Duke University Alumni Magazine

Reunions Spring

Photos By Duke Photography

A blast for the past: Fireworks highlight the Big Dance, held in a tent the size of Wade Stadium's playing field

pril on campus: an array of tents popped up on both East and West Campus quads like tulips in the Duke Gardens to welcome more than 3,000 alumni and family members for a fresh concept --a spring reunion weekend. Replacing separate reunions in the fall, one grand gathering of graduates will be held each spring. Autumn will be reserved for the traditional Homecoming.

The classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, and the Half Century Club celebrated at Friday class parties on the quads, a variety of campus events on Saturday, the Big Dance that evening, and a Sunday champagne breakfast in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. A University Photography team captured those memorable moments.

Blue Devil revelry at the Big Dance

Magical Milieu: an evening of dancing gargoyles, Blue Devils, and three bands--a jazz quartet, swing, and the Drifters--over six hours, and enough food and drink for thousands
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Class of '49 memorabilia

Tenting on the quad

Music and movement: Sunday's sounds by the Duke Wind Symphony

Reminiscences: Class of '59 nursing school grads Marty Pyle Smith, Janet Anderson Lonski, and Anna C. Frick Snyder share snapshots

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