Reunion Schedule 2018

We are excited to welcome classes ending in "3" and "8" back to campus for Reunion Weekend! Your Reunion is an important milestone that honors your personal connection to Simmons - your education, friendships, and experience.

Contact us if you have any questions.

Please note that an asterisk* indicates that a fee is associated with this event. Schedule subject to change.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

2:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Check In and Welcome Center Open
School of Management Building, Lobby

4:00 – 5:15 P.M. 
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Guided Tour*
Private tour led by museum docent. 
Meet Reunion Staff by 3:30 PM in the lobby of the Palace Road Building to walk over as a group by 4:00 PM for this 60-minute tour starting at 4:15 P.M. Transportation will not be provided. Please meet in the lobby of the Museum at 4:15 P.M. if you plan to take a car service.

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.  
Fenway Park Tour*
Meet Reunion Staff by 5:30 PM in the Main College Building, 1st floor lobby at 300 The Fenway to walk as a group to Fenway Park for this 60-minute tour starting at 6:00 P.M. Transportation will not be provided. Please let a Reunion Staff member know at the Check In Desk if you plan to take a car service.

Friday, June 1, 2018

8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Check In and Welcome Center Open
School of Management Building, Lobby

7:30 – 9:00 A.M.
Continental Breakfast for those staying on-campus
Bartol Hall, Residential Campus

9:15 – 10:15 A.M.
From Labyrinth to Library: Campus Walking Tour
Main College Building, 1st floor lobby at 300 The Fenway Entrance
Walking tour of the campus led by Simmons students.

10:30 – 11:45 A.M.
Simmons in STEM, Panel Discussion
PSC183, 1st floor, Park Science Center
Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Join to learn how Simmons is changing the field--past, present and future. Panelists: Professor Donna Beers, Mathematics; Professor Jenna Canfield, Chemistry; Connie Lewis '63, Analyst with the Mitre Corporation; and Kimberlee Hixon '17, Novartis Fellow.

12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
50th Reunion Celebration Lunch

M501-502, 5th floor, Management and Academic Building

The Class of 1968 and their guests are cordially invited to a luncheon with President Helen G. Drinan ’75LS, ’78SM (1968 Classmates only please)

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lunch: Strengthen Your Simmons Connection*
Kotzen Room, Ground Level, Lefavour Hall
Do you want to hear more about fellow alumnae/i? Do you want to know more about Simmons’ impact on the world? Do you want to volunteer with Simmons? Join us to learn more about the vision and goals for the advancement of Simmons and the role you can play. Join us for lunch, networking, and remarks by Marianne Lord, Vice President of Advancement.

2:00 – 3:15 P.M.
Activism: Then and Now  An Interactive Discussion
C101, 1st floor, Main College Building 
How did your time at Simmons inspire you to take on issues of the day or to campaign for social change? Meet Simmons alums who have affected change over the last 50 years and share your views and stories of leadership. Facilitators: Professor Gary Bailey, DHL, MSW, ACSW, Professor of Practice at Simmons School of Social Work; and Susan Antonelli ’98, Dean for Student Life.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts Guided Tour of the New American Wing*
Meet Reunion Staff by 3:30 PM in the Palace Road Building, 1st floor lobby to walk as a group
Transportation will not be provided. If you choose to arrive from a car service or apart from the walking group, please meet at the MFA/Linde Family Entrance, located on Museum Road on the Museum’s west side at 4:00 P.M.

3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
From Labyrinth to Library: Campus Walking Tour
Main College Building, 1st floor lobby at 300 The Fenway Entrance
Walking tour of the campus led by Simmons students.

4:30 – 6:30 P.M.
NEW: Welcome Back Meet and Greet!*
Get reacquainted with each other and Simmons during this reception and light dinner, in true dining hall fashion. Come mingle, grab and go, or sit and eat. Stations will feature "Tastes of Boston" with a New England flare! Join faculty, staff, and fellow alumnae/i for this festive reception before heading to evening activities. 

6:45 P.M.
Sunset Duck Boat Tour*
Explore Beantown from an amphibious World War II vehicle. Ride the DUCK by numerous Boston landmarks then ease into the water for a scenic cruise along the waterfront of the Charles River offering breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. Quack! Quack! 
Meet Reunion Staff outside of Lefavour Hall on Avenue Louis Pasteur. You’ll see the DUCK BOAT!

7:00 – 11:00 P.M.
"On the Town" – Simmons Night at the Pops*
Conductor Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops presents "On the Town" - a classic since its original Broadway debut in 1944. Join this special orchestral and dance concert celebrating this classic work with Broadway singers and dancers, and new choreography by Tony award-winner Kathleen Marshall.
Meet outside of Lefavour Hall on Avenue Louis Pasteur for bus transportation to Symphony Hall. Buses depart promptly at 7:00 P.M. for an 8:00 P.M. show. Return buses will depart within 20 minutes after performance.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Check In and Welcome Center Open
School of Management Building, Lobby

7:30 – 9:00 A.M.
Continental Breakfast for those staying on campus
Bartol Hall, Residential Campus

9:00 – 10:00 A.M.
Boston Courses: Be a student again!
Choose from one of two Simmons PLAN (Purpose Leadership ActioN) courses offered to first-year students. Join us for a lesson from two popular courses: 

  1. What the Health is going on in Boston? with Professor John Lowe (M222, 2nd Floor, School of Management Building)
  2. Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in Boston through Film with Professor Lena Zukerwise (M223, 2nd Floor, School of Management Building)

10:15 – 11:00 A.M.
NEW: Gwen Ifill Tribute Video Viewing and Discussion
C101, 1st floor, Main College Building
In remembrance of Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD and her legacy the short video of her life’s work will be playing in close proximity to where the new Gwen Ifill Wing will be opening in the Fall 2018. The video will be followed by a short discussion led by members from the 50th Reunion Class Judy Phair King ’68, and Terri Messer ’68, and current Communications student Nasyria Taylor ’19 on what it means to them that Simmons has named one of the Colleges ‘The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities’ and for preparing future generations of leaders in media, communications, arts, and the humanities.

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Affinity and Class Meetings
Locations listed below. Enjoy connecting with classmates and affinity groups.

Classes of 1943 and 1948 Meeting
Main College Building, C308

Class of 1953 Meeting
Main College Building, C302

Class of 1958 Meeting
Main College Building,  C106

Class of 1963 Meeting
Main College Building,  C318

Class of 1968 Meeting
Main College Building,  C101

Class of 1973 Meeting
Main College Building,  C311

Class of 1978 Meeting
Main College Building,  C104

Class of 1983 Meeting
Main College Building,  E209

Class of 1988 Meeting
Main College Building,  W203

Class of 1993 Meeting
Main College Building,  C105

Class of 1998 Meeting
Main College Building,  W201

Class of 2003 Meeting
Main College Building,  E207

Class of 2008 Meeting
Main College Building,  W205

Class of 2013 Meeting
Main College Building,  W206

Hillel Meeting
Main College Building, Special Functions

12:00 – 1:15 P.M.
Alumnae/i Recognition Luncheon and Class of 1968 Daisy Chain Celebration*
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, 3rd floor, Main College Building
So much of what we do at Simmons is only possible through the philanthropic and volunteer support of our alumnae/i community. Join us to recognize fellow classmates and celebrate the Class of 1968 becoming part of the Half-Century Club.

1:30 – 2:45 P.M.
State of the College Address with President Helen G. Drinan ’75LS, ’78SM
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, 3rd floor, Main College Building

3:00 – 3:45 P.M.
Alumnae/i Association Annual Meeting
C101, 1st floor, Main College Building

3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
From Labyrinth to Library: Campus Walking Tour
1st floor lobby, 300 The Fenway Entrance, Main College Building 
Walking tour of the campus led by Simmons students. 

3:00 – 4:00 P.M
Class of 1953 High Tea (1953 classmates and guests only, please)
Kotzen Room, Ground Floor, Lefavour Hall

6:30 – 10:00 P.M. (unless otherwise noted)
Class Dinners* 
Reconnect with your class! These events are held at various locations on and off campus. Guests welcome.

Classes of 1943, 1948, and 1953
Kotzen Room, Ground Floor, Lefavour Hall
Includes seated dinner with open beer and wine selections

Class of 1958
M513 - Executive Dining Room, 5th Floor, School of Management
Includes seated dinner with open beer and wine selections

Class of 1963
Faculty and Staff Dining Room, Lower Level, Main College Building
Includes buffet dinner with open beer and wine selections

Class of 1968
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, 3rd Floor, Main College Building
Includes reception then seated dinner with open beer and wine selections

Class of 1973
M501/M502, 5th Floor, School of Management Building
Includes reception then buffet dinner with open beer and wine selections

Class of 1978 (Please note, location change)
M501/M502, 5th Floor, School of Management Building
Includes reception then buffet dinner with open beer and wine selections

Class of 1983 (Please note, this event begins at 5:00 P.M.)
The Walter at Longwood, 35 South Huntington Avenue, 5th Floor
Includes wine tasting and appetizers from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Class of 1988
Back Bay Social Club, 867 Boylston Street, Boston
Includes appetizers and stations with cash bar

Class of 1993
Trustman Art Gallery, 4th Floor, Main College Building
Includes appetizers with open beer and wine selections

Class of 1998
Tapestry, 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston
Includes appetizers and cash bar

Class of 2003 (Please note, location change)
Tapestry, 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston
Includes appetizers and cash bar

Classes of 2008 – 2018: Graduates Of The Last Decade (GOLD) Party
The Bleacher Bar, 82A Lansdowne Street, Boston
Includes appetizers with one drink ticket and cash bar

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Please note: All Sunday events will be held on the residential campus.

8:00 – 11:30 A.M.
Check out of residence houses

8:00 – 9:00 A.M.
Service of Remembrance
Simmons Hall, 1st Floor, Residential Campus
Join us to pay tribute to the members of our community who are no longer with us. This informal service will provide us the opportunity to celebrate the role they played and the contributions they made in our lives. The remarks and service will be conducted by Reverend Bonnie-Jeanne Casey, Director of Spiritual Life.

9:30 – 11:30 A.M.
Alumnae/i Awards Ceremony and Farewell Brunch Hosted by the Alumnae/i Association Executive Board
Alumnae Hall, Residential Campus
Celebrate and recognize leaders in our Simmons alumnae/i community. The program will feature the presentation of the 2018 Alumnae/i Association Awardees and recipients will offer remarks. The closing program will be conducted by Amy White ’81, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Honorary Trustee.

  • Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award: Lenore Epstein Blum '63
  • Alumnae Service Award: Janet Trafton Tobin '67 and Nancy Sandler Gavrin '58
  • Community Service Award: Nicole Bowen Hardy '91
  • Recent Alumna Achievement Award: Melissa Gersin '10

11:30 A.M. 
Residence houses close
For transportation from the residence campus to the academic campus, shuttles will be available until 12:00 P.M.