Schedule of Events Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni Weekend | June 8-11, 2023

In partnership with Class Reunion Ambassadors, the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement is excited to be your host for The College of Wooster Alumni Weekend! This year, we have two registration options for you to choose from.

Best Value Package – $190

If you plan to attend all, or almost all, of the Alumni Weekend meals, and require on-campus housing for the weekend, this is the best registration form for you.

Best Value Package Registration
À La Carte Selections

Traditional à la carte pricing for Alumni Weekend is back! This registration and payment option provides guests with the greatest flexibility in planning for the weekend.

À La Carte Registration
On-Campus Housing

Alumni will be housed by class, in the following residence halls (click on the green links for more information on each hall):

These assignments are subject to change, based on registration numbers. Each class will have their own assigned lounge as a “class HQ” in their residence hall.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 812:00 pmWelcome & Check-InPick up name tags, event tickets, and a schedule of eventsGault Alumni Center
12:00 pmGolf cart service begins
2:00-4:00 pmWooster Alumni Volunteer Experience (WAVE)Updates and trainings for Wooster's volunteersRuth W. Williams Hall of Life Science
5:00 pmPresident's Reception for WAVECelebrating Wooster's volunteers
5:00 pmDinnerExperience the new servery in LowryLowry Center Dining
7:00 pmAlumni Weekend HQ closesGault Alumni Center
8:00 pmGolf cart service ends
Friday, June 97:00 amRegistration & Alumni Weekend HQ opensGault Alumni Center
7:00 amGolf cart service begins
7:00-9:00 amAll Alumni BreakfastLowry Center Dining
9:00 am-1:30 pmClass of 1968 Tour of Amish Country and LunchTransportation provided
9:15 amExploring Wooster -Session IIncludes campus tours, special building tours, off-campus excursions, and office/program presentations
10:30 amExploring Wooster -Session IIIncludes campus tours, special building tours, off-campus excursions, and office/program presentations
11:00 amClass of 1973 Remembrance & Lowry Center DedicationNorth side of Lowry Center, near the Lockhart Fountain
11:30 am-1:30 pmClass of 1973 Progressive Lunch Appetizers, entrees, and desserts in three different locations!Kauke Hall, second floor commons; Ruth Williams Hall, Knowlton Commons; Lowry Center, Burden Family Patio
11:30 am-1:30 pmLunch for All Alumni Lowry Center
1:30-2:45 pmAlumni College Session I1) Tips for a Successful College Search, hosted by Wooster's Office of Admissions and Beverly Brooks '08

2) El-Perú Waka': Twenty Years of Research at a Maya Center: Documentary and Discussion with Dr. Olivia Navarro-Farr, Archeology, and Claire Pugel, filmmaker

3) Black Digital History Project and Panel Discussion, presented by The College of Wooster Libraries and the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement

4) Medical Advances for Baby Boomers and Their Families, a panel hosted by the Class of 1973, ft. Dr. Diane Jorkasky '73 and Dr. William Steiner '73

5) Maria Sexton: A Bridge to Competitive Athletics in Higher Education, Brenda L. Meese '75, faculty emerita
Various Locations
2:00-4:00 pmClass of 1968 Small Group Discussions
3:00-4:15 pmAlumni College Session II1) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Wooster: Then and Now, a panel hosted by the Class of 1973

2) The Impact of Title IX on Women's Athletics through the Decades, a panel hosted by the Coalition to Celebrate Title IX in Athletics

3) Behind the Scenes at the CW Art Museum, Dr. Marianne Wardle, College of Wooster Art Museum

4) The Crisis Rhetoric of U.S. Presidents, Dr. Denise Bostdorff, Communication Studies
Various Locations
4:30-6:00 pmWelcome Home Happy HourThe Oak Grove
6:00 pmScots Forever Dinner with Interim President Wayne WebsterFor the Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, and other alumni who have already celebrated their 50th reunions!Kittredge Dining Hall
6:30 pmAlumni Summer Picnic (Dinner)All alumni form the 5th-45th classes are welcome!Lowry Center, Burden Family Patio
6:30 pm50th Reunion BBQEnjoy a casual, first evening supper together. Vegan options included.Bornhuetter Hall Tent
7:00 pmAlumni Weekend HQ closesGault Alumni Center
7:00-9:00 pmReception Celebrating the Women's Athletic Narrative at WoosterCatch up with teammates and see the gym, track, and swimming pool that predate The Scot CenterEbert Art Center
9:00 pmSocial Time in Class LoungesEnjoy time with classmates in your designated loungeResidence Halls
10:00 pmGolf cart service ends
Saturday, June 107:00 amRegistration & Alumni Weekend HQ opensGault Alumni Center
7:00 amGolf cart service begins
7:30-9:30 amAll Alumni BreakfastLowry Center
9:30 amCelebration of Wooster1) 9:30 am - Conversation with the President (Lowry Commons)

2) 10:30 am - Outstanding Scots Ceremony - Join us as we recognize our alumni award recipients: Beverly Brooks '08, Steve Gault '73, Ed Gilbert '73, Jennifer Haverkamp '79, and Laura Tuennerman '88 P'22 (McGaw Chapel)

3) Walk of Reunion Classes (Departs from McGaw Chapel to Lowry Center)
11:45 am-1:30 pmCelebration of Wooster LuncheonOpen to all classes, following the Walk of Reunion ClassesLowry Center Dining and Burden Family Patio
1:00 pmGolf ScrambleOpen to all classes, hosted by the Class of 1983 (pay on site)L.C. Boles Memorial Golf Course
AfternoonClass-specific eventsClass of 1968: Hootenanny 2.0, 2:00 pm

Class of 1973: Social at Troutman Vineyards (transportation provided), 2:00 pm

Class of 1983: Market Garden Brewery Tasting with Andy Tveekram '85, 4:30 pm

Class of 1998: Off campus pub trip, 2:00 pm

Other classes are welcome to plan their own activities throughout the afternoon
AfternoonAdditional afternoon events hosted by the Office of Alumni & Family EngagementEnjoy kickball, trivia, yard games, board games, etc.
2:30 pmRemembering Our Pioneer Coaches: Ginny Hunt, Nan Nichols, and Maria SextonAmphitheater between Lowry and the Scot Center
3:30 pmAthletics Meet & GreetEnjoy time to connect with current Wooster coaches and members of the W Association BoardScot Center Lobby
4:00 pmHappy Hour for Posse AlumniLowry Center, The Alley
5:00 pmPresident's Reception for the Wooster Fund Leadership Circle and Members of the 1866 Legacy SocietyBy invitation only
5:00 pmHappy Hour for BIPOC AlumniLowry Center, The Alley
6:00 pmHappy Hour for LGBTQ+ AlumniLowry Center, The Alley
6:00 pmClass of 1973, 50th Reunion Class PhotoKauke Hall, North Steps
EveningDinner optionsClass of 1963, 6:00 pmHome of Reggie Williams '63, Wooster
Class of 1968, 6:00 pmBroken Rocks, Downtown Wooster
Class of 1973: 50th Reunion Celebration with the President. Social Hour starting at 6:30, Dinner at 7:30, and remarks from Interim President WebsterKittredge Dining Hall
Class of 1978: Cookout & Coccia House, 6:00 pmLuce Hall, outdoors
Class of 1998: Catered dinner, starting with social hour at 6:30, seated for dinner at 7:30Location TBD on campus
6:30 pmDinner for the Coalition for the Celebration of Title IXCoccia House pizza, sides, and non-alcoholic drinks provided, BYOBBornhuetter Hall Tent
7:00 pmAlumni Weekend HQ closesGault Alumni Center
7:30 pmOhio Light Opera presents "Camelot"Tickets are $50 each and only available à la carte. Those who purchase a ticket for the performance are welcome to attend a behind-the-scenes tour in Freedlander Theatre, beginning at 6:45 pmFreedlander Theatre
8:00 pmJump & Jive with DJ JudiMusic, dancing, appetizers, bar, and a few surprises! Lowry Center, Burden Family Patio
10:00 pmGolf cart service ends
Sunday, June 117:00 amAlumni Weekend HQ opens and golf cart service beginsGault Alumni Center
7:00-9:00 amBreakfastEat a hearty breakfast before hitting the road!Lowry Center Dining
11:00 amCheck-outReturn residence hall keys and say farewell to Wooster...for now!Gault Alumni Center
12:00 pmAlumni Weekend HQ closes and golf cart service endsGault Alumni Center
Frequently Asked Questions

Reservations & Fees

Who can attend Alumni Weekend? 

All alumni, regardless of class year, and their families, are welcome to return to campus. Class years ending in 3 and 8 will have special recognition. We are also proud to celebrate the success of women’s athletics at Wooster, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

When is the reservation deadline? 

The reservation deadline is May 26, 2023

How do alumni register for the weekend?

Register online at the top of this page. The all-inclusive package pricing option includes on-campus housing and eight meals. If you cannot attend everything or do not need on-campus housing, you may choose the á la carte registration instead.

How much does it cost to attend Alumni Weekend? 

The all-inclusive package is $190 through April 30, and then it increases to $225 on May 1. Á la carte pricing varies depending on your selections. The fees for the weekend cover direct costs of food and beverages. The College is eager to welcome back alumni and happily underwrites most expenses.

Weekend Activities

Why aren’t there as many class-specific events as I remember from past reunions? 

For many years, Wooster’s Alumni Weekend included at least three class-specific events throughout the weekend, which is no longer logistically possible or financially sustainable. However, many of our alumni still expect their class to have several of their own events.

We have been moving toward celebrating more “all alumni” events at Alumni Weekend to be a more inclusive celebration for all. All the reunion classes have been offered Saturday afternoon as “their time” to plan class-specific activities. Some groups have planned more than others.

What attire is most fitting for Alumni Weekend? 

Our guests are encouraged to dress casually for the weekend. Of course, wearing Black & Gold or MacLeod tartan is always acceptable.

Will alumni get to hear from the College President? 

Yes! Interim President Wayne Webster will address the alumni on Saturday morning during the Celebration of Wooster’s first event, the Conversation with the President. Dr. Webster is also hosting a few special events and will be an active participant in the weekend overall.

Will the pool, fitness center, and gym be available during the weekend? 

We welcome alumni to use the facilities of the Scot Center. Hours of operation are somewhat limited in the summer and will be listed in the updated schedule we distribute at Alumni Weekend check-in. The pool is usually closed for the summer.

On-Campus Housing

Can alumni reserve a room on campus after the May 26 reservation deadline?

Unfortunately, no. We are given access to a limited number of rooms and linen packs, and we must stick to the May 26 deadline.

Do alumni get placed with roommates in on-campus lodging?

No. We will not assign you a roommate for the weekend unless two friends request to stay together.

What are the restroom arrangements like in the residence halls?

Most halls have two large restroom facilities per floor. Rooms with private bathrooms are not available. Many of the restrooms at Wooster are gender-neutral, though some are still tagged as “men” or “women.” We encourage folks to use the facilities that align with their own identities.

What are the on-campus housing amenities?

Please remember that residence hall rooms are sparsely furnished. Rooms are furnished with two twin beds (unbunked); one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, one blanket, one pillow and pillowcase per bed; two towels and washcloths per person; desks, dressers, and trash cans. Linens are supplied once, at the start of the weekend, but not replaced throughout.

Many items that are standard in hotel rooms are NOT provided in the residence halls, such as: irons, ironing boards, hangers, alarm clocks, hairdryers, coffee makers, televisions, mini-refrigerators, shampoo and other toiletries, fans, air conditioning, telephones, mattress pads, tissues, and night lights.

When do alumni need to check out of the residence halls?

Check-out is at 11 a.m. on Sunday for all guests. Swipe access cards and name tag badges should be returned to the Gault Alumni Center before guests leave campus.

Food & Beverages

What food options will be available at events? 

When planning event menus, we offer a great variety so that all guests will have plenty to eat. Vegetarian/vegan options are available at all events. If you have a serious food allergy, we ask that you specify this on your reservation form. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Will alcohol be served on campus?

Beer and wine are commonly served at Alumni Weekend events in the evenings. Non-alcoholic beverages are always available at events.

Activities for Children

Young Scots are welcome to attend with their families, and there will be some carnival-type experiences on Saturday afternoon that may be appealing to children aged 7 and older. Childcare is not provided.

Travel & Parking

What is the best way to get from Cleveland Hopkins Airport or Akron-Canton Airport?

Car rentals are offered at both airport locations, as well as taxis and the rideshare options Uber and Lyft. The College will not offer a shuttle service.

Where can alumni park on campus? 

Alumni and guests are welcome to park in any legal parking space on campus, whether they are marked for visitors, staff, or students. Wooster’s Office of Safety & Security will ticket vehicles that are parked illegally (e.g., in a handicapped spot without a pass, in a fire lane, etc.). Please also note that city ordinances are in effect for street parking.

Will golf carts be available for alumni?

Golf carts, driven by trained College of Wooster students and staff, will be available throughout the weekend to help guests in getting around campus.

Arrival on Campus

Where should I go first when I arrive at Wooster? 

Alumni should come to our Alumni Weekend HQ at the Gault Alumni Center. There, they will receive name tags, tickets, an updated schedule, and swipe card keys for on-campus lodging.

Check-in hours are:

  • Thursday | Noon-6:00 pm
  • Friday | 7:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Saturday | 7:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sunday | 7:00 am-Noon

If alumni arrive after the HQ is closed, can they still pick up their room keys?

After HQ is closed each night, room keys are available at the Office of Safety and Security, located in the Culbertson/Slater House complex on Wayne Avenue, across from Kittredge Dining Hall and Wagner Hall.

More questions?

Contact the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement at 330-263-2533.

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