Grand Reunion is just around the corner. As someone who both works on campus and is celebrating a reunion next month, I know you’ve got questions about this important annual tradition. Is this happening? How will it work? What precautions are being taken? When should I register? Help!
Rest assured, the SCU Grand Reunion team has been working thoughtfully over the past nine months creating a comprehensive plan while adapting to changing COVID-19 protocols. Your class committee has also been involved in providing input and guidance. Overall, a majority of members have expressed a sincere desire to move forward with reunion celebrations this year. Yes, there are questions. But we are committed to delivering a joyful, educational, and spiritual experience while complying with local and regional guidelines.
- We’re lucky to have such a big, beautiful campus—and a promising weather forecast for early October. Eighty-five percent of Grand Reunion events will be outdoors, including Class Dinners, Class of 2020 and 2021 Graduation Celebrations, School and College Receptions, the Block Party, and Oktoberfest. There is truly something for everyone!
- Please note that the few events scheduled indoors will be limited in capacity and will not include food or beverages.
- Upon check-in, all reunion attendees must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test result taken within 72 hours prior to arriving on campus.
- Masks will be required indoors at all times.
- Thanks to the generosity of alumni Stanley Wong MBA ’74 and Larry Nally ’78, all reunion attendees will receive a free mask if needed or desired.
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available, and all facilities will undergo continuous cleaning.
Of course, we realize that state, county, city or University mandates may change, and we will continue sharing details and updated protocols as they become available. Be sure to check out the Grand Reunion website and FAQ page, and email any questions you may have to email@example.com.
In a recent New York Times article titled, “There’s a Specific Kind of Joy We’ve Been Missing,” well-known organizational psychologist Adam Grant wrote: “Peak happiness lies mostly in collective activity. We find our greatest bliss in moments of collective effervescence...the sense of energy and harmony people feel when they come together in a group around a shared purpose.”
The opportunity to come together around a shared purpose at Grand Reunion—while not without challenges—fills me with happiness, excitement, and gratitude.
I hope to see you October 7-10!
Proud Member, Class of 1986
AVP, Alumni Relations
Santa Clara University