2018 Reunion Schedule

Programs will continuously be posted and updated as they are confirmed. Note that private class programs, including class dinners, do not appear on the public schedule. Please check back frequently to see what's new!

All programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted. Find locations on our Campus Map.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018
1:00 PM
Beneski Museum "Bones and Stones" Tour
Join Alfred Venne, Museum Educator, for a walk through the Beneski Museum of Natural History, which houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and from around the world since 1825. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection. Bring your cameras!
Beneski Museum of Natural History
Friday, May 25, 2018
1:00 PM
Planetarium Program: We Are Part of This Universe
For over 55 years, the Bassett Planetarium has served the College well. This tool has helped countless individuals better understand their place in the universe. Join Alfred Venne, Planetarium Director, as he uses the vintage Spitz A3P Starball to help recreate the night sky over Amherst. In addition, using a classic Orrery, participants will examine the plane of the solar system, the tilt of the Earth, day/night and seasons. The main takeaway from the planetarium visit may best be summed up by Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said, “We are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us.”
Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall
1:00 PM
Family-Friendly Tour of the Mead with the Education Department
All are invited to explore exhibitions on view now at the Mead with family-friendly conversations and activities.
Mead Art Museum
Saturday, May 26, 2018
9:00 AM
Tour and Planting Seeds at Book & Plow Farm
Farm, you ask? What farm? Amherst owns and runs a working farm, Book & Plow Farm. It grows all manner of produce and even supplies Valentine Dining Hall. And the produce is so local that the farm is just a 15-minute walk from campus. There, we’ll meet Kaylee Brow, Assistant Manager, for a tour of the Core Site and a (kid-friendly) winter squash seeding activity, which will continue until 11 a.m. We’ll go rain or shine, as we’ll be meeting at the greenhouse. Maps to the farm will be available at the Alumni House Reception Center, and parking is available for people who prefer to drive. Presented by the Class of 1993.
Book & Plow Farm Greenhouse on Tuttle Hill, 425 South East St, Amherst
10:15 AM
Walk on the Wild Side: Animal Adventures for Kids
Join us under the Class of 1998 tent for a true animal adventure. Meet exotic animals such as armadillo, porcupine and kinkajou! Hear interesting stories and learn all about these unique animals from knowledgeable experts. You can even touch a few animals if you dare! Enjoy a fun and unique hands-on learning experience for kids of all ages. Animal Adventures is New England’s largest privately owned animal rescue center that is fully licensed to keep all of their animals. Educational programs like this one help fund the care for their animals. Presented by the Class of 1998.
Morris Pratt Circle
11:00 AM
Bounce House
Bring your kids to the Bounce House for bouncing fun and to burn off some energy! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Available until 4 p.m. Presented by the Class of 2003.
Main Quadrangle
1:00 PM
Carnival Fun and Games
All are welcome to the carnival for face painting, lawn games, cotton candy, spin art and bubbles. The carnival will close at 5 p.m. Presented by the Class of 1993.
Main Quadrangle
3:00 PM
Family Swim
Have children with lots of energy? Come to Pratt Pool and have an afternoon swim! Each child must have a parent or guardian with them.
Pratt Pool, Alumni Gym
9:00 PM
Night at the Observatory
The Astronomy Association, in collaboration with Amherst College Science Outreach, invite you to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars while they guide you and teach you some astronomy as well. Tom Whitney of the Astronomy Association will be present to operate Amherst College’s own 19-inch Clark refractor telescope. This event is open to all, but it will be canceled if the weather is uncooperative (cloudy).
Wilder Observatory, 76 Snell Street