Our affinity and class-based reunions reinforce the mission of the GAA, to keep alumni involved with and informed about their University.

Reunions provide occasions for alumni to return to Chapel Hill, renew acquaintances with classmates, have fun, strengthen ties with Carolina and perhaps leave with ideas for making those ties with their alma mater and friends more meaningful.

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The GAA facilitates two types of reunions:

Affinity reunions are gatherings of alumni based on their involvement in or affiliation to a particular group, experience or common connection, such as fraternities, sororities, student government, sports teams or other student organizations. A reunion can be as simple as a cookout, cocktail reception or weekend full of activities.

Class-based reunions are gatherings of alumni based on their graduation year (e.g. class of 1968, class of 1953, etc.). Spring commencement weekend typically hosts our more seasoned class celebrations, such as the 50th, 55th and 60th class reunions.

Looking to plan a reunion but aren’t sure where to start? Let us help. Your GAA welcomes the opportunity to assist alumni from a particular group (affinity reunion) or specific class (class-based reunion).

Plan an Affinity Reunion

Tanea Pettis '95
Director of Alumni Programs
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Tanea has been a member of the GAA staff since 1998. She currently serves as director of alumni programs overseeing the Light on the Hill Society Scholarship, athletics, Carolina Clubs, Homecoming, outreach and reunions. She’s a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., carries her NOOK with her wherever she goes and has a large collection of Coca-Cola bottles from across the world in her office.

Plan a Class-Based Reunion

Jean Service '85
Coordinator of Outreach and Special Events
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Jean joined the staff of the GAA in May 2019. She loves connecting people and planning opportunities for fellow Tar Heels to return to Chapel Hill. Jean enjoys spending time with family and friends at the lake, taking walks with her dogs and gardening.