Reunion 2019: It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.

You revisited the old times. You reveled in the new. Relive the standout moments of Reunion Weekend 2019.

For some it had been a hot minute. For others it seemed just like yesterday. For thousands of Brown alumni, it didn’t matter how much time had passed since their last time on campus: they were home.

These Brunonians—along with their families—returned to their old stomping grounds for Reunion Weekend (May 24–26, 2019). It was three days of festivities filled with reconnecting with old friends, celebrating the next generation of Brunonia, and carrying on some of Brown’s most beloved traditions.

Moments that defined the weekend

  1. Acclaimed actor and filmmaker John Krasinski ’01 addressed the Class of 2019 in the Baccalaureate ceremony: “The piece of paper I got not only says where I was educated but who I was educated with, and it declares that I am a member of that community of people to be relied upon to take risks, provoke thought, and to be committed participants in this world.” Watch Krasinksi’s full speech
  2. At Friday night’s Campus Dance, approximately 14,000 members of the Brown community swayed to the rhythms of the Duke Belaire Orchestra, richard, and Kiwii Sour under starry skies and hundreds of paper lanterns.
  3. It’s not every year that we see a member of the 80th Reunion class cheer on Brown’s newest alumni during Commencement Procession. Impressed by the turnout, Teresa Mellone ’39 remarked: “What a tribute to education."
  4. John Krasinski was one of seven honorary degree recipients, along with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; advocate and nonprofit innovator Sheryl Brissett Chapman ’71; social scientist and thought leader Jennifer Richeson ’94; global business leader and philanthropist David Rubenstein; business leader and philanthropist E. Paul (Pablo) Sorensen ’71 ScM’75 PhD’77, P’06, P’06; and fundraising consultant and philanthropist Joan Wernig Sorensen ’72, P’06, P’06.
  5. Ira Magaziner ’69 was on campus celebrating two 50th anniversaries—his graduation and the creation of the Open Curriculum, of which he was one of the chief architects. The University is in the midst of a year-long celebration of its distinctive, student-centered curriculum.
  6. At the Latinx Legacy Community Celebration, the Brown community honored a true champion of campus diversity, Mercedes Domenech, whose name now graces a scholarship for Latinx students.
  7. Alumni returned to the classroom for forums led by faculty, alumni, and special guests on a wide range of topics such as the lasting effects of the Vietnam War, how to leverage biotechnology in modern medicine, and reflections on the Open Curriculum.

  8. Alumni Field Day featured a brand new food-truck-themed tent as well as a steel drum and Calypso party band and, of course, the rare chance to jam out to classic Dave Binder tunes.

“ It’s amazing how many memories live in people’s faces, the buildings, and the passageways across campus. I stayed up way too late, reconnected with old friends, made some new ones, and reflected on my Brown experience continues to unfold in my life. #brunopride #brownreunion #partylikeits1999 #20threunion ”

Sarah Beaulieu ’99 @sarahbeaulieuspeaks

“ TSA stopped me to search my bag because it was stuffed full of Meeting Street cookies. #BrownReunion #EverTrue ”

Emily Gilbert ’14 @EmDwarf

Giving back: a true Brown tradition

Reunion at Brown is just as much about connecting with Brown’s past as its future. Year after year, Reunion classes have fortified this connection by paying it forward for the next generation of Brunonia. This year, the Reunion classes ending in 4s and 9s gave more than $12.2 million to the Brown Annual Fund. Their comprehensive gift (representing gifts to all Brown priorities over the past five years since their last reunion) totaled $142,148,517.

Campus Dance


Get ready to relive one magical night

More videos, please!

Watch short video highlights of the "big three"—Campus Dance, Alumni Field Day, Procession—on the Brown Reunion 2019 Youtube playlist