Alumni reunions are great for reconnecting with former classmates, remembering the past, and re-energising your relationship with your alma mater.
The Alumni Office are happy to help support volunteers who wish to organise a reunion, offering advice and guidance based on best practice and past experiences and can provide ideas on where to start and what to consider.
The Alumni Office can help by:
- Offering advice and expertise to help you plan and devise a format your event
- Promoting your reunion on the alumni website and via other channels of communication
- Sending invitations on your behalf to old classmates and friends
- Coordinating staff and faculty involvement in your event
- Processing bookings, registrations and payments for your event
- Sourcing archived materials such as prospectus', graduation brochures and magazines etc.
"50 years of friendship was too important a milestone in our lives not to celebrate, and with the great support and assistance of the Alumni Office we celebrated in style. Our group came together for a weekend of reminiscence which was perfectly curated by team." Tony Pensom, BA Modern Languages 1974
WHEN - Choose a date for your reunion
Allow plenty of time to plan, organise and make arrangements for your event. It’s recommended that you start planning your reunion at least 6 months prior to the date. Ensure you have considered public andschool-holidays and high profile events and occasions to avoid any clashes.
WHERE - Choose a location or venue
Many alumni choose to hold their reunion events at the Bradford campus as it allows participants to revisit the University and the place(s) they spent their time together as students. However some reunions may take place off-campus at venues such as a bar, restaurant or somewhere central to where alumni are now locatedsuch as in another city or town.
WHO - Identify who you'd like to invite
Who do you wish to reunite with? Is it a specific class or year group, members of a club/society or your old house mates? How many people do you envisage attending the reunion? Do you plan to invite just alumni or their partners/families as well?
HOW & WHY - Select a format for your event
What is the purpose of your event? Do you want to celebrate something in particular such as a landmark or anniversary or do you just simply wish to organise a social get-together? There is no standard reunion format and you should plan an event you feel will be appropriate and reflective of your group. You might decide to organise a formal dinner gathering or a more casual tour and drinks and networking reception.
COST - managing budgets and collecting payments
You need to consider the overall cost of your event and how you plan to cover this (i.e. do you plan to divide the cost amongst participants?). Work out a simple budget for your event taking into account any fixed expenses you are likely to incur (i.e. accommodation, catering, room hire, travel etc).