University of Pennsylvania President
I admit to a bit of bias when it comes to Penn, but Alumni Weekend proves I’m in very good company. Each spring, more and more alumni come back to campus, spreading the warmth of their enduring affection for Penn. Last year, attendance topped 9,600. My guess is we’ll set new records in 2014. And really, how can one resist the lure of a May weekend spent with the wonderful Penn family on our beautiful campus?
There is so much to see and enjoy this year, including our spectacular Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Then there’s the pleasure of visiting our newly renovated Arts, Research & Culture House (ARCH), right in the heart of campus. And where better to gather with family and friends for the Alumni Picnic than this year’s venue, the emerald oasis we call Penn Park.
Alumni Weekend will let you time-travel back to your student years with stimulating programs and workshops. Remember to sample Philadelphia-inspired cuisine at Franklin Fest, the all-alumni party on Friday night. You can double-knot your sneakers for the Quaker Trot. Or attend a film screening, live performance, or the many exhibits on view across campus. Throughout the weekend, you’ll renew treasured friendships and rediscover everything you love about Penn.
Like any good student, you’ll want to prepare. The “dress code”? Red and blue, of course. The “syllabus” can be found in this booklet or online at alumni.upenn.edu/alumniweekend2014. Time management is important, with so much to fit in, so I recommend that you use the mobile app to find friends and classmates and to plan your weekend for maximum fun.
Whether you’ll be celebrating your fifth reunion or your 65th, introducing your children to Penn—or your grandchildren! —please come share the Penn spirit, May 16-19. I look forward to seeing you on campus!
Julie Beren Platt, C'79
Penn Alumni President
This May will be particularly special for me. Not only will I be celebrating my 35th reunion, but it will be my first Alumni Weekend as Penn Alumni president. Last year thousands of alumni like you and I returned to campus to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and celebrate the traditions that bind us as proud Penn Quakers. I hope you will join me again this year as we come together to raise another toast to Dear Old Penn.
Every time I stroll down Locust Walk I am flooded with memories of my time at Penn -- and whether you’re back for your first, 25th, or even 70th reunion, I know you’ll have the same experience. Remembering Penn as it was is easy to do with a core of campus that has remained largely unchanged; you need only to visit College Hall to see that. Yet the addition of venues like the stunning Penn Park and spectacular Singh Nanotechnology Center, reminds us that Penn is always moving forward.
With so many exciting events happening on-campus, I invite you and your family and friends to Penn this May and encourage you to use this guide to explore all that Alumni Weekend has to offer. I look forward to marching in the Alumni Parade of Classes with you on Saturday afternoon!
Hurrah for the Red and Blue and Alumni Weekend 2014!