1978 40th Reunion Schedule

Class of 1978 Reunion Headquarters Opens in Pierson College

Reunion Headquarters opens in Pierson College, campus rooms available.  The entrance to Pierson College is the York Street gate next to 232 York Street.

Thursday, May 31, 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 3, 2:00 PM
Pierson College : HQ
40th Reunion Welcome Back Reception

Complimentary Thursday Night Welcome Back Reception!  Even if you are not able to attend the Reunion weekend we hope you will register for this FREE event on Thursday night! Dinner on your own. 



Thursday, May 31, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Meet Me at Mory's!

Plan to meet your friends at Mory’s, the place to be Thursday night as the doors are thrown open to all returning alumni!  Complimentary food, impromptu singing and camaraderie.

Thursday, May 31, 9:00 PM - Friday, June 1, 12:00 AM
Mory's - 306 York Street
Breakfast Buffet

Join your classmates in the Pierson Courtyard, under the tent for a hearty continental breakfast of assorted croissants, tea bread, muffins, coffee cake, fresh whole fruit, cereals, hard-boiled eggs, steel-cut oats, Yale bakery granola, assorted juices, coffee, and teas. 

Friday, June 1, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
AYA Faculty Lectures

Rows of empty seats in classrooms across campus await your arrival for our many lectures on Friday and Saturday mornings. This morning we will feature some of Yale's most distinguished faculty members in two time slots, from 9 - 10 am, and from 10:30 - 11:30 am. A number of tours and open houses are also offered.

Friday, June 1, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beer Wine Soda Lunchtime Bar - Under Tent
Friday, June 1, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
American Barbeque Lunch Buffet

Join us under the tent for a buffet lunch featuring North Carolina pulled pork, grilled peppercorn crusted flank steak, St. Louis barbeque boneless breast of chicken, roasted sweet potato and quinoa burger with adobo sauce, assorted salads, sides and dessert.  

Friday, June 1, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
A Visit to the New Presentation of American Paintings and Sculpture

 Led by Mark D. Mitchell, Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture. Please be sure to arrive in the lobby of the Yale University Art Gallery by 2:45,  as the tour will leave promptly at 3 pm

 Space is limited to the first 60 guests!


Friday, June 1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Yale University Art Gallery - 1111 Chapel Street
Room: Lobby
University Welcome Reception

The evening begins with a reception for all classes. Enjoy samples of a variety of wines, as well as cheese and fruit, in a beautiful and historic Yale setting. Find your friends by looking for your residential college flag.

Friday, June 1, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cross Campus - On College between Elm & Wall
Cocktail Hour Under the Tent
Friday, June 1, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Global Flavors Dinner Buffet

The Global Flavors dinner buffet entrée choices will include International stations representing Far East Asian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisine.  

Friday, June 1, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Class of 1978 Classmate Cabaret
Friday, June 1, 9:30 PM - Saturday, June 2, 12:00 AM
Afro-American Cultural Center - 211 Park St.
Continental Breakfast Buffet

The breakfast buffet will feature a hearty breakfast of eggs benedicts strata and eggs Florentine strata, fresh sliced fruit platter, croissants, muffins, tea breads, fresh fruit, cereal, hard boiled eggs, steel-cut oats, yogurt and granola. Along with coffee, tea and juices. 

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Fitstyle Walking Tour

Explore Yale and Downtown New Haven in 5,000 steps! See what's new and what still looks familiar in your college town. Join Shana Schneider '00, a New Haven resident and group fitness instructor, for this guided fitness walk. Shana will share fun facts, insider tips, and take you along a few surprising paths and walkways. She'll set the pace to about a 20-minute mile on paved paths and sidewalks. There may be one "surprising" hill, but otherwise, the routes are flat and stroller friendly. You'll forget that you're even exercising as you learn more about Yale and New Haven. The walking tour combines fitness with routes featuring the new residential colleges, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History's Torosaurus, the Yale Farm, the art installation showcasing all 14 college shields, and more! For a look at New Haven today before you arrive, watch Fitstyle Travel: New HavenMeet at Rose Alumni House, all ages welcome; limited to 20.

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Rose Alumni House - 232 York St
Room: front desk
Morning Yoga for All Classes

Start your Saturday morning (weather permitting) with some gentle stretching and breathing exercises, and get your body feeling "yoga good" for a busy day of reunion activities! This is a mixed-level class featuring modifications for all levels of ability, so whether you have been practicing for years or have never touched a yoga mat, everyone can have an enjoyable experience in this class. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. No previous yoga experience necessary; children and all ages welcome.

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Morning at Yale

Here's your chance to enjoy again the extraordinary educational opportunities available at Yale! There are two "course times," 9 am and 10:30 am. Also available will be tours of the new colleges.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beer Wine Soda Lunchtime Bar - Under the Tent
Saturday, June 2, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
American Picnic Lunch Buffet

Enjoy the American Picnic Buffet with fried chicken, grass-finished hamburgers and cheeseburgers, local Italian sausage, black bean burgers and a variety of salads, sides and sweets.   

Saturday, June 2, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Tour Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library with George Miles - Space is limited

Tour Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library with George Miles, Curator of the Yale Collection of Western Americana, including a visit to the reading room for an up-close look at high spots from the Beinecke's extraordinary collections.

Space is limited to the first 40 guests!


Saturday, June 2, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
“We Can Make A Difference

Whether it is part of our career or it arises out of personal necessity, we often take on causes that can have a significant impact on the community or for our family.  This panel will discuss those times when a passion or necessity results in impactful results and why and how you can make a difference.


Saturday, June 2, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
President's University Update

President Peter Salovey welcomes you back to campus, offering his review of Yale today.


Saturday, June 2, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
A Celebration of Yale Singing

After President Salovey’s update, join singers from all classes for a jamboree celebrating Yale’s incredible musical tradition. Whiffenpoof and Whim ’n Rhythm alumni groups will perform, and alumni from the Yale Glee Club will be led by its Director, Jeffrey Douma, and by Paul Machlin '68, Director of the Colby College Chorale for 38 years. Yale favorites from many generations will be on offer, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Bright College Years.” (Our "Singing Workshop" - a rehearsal for the Glee Club portion of the Celebration - will take place at 10:30 am Saturday morning as part of "Morning at Yale." All singers are welcome!)

Saturday, June 2, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Cocktails in the Courtyard
Saturday, June 2, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Class of 1978 Traditional Class Dinner followed by Dancing to the music of "8 to the Bar"

The Class Dinner will be a classic buffet featuring main courses that will include: hard-shelled broiled Nova Scotia lobster tails, roasted herb marinated beef sirloin, cedar plank roasted salmon filet, seared sweet potato steak, seasonal vegetables and the Yale bakery chocolate mousse bombe.   

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Dance the Night Away

After dinner, dance the night away to the "Eight to the Bar."  Bar closes at 1 am!

Saturday, June 2, 9:30 PM - Sunday, June 3, 1:00 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Farewell Breakfast Buffet

Join your classmates for our farewell breakfast buffet  - eggs benedict and eggs Florentine strata, fresh fruit platter, mini croissants,  assorted muffins, cakes and breads, hard boiled eggs, fresh whole fruit, steel-cut oats with brown sugar, Yale bakery granola and yogurty, assorted fruit juices, coffee, and tea. Champagne and Bloody Mary's!

Sunday, June 3, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Room: Courtyard
Residential College Open Houses

Students from each college (except Franklin and Murray - see Saturday morning for tours of these colleges) will be on hand to talk about residential college life today. Access will be limited to the courtyard, but there will be plenty to see!

Sunday, June 3, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
University Church Worship

Join Yale’s ecumenical Christian community for Sunday worship, which will include prayers for alumni who have died, a sermon, and wonderful music and liturgy.

Sunday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street
Reunion Weekend Ends!

Campus housing checkout by 2 pm.  See you in 2023!

Sunday, June 3, 2:00 PM