Well over 2,000 Carleton College alums convened over the weekend for the school’s annual reunion weekend.
Though heavy rains and flooding earlier in the week put a damper a several of the weekend’s planned activities, nary a cloud was in sight for a full day of events of Saturday.
Classes celebrating reunions anywhere from five to 75 years took part in a bird walk, family yoga, convocation, lawn games, a field day challenge, discussions, countless tours and more. Of course, breakfasts, luncheons and dinners were hosted by nearly every class between activities, too.
Carleton sophomores Ebeth Glickson and Alice Mae were stationed inside working at an information booth.
Glickson reported that 2,207 alumni had pre-registered to attend the weekend festivities.
“I think that number broke the record for pre-registration,” Mae said.
Walk-in registration was welcome though, likely making that attendance number higher.
The pair also said alums traveled into Northfield from all over the globe.
“They’ve come from Vietnam, Japan,” Glickson said, “there is a monk from New Zealand here too,”
Class of 1964 graduate Golby Uhlir didn’t travel from anywhere quite as exotic.
Uhlir and his wife drove up from Sioux City, Iowa for the weekend to celebrate his 50th reunion. A retired lawyer, Uhlir said he has attended many of the reunion weekends and still gathers with a group of his classmates two or three times a year.
“It’s fun to get here,” he said, “I enjoy seeing the changes and improvements on campus.”
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