Reunion, with a 2021 Twist
With events both inspired by reunions past plus brand-new digital extras, Brown’s 2021 Virtual Reunion Weekend bypassed all geographic boundaries and headed straight into the living rooms of thousands of alumni around the world.
"The plus of a virtual reunion is I can listen and dance to Dave Binder with my family in our living room in Cape Town with nostalgic memories," said Czerina Patel '96. A mix of performances, family fun, and fresh new digital experiences brought Brunonians together from far and wide to re-connect with Brown and with each other April 30-May 2, 2021.
Reunion by the numbers
exclusive class events
including trivia nights and mixologist sessions
class with highest attendance
of total registrants
for Dave Binder's repeat Reunion performances
a beautiful day for May 2 Commencement
farthest alumni (from campus)
It was a year of firsts in many ways: the first time Reunion has been 100% online and 100% free, and it was also the first-ever combined Reunion, welcoming a record-breaking number of Brown alumni from both the 2020 and 2021 reunion cycles since the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person festivities last year. With double the classes as a regular Reunion, participants had the rare opportunity to come together with Brown grads from either the year before or after they graduated.
Classes ending in 0, 1, 5, or 6 and recent graduates enjoyed a variety of new activities and fun “extras” like Brown-inspired food and cocktail recipes, custom Zoom backgrounds, Spotify playlists, coloring pages for the kids, and more.
Getting in the Reunion spirit
WATCH: Reunion Kickoff
Hear from alumni and University leaders about their favorite Reunion memories, enjoy views of campus, and relish some Brown nostalgia.
As seen on social
Over the course of the weekend, alumni shared how they made their reunion experience their own. The social media highlights included @gschauf who cooked up some Geoff's-inspired Phillipe & Jorge sandwiches: "When COVID keeps your college reunion virtual so you can’t get to @geoffspvd for your favorite sandwich, try to make it at home. (We’ll see you soon for two real Phillipe & Jorges, @geoffspvd!)"
And @lauraatvmv who rallied for Unity Funk Nite: "...No video because I woke up late and don’t have any makeup on and my hair’s a mess (video on and HEYYYY girl!!! Omg Hi! How you doing yay yesss wooooo!)...I’ll be low-key it’s not my reunion year (EVERYBODY FUNK NIGHT MY PLACE IN MANILA OPEN BAR POOLSIDE LESSGOOOOOO!!!!!) 🤣🤣🤣 god that was fun. #funknightforlife #evertrue"
Virtual Reunion flipbook
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Reunion events, Commencement forums capture, virtually, the spirit of community celebration, intellectual discovery
The celebration continues
Now that Reunion Weekend has wound down, you can extend your experience with a few fun Reunion enhancements.
- Wish you could revisit Chicken Finger Fridays? Or perhaps you’re craving a magic bar or Jo's Spicy With? Let the sweet smell of nostalgia waft into your home kitchen with Brown-inspired food recipes and cocktail/mocktail recipes.
- Get in the groove and rewind to your years on campus with top Spotify lists from the decade you graduated.
- Show your Brown pride with 35 custom virtual backgrounds—perfect for sprucing up your Zoom or other online platforms.
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