Frequently Asked Questions
The big question we wrestled with was: how would we be able to bring Reunion to life while maintaining the safety and well-being of our alumnae and alumni attendees while considering the risks involved with travel and gathering during COVID-19? Holding an in-person Reunion would mean maintaining six-foot radiuses around each other: no hugs, no handshakes, no dancing, no close conversations, etc. Out of an abundance of caution and care for all in our community, we have decided to have a virtual Reunion.
Canceling Reunion was quickly not an option. It's important to get together now—even if it’s virtually.
Of course some things will be different given the circumstances. However, the goals of the Reunion program remain the same: to create opportunities to connect with classmates, raise awareness about the Notre Dame Fund (the annual fund), and enjoy each other’s company. You will still be able to connect with classmates, have discussions about the NDF, and laugh and share memories.
Yes! Whether we would have had Reunion in person or virtually, this year’s theme is Reinvention and Interaction.
As much as we would like to see you, please do not come to campus at this time.
Visitors are discouraged from coming to campus to help us maintain public health guidelines as outlined by the CDC and State of Maryland. More updates about how NDMU is handling campus spaces related to COVID-19 may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information page.
What follows is a draft schedule. Please provide input on this draft through the brief survey no later than June 30. A final schedule will be available in early July.
Note: All times listed below are Eastern. Time frames are approximate and may change in the final version.
Tuesday, October 6
Connect with your classmates over your preferred cocktail (or mocktail). Happy Hours will be arranged by class year.
Wednesday, October 7
While at NDMU, you weren’t just close with your class, but with those in classes older and younger. Join in on cohort Zooms! Each decade will have specific meeting times so those who have classmates and friends in various decades can attend more than one event.
Thursday, October 8
25th and 50th Toast with President Yam
The silver and gold reunion years (1995 and 1970) are invited to a joint toast. Hear from President Marylou Yam and spend time together celebrating virtually.
Friday, October 9
Careers have changed this year. We invite you to share your career stories and network with others in your field.
Specific sessions and times will be developed based on interest from the community. Each session would last approximately 45 minutes and fall in the general timeframe of 3-7 p.m. Some examples of a profession session are:
- Education (breakouts for k-12 and higher education)
- Healthcare (breakouts for administration and practitioners)
- Stay-at-home parents
- Small business owners/operators
A Live Address from President Marylou Yam
Saturday, October 10
How Do You Fix Your Coffee?
During these past few months away from each other, a new platform has emerged for normal conversation. Sample this new weekly event in its special Reunion format.
How to get involved and stay involved at NDMU?
Connect with alums on various committees about how they stay involved and why, what they’re working on for the future, and more.
Alumnae and Alumni College
Alumnae and Alumni College is designed with education in mind. You spent years in the classroom discussing and learning; now it’s time to return to those roots. This year, our Alumnae and Alumni College will speak directly to COVID-19’s impact on NDMU and feature a panel discussion followed by breakout sessions.
Gab with Gators, Reunion Style!
Opt in (ahead of time) to be set up at random with a new NDMU connection for a short chat during this timeframe.
Sunday, October 11
Spiritual Reflection/Prayer Service/Virtual Memorial
Registration will open in mid-July. We are happy to accept electronic and mailed registration at that time. Please do not visit Noyes House to drop off your registration as campus is currently closed to visitors.