (near corner of University Ave. and Stewart Ave.).  You may also park in metered spaces on Stewart Ave. after 6:00 pm on Friday.

Where do I park while I check in?
You will not be able to park at your assigned residence hall while you check in. Please pull up to the entrance of the residence hall, drop off your luggage, and park in the designated areas. Unattended vehicles are prohibited at the luggage drop-off areas. Luggage handlers will be stationed at the residence halls to assist you with your luggage and give directions to parking areas.

North Campus: A shuttle van will be available to bring you back to the residence halls. Luggage handlers will be stationed at Mews and Court Halls (Classes of 1957 and 1992) to assist you with your luggage and give directions to parking areas.

West Campus: The traffic plan for each residence hall must be obeyed in order to keep traffic flowing and pedestrians safe during the drop-off and pick-up times for Reunion weekend. Here are the instructions for each West Campus house:

  • Alice Cook House-Class of 1962: Headed east on University Ave., turn right to enter the drop off driveway on the north side of Alice Cook House. Pull into the drive, stop and drop off your luggage, then park your vehicle in the designated area. A Reunion shuttle will be circulating in the University Ave. lot and near Libe Slope to help return you to Alice Cook.
  • Carl Becker House-Class of 1972: Headed east on University Ave., turn right onto Gothic Way (located between Alice Cook House and Boldt Hall).  Gothic Way is a one way access road cutting across West Campus.  Enter the pull off area by Becker House, stop and drop off your luggage, then continue on Gothic Way and exit onto West Ave. near Noyes Recreation Center. Luggage handlers and baggage carts will be available to transport your luggage from the pull off area to Carl Becker House.

  • Hans Bethe House-Class of 1967: Headed east on University Ave., turn right onto West Avenue. Head South on West Ave towards Campus Rd. Enter pull-off area in front of the Noyes Community Recreation Center. Unload luggage and pull back on to West Avenue, heading north (turn left) to head back towards Libe Slope to park vehicle or continue heading south on West Avenue, make a right onto Campus Rd., and a right onto Stewart Avenue to park in the University Avenue lot near the corner of University Avenue and Stewart Avenue.

  • Keeton House-Class of 1977:  Pull into Forest Park Dr. off of Campus Rd. Pull your vehicle up near the plaza area, unload luggage and loop around the parking lot to exit back onto Campus Rd. Turn left onto Campus Road and left onto West Avenue to park on Libe Slope or right onto Campus Road and right onto Stewart Avenue to park in the University Avenue parking lot.

Can you help me find transportation to Ithaca?
Visit our getting to Ithaca page.

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What should I pack for Reunion?
One thing that is predictable about Ithaca: the weather is unpredictable. ("If you don’t like the weather…just wait a minute.") Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. We suggest you pack for both hot and chilly temperatures, and bring rain gear. Check the weather forecast for Ithaca during Reunion weekend. If the forecast looks warm and you are staying in one of the residence halls on campus, please consider bringing a small fan to help keep your room cool and comfortable.

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Future Reunion dates

June 7–10, 2018
June 6–9, 2019
June 4–7, 2020

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