Quick Facts: 

The terms "alumnus" and "alumna" stem from the Latin "alere," which means to nourish or be nourished.

More than 8,000 proud alumni returned to their Penn home to rediscover their Red and Blue roots during Alumni Weekend, held May 10-13, 2013.

Returning Quakers reconnected with fellow classmates and recaptured their Penn pride while attending countless events and festivities.

Not only did alumni find themselves reminiscing, but they engaged with faculty, classmates, and even Penn President Amy Gutmann in stimulating discussions, lectures, and panels. From film screenings and live theater performances to guided tours of new buildings and art galleries, there was something for everyone. And from these myriad events, alumni came together on Locust Walk, their spirit of the Red and Blue shining through, to march in the annual Alumni Parade (captured below in this time-lapse video).



No alumni weekend would be complete without the reunion year celebrations that peppered the weekend festivities. From the five-year reunion to the 55th, it was great to see classmates and old friends back together on campus.

At the Alumni Picnic’s 25th Reunion Tent, the Class of 1988 took reminiscing to a whole new level, opening a time capsule created their senior year in collaboration with Professor Kenwyn K. Smith, PhD, Professor of Organizational Behavior. Never buried, the time capsule stayed with Dr. Smith, who reached out to class leadership so it could be opened during Alumni Weekend. The time capsule’s opening gave everyone a chance to remember Penn in the ‘80s, recalling local traditions and highlighting important events from the decade.


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