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Current Operating Mode: GREEN
Virtual Reunion 2021
Smithies have been celebrating Reunions for well over 100 years—and we’re not about to stop now! Thank you for joining us to celebrate the 2021 Reunions virtually.
After careful consideration, we have decided to make Reunion 2021 a virtual celebration to be held June 3–6, 2021. We had hoped to be able to invite you home to Smith, our beautiful campus; however, given the likely timeline for the widespread distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and our commitment to the long-term health of our community, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest to celebrate together remotely.
This still gives us many opportunities to be creative and have fun. We Smithies are resilient—we share a deep and enduring bond and know how to make the most of difficult situations. Last year’s virtual Reunion was a huge success. Classes hosted incredible webinars, Zoom-based dance parties, Smith-inspired recipe swaps and guest lectures. The possibilities are endless!
All of us at the Office of Alumnae Relations and Development are committed to working side by side with your class Reunion chairs to ensure that you have the best possible experience. We want to lift each other up, celebrate Smith and honor the friendships that formed here.
Please watch your email for more details in the months ahead.
Denise Wingate Materre ’74
Vice President for Alumnae Relations
65th Reunion: Eldernauts
Class program: Saturday, June 5
1:00-2:30 p.m. EST
How was the decision made about not having an in-person Reunion?
After a diligent review of many factors, it has been determined that Smith will launch Reunion 2021 as a virtual experience Thursday through Sunday, June 3–6, 2021. A key factor in the decision-making process is a restriction by the commonwealth of Massachusetts against events with more than 25 people.
What are the Reunion dates?
Smith will launch Reunion 2021 as a virtual experience Thursday through Sunday, June 3–6, 2021.
How much will it cost to participate in Reunion?
There is no charge to participate in the virtual Reunion 2021 program.
When can I register for Reunion?
Registration for class-specific events will open later this spring and will be promoted to reunion-year alums at that time.
What will a virtual Reunion celebration be like?
From June 3 to June 6, 2021, virtual Reunion attendees will have opportunities to celebrate their Smith connection with classmates through a series of live and recorded virtual events. The virtual Reunion will feature a core program schedule of stimulating live and recorded talks by our distinguished faculty, administration, Smith staff and student leaders; a digital parade; and a live class-specific virtual program for every class celebrating a reunion. A schedule for events will be shared with all registrants, and programs will be accessible on the Smith College website.
What will the class-specific events be like?
Each class will have a private virtual event hosted by the college. Staff are working closely with class leadership volunteers to determine each class’s program. Based on what we learned last year, options will include virtual events that feature either a social component where classmates can see each other and interact, or a single speaker or panel with multiple speakers. Sessions for classes are anticipated to be approximately 90 minutes long. Your class volunteers are working closely with our office to plan what they hope will be most meaningful for your class. Your class parade signs will be included in a digital parade.
Where can I see last year’s virtual Reunion offerings?
Smith’s first virtual Reunion, held in May 2020, is on the archived website.
I am new to virtual events. Will there be training for Reunion attendees?
We will be making training resources available for those who are new to participating in virtual events. There will also be training for Reunion volunteers who are leading class programming sessions.