Spring Reunions Weekend Schedule of Events

See the Weekend in Photos

We had a Heel of a time seeing you in Chapel Hill to celebrate Spring Reunions Weekend, May 11-14, 2023.

See who went to the reunion:
Class of ’73 attendees
All reunion weekend attendees

Class of ’74, you’re next! See you in Chapel Hill in 2024.

Thursday, May 11

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Old Students Club Luncheon, Thursday Seating
The Carolina Club, Alumni Hall, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

James Lee Love (class of 1884) donated an endowment to the UNC General Alumni Association to fund an annual gathering of the “Old Students Club” for all who have reached or passed the 50th anniversary of their graduation year. Each graduate from 1973 and earlier, along with one guest, are welcome to attend the luncheon at no cost. Space is limited, registration required. Programming will include a commemorative video by Charles Kuralt. Please note, alumni in the following class years should sign up to attend the Friday seating: ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’71, ’73


5:30-7:30 p.m. | Milestone Class Dinner Celebration and Class Photographs: Classes of ’58, ’63 and ’68
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill

Enjoy dinner with your classmates and celebrate your UNC graduation anniversary. The class of ’58 is celebrating 65 years, the class of ’63 is celebrating 60 years and the class of ’68 is celebrating 55 years. Class group photos will be taken prior to dinner.


5:30-7 p.m. | 50th Reunion Opening Reception
Host hotel: Sheraton Chapel Hill

Begin Spring Reunions Weekend with a welcome reception at the class of 1973 host hotel, Sheraton Chapel Hill. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, good conversation and a cash bar. Reunion packets will be available for pick up at check in. This event is sponsored by Galloway Ridge at Fearrington and 50th Reunion Patrons.

Friday, May 12

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Reunion Check-In and Information Desk Open
Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center


9:30-11 a.m. | Featured Enrichment Session: Hot topics in Health: Our Aging Brains, Mental Health and Preparing for the Next Pandemic
Gerrard Hall

As we age, how do our brains change and how can our cognitive function be impacted? Are there different types of dementia? Why are some people more affected than others? What can we do to support a healthy brain? Our mental health is influenced by our brain, genetics and external factors. Do depression, anxiety and other bio-behavioral issues change with age? Why did our mental health worsen during the COVID pandemic? Finally, why is preparing for the next pandemic so important, and how is Carolina leading the charge though its program called READDI (Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Development Initiative?) A distinguished group of three UNC researchers will serve on this interactive, educational and (we hope) lively panel:

  • Gwenn Garden, MD, chair of Neurology, distinguished professor and co-director of Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, distinguished professor, chair of psychiatry and director of UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders
  • James Rosen, chief executive officer, READDI program
  • Moderator:  Dr. Martha Peck ’73 (77 MS, ’00 MD), semiretired family medicine physician with UNC Physicians Network and former vice president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private foundation dedicated to supporting medical research and science education


11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Old Students Club Luncheon, Friday Seating
The Carolina Club, Alumni Hall, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

James Lee Love (class of 1884) donated an endowment to the General Alumni Association to fund an annual gathering of the “Old Students Club” for milestone class years that have reached or passed the 50th anniversary of their graduation year. Featured Speaker will be Matt Andrews with the UNC History Department. Note: This seating is exclusively for the following classes along with one guest: ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’71, ’73


1:05-1:20 p.m. | Class of ’73 Reunion Photograph
Stairs outside George Watts Hill Alumni Center


1:45-3:15 p.m. | Featured Enrichment Session: Divided We Stand: Women’s Activism and the Transformation of American Political Culture, 1969-73 and 1973-2023
Gerrard Hall

In the fall of 1969, times were a’changing when it came to women’s rights and aspirations. The class of 1973 – which initially included ten times as many men as women – would come of age during a golden period for the nascent Women’s Movement, when both parties and all branches of the federal government supported women’s advancement. Many doors opened, and women of all political persuasions poured through. Such remarkable transformation sparked powerful opposition and, by 1973, a second women’s movement of conservative women had organized, becoming increasingly powerful through the decade. Historian Marjorie J. Spruill ’73 has chronicled the rise of these two competing movements and their impact in a highly acclaimed book Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics.

In conversation with UNC professor emerita Jacquelyn Hall, who arrived at UNC as a young professor in the mid-1970s, Spruill will discuss women’s activism at UNC and the nation in that pivotal era, as well as the subsequent impact on national affairs, up to and including our deeply polarized, highly partisan political culture of today.

  • Jacquelyn Hall is Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emerita and founding director of UNC’s Southern Oral History Program
  • Marjorie Spruill ’73 is Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of South Carolina
  • Moderator: Joseph Loveland ’73, formerly of King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta


1:30-5:30 p.m. | GAA Vintage Slideshow, continuous showings
Peebles Room, The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center


3:30-4:30 p.m. | Campus Bus Tour
Departs in front of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center


3:30-4:30 p.m. | Guided Walking Campus Tour
Departs in front of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center


6-7:30 p.m. | Reunion Check-In Reopens
Genome Sciences Terrace


6-8 p.m. | Jubilee on the Hill
Genome Sciences Terrace

Class milestones (’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’71, ’73) and your guests are invited to relive your college days with laughter, conversation and a delicious Southern meal in an open-air atmosphere on the terrace of the UNC Genome Science Building.

Saturday, May 13

9 –10:15 a.m. | Featured Enrichment Session: Saturday Morning in Chapel Hill
Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium

Moderated by Doug Dibbert ’70, UNC General Alumni Association president, this session will include a panel discussion featuring Pamela Campbell Chisholm ’73, Joseph Loveland ’73, Marjorie Spruill ’73, Nancy Armstrong ’73, Kartik Tyagi ’23, Keisha Solanki ’23, Tylah Harrison ’23 and Grace Taylor ’23. The discussion will focus on the student experience at Carolina in the late 60s and early 70s, and how it compares to campus life today.

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Reunion Check-In and Information Desk Reopens
Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

10:45 a.m. –12 p.m. | Featured Enrichment Session: Athletics at UNC since 1973
Blue Zone, Kenan Stadium

Join current UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham, his predecessors Dick Baddour and Bill Cobey, and former Senior Associate Director of Athletics Beth Miller in a panel discussion about how athletics has changed over the last 50 years. Some of the topics to be discussed include the impact of Title Nine, how Name Image and Likeness are changing the dynamics of college athletics and what conference realignment means to UNC.

12:15 –1:45 p.m. | Annual Alumni Luncheon
Alumni Hall, The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The GAA’s 2023 Distinguished Service Medals will be presented to Dwight Jacobs ’87, Barb Lee ’88 and Karen Shelton. UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz will speak, and the UNC Clef Hangers will perform. Dress is business casual.

2-3 p.m. | Campus Bus Tour
Departs in front of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center

2-3 p.m. | Guided Walking Campus Tour
Departs in front of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center

6:30 –11 p.m. | 50th Reunion Dinner and Dancing for the Class of 1973
Blue Zone, Concourse Level, Kenan Stadium

The Class of 1973 is invited to cap off a fun-filled weekend with friends new and old, with dinner and dancing in a uniquely spectacular Carolina setting: the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium. Dress is smart casual.

Sunday, May 14

8-9:30 a.m. | 50th Processional and Commencement Ceremony
Kenan Football Center, 5th Floor, Kenan Stadium

The classes of ’73 and ’71 are invited to participate in a wonderful Carolina tradition. Process into Kenan Stadium for Spring Commencement 2023. Spouses and guests are welcome to join the fun for coffee and socializing in our gathering spot and will have a perfect vantage point to watch the procession. Following the procession, which should end before 9:30 a.m., you may depart or enjoy the rest of the Commencement program.

Point of Contact

Allison Deem '10
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions
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Allison joined the Carolina Alumni staff in May 2022. She is excited to be back home at Carolina planning events for Tar Heels to reunite in Chapel Hill. Allison enjoys live music, spending time at the beach, a good cup of tea and playing with her cat, Alice.