Class of 1970 50-Year Reunion

October 8–11, 2020

A lot happened in 1970: Jim Lovell x’50 returned safely on the Apollo 13 mission; the Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight; about 600,000 people attended the Isle of Wight Festival — and you graduated from the University of Wisconsin!

Now return to campus for your 50-year class reunion. This reunion is a golden opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new memories when the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) honors your class.

And join the Class of 1970 50-Year Reunion Facebook group to reconnect with old classmates prior to the weekend! This group is available exclusively to your class.

1970 Digital Yearbook >

More information and registration to come.


Thursday, Oct. 8

Reunion Kickoff and Orientation

Kick off the weekend with a reunion lunch in the Pyle Center, where you’ll receive a campus orientation and information about your weekend, the class gift, and how the UW has changed in the past 50 years. The dress code is Badger spirited.

Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street // 12–1:30 p.m.

Campus Tours

See how campus has changed, and how it’s stayed the same, by attending one of our various tours.

Tours depart from One Alumni Place
650 N. Lake Street // 1:30–3 p.m.


Get settled on campus! This is a great time to check in to your hotel or snap a photo with the Well Red Bucky sculpture in Alumni Park.

Choose your own location // 3–5 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Join your classmates at the University Club for a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, hosted beer and wine, and a cash bar. Then enjoy dinner before exploring Madison on your own. Please wear your Badger red.

University Club
803 State Street // 5–7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9

Day of Learning

You’re invited to become a Badger student once again by attending sessions presented by renowned UW faculty members and notable 1970 graduates. The Day of Learning includes insightful lectures and discussions, a continental breakfast, and a full lunch.

Fluno Center
601 University Avenue // 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Schedule and more details to come.

Half-Century Induction Ceremony

As you celebrate your 50th reunion, we welcome you into the Half-Century Club! Attend this ceremony to receive your induction pin. The dress is semiformal. For further dress-code information, please see photos from past reunions.

Location and time TBD

Campaign Celebration Event

Join fellow Badgers in commemorating UW–Madison’s All Ways Forward Campaign Celebration! You’ll hear from Chancellor Rebecca Blank as the Badger community celebrates the donors, alumni, and friends whose dedication has strengthened the UW. By giving to student support, educational experience, faculty excellence, and research and innovation, you’re ensuring that the UW continues to thrive for years to come.

Location and time TBD

Saturday, Oct. 10

Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association Tailgate

Continue the reunion revelry and prepare for the game in true Badger style: with food, fun, and loads of UW spirit! Join fellow Badger fans for the celebration. The tailgate includes a buffet-style meal and hosted beer and wine. A cash bar will also be available. Please wear your Badger red. The tailgate will be outdoors in a tent, so please plan accordingly.

University of Wisconsin Foundation
1848 University Avenue // Starts 2.5 hours before kickoff
Free to attend. Game ticket is not required to attend the tailgate.

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Football Game

Sing and cheer for the Badgers in this Big Ten battle against the Gophers as they fight for Paul Bunyan’s axe.

Camp Randall Stadium
Kickoff: TBD
$105 per ticket

Please note that the stadium adheres to a clear-bag policy. Learn more here.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Reunion Brunch

Conclude your memorable reunion weekend with this social and informative event, hosted by the Wisconsin Legacy Society and the UW Foundation Office of Gift Planning.

Fluno Center
601 University Avenue // 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Free to attend

Questions? Contact WAA at or call 888-WIS-ALUM (947-2586).