1997 20th Reunion Schedule


Set off on an exciting all-ages adventure, exploring Yale’s famous points of interest, old and new. Capture and tag pics along the way! Materials available at Silliman reunion HQ & there will be prizes!

Thursday, May 25, 1:00 PM - Sunday, May 28, 2:00 PM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: HQ - Entry G Rm 11
Y97 Casual Dinner at Yorkside

After you drop your bags, join other early arrivals at the old go-to for slices, Greek salads, and all of the other favorites you remember. The cost of this dinner is not included in the registration fee, so pay as you go.

288 York Street

Thursday, May 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Meet Me at Mory's!

Plan to meet your friends at Mory’s, the place to be Thursday night as the doors are thrown open to all returning alumni! Complimentary food, impromptu singing and camaraderie from 9 pm to midnight.

Thursday, May 25, 9:00 PM - Friday, May 26, 12:00 AM
Mory's - 306 York Street
AYA Faculty Lectures

Rows of empty seats in classrooms across campus await your arrival for our many lectures on Friday and Saturday mornings. This morning we will feature some of Yale's most distinguished faculty members in two time slots, from 9 - 10 am, and from 10:30 - 11:30 am. A number of tours and open houses are also offered.

Friday, May 26, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Y97 Meetup at Wall St Pizza (AKA Naples)

Swing by for a slice or two (or breakfast, served all day!) and a beer, at this long-time favorite. Cost of lunch is not included in registration fee, so pay as you go.

90 Wall Street

Friday, May 26, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Day at the Peabody Museum

Calling all families and natural history fans! Meet at the Hillhouse Gate on Grove Street and enjoy the scenic walk (about ½ mile) to the Peabody Museum. Once there, prepare to be wowed by the new state of the art gem and mineral gallery, the famous Great Hall of Dinosaurs, and the collection of animal, evolution and artifact exhibits that this celebrated institution is known for. Admission is free all weekend with your reunion badge!

Friday, May 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Exploring Family History Through Film - The Last Ring Home

Screening and talk back with Minter Dial

The Last Ring Home is a half-hour award-winning WWII documentary that traces the incredible story of the Annapolis ring of US Navy officer and hero, Lt Minter Dial. 

​It's a moving story, one of love, courage and honor, that portrays values, relationships and behaviors that crystallize the Greatest Generation. ​Born in South Carolina, son of a senator, and a graduate of the Annapolis Naval Academy in 1932, Dial represented the best of the southern heritage and the finest of the Navy tradition. He married a worldly, beautiful and charming actress, Lisa Porter, with whom he shared a powerful romance and had two children. But when duty called, in the summer of 1941, Dial was assigned to the Philippines where he captained the USS Napa at the war's outset and won the Navy Cross.

He then became a Prisoner of War (POW) of the Japanese at the fall of Corregidor in May 1942. Dial survived under the most inhumane conditions where over 40% of the Allied prisoners held in the Philippines died, only to die himself after ​2 1/2 years of imprisonment under friendly fire.

After being mortally wounded​, Dial's last wish made to a fellow prisoner and close friend ​was to have his Annapolis ring returned to his loving wife. But the ring never made it​ in the ensuing chaos​. But the story of the ring didn't stop there. 

An extraordinary part of  The Last Ring Home​ is the incredible serendipity that followed the ring. The whole story​ lay dormant, until a fortuitous telephone call out of the blue in 1992 to Minter 

Dial​’s grandson, named after him, that gave the story life again. The Last Ring Home uncovers the mystery of how the ring was lost and found and, importantly, the lasting legacy it had on all those it touched. It is a touching tribute to the members of the Greatest Generation and a reminder of what is truly important. 

Friday, May 26, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Loria Center - 200 York St.
Room: 250
Y97 Class Chat

Managing Mid-Career & Life Transitions

Meet up and connect with other Y97 classmates considering or experiencing changing careers and other significant “course corrections” in life. Share your experience in a casual, unstructured setting. 



Friday, May 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Common Room
Singles Meet Up

Mix and mingle with other singles at this pre-happy hour happy hour. Of course, non-singles welcome too. Cash Bar, not included in reunion fee.

The Anchor Spa
272 College Street

Friday, May 26, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
University Welcome Reception

The evening begins with a reception for all classes. Enjoy samples of a variety of wines, as well as cheese and fruit, in a beautiful and historic Yale setting. Find your friends by looking for your residential college flag.

Friday, May 26, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cross Campus - On College between Elm & Wall

Let the good times roll! Raise a blue margarita (or whatever drink you fancy), as we toast our class and times together, both present and past.

Friday, May 26, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
The Great American BBQ

Savor all the flavors of a delicious American barbeque dinner, with a menu that features Texas-style beef brisket (smoked tender all day in Yale Dining’s famous brisket truck), pulled pork, BBQ chicken, and quinoa burgers. Child-friendly fare available at 6:30pm. 

Friday, May 26, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
Y97 Night at the Theater

A special multimedia presentation of Decades Apart: Reflections of Three Gay Men, written and performed by classmate Rick Pulos. The play examines the attitudes of three gay men living in different places and times in the U.S., with images, headlines and newsclips, that reflect back on the issues that influenced how these men saw themselves and their worlds. And it's all set to the backdrop of familiar songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, that are sure to bring about a nostalgic vibe. (Mature audience only.)

Friday, May 26, 9:00 PM - 10:15 PM
Whitney Humanities Center - 53 Wall Street
Room: Theater
Post-Dinner Reception

The festivities continue in Silliman Courtyard, with the bar open until 1am and a classmate-compiled IPOD playlist that’s sure to take the party up a notch. Let us know your favorite tunes that will keep you dancing and laughing well into the night!

Friday, May 26, 9:30 PM - Saturday, May 27, 1:00 AM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
A guided meditation elixir with Peter Giblin ’92

Come on a remarkable and surprising journey of self-discovery into your own subconscious and unconscious, the source of most of our patterns and behaviours. Using ancient wisdom with proven techniques, you will be able to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of yourself, transform limiting self beliefs and negative conditioning, and seed the archetypal qualities we all need to reach our optimal potential. 


Saturday, May 27, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Dwight Hall - 67 High Street
Get Up and Go!

Meet at the Silliman front gate to find a running partner or go into our reunion HQ to get a map with a fun route. It’s OK to cut short and stop for an egg & cheese sandwich at the new Starbucks or Panera if making it to East Rock is just too much after last night’s events…

Saturday, May 27, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
Morning Yoga for All Classes

Start your Saturday morning (weather permitting) with some gentle stretching and breathing exercises, and get your body feeling "yoga good" for a busy day of reunion activities! This is a mixed-level class featuring modifications for all levels of ability, so whether you have been practicing for years or have never touched a yoga mat, everyone can have an enjoyable experience in this class. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. No previous yoga experience necessary; children and all ages welcome.

Saturday, May 27, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Morning at Yale

Here's your chance to enjoy again the extraordinary opportunities available at Yale! There are two "course times," 9 am and 10:30 am. Learn or do something wonderful this morning!

Saturday, May 27, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lunch Under the Tent

Continue last night's conversations over a casual, family-friendly picnic under the tent with hamburgers, hotdogs, beer, and wine.

Saturday, May 27, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
Family Festival

The AYA invites you to our Family Festival at Payne Whitney Gym! Kids will love discovering our selection of inflatable attractions, including a climbing wall and giant slide, plus a photo booth, carnival games, safari animal rides, and more!  (Children must be accompanied by a parent.)

Saturday, May 27, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Payne Whitney Gym - 70 Tower Parkway
Promoting Emotional Intelligence – Presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett

Promoting Emotional Intelligence – Presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett

Got kids? Chances are you've heard about the movement to promote emotional intelligence at schools nationwide. Join us for an engaging, interactive presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in its Child Study Center, as well as the lead developer of the RULER system, to learn more about the benefits of helping your child(ren) name, understand and express their emotions.


Saturday, May 27, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall - 1 Prospect Street
Room: 114
Y97 Afternoon Talks - Politics Today

This panel discussion will showcase some of our classmates who have been involved in today’s political scene:

  • Betsy Swingle Hoblemann on how she navigated state and local politics to start a charter school in Baltimore
  • Mike Johnston on running for Governor of Colorado
  • Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Charles Duhigg each of the New York Times on news in the age of Trump.

All sides of the aisle encouraged to attend. Usage of Twitter optional. 

Saturday, May 27, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall - 1 Prospect Street
Room: 114
President's University Update

President Peter Salovey welcomes you back to campus, offering his review of Yale today.


Saturday, May 27, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
A Celebration of Yale Singing

After President Salovey’s update, join singers from all classes for a jamboree celebrating Yale’s incredible musical tradition. Alumni from the Glee Club and Whiffenpoof and Whim ’n Rhythm alumni groups, conducted by Glee Club alumna Stephanie Tubiolo '14. MMus '16, will perform Yale favorites from many generations, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Bright College Years.” (The Glee Club rehearsal for the Celebration will take place at 10:30 am Saturday morning as part of "Morning at Yale." All singers are welcome!)

Saturday, May 27, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Performance by String Quartet ROSIN

“It’s not classical music – it’s disreputable classical music.” In ROSIN’s own terms, this innovative new band, featuring classmate Annie Arras Bartlett ’97, is on a mission to “break the rules” and create its own blend of instrumental music, fusing classical with elements of bluegrass, rock and jazz. You won’t want to miss out on this lively performance; it’s sure to set the stage for an inspired, upbeat evening ahead.

Saturday, May 27, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Rosenfeld Hall - 111 Grove St.
Room: 101
Cocktail Hour

Join us under our tent for pre-dinner drinks; awards and announcements from class officers and reunion chairs.

Saturday, May 27, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
Class Dinner

A swanky meal under the tent, highlighting Yale’s best global cuisine, which of course… includes a pasta station. Performances from the 1997 Whiffenpoofs and Whym 'n Rhythm will get us all singing. And if little tummies start rumbling early, children’s options are available starting at 6:30pm. 

Saturday, May 27, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
Reunion Party!

The “keynote” event of the weekend! Party like it’s 1997 with songs classic and contemporary. Imbibe with friends old and new. Who needs Snapchat when we have our own photo booth to record the moments… Late night pizza delivery for those who make it to the end!

Saturday, May 27, 9:30 PM - Sunday, May 28, 1:00 AM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
AYA Farewell Breakfast at University Commons in Schwarzman Center

Enjoy memories of Commons and a final gathering with friends at this delicious breakfast for all classes, featuring muffins, coffee cake, bagels, oatmeal, grits, Belgian waffles, eggs, French toast, potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and juices. We promise you won't go home hungry!

Sunday, May 28, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Schwarzman Center : University Commons
Y97 Memorial

Gather to share memories of the classmates we lost too early, but have not forgotten.

Sunday, May 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Silliman College - 505 College St.
Room: Courtyard
Residential College Open Houses

Sunday morning is your opportunity to visit your old stomping grounds during open houses at all twelve residential colleges. Current students from each college will be on hand to talk to you about residential college life at Yale today. Access will be limited to the courtyard, but there will still be plenty to see and talk about!

Sunday, May 28, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
University Church Worship

Join Yale’s ecumenical Christian community for Sunday worship, which will include prayers for alumni who have died, a sermon by The Reverend Dr. Raquel St. Clair Lettsome '92, and wonderful music and liturgy. Rev. Lettsome is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  For 16 years, she served as the first female Executive Minister of the historic 4000 member St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ.  She is currently an Associate Minister at Union A.M.E. Church in Warwick, NY.  Her preaching distinctions include the 2011 Distinguished Preachers Series at Riverside Church, NY, the 2011 George A. Crawley Women in Ministry Preacher at the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, a conference preacher for the 2012 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and a conference preacher for the 2017 Festival of Homiletics.  Dr. Lettsome holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and she is the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (2005).  Dr. Lettsome is the wife of the Rev. Lydell C. Lettsome, M.D. and mother of Tiffany Simone and Luke Charles. 

Sunday, May 28, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street