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Class of 1968 50-Year Reunion

October 4–7, 2018

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Although 1968 was a tumultuous year, it also gave us some exciting times: Boeing rolled out the first 747; the first astronauts orbited the moon; the Beatles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and Simon & Garfunkel were topping the charts; and you graduated from the University of Wisconsin!

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

In addition, WAA offers you the opportunity to customize your weekend. The Class of 1968 50-Year Reunion Weekend will offer à la carte options so that you can choose the events you’d like to attend. Please see the schedule of events, arranged by day, below. You will need to register for each day and event separately.

Learn more about the weekend details, under Accommodations and Transportation >

Thursday, Oct. 4

Registration Opens

Pick up your program, name tag, tickets, and everything else you’ll need for the weekend — all while taking in the beautiful, new One Alumni Place located in WAA’s Below Alumni Center. Can’t make it during this time? Don’t worry! Registration will be available at all of the events throughout the weekend.

The cost to attend the full day is $30 per person.

One Alumni Place
650 N. Lake Street // 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
(Enter through Alumni Park.)

Lunch and Class-Gift Preview

Kick off the weekend with a reunion lunch in the Pyle Center’s lakeside Alumni Lounge, where you’ll receive a campus orientation, information about your weekend ahead, and details about the class gift, which will create a lasting legacy for future Badger generations. Learn more about your class gift here. The dress code is Badger spirited.

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

Campus Tours

See how campus has changed — and how it’s stayed the same. Choose one of four tour options: campus (by bus); Camp Randall; American Family Children’s Hospital and Med Flight; and the School of Human Ecology (formerly the School of Home Economics and the School of Family Resources and Consumer Science).

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

Break

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 the new Alumni Park, located between the Memorial Union and the Red Gym.

Choose your own location // 3–5:30 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. The dress code is Badger spirited. Then enjoy dinner and the evening on your own to explore Madison!

University Club
803 State Street // 5:30–7 p.m.

A limited number of parking permits for Thursday will be available for $12 each through the registration website.

Friday, Oct. 5

Day of Learning

With a UW Then and Now theme, the Day of Learning invites you to become a Badger student once again by attending insightful sessions presented by renowned UW faculty members and your own Class of 1968 classmates. Learn about the topics that will be covered, with some the same as in the ’60s and others new. The Day of Learning includes a continental breakfast and full lunch. The dress code is Badger casual.

Gordon Dining and Event Center
770 W. Dayton Street // 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
$50 per person for members of the Class of 1968
$60 per person for members of the public

A complimentary shuttle will run between the designated reunion hotels and the Gordon Dining and Event Center for this event. A limited number of parking permits will also be available for $12 each through the registration website.

Half-Century Dinner

Toast your class and its reunion with Chancellor Rebecca Blank during this time-honored dinner. You’ll enjoy remarks and reminiscences from classmates, the class-gift presentation, and the awarding of your class pin. The evening includes a seated dinner; hosted beer and wine; and a cash bar. Enjoy a live band and optional dancing to follow the dinner and program. The dress is business formal.

Memorial Union, Great Hall
800 Langdon Street // 5:30 p.m.
$70 per person

A complimentary shuttle will run between the designated reunion hotels and Memorial Union for this event. A limited number of parking permits will also be available for $12 each through the registration website.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Class of 1968 Tailgate

Sing, cheer, and chant for the Badgers in this Big Ten battle against the Cornhuskers.

Game:
Camp Randall Stadium
Time TBD

$125 for one game ticket and the tailgate
$25 for the tailgate only

Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association president and CEO Michael Knetter will cohost the tailgate.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Reunion Brunch

Conclude your memorable reunion weekend with this social and informative event, hosted by the Wisconsin Legacy Society and the UW Foundation’s Office of Gift Planning. The dress code is Badger casual.

Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge
702 Langdon Street // 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Free to attend

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