Class of 1996 Reunion

Thank you for visiting our 2016 Reunion Page. Our 20th reunion was a time to reconnect with Penn and each other.

563 classmates attended our 20th reunion weekend events overall and 431 attended our Saturday reunion party at World Cafe Live! To see pictures from our 20th reunion please visit Phanfare and for updates on our class

Important Registration Information:

Pre-registered: Those who have pre-registered/paid for a Reunion All-Inclusive Pass, Reunion Party, or Alumni Weekend Pass should make the Registration Tent their first stop on campus. There you will pick up your event pass, information about the weekend, and alumni favor (included with paid passes referenced above ONLY, 1 per adult registered). Your event pass is your entry into all your paid Alumni Weekend activities so make this your first stop on campus! * If you have registered for nursing or free events only please go directly to your events, you do not need to stop at the Registration Tent.

Registration Tent Location
Class of 1976 Terrace
Behind Sweeten Alumni House
Entrance only from 36th and Locust Walk.
Registration Hours:
Friday, May 13: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 14: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(go directly to your party after 5 PM)

Online registration will remain open through Saturday evening so if you aren't sure about attending until the weekend never fear! Simply use your smart phone, laptop, iPad or computer and register from anywhere! Once you complete your online registration head to the Registration Tent to check-in and pick up your pass.

If you plan to arrive on Saturday be sure to pick up your pass before the parade line-up. Passes are required to enter most picnic areas and are only available at the Registration Tent. Arrive early to avoid long lines or missing the parade.

20th Reunion Pricing

20th Reunion All Inclusive Pass: $125
Includes Franklin Fest party, all Saturday general Alumni Weekend activities including our picnic at the Quad, our 1996 20th Reunion Celebration at World Cafe Live, and the Sunday All Alumni Breakfast. Cost is per person.

20th Reunion Party Pass: $100
Includes our Saturday 20th Reunion Party at World Cafe Live ONLY. Cost is per person.

Alumni Weekend Pass: $40
Includes Friday night Franklin Fest, Saturday picnic and Taste of Penn, and Sunday Alumni Breakfast. Each event listed is a $40 value so this pass is a deal if you aren't attending a reunion party! Cost is per person, walk- on $50.

Kids Pass(6-16): $15
Includes Saturday Picnic ONLY. Children under 6 are free.

Our VIP entrance is located on 31st Street, just follow the red carpet. Do not try to enter party from WCL 34th Street entrance; it will be closed for a private event and you will be directed back outside to the lower level. Directions From Walnut Street: Turn right on 33rd Street to Chestnut Street. * Turn right on Chestnut Street to 31st Street.* Turn right on 31st Street to entrance on left. From Market Street: Turn south on 34th Street to Chestnut Street.* Turn left on Chestnut Street to 31st Street.* Turn right on 31st Street to entrance on left. Parking Lots on Lower Level near entrance or leave the car at home and UBER. This event is included with the Class of 1996 Reunion All Inclusive Pass or the 1996 Party Pass. Pass must be presented to enter and should be picked up/purchased at Main Registration prior to the event or at the door. Cocktail Attire.

Friday - May 13

*Details and pricing subject to change as weekend events are finalized

8 - 11 PM
Franklin Fest
The All Alumni Party

College Green
Rain Location: Houston Hall

*Paid event, included in reunion pass.

10 PM - 2 AM
Class of 1996 After-party

1602 Locust Street

Keep the party going post Franklin Fest with friends, a few drinks and the most authentic Mexican food and the best tequila in town.

This event is self pay and not included with your reunion pass.

Saturday - May 14

10:30 - 11:15 AM
Conversation with President Amy Gutmann


11:45 AM
Parade Lineup

Hamilton Village.

12 PM
Alumni Parade,
Locust Walk.

12:30 PM
Alumni Day Picnic,
The Quad

*Paid event, included in reunion pass.

3:30 - 4:30 PM
A Discussion with Judy Rodin:
Building Resilience in a World Defined by Disruption
Irvine Auditorium

3:30 - 5:00 PM
A Discussion with Reporter and Classmate Charlie Ornstein:
Impact of Journalism on Consumer protection and Public Policy
Steinberg-Dietrich, Room 1201
* space is limited, seating is a first come, first serve basis.

4:45 - 6 PM
"Perspectives from Alumni on Community Engagement"
Presented by the Netter Center & Our Class.
Golkin Room, Houston Hall

Sunday - May 15

9:30 - 11:30 AM
All Alumni Breakfast

Houston Hall

What better way to bid farewell to classmates and friends than over coffee and a hot breakfast?

*Paid event, included in reunion pass.

Monday - May 16

8 AM - 1 PM
260th Commencement
Franklin Field

Commencement Speaker: Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient and Tony and Grammy-award winning composer and lyricist.

Rain or shine. No tickets or registration required, call 215.573.GRAD for details.

Outreach Committee

Dawn Lanzalotti O'Croinin
Engagement Chair
Marisa C. Carson-Bibens
Social Media Maven
Rebecca N. Hornstein Doede
Parade Captain
Norm Hetrick
Events Chair
Dee Greene Hill
Communications Chair
Vivian Chang de Ramirez

Melissa Rosenthal Brenner
Jessica Thrope Garmise
Scott Harris
Sara Farley Holland
Kevin Johnson
Karen Murphy
Hyun Ra
Timothy W. Rauenbusch
Jane Hirschhorn Rosenberg
Noah Sferra
Jordan Small
Jon Teitel


Gift Committee

Rachel Bluth

Scott Anchin
Melissa Rosenthal Brenner
Tyrone Chang
Karen Deutsch
Carin Gribetz
Kerry Lyon Grossman
Michelle Ingber
Kevin Johnson
Malavika Rao-Kalapatapu
Jordan Katz
Brian Korb
Mukund Krishnaswami
Michael Lascher
Stephen Leitzell
Alexander Lemond
Gregory Mondre
Dawn Lanzalotti O’Croinin
Joanne Pasternack
Hyun-Jeong Ra
Raj Shah
Shannon Edwards Stotts
Jonathan Urfrig
Jacqui Mandelbaum Weidman


Class Gift

Our 20th reunion is a time to come together as a class and commemorate our Penn experiences through philanthropy. This year we set the ambitious goal for donations from 500 classmates and a total of $4,000,000 in class gifts.

A large percentage of our class gift helps to fund student financial aid, followed by residential life, classroom technology and student activities.

Of our $4M goal, $700,000 will help the Penn Fund which provide immediate unrestricted support for the highest priorities of the University - student financial aid.

Of our $4M goal, $3,000,000 will help provide further support for talented Penn students with financial need in the form of Individual Endowed Scholarships.

Join us today in making these goals a reality for our alma mater and the students who follow in our footsteps.

Visit to make your gift or contact our Penn Fund liaison.  

Harrison Society

Our class has a goal of 5 new members of the University’s Harrison Society, which recognizes alumni and friends who have named Penn as a beneficiary of a will, living trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy that benefits Penn in the future.  If you have already included Penn in your will, or would like information about making a bequest or beneficiary designation of your retirement plan or life insurance to support The Penn Fund or our class scholarship, please contact The Office of Gift Planning.