Gratitude & Reunion Weekend 2023
We are pleased to welcome lead donors, volunteers, our milestone 10-, 25-, 30-, 40-, and 50-year reunion classes (the classes of 2013, 1998, 1993, 1983, and 1973), and Annapolis guest classes of 1978 and 1982 to enjoy Gratitude & Reunion Weekend on campus in Santa Fe and Annapolis.
Registration is now open and will close 10 days prior to each event, August 30 (Santa Fe) and September 20 (Annapolis).
Santa Fe Gratitude & Reunion Weekend
September 8–10, 2023
Thank you for joining us for Gratitude & Reunion Weekend 2023 in Santa Fe!
Annapolis Gratitude & Reunion Weekend
September 29–October 1, 2023
Schedule of Events
Friday, September 29
- 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: Bookstore open hours
- 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Registration table open | FSK Lobby
- 11:30 a.m.: Mellon Hall Reopening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting | Mellon Terrace
- 12 p.m.: Thank-You Lunch | FSK Lobby
- 1-7:30 p.m.: Mitchell Art Museum open hours
- 1:30 p.m.: Freeing Minds Society Induction | Studio Theatre
- 2:15 p.m.: Donor and Volunteer Seminar on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 94 | Conversation Room
- 4-6 p.m.: Hodson Boathouse open hours for alumni
- 5 p.m.: Welcome Reception | FSK Lobby
- 5-7 p.m.: Banned in Boston Student & Alumni Croquet Tournament* | Front Lawn
- 5-7 p.m.: Bookstore—Returning alumni and their families, students, and faculty are invited to browse and chat about Robert Bartlett’s work. Selected titles by Dr. Bartlett are available, including Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric, the topic of the Formal Lecture
- 7:30 p.m.: Friday Night Lecture: Robert Bartlett, a prolific translator of Greek works, will present a lecture on Aristotle’s Rhetoric, hosted by the Annapolis Dean’s Office | FSK Auditorium
Saturday, September 30
- 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Registration table open | FSK Lobby
- 9 a.m.: Pre-Seminar Coffee and Bagels Mixer | Fishbowl
- 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Hodson Boathouse open hours for alumni
- 10 a.m.: Class Seminars—Find your class’s text and tutor on our readings resource page
- 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Banned in Boston Student & Alumni Croquet Tournament* | Front Lawn
- 12-4 p.m.: Bookstore open hours
- 12:30 p.m.: Lunch with Tutors, with remarks by Assistant Dean Robert Abbott (A04) | FSK Lobby
- 1-6 p.m.: Mitchell Art Museum open hours
- 2 p.m.: Return to campus events
- Return to Freshman Chorus, with tutor Peter Kalkavage | Great Hall
- Return to Ptolemy, with the planetarium assistants | Planetarium
- Alumni vs. Student Soccer Classic—Alumni who are up to the challenge will play the Guardians in the traditional soccer match | Back Campus Upper Field
- 2-3:30 p.m.: Book signing with Kathy Bergren Smith (A83), author of Deadly Gamble: The Wreck of Schooner Levin J Marvel, and Marcia Herman-Giddens (Class of 1963), author of Unloose My Heart: A Personal Reckoning With the Twisted Roots of My Southern Family Tree | Bookstore
- 3 p.m.: Student and Alumni Meet and Greet, in partnership with the Career Development Office | Hodson Room in Mellon
- 4:30 p.m.: Mitchell Art Museum exhibition viewing and guided tour—José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico
- 7 p.m.: Reunion Class Dinners | FSK Lobby
- 8:30 p.m.: Dance Lesson with the Waltz Committee | Great Hall
- 9 p.m.: Waltz & Swing Party, cohosted by the Waltz Committee and the Alumni Relations Team | Great Hall
Sunday, October 1
- 7:30 a.m.: Alumni Row—Former SJC rowers are invited for a morning row on College Creek | Hodson Boathouse
- 9:30 a.m.: Farewell Brunch, cohosted with the Alumni Association | FSK Lobby
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Banned in Boston Student & Alumni Croquet Tournament* | Front Lawn
- 11:30 a.m.: In Memoriam—An informal gathering to remember our lost alumni | Mellon Courtyard
- 1-6 p.m.: Mitchell Art Museum open hours
Online registration is now closed.
Please contact the Alumni Office for late registration inquiries.
Gratitude & Reunion Weekend 2023 FAQ
Friday Night Lectures are free and open to the public.
The Mitchell Art Museum on the Annapolis campus is reopened and is free and open to the public. During Gratitude & Reunion Weekend, the exhibition on view will be José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico.
Mitchell Art Museum hours during Gratitude & Reunion Weekend:
- Friday: 1-8 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 1-6 p.m.
The Hodson Boathouse on the Annapolis campus will be open to alumni on Friday from 4-6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to take out canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards on College Creek.
If you would like to arrange to observe a class, you can reach out to the Dean’s Office in Annapolis at Dean’ or in Santa Fe at to see what opportunities may be available during your visit.
In short, the following groups are invited in 2023:
- Alumni celebrating milestone 10-, 25-, 30-, 40-, and 50-year reunions (in 2023, these are the classes of 2013, 1998, 1993, 1983, and 1973).
- Alumni beyond their 50-year reunion.
- Classes one year above and below the milestone classes.
- Donors and volunteers above a certain threshold (detailed below).
- Annapolis Guest Classes of 1978 and 1982 (information below).
Our 2023 milestones are those celebrating their 10-, 25-, 30-, 40-, and 50-year reunions (in 2023, these are the classes of 2013, 1998, 1993, 1983, and 1973). Additionally, anyone beyond their 50-year reunion is invited every year (in 2023, this is those who graduated prior to 1973).
Our definition of a “class” is broader than graduation year alone. We also consider the date a student started at St. John’s. So, for instance, if you began your freshman year as part of the Class of 2012, but graduated alongside the Class of 2013, you will automatically be included in the invitation list for both the Class of 2012 and Class of 2013 10-year reunions.
We know close relationships with Johnnies outside of your class are integral to the St. John’s College student experience. Therefore, we have extended invitations to classes one year above and below the milestone classes. Invitations to alumni outside of milestone years are staggered to allow those who are celebrating milestone reunions the first chance to register for Gratitude & Reunion Weekend.
Additionally, donors who have given a cumulative $500 over the past 3 years and alumni engaging with substantive volunteerism receive invitations, as well as Guest Classes.
A Guest Class constitutes a non-milestone class that has received a special invitation to participate in Gratitude & Reunion Weekend as the result of a major gift collaboratively achieved or significant volunteerism that advances the St. John’s College legacy in the pillars of academic support, student support, financial stability, and campus improvements. In 2023, we are happy to extend an invitation to the Annapolis Classes of 1978 and 1982 in recognition of their commitment to St. John’s College.
In 2023, we will employ an à la carte pricing model for Reunion Weekend events in an effort to control the cost of attendance for our alumni while also lessening the financial burden the college assumes in hosting these events.
Alumni may choose which events throughout the weekend they find meaningful to attend and will register and pay for only those events. There will also be a variety of free activities available for alumni to create an environment inclusive of all in our community.
Our reunion events are not profit generating, and alumni events can pose a significant cost to the college, but we gladly undertake them because we value alumni engagement. Yet, we have a duty to be financially responsible so as not to impact other parts of the college such as student financial aid and academic support.
As a St. John’s alum, you are entitled to continued access to several benefits within the community. During your campus visit, you are welcome to access the coffee shop, bookstore, library, gym, and academic buildings open to the public during regular business hours.
We know that alumni enjoy the opportunity to visit the nostalgic spaces of their past and spend time in conversation with current students, and the college highly values the environment that results when students and alumni from different backgrounds come together to discuss the ideas and ideals that are the cornerstone of a St. John’s education. However, the college expects that you will exercise care for the students who now call St. John's their home by respecting that certain spaces you were once welcome to access are exclusively for the private use of our student communities.
As such, alumni of the college are not permitted to enter any residential hall, residential common room, attend any non-public student event, or access the student-run Cave in Santa Fe. Alumni can attend school-sponsored traditional student events only when registered with public safety as a guest of a current student.
Reunion Giving focuses on the power of collective giving. Each year more reunion celebrants give back, increasing the impact of a long legacy of Johnnies on the future of St. John’s College.
Designate your gift to a specific Class Endowment Fund. The endowment provides St. John’s with a steady, dependable, and enduring stream of revenue. When it comes to ensuring our future, it doesn’t get more important than this.
The Alumni Class Chair Program seeks to deepen the relationship between alumni and the college by increasing engagement through class liaisons. Through this meaningful program, volunteers prepare their classes for reunion while increasing awareness for the importance of giving.