Mini-Reunions are an important class activity as they strengthen old friendships, establish new ones, build class identity, and reinforce ties to Wheaton.

Mini-reunions are a great way for classmates to maintain connections with each other and the college, especially between Reunions. It is also a great opportunity to help re-introduce class members who may have lost contact.  Gatherings may be held anywhere in the world, and can be any length of time – from a couple hours over lunch and drinks weekend trips.

The Alumni Relations Office is happy to assist volunteers in planning these events. Generally your class vice-president or president is the liaison between the College and your class for planning mini-reunions.

Getting Started

  1. Recruit a committee of classmates for ideas, planning, and communication.
  2. Find a date, time, location and cost to the event.
    1. For multiple day events, please work out an itinerary.
  3. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at alum@wheatoncollege.edu to share your idea and start the process of communicating out to the rest of the class.

Mini-Reunion Ideas

  • Social hours or Lunch/Dinner at a classmates house or a restaurant
  • Cultural Events at a museum or performance
  • Outdoor fun sailing, skiing or touring a vineyard
  • Already planned Wheaton Regional events
  • For longer events – historic U.S. cities, cruises or resorts.

Resources

The Alumni Relations Office will help with:

  • Providing a class list
  • Promote the event on the class webpages.
  • Setting up and sending only 1 email save-the-date (must be at least 12 weeks before the event)
  • Setting up and sending 1 email invitation (8 weeks prior to the event)
  • Printing and mailing out 1 hard copy invitation to classmates (8 weeks prior to the event)
  • Sending out one final confirmation (1 week before event)
  • Event in a Box

The Alumni Office will NOT assist with:

  • Creating a registration for the event
  • Maintaining an attendance list
  • Paying for any part of the event
  • Promoting the event on College wide communications

After the event

After your wonderful mini-reunion, please contact the Alumni Relations Office to update your class webpages with photos from the event and an attendance list.