Can you believe it’s been five decades since we graduated from St. Olaf!? Your reunion committee has been hard at work since last year planning an unforgettable 50th reunion for our Class of 1972. We hope you’ll join us this June 3 – 5 for an unforgettable weekend! Early registration is happening right now through March 18th, 2022.
We are so excited to have you be a part of this special 50th reunion. Programming includes Alumni College sessions with diverse topics, three delicious (really!) class meals, campus tours, a Service of Remembrance, and, most importantly, lots of opportunity to reminisce and reconnect with classmates.
Believe us when we say that the College really rolls out the red carpet for the 50th Reunion! Register NOW! You don’t want to miss it!
3 – 9 p.m. Optional Early Arrival Alumni from the Class of 1972 are invited to check-in a day early at no additional charge to enjoy all that Reunion Weekend has to offer!
5 p.m. Volunteer Reception and Thank You Dinner Members of the 5oth reunion committee are invited to this special dinner, hosted by St. Olaf, to thank you for planning this milestone event for your classmates.
Not on your reunion committee?
You may purchase dinner in Stav Hall or visit one of Northfield’s many wonderful restaurants. A few of our favorites:
9 a.m. Registration and Guest Services Open Stop by to pick-up your lanyard, housing assignment, and special 50th reunion swag item.
10 a.m. Chapel
10 a.m. 50th Reunion Nurses Affinity Gathering
9 – 11 a.m. Campus Open Houses Curious about the renovations of Steensland or Holland Hall? Want to see the transformation of the Skoglund fieldhouse into a state-of-the-art ice arena? Several campus buildings will be open for you to explore.
11:30-1:30 p.m.Class of 1972 Welcome Lunch
2-5 p.m. 50th Reunion Alumni College
Join us for three engaging Alumni College sessions that will challenge you to REFLECT on our transformative era; REDEFINE our perspectives to reckon with racism on campus; and RENEW your life goals in the Third Chapter
2–2:50 p.m. Alumni College Session I: REFLECT: 1968-1972-Who We Were Becoming in Our Tumultuous Time In the 60’s and 70’s, our generation either bore witness to or participated in truly profound cultural, social, and political transformations, including on the St. Olaf campus. In what ways were our lives shaped in the midst of all this upheaval, and how was St. Olaf changed in the process?
Carl Warren ’72
Deb Clemmensen ’72
Richard Huskey ’72
Kari Lie Dorer: Professor of Norwegian, Director of Nordic Studies at St. Olaf College
3–3:50 p.m. Alumni College Session II: REDEFINE: Reckoning with Racism at St. Olaf In recent years, a new generation of students has challenged the college to address racism in all its forms. After protests on campus and the murder of George Floyd, their appeals have inspired faculty, staff, administration and alumni to hasten and elevate this important work. What does this look like on campus today and into the future? Panelists:
María Pabón: Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Jonathan Naito: Associate Professor of English; Director of Race and Ethnic Studies
Kari Lie Dorer: Professor of Norwegian; Director of Nordic Studies
Anja Bunge Dulin ’23 (she/her/hers), B.A. Biology, Race and Ethnic Studies
Camilla Madson ’72
4–4:50 p.m. Alumni College Session III: RENEW: Who Are We Called To Be? Deanna Thompson will guide us through an interactive presentation on what it means to live out our vocation in the Third Chapter of our lives, and how we can continue to find meaning in this stage of life.
Deanna Thompson ’89, Director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community
6 p.m. Class of 1972 Dinner Join your classmates for a seated dinner to connect and converse over good food, wine, and beer.
9 – 11 p.m. Late Night Entertainment
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Registration and Guest Services Open
7:30 – 9 a.m. Breakfast in Stav Hall
8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk
9 – 11:00 a.m. Campus Tours and Open Houses
Relive your days as a prospective student by taking an official campus tour or explore on your own!
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ’72 Service of Remembrance
11 – 11:30 a.m. All Class Parade All alumni are invited to parade around the Campus Green. Family and friends are encouraged to participate by cheering our St. Olaf alumni.
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. All Alumni Celebration President David R. Anderson ’74 invites everyone to celebrate the accomplishments of alumni and the hard work of volunteers. Representatives from each reunion class will present their class gift to the college at this event, which also includes President Anderson’s State of the College address.
12:45 – 2:30 p.m. All Class Lunch (Stav)
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Mellby Lawn Tent Make your way over to Mellby Tent to enjoy campus views, giant lawn games, and refreshments. Toast to good friends and making new memories.
3:00 p.m. St. Olaf Orchestra and Orchestra Alumni Concert
6 – 8:30 p.m. Class of 1972 Dinner
9 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer
9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Late Night Entertainment
7 – 9 a.m. Breakfast in Stav Hall
8:45 – 10:15 a.m. Walking Tour of the Natural Lands
Join a guided tour of the unique and abundant variety of plants and wildlife that live and grow in this protected area.
9 – 10:15 a.m. All-Singers Worship Choir Rehearsal
All those who love to sing are welcome at this rehearsal to prepare for the All-Alumni Worship Service.
10:30 a.m. All-Alumni Worship Service
We gather together to worship and to give thanks for the blessings of the St. Olaf community. The service will feature music by the Worship Choir.