Gates Tower on the campus of Grinnell College. The sun is peaking through the trees which flank the Eastern Side of the tower (Mac Field Side).

Virtual Reunion:
June 3-10, 2021


A Note from the Director of Alumni and Donor Relations

While all of us are eager to resume face-to-face activities, we have recently come to the realization that the time for those events is not here yet. With over 1,200 alumni gathering to celebrate Reunion each year, traveling from all over the country and all over the world, we must plan for the best possible way to celebrate and keep our community safe for all of the future memories we want to make together on Grinnell’s campus.

We sincerely believe Reunion would not be the same without the hugs, the handshakes, the golf cart rides, the gatherings for coffee and deep conversation, the shared meals and all of the other activities we simply cannot do at this time.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. With the understanding that Reunion would not look like Reunion with the current restrictions in place, we have decided to hold Reunion 2021 online in early June. We have continued to work with class committees throughout this pandemic and, with their help and engagement, and with your support and encouragement, we know we can create a wonderful and meaningful virtual Reunion experience.

Having said that, we have made a commitment to our 50th Reunion classes (1970 and 1971) and our Golden Classes (1951, 1954-1955-1956, 1965-1966) that we will plan an event on campus to celebrate with them as soon as it is safe to do so. We will be in touch with those classes as options become clearer and we appreciate your patience as we navigate these uncertain times.

This decision was not reached lightly. We recognize the incredible importance of Reunion as a moment for alumni to come together, to reconnect with each other and campus, and to celebrate the Grinnell experience. But we also recognize the need to keep our alumni, students, faculty, and staff safe including those most vulnerable. Moving to an online platform allows us to celebrate together in a safe and healthy way.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the hundreds of alumni volunteers who have worked tirelessly to plan and organize a myriad of details related to Reunion 2021, especially, those volunteers who have now been engaged in this process for almost two years. We are grateful for your commitment to each other and to Grinnell College.

Jayn Bailey Chaney ’05
Director of Alumni and Donor Relations

FAQ regarding Reunion 2021

We have put together a few resources to help answer questions you may have about Virtual Reunion 2021.

Registration for Reunion 2021

Registration will open in mid-April.

Reunion 2021 Schedule

A schedule will be posted in early April.

When is my next reunion?

Reunion is typically scheduled for the weekend following Memorial Day. This Reunion calendar shows the schedule through 2029.

Reunion Archives

Reunion Weekend and Alumni College 2019

Please take a moment to look back and relive Reunion 2019.

Reunion Weekend and Alumni College 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended Reunion 2018 and made it a great weekend on campus. Take a look back through our featured story and our Reunion 2018 slideshow.

Reunion Weekend and Alumni College 2017

See a selection of memories from the weekend.

During Reunion 2017, George Drake '56 president emeritus of the College and professor emeritus of history spoke on how students started shaping Grinnell during the sixties and the tradition continues today. It WAS a Revolution!

Reunion Weekend and Alumni College 2016

Reunion 2016 brought together alumni and friends from all over the country, and even the world. Check out Reunion 2016 highlights.

Reunion Weekend and Alumni College 2015

What a great weekend! Revisit the experience with archived photos, videos, and more.

Reunion Weekend and Alumni College 2014

See archived photos, videos, and more from 2014 Reunion Weekend and Alumni College.