Photos: Relive the moments of Reunion 2024

From newly-minted alumni to seasoned Reunion-goers, Brunonians from across the globe—and generations—returned to College Hill for Brown Reunion.

Reunion Weekend 2024


The hugs, the high-fives, and the happy moments from this year's celebration.

During Reunion Weekend, Melissa Barkin Scheinfeld ’04, Duckworth Mittleman ’04, and over a dozen of their friends stayed in a residence hall on Wriston Quad for old times’ sake. 

“We brought in boxes of pizza and all of us just crammed into one of our dorm rooms!” said Mittleman. “It was like we were back in college.”

Spending time with her former classmates reminded Barkin Scheinfeld what made her Brown experience so special. “It’s a culture we get to rekindle at Reunion,” she added.    

The ’04 friends were among the 5,169 alumni and guests who returned to College Hill on May 24-26, 2024 for Reunion events celebrating classes ending in 4 and 9 and recent grads. With plenty of sunshine to go around, Reunion Weekend included an array of class receptions, dance parties, affinity and multicultural programming, and other events. At these gatherings and more, alumni rekindled old friendships, developed new connections, and shared their Brown experience with their families and loved ones.

The ties that bind Brunonia

There’s a reason Brown holds Reunion and Commencement during the same weekend: it is the embodiment of the intergenerational community that is Brunonia. From the Class of 2024 to those celebrating their 80th Reunion, alumni, graduates, and their families came together for a weekend to remember. “The friends that I made at Brown remained friends throughout my entire life,” said Sandy Hollander ’54, P’81, P’89, who was celebrating his 70th Reunion.

“Being embraced by those who cleared this path before us is to be home. To avail ourselves to the next generation beckons us to expand our own flights for those to follow. Yet imprinted in our memories today, there is no greater gift than to share our Brown experience together.”

– Dara Huang ’99 MMSc’04 MD’04 on Instagram

Carrying on the traditions

Reunion is host to some of Brown’s most beloved traditions. This year was no different as Brunonians partook in longstanding events like the Commencement Procession, Unity Funk Nite, and Campus Dance—the latter of which saw 13,000 attendees enjoying a magical evening under the paper lanterns.

…and creating new ones

While Reunion Weekend honors many longtime traditions, it is certainly not defined by them. New additions to the weekend slate of events offered a little something for everyone.

One of the main reasons why I came to Reunion is because I wanted my daughter to see Brown. She was quite surprised that there were activities here for kids. Bruno’s Block Party was the highlight of the day for her.

Glenda C. Wrensford ’94
Glenda C. Wrensford ’94 with her daughter holding Brown pennants during Reunion celebrations.

Celebrating Brown’s diverse communities

Beyond their connection to Brown, alumni engaged with each other around their shared cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and disability identities through Brown’s multicultural and affinity group communities.

Other Reunion highlights

Jessica Meir ’99


“It is always worth making the leap that scares you.”

  • NASA astronaut Jessica Meir ’99 told Brown’s newest alumni that it is “always worth making the leap” that scares them as they depart for the world beyond Brown in a heartwarming Baccalaureate address marked by wisdom, hope, and gratitude.
  • During Commencement celebrations on Sunday, May 26, Brown President Christina H. Paxson remarked on the graduates' experiences at Brown and their resilience in the midst of significant global challenges, which will equip them to "live and lead through momentous times certain to come."
  • Brown conferred honorary doctorates on eight candidates who have achieved great distinction in a variety of fields, including graphic design pioneer Tom Geismar ’53, P’85; education and equity scholar Pedro Noguera ’81 AM’84; playwright and poet Sarah Ruhl ’97 MFA’01, P’28; business leader Jerome C. Vascellaro ’74, P’07; and accomplished community leader Mary Elizabeth Vascellaro ’74, P’07. 
  • Medical alumni of The Warren Alpert Medical School returned to Brown for Medical Reunion Weekend. Along with mixing and mingling, alumni celebrated the contributions of their peers with award ceremonies and dove deep into topics like RNA during thought-provoking lectureships.
  • In addition to reconnecting at class receptions and dinners, alumni also joined forces to give back to their alma mater. This fiscal year, classes ending in 4 and 9 raised more than $11 million for the Brown Annual Fund. All in all, their comprehensive gift (representing gifts to all Brown priorities over the last five years since their last Reunion in 2019) totaled $213 million.