The University of Virginia’s 2011 Reunions Weekend, held June 2-5, drew the largest number of alumni in the history of the event and received the most reunion gifts, totaling $42.3 million.
The weekend marked the return of alumni from the undergraduate classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. It brought in 3,003 registered alumni and an additional 1,500 family members and friends, said Elizabeth Steel of the UVA Alumni Association, which organized the four days of activities.
The alumni enjoyed a long weekend filled with academic and social events, starting with a Thursday evening performance by hypnotist and crowd favorite Tom DeLuca, who has long performed for student audiences during the first days of the fall semesters.
Throughout the weekend, the Alumni Association delivered new events, including the “Taste of Charlottesville,” which featured local restaurants and eateries. The weekend also included President Teresa A. Sullivan’s first Reunions Weekend address, academic seminars, a tour of Grounds, lunches and dinners with classes and fraternities/sororities, music and dancing.
Reunions events were also videotaped for the second time this year. In these videos, alumni share why they returned to Grounds.