1953 65th Reunion Schedule

1953 Lunch at Mory's - Reserve Early!

Join your classmates for lunch at Mory’s. To reserve a space, please contact Mory's directly at (203) 562-3157. Be sure to mention the Yale Class of '53 group. Payment is by cash or credit card.  Space is limited, so reserve early!

Thursday, May 24, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mory's - 306 York Street
Room: downstairs
1953 Reunion Headquarters Open

We welcome you to Jonathan Edwards College headquarters, where you may check in, obtain your campus housing keys, and catch up with friends. Yale Security will be present in reunion headquarters throughout each night. 

Thursday, May 24, 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
A Dramatized Review of Key Moments in the History of the Class of '53

Richard Valeriani '53 is a former NBC newscaster and has witnessed many humorous moments during and after our college years, that may or may not have included the Class of '53.

Thursday, May 24, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Linsly-Chittenden Hall - 63 High Street
Room: 102
1953 Welcome Cocktails

Join your classmates for cocktails in the Jonathan Edwards Common Room.

Thursday, May 24, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Common Room
Welcome Dinner

Our first gathering in the beautiful Dining Hall at Jonathan Edwards.

Thursday, May 24, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
Afterglow Conversation
Thursday, May 24, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Common Room
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 from 9 pm to midnight.

Thursday, May 24, 9:00 PM - Friday, May 25, 12:00 AM
Mory's - 306 York Street
Continental Breakfast Buffet

Start the day with breakfast served in the Jonathan Edwards Dining Hall.

Friday, May 25, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
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, May 25, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
American Bistro Lunch Buffet

Soups, salads, and five different kinds of sandwiches are presented for your enjoyment. President Salovey will join the class for lunch and looks forward to meeting you all.

Friday, May 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
Class of 1953 Memorial Service Rehearsal

We will gather at St. Thomas More Chapel to remember our classmates.

Friday, May 25, 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
St. Thomas More - 268 Park St.
Room: Chapel
A Conversation with David Swensen

David Swensen '80 PhD, Yale's Chief Investment Officer, will return to address our class and answer questions about investing on an individual as well as institutional scale. Swensen, now in his 33rd year at Yale, has continued to earn wide acclaim for his success in managing the University's endowment.

Friday, May 25, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Linsly-Chittenden Hall - 63 High Street
Room: 102
Class of 1953 Memorial Service

We will gather at St. Thomas More Chapel to remember our classmates.

Friday, May 25, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
St. Thomas More - 268 Park St.
Room: Chapel
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, May 25, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cross Campus - On College between Elm & Wall
Cocktails

Enjoy cocktails with your classmates.

Friday, May 25, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Common Room
65th Reunion Class Dinner

Our traditional and elegant Class of 1953 Dinner.

Friday, May 25, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
1953 Whiffenpoofs & Friends

Enjoy a set by our Whiffenpoofs and then join in singing old Yale songs and, of course, "Bright College Years."

Friday, May 25, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Common Room
Continental Breakfast Buffet

Fortify yourself for another busy day with breakfast served in the Jonathan Edwards Dining Hall.

Saturday, May 26, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
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, May 26, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
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 Haven. Meet at Rose Alumni House, all ages welcome; limited to 20.

Saturday, May 26, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Rose Alumni House - 232 York St
Room: front desk
Morning at Yale

Here's your chance to enjoy again the extraordinary opportunities available at Yale! There are two "course times," 9 am and 10:30 am. Learn or do something wonderful this morning!

Saturday, May 26, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
American Picnic Lunch Buffet

Enjoy delicious fried chicken, burgers, quiche, and a variety of salads and desserts.

Saturday, May 26, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
Family Festival

The AYA invites you to our Family Festival at Payne Whitney Gym! Kids will love discovering our selection of inflatable attractions, including a climbing wall and giant slide, plus a photo booth, carnival games, safari animal rides, and more!  (Children must be accompanied by a parent.)

Saturday, May 26, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Payne Whitney Gym - 70 Tower Parkway
What Does a Judge Do When the Law is Wrong?

A thought-provoking talk by our classmate, Judge Guido Calabresi.

Saturday, May 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Linsly-Chittenden Hall - 63 High Street
Room: 102
President's University Update

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

 

Saturday, May 26, 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. Alumni from the Glee Club and Whiffenpoof and Whim ’n Rhythm alumni groups will perform Yale favorites from many generations, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Bright College Years.” (The Glee Club rehearsal for the Celebration will take place at 10:30 am Saturday morning as part of "Morning at Yale." All singers are welcome!)

Saturday, May 26, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Cocktails
Saturday, May 26, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Common Room
Local Favorites Dinner Buffet

Clam chowder, mussels, chicken breast "Saltimbocca," pasta cooked on the spot, and stuffed peppers will all be on offer, along with a variety of salads and desserts.

Saturday, May 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
Afterglow Conversation
Saturday, May 26, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Common Room
Farewell Breakfast Buffet

A delicious breakfast featuring muffins, strudel, croissants, bagels, oatmeal, grits, waffles, eggs, French toast, potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and juices.

Sunday, May 27, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
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, May 27, 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 by Bo Karen Lee '93, and wonderful music and liturgy.

Bo Karen Lee is associate professor of spiritual theology and Christian formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned her BA in religious studies from Yale University, her MDiv from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and her ThM and PhD from Princeton Seminary. A recipient of the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, she gave a series of international lectures that included the topic, “The Face of the Other: An Ethic of Delight.” Before joining Princeton faculty, she taught in the Theology Department at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she developed courses with a vibrant service-learning component for students to work at shelters for women recovering from drug addiction and sex trafficking. She now enjoys teaching classes on prayer for the Spirituality and Mission Program at Princeton Seminary, in addition to taking students on retreats and hosting meditative walks along nature trails.

Sunday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street
Reunion Weekend Ends!

Campus housing checkout. Yale welcomes you back next year, and every following year, to be our guests at the Senior Reunion.

 

Sunday, May 27, 2:00 PM
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