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Come back to Dear Old Penn May 16-19 to connect with classmates, catch up with old friends, and celebrate all that is Penn!

Details for our reunion celebration event and class activities are outlined below. Check back for further event updates. University wide events are also listed below. For a complete listing of all Alumni Weekend events and general information, visit the main Alumni Weekend website. Registration and ticket information for Alumni Weekend and your reunion specific events can be found below. Online registration begins March 3rd. Arrive early - you don't want to miss any of the great programs starting on Friday. Check in at the Registration Tent to get your name badge and materials- you will need your badge to enter your reunion events and other programs.

Click here for registration, parking, hotel, and child care information.

Class Reunion Events

All events listed below are specific to your class reunion along with additional all-alumni events for the weekend.  This event listing will be included on your class registration site starting March 3rd.


Friday, May 16: 12:30 PM - 3 PM

Class of 1949 65th Reunion Luncheon

Class of 1949 Auditorium
Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street

Welcome back to Penn.  Join classmates for a celebratory luncheon event sharing delicious food and unforgettable memories in the Class of 1949 Auditorium, dedicated to us for our 50th Reunion.  In addtion to time together and Penn Student entertainment, we will also enjoy a short talk by an inspirational guest speaker.

Friday, May 16: 3:15 PM – 4:15 AM 

Philadelphia Mural Arts Tour

Immediately following our reunion luncheon, board an antique trolley for a one hour mural arts tour through Center City Philadelphia. This tour is a neighborhood history lesson  - a window into the heart and soul of the City. Drop off and pick up will be on Spruce Street directly outside Houston Hall.

Friday, May 16: 6:45 PM  

1949 Light Supper and Movie Night

E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk
Relax after a busy day with friends. Enjoy a light supper and snacks as we view a movie.

Saturday, May 17: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM 

Conversation with President Amy Gutmann 

Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street
Join President Amy Gutmann as she addresses alumni and guests with a report on the state of the University.

Saturday, May 17: 11:45 AM 

Parade Lineup

Penn Park Parking Lot, 31st & lower Walnut Streets. Enter through lower Walnut Street.

Saturday, May 17: 12 PM

Alumni Parade of Classes

Penn Park, 31st Street between Walnut and South Streets
All classes, from oldest to youngest, are invited to march in the Parade of Classes, each with their class flag to lead them. Those alumni who are not marching are encouraged to show their spirit and join the senior class of 2014 along the parade route in Penn Park.

Saturday, May 17: 12:30 PM  - 3:30 PM

Alumni Day Picnic 

Penn Park, South Green
Classmates, families and guests are invited to enjoy a Philly inspired buffet, entertainment by student performing groups, and the spectacular views of Penn Park.  Vegetarian and Kosher meals will be available upon request.


Saturday, May 17: 2:30 PM  - 4:30 PM

Old Guard Farewell Hospitality 

Weiss Pavilion, Education Commons
233 South 33rd Street
Following the day's activities all Old Guard classes are invited to relax with classmates and friends and bid farewell before heading home or out for individual dinners.  Weiss Pavilion, a breathtaking renovation of Franklin Field's north arcade, which is now a fitness center and study lounge.  Enter Weiss Pavilion via Walnut Street at 32nd Street and take the elevator to level 3.


Sunday, May 18: 9:30 -11:30 AM

All-Alumni Breakfast

Houston Hall, Class of 1966 Reading Room, 3417 Spruce Street
What better way to bid farewell to classmates and friends than over coffee and a hot breakfast?  Compare notes from the weekend, share your photos, and make plans to get together again soon! Advance registration is required. 

Sunday, May 18: 10:00 -10:30 AM

All-Class Memorial Service

Wynn Commons, between College Hall and Houston Hall
Please join University Chaplain, Reverend Charles L. Howard, Ph.D., C'00, for an all-alumni memorial to remember our deceased classmates.  The Penn Glee Club will perform.

Sunday, May, 18: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Barnes Foundation Tour ( $25 additional cost) 

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA19130
Wrap up your weekend with a visit to the Barnes Foundation, one of the world's largest collections of Impressionist paintings.  The collection is in a stunning new venue having recently relocated to Center City Philadelphia. A Penn Shuttle will be available to and from campus.  Meet promptly at 11 AM at the Information Desk in Houston Hall for the 11:30 AM tour start time. We will have two return bus times: 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM. Self park is available at the Barnes (cost for parking not covered).  NOTE: There is an additional $25 fee for this tour; it is NOT included in the reunion package price.  

Pre-registration is required as tickets are limited so please register as soon as possible.  For more infomration contact: 215.898.6421 or e-mail

Monday, May 19: 10:15 AM 

258th Commencement Ceremony

Franklin Field 233 S. 33rd Street
Open to all alumni; tickets not required. Gates open at 8:30 AM. The procession across campus begins at 9 AM; ceremony begins at 10:15 AM. Alumni leaders, including representatives from the Old Guard through the Class of 2013 will line Locust Walk, holding flags, and forming an honor guard as the candidates for graduation walk through. Rain or shine. For further information, refer to or call 215.573.GRAD. 

1949 65th Reunion Committee

  • George Wills, President
  • Alice Way Waddington, President
  • Jean Kolb Axelrod
  • B.J. Shoulberg Beers
  • Ed Berkowitz, Gift Chair
  • William Bram
  • Stan Bazilian
  • Michele Levene Brill
  • James S. Heaney
  • Olga Henkel
  • Peter Munger
  • Charles E. Peck
  • Tish Principato, Gift Chair
  • Harvey Ross
  • Jacqueline Weitzel

Class Gift

Reunion giving is a time-honored tradition at the University of Pennsylvania.

Our 65th reunion is a time to come together as a class and commemorate our Penn experiences through philanthropy. This year, we set the ambitious goals of raising $75,000 from 175 donors – your gift will help us to achieve these goals!

Join us today in honoring our alma mater and celebrating this meaningful tradition and reunion. Make your gift by calling 800.237.2655 or giving online.

The philanthropic efforts of the Class of 1949 will collectively support the following initiatives to benefit Penn and its students:

The Penn Fund - $50,000
The Penn Fund provides immediate unrestricted support for the highest priorities of the University. A total of $50,000 of our class gift will help to fund student aid, residential life, classroom technology and student activities.

Individual Endowed Scholarships - $25,000
Our class has the opportunity to provide further support for talented Penn students with financial need through individual scholarships. As part of our class gift, we are relying on classmates to endow a scholarship or add to an existing scholarship.

Harrison Society – 5 new members
As a part of our reunion giving, we also hope to count at least 5 new members of the Harrison Society, a group honoring all who have named Penn as a beneficiary of a will, living trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy, or have set up a life income gift that benefits Penn in the future.

Join us today in making these goals a reality for our alma mater and the students who follow in our footsteps. Giving to our reunion class gift is easy – return the enclosed pledge card, call 800.237.2655 or give online at

Class Gift Chairs
Edwin J. Berkowitz, C’49
Letitia O. Principato, CW’49, GED’76, CGS’99

Class of 1949 Reunion Package (Cost is per person)

Price is $65
Walk-on price is $70

Party and Mural Arts Tour Only Price $45
Walk-on Price $50

The Reunion Package price includes: Friday's Class of 1949 65th Reunion Luncheon, Mural Arts Tour and Light Supper and Movie Night; Saturday's Parade and Picnic, Old Guard Farewell Reception, Taste of Penn, Sunday's All-Alumni Breakfast, and your reunion favor as well as all general alumni events and social programming, unless otherwise noted.

A la Carte Pricing (cost is per person, for those not purchasing a package): Friday's Class of 1949 65th Reunion Luncheon, Mural Arts Tour (Friday) is $45. Walk-on price is $50.  Alumni Day (Saturday) General alumni events, Picnic and Taste of Penn  is $40. Walk-on price is $45. Alumni Day child (ages 6-16) is $15. All-Alumni Breakfast (Sunday) is $15.


Walk-on Registration and Existing Registration Ticket Pick-up Will Occur at the same location!

  • Friday, May 16, 9 AM - 10 PM; College Green, 36th Street and Woodland Walk
  • Saturday, May 17: 10 AM - 3 PM; Penn Park Registration Only (after 3pm registration will only be available at your reunion party)

    - Parking Lot (Parade Line-up), 3100 Lower Walnut Street
    - Paley Bridge, between Franklin Field and The Palestra
Please check in at the registration tent early to pick up your pass and all the materials required for you and your guests to enter the parade/picnic are, your class parties, educational programs, and all-alumni events. For questions, contact Alumni Relations at 215.898.7811. No refunds will be issued after 5 PM on Monday, May 12, 2014.

*Graduate & Professional School Alumni Reunion Registration: Graduate Alumni should visit their school website for details about reunions and registration.