Reunion FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for Reunion?

Registration is accepted online, via phone, or paper registration form.

Feel free to contact the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations staff to register over the phone:
Trevor Ebert, Program Coordinator: 410-532-3166
Aliza Ross, Director: 410-532-3184

What's the cost to attend Reunion? What's the refund policy?

For the most part, events are free to attend. Costs are associated with events that contain food and beverage. Refunds, minus the administrative registration fee, will be granted until 4:30 p.m. (close of business) on Tuesday, August 27.

A non-refundable registration fee of $10 is asked of each alum at the time of registration. This small fee helps off-set the administrative costs associated with Reunion Weekend. It is waived for guests and alums who graduated in the past ten years: 2009-2019. 

The early-bird deadline, Friday, August 23 at 4:30 p.m., has now passed.

Event Cost Cost after the Early-Bird Deadline (August 23)
Jubilarian Luncheon $40 per person $50 per person
Class of 1994 Happy Hour Free for class of '94 alums; spouses and guests are welcome at $15 per person. Free for class of '94 members; spouses and guests are welcome at $20 per person.
School Receptions $5 per person $10 per person
125th Celebration $50 per person $60 per person
Class of 1969 Luncheon and Pinning Ceremony Free for class of '69 alums; spouses and guests are welcome at $30 per person. Free for class of '69 alums; spouses and guests are welcome at $40 per person.
Lunch (for all classes), NDMYou Craft Fair, and Book Signing $30 per person; $15 for children 18 and under $40 per person; $15 for children 18 and under
Beer and Wine Tasting $10 per person $15 per person
Taste of Maryland Dinner $45 per person; $15 for children 18 and under $55 per person; $15 for children 18 and under
Schedule-Related Questions

Alumnae and Alumni College sessions are new. What are they?

Alumnae and Alumni College is intended to provide space for thoughtful discussion and learning; it parallels the experience you had as a student in the classroom. Alumnae and Alumni College sessions are meant to be more informal, however. There's no homework, no quizzes, no exams or papers due! These opportunities may be led by faculty, staff, students, or alums. The selection of programming in Alumnae and Alumni College will change each year.

What is a TEN Talk?

A TEN Talk is part of this year's offerings in Alumnae and Alumni College. The idea is a riff on the popular TED Talks. TEN indicates a ten-minute (maximum, it may be shorter) presentation about your area of expertise. The presentation may also revolve around an experience you would like to share with others. 

To present at a TEN Talk, you must inform the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations by August 15: simply complete this form. A schedule of presentations will become available much closer to Reunion and presenters will be kept in the loop about their presentation time and AV needs.

What will happen at the school receptions?

This is an informal time to reconnect with your program's faculty and alums from multiple generations. It's an excellent time for networking. We will confirm the schools hosting receptions soon. There is a $10 fee (after August 23) to attend these receptions and that fee will cover as many receptions as you'd like to attend; so if you have your undergraduate degree from the School of Arts, Sciences, and Business, and your graduate degree from the School of Pharmacy, you could attend both receptions for the $10 price.

When is the Reunion Luncheon happening?

Our schedule has incorporated elements of the 125th Anniversary and because of the format in this special kick-off year, we have decided not to hold the Reunion Luncheon. The Alumnae and Alumni Awardees typically honored at the luncheon will be honored at the 125th Celebration on Friday night. 

If you are looking for a similar format to the Reunion Luncheon (sit-down meal, updates about the University, and time to reconnect in a more formal fashion), we invite you to the Jubilarian Luncheon on Friday afternoon. That luncheon's style will be very similar to the Reunion Luncheon.

It looks like you have a typo on the website: Thinkin should be spelled Thinking or Think-In. What gives?

The word Thinkin is actually correct in this case. Thinkin is the language of the WOW (Women of the World) Festival, created by Jude Kelly. NDMU is proud to be one of two WOW Festival hosts in the United States. Cool, right? Part of the WOW planning process includes gathering input from the community.The festival should reflect its attendees. These planning sessions, information gathering sessions, rather, are called Thinkins.

What is the Reunion dress code?

Reunion is meant to be a fun, easy time to reconnect. Any particular dress code or suggestion will be added to specific event descriptions in the schedule

Additional Information

Friday night's 125th Celebration suggests cocktail attire: casual suits (no tie needed), cocktail dresses and the like. As the theme of the evening will be NDMU's 125th Celebration, you might like to wear something in the NDMU color palette (blue and white).

What will the weather be like?

Early September is still summer! It will be warm, and hopefully, we'll have pleasant weather. There will be opportunities to be in and outside. This year we will be utilizing an indoor space for all major meals (no tent this year) so you may wish to dress in layers to suit your comfort.

Please check the forecast before making the journey to campus.

What meals are available and what's on the menu? What if I have dietary restrictions?

All menus will include options for vegans, vegetarians, and those who are gluten-free. If you have a particular dietary need (including one of the aforementioned), please inform the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations by Friday, August 23 so our dining service may plan accordingly.

Jubilarian Luncheon
Caprese Salad, Turkey Club

125th Celebration
Antipasto, Shrimp & Grits, Chicken & Waffles, Spanikopita, Specialty Cocktails, and more!

NDMYou Lunch
Chicken Souvlaki, Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice, Mini Tacos (Beef, Chicken, Roasted Butternut Squash), Hamburger Sliders, Black Bean Sliders

Taste of Maryland Dinner
Pit Beef, Pit Ham, Pit Turkey, Maryland Crab Soup, Mini Crab Cakes, Mini Vegetarian Cakes

Where can I stay?

Please review the Lodging page for information about room blocks secured by the University at local hotels. Campus dormitories are reserved for student use. 

Where do I go when I arrive on campus?

Please make your first stop the info tent on Doyle Lawn. There you will receive Reunion materials including a printed schedule of events. Walk-in registration will be available at the info tent.

Are children welcome?

Children are welcome to attend Reunion. Activities (think arts and crafts, board games, sidewalk chalk, etc.) will be available in Noyes Alumnae House for children to use at their leisure. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide organized childcare and supervision. Parents, please plan accordingly. 

Will I get to meet current students at Reunion?

Yes! Current students will be part of Reunion activities throughout the weekend and there will be plenty of opportunities to connect.

Where do I park on campus?

A shuttle will be circling campus during the weekend. Parking will be plentiful in the visitor lots by the tennis courts and Alumnae Field. When you park, feel free to flag the shuttle when you see it, or head to one of the convenient pick up and drop off locations: 

  • Bunting Hall Parking Lot (by the Library crosswalk)
  • Doyle Lawn
  • MBK Gymnasium
  • Tennis Court Parking Lot

The Noyes House lots will be reserved for those with state-issued accessibility tags.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

We're eager to hear from you! Please connect with the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu or call 410-532-5201.