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Alumni Reunion Toolkit

Alumni Reunion Toolkit

Are you planning your LBJ School class reunion but don't know where to begin? The Alumni Reunion Toolkit was developed by LBJ staff and alumni volunteers and includes information, sample documents, and other resources to help you make the most of your reunion weekend.

***2019 LBJ School Alumni Weekend dates will be announced soon!***

Getting Started

Start early and begin with a planning timeline and forming a planning committee. If your reunion is very small or you're working with a short timeframe, use The Simple Version

Finding Your Classmates

Connecting with classmates can be challenging because UT Austin and LBJ School alumni data is protected information, but the alumni relations coordinator can send an email or letter to your classmates on your behalf. Replies can be sent directly to you so you can begin putting together a roster. Turnaround on distributing communications may take up to a couple of weeks, so keep that in mind when you begin planning. 

"Updating the class roster was very time consuming—the committee divided up MIAs. LinkedIn was helpful, but lots of cold calls were made, too." —Class of 1983 Reunion Volunteer

Depending on the culture of your class, using social media, such as creating a Facebook group or event page, may be an effective tool. 

If you still have 'lost' classmates, send an email to everyone on your roster and include a list of names for those you're still seeking. Your classmates may be able to help you locate them.

Forming a Planning Committee

You may already have a handful of classmates ready to organize your reunion, but if you don't, the alumni relations coordinator can help by reaching out on your behalf to classmates who have indicated they would like to be involved. 

Committee members should:

  • Attend the reunion and participate in all committee meetings
  • Be responsive to emails, phone calls and/or texts
  • Contact classmates to encourage attendance at your reunion
  • Actively help plan events and activities

Reunion Planning Schedule

Your planning timeline will depend on the size of your class, which milestone reunion this is, and how soon you form a committee. The following proposed schedule assumes a full year of planning. 

Phase I

  • Form your committee(s)
  • Develop class roster with contact info; look for 'lost' classmates
  • Begin outreach to classmates to look for volunteers and start fundraising

Phase II

Phase III

  • Finalize reunion activities
  • Send formal RSVP communication and registration forms

Phase IV

  • Finalize any catering orders
  • Send event reminder communication
  • Enjoy your reunion!

Planning Your Reunion Activities

Reunion Planning Checklist

This reunion planning checklist was developed to assist alumni when they are organizing a reunion weekend. Not all items on the checklist will be relevant to every reunion.

Sample Itineraries

Class of 1982 35th Reunion Itinerary

Class of 1983 30th Reunion Packet (Invitation, Itinerary, Registration Form)

Class of 2007 10th Reunion Itinerary

Sample Communication

Class of 1982 35th Reunion Email

Sample Design and Print Materials

Class of 1976 40th Reunion Save the Date

Class of 1982 35th Reunion Program

Electronic Event Planning Resources

Alumnifire is the LBJ School's alumni and student networking platform. Use the system's Bulletin Board feature to create an Event for your class reunion or post a Class Note for your classmates.

myRollCall is an event-organizing platform that acts as the promoter, ticket agent, custodial banker, and fundraising bookkeeper for volunteer-driven communities like alumni groups.

Eventbrite is a global ticketing and event technology platform that allows event organizers to plan, promote, and sell tickets to events. Attendees can also find and purchase tickets on the platform.

Doodle is an Internet calendar tool for time management and coordinating meetings.

The Simple Version

We have a lot of resources to help you plan a full schedule loaded with activities, but there are reasons to consider a much simpler reunion for your class:

  • Your class is relatively small
  • Your reunion date snuck up on you and there's not much time to plan
  • The culture of your class leans toward "less is more"

Here is what one class decided to do a few months before their reunion date:
The Simple Version - Class of 1994 20th Reunion