25th Reunion

The Class of 1990 25th reunion was held from Wednesday, May 27, 1915 through Sunday, May 31. This was the schedule. We didn't save a lot of memorabilia, except for a video of the presentation of the class survey results, which was a highlight! If you have any photos, video, or other media from the 25th reunion and/or other past reunions that could be added to this site, please contact us.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 PM Senior Class Day Exercises (Tercentenary Theater)

Senior Class Day is a student-focused, somewhat informal celebration. In addition to a featured speaker selected by the 2015 Class Committee, the Class Day Exercises include presentations of the Ames Awards and the Harvard and Ivy Orations.

2:00 PM, 3:00 PM Walking Tour: What's New at Harvard? (Leave from Phillips Brooks House)

5:00 - 8:00 PM Class of 1990 Welcome Reception (Reunion Headquarters, between Holden Chapel and PBH)

Ease into the Twenty-fifth Reunion with the sounds of a welcoming steel drum band. A photo booth will be set up for family/friend photos during the evening together. There'll be games and face painting. Come unwind after your travels, and mingle outside in the balmy evening with your classmates.

Hosted by: Martina Albright, Tim Kierstead, Hope Prockop and Jon Bernstein

8:00-9:30PM Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and Harvard University Band Concert (Tercentenary Theater)

8:00 - 12:00 AM Reunion Meet-and-Greet (snacks and bars open until midnight) (Phillips Brooks House Tents)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

6:30 - 9:30 AM Family Breakfast (Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall)

8:15 - 8:30AM Class of 1990 Procession forms (Adjacent to Harvard Hall)

8:30 - 11:30 AM 364th Commencement: Morning Exercises (Tercentenary Theater)

The Morning Exercises consist of orations,anthems,and the conferring of degrees on all the graduates. Diplomas are received at ceremonies at the Houses and at individual graduate and professional schools. Tickets are required for entrance to Harvard Yard and are limited to one per alumnus/a. You may pick up your ticket from headquarters in Phillips Brooks House at any time on Wednesday or Thursday. Guests may view a simulcast of the program in the Science Center.

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM 25th Reunion Commencement Luncheon (Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall)

1:20 PM Bagpipe Parade to Annual Meeting of HAA (Parade begins outside Memorial Hall)

2:30 - 4:15 PM Annual Meeting of the HAA: Afternoon Program (Tercentenary Theater)

The program will include welcoming remarks and recognitions by Cynthia Torres’80, president of the Harvard Alumni Association; an announcement of Overseer and HAA director election results; the presentation of the Harvard Medals; remarks by President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History Drew Gilpin Faust; and an address by the Commencement speaker, Deval Patrick AB ’78, JD ’82, who recently concluded two terms as the 71st Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

6:30-9:00PM Class Dinner (Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall)

Join us for a modern take on an old New England tradition. Adults eat with classmates in Annenberg; kids eat with the Children’s Program in the large tent across from the Science Center.

Hosted by: Char Joslin, Chris Kaneb, Jody Fink and Julie Clifford Smail

9:00-10:30PM Author/Book Signing Event - books will be available for purchase (Science Center Tents)

10:00 PM - 12:30 AM Afterparty (Science Center Tents)

Hosted by: Robbie Kellman Baxter and Lois Leveen

Friday, May 29, 2015

6:30-10:00AM Family Breakfast (Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall)

10:30 - 11:30 AM "Harvard Today: A Faculty Forum" (Sanders Theater)

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Presentation of Class of 1990 Survey Results (Sanders Theater)

Organized by: Miriam Bavly and Elliot Thomson

12:15 - 2:00 PM Class Luncheon (organized by freshman dorm) (Science Center Tents)

2:00 - 3:15 PM Class Panel Discussions (Science Center Hall)

All of Us Are Journalists Now: How to Cope with the Era of Fast news and Digital Media (Science Center D)

Getting Past the Mania of College Admissions Today (Science Center C)

3:00 - 4:00 PM "A Conversation with President Faust" (Science Center Hall B)

An Informal Dialogue with Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History.

4:15-5:30PM Seven Minute Stretches: Mini TED-style Talks by 1990 Classmates (Science Center Hall B)

You Are Already in the Club: Harvard, the Ultimate Membership (Robbie Kellman-Baxter)

Pros and Cons of Choosing an Artistic Life (Jean Kwok)

Myth vs. Reality: Changing Demographics and Hispanic Influence in Education, Politics and at Harvard (Fidel Vargas)

When Granny Wants You Dead: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Biotechnology (Nathaniel David)

The Upside of a Chronic Disease (Bill Brazell)

The Rise of the Super-Rich (Chrystia Freeland)

Why I Was Banned from Harvard (Wen Stephenson)

Early Evening Children's Dinner (with bar for adults, adults invited to socialize) (Science Center Tents)

7:00PM Class Photo (Steps of Widener Library)

If you want a copy of the class photo, you can purchase it from Panfoto.

8:00 - 9:30 PM Class Dinner (Science Center Tents)

Italian Style Theme

Hosted by: Jessie Steigerwald and Patty Dowden

8:00 PM Harvard Hillel Shabbat Dinner (reservation required)

8:45 PM Shabbat Dinner at Harvard Chabad (RSVP requested)

9:45 -11:30 PM Class Cabaret Show "25 years in 5 Minutes: An Evening of Stand-up, Stories and Songs" (Sanders Theater)

With a slideshow of classmates in the visual arts

Be seated by 9:45 to relive the late '80s in pictures before the show!

Hosted by: Roland Davis

11:30 PM - 1:00 AM Afterparty (Phillips Brooks House Tents)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

6:30 - 9:30 AM Family Breakfast (Annenberg Hall, Memorial Hall)

9:00 - 11:45 AM Class Scavenger Hunt (pre-registration required) (Start at John Harvard Statue in Yard)

Hosted by: Gina Wilcox and Sandy Kahn

9:00 - 11:00 AM Tours of the renewed McKinlock Hall, Leverett House

Tours will meet on the corner of DeWolfe Street and Memorial Drive, at the entrance to the Leverett House Dining Hall

Tours will be in groups of 15 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

9:00 - 10:15 AM Classmate Panels and Discussion Groups (Science Center Hall)

What We Didn't Learn at Harvard: Life Lessons We're Still Learning (Science Center D)

Practicing Medicine in 2015: Challenges and Rewards (Science Center A)

Current Trends in Social Change-making and How I Can Make a Lasting Impact (Science Center C)

10:30-11:45AM Classmate Panels and Discussion Groups (Science Center Hall)

Your Money or Your Life: Defining Ambition, Achievement, Contentment and Worth in Ways that Aren't (Only) About Income (Science Center C)

The Way of Art or the Artist's Way (Science Center A)

Fighting Climate Change with Clean Energy: The Great Moral Imperative of the 21st Century (Science Center D)

12:15 - 2:00 PM Class Lunch in the Houses

Eat at your former house - shuttle service will be available to Radcliffe Quad Houses

Chaired by: Patty Dowden

2:00 - 3:15 PM Classmate Panels and Discussion Groups (Science Center Hall)

Covering the Forever Wars (Journalism in Iraq and Afghanistan) (Science Center B)

See you at our 250th reunion: The Innovation of Aging (Science Center C)

Making Technology Work for You (Science Center D)

3:00 - 5:00 PM Mini-Reunions for Alumni of Undergraduate Organizations

3:30 - 5:00 PM Classmate Panels and Discussion Groups (Science Center Hall)

Opportunities and Tensions in 21st Century Education (ending at 4:45) (Science Center D)

Waging the War on Terror (ending at 4:30, followed by joint Q&A with Covering the Forever Wars panelists 4:30-5:00) (Science Center B)

The Adaptive Life (Science Center C)

3:00-5:00PM Tours of the renewed McKinlock Hall, Leverett House

Tours will meet on the corner of DeWolfe Street and Memorial Drive, at the entrance to the Leverett House Dining Hall

Tours will be in groups of 15 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

5:00PM Board Buses for Class of 1990 Pre-Pops Dinner (Depart from Quincy Street near Lamont Library)

5:30 - 7:00 PM Pre-Pops Dinner (Murr Indoor Tennis Courts)

Blue Hawaii Theme

7:00 PM Board Coaches for Police Motorcade to the Pops at Symphony Hall

8:00 - 10:00 PM Class of 1990 Night at the Pops (Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston)

A 25th Reunion Tradition, our Night at the Pops not only celebrates Keith Lockhart's own 20th anniversary conducting the Pops, but it also features the talents of three of our own Class of 1990 world-class musical talents: Metropolitan Opera's Ethan Herschenfeld who will be singing bass; pianist Evelyn Chen who will be playing Rhapsody in Blue; and Vanessa Lann, who will be premiering her new composition, "Dancing to an Orange Drummer", at this event.

During the second half of the program, the audience will vote for selections the Pops will play and our own classmate a cappella groups--organized by Oscar Alcantra--will sing a medley.

Hosted by: Sue Keller

10:30 PM - 1:30 AM Afterparty with Dancing (Reunion Headquarters and Holden Chapel)

A throwback to the 90s! We’ll have a DJ on hand to get our second-wind (or third?) going as we usher in the Sunday events. For those in a more mellow mood, there will also be ample quiet space for everyone to talk and catch up.

Hosted by: Farai Chideya

Sunday, May 31, 2015

6:30 - 8:00 AM Coffee and Tea (Annenberg Dining Hall)

9:00 - 10:30 AM The "Classic Hahvahd" Tour (Depart from Memorial Hall)

9:30 - 10:45 AM Class Memorial Service (Memorial Church)

Please join us as we remember and pay tribute to those classmates who have gone before us. Officiated by members of the clergy from the Class of 1990.

Hosted by: Tyler Chapman

9:30 - Noon "Launch of the Next 5 Years" Family Brunch Celebration (Annenberg Dining Hall)

Hosted by: Rhonda Bentley Lewis

11:00 AM - Noon A Cappella Brunch Concert (Annenberg Dining Hall)

2:00PM Final Check-out from dorms; headquarters closes

25th Reunion (from John Rodarte)