Alumni Weekend & Reunions

Each year in June, more than 650 Ripon alumni and guests make their way back to campus to celebrate Alumni Weekend with friends old and new. Keep your calendars open for June 27-30, 2019!

A typical schedule includes class reunions, the annual Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble, and options for campus tours, socials, activities, reminiscences and plenty of time to explore campus and connect with each other. Some of our finest scholars and student-athletes will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Citation, Outstanding Young Alumni Award or induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Alumni Weekend 2019

This summer, we will celebrate class reunions for Golden R (1954, 1959, 1964), 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014!

2019 Honored Guests

    • Distinguished Alumni Citation: Col. James E. Czarnik ’89, retired Lt. Col. Todd J. Johnson ’94, Kathryn R. Schultz ’89
    • Outstanding Young Alumni: Jenan J. Kharbush ’09 and Ornella Umubyeyi ’13
    • Athletic Hall of Fame: Brittany N. Dick ’09, Sandra DeVries Ernst ’03, William F. Fiedler ’82, Joshua J. Kraemer ’09

    NEW IN 2019! Weekend Alcohol Package

    This year, there is a Weekend Alcohol Package available for $35 per person. The package will include beer and wine for the following events:

    • All-Alumni Reception, 7-11 p.m.
    • All-Campus Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    • *Reunion Celebrations, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    • All-Alumni Party, 8 p.m.-midnight

    *All Golden ‘R’ and Class of 1969 alumni guests receive complimentary beer and wine with the purchase of their reunion dinner.

    Note: Cash bar available at above events without package purchase.


    Please stay tuned for Alumni Weekend 2020 registration details.

    Information and Full Schedule


Registration, Check-In, Name TagsCenter for Career and Professional Development, Lower Level Pickard Commons
Open Thursday 3-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Complimentary drip coffee, decaf and hot tea will be available all weekend.

Common Grounds CafeLower Level, Pickard Commons
Made-to-order beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase on Saturday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bovay’s Mercantile430 Woodside Ave., Campus Apartments
Open Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.  – 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for Ripon College merchandise. 10%-off coupon available at registration.


Upon arrival to campus, visit CHECKIN AND REGISTRATION in the Center for Career and Professional Development, lower level of Pickard Commons

To assist in planning, MEAL RESERVATIONS are appreciated. Please note any dietary needs or allergies when registering.

For LOCAL LODGING, please visit

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING available on Thursday (6/27), Friday (6/28) and Saturday (6/29) nights in Tri-Dorms or Johnson Halls on a first-come, first-served basis for $55 per person per night (single or double occupancy, includes basic linens and pillow). On campus housing is provided to members of the Golden “R” Classes (1969 and all years prior) free of charge. Requests can be made to group reunion years or living groups together. NEW in 2019! On campus guests will be provided continental breakfast from 6:30-8:30 am each morning following their stay.

  • Tri-Dorms and Johnson Hall will remain unlocked throughout the weekend. Guests will be issued keys for their rooms. Keys can be picked up during registration hours or after hours in Johnson Hall. You are advised to lock your room when it is unoccupied.
  • Room keys must be deposited in the orange box near the front desk of Tri-Dorms or Johnson Hall by 10 a.m. Sunday.
  • Linen, towel, soap, pillow and blanket (one per bed) are provided. Children may stay in the same room with their parents. Since rooms are not air-conditioned, you may wish to bring a small fan.

When you arrive on campus, please connect to the RallyNet Guest network for all of your WiFi needs. No password is required.
The campus ATM is available on the lower level of Pickard Commons near Alumni Weekend Registration at the Center for Career & Professional Development.

Our 24-hour EMERGENCY phone number is 920-748-8703, option 002. Since this number accesses security and maintenance personnel, please use only for emergencies. For non-emergencies, please call 920-748-8126.

THURSDAY | June 27

6-8 p.m.

Alumni Weekend Kickoff – upper level, Roadhouse Pizza, downtown Ripon
$10 per person includes pizza, appetizers and soda. Cash bar.

FRIDAY | June 28

7 a.m. Breakfast & Registration
8:15 a.m. Shotgun Start
Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble – Pick your course at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Green Lake
Presented by the Weiske Family, all proceeds benefit Red Hawks Athletics.
NEW in 2019- All-American Individual Registration includes general registration PLUS a Red Hawks gift bag, $200 per person before May 1. $130 per person standard early bird rate until May 1; $150 thereafter. Full event details and sponsorship opportunities are available online:

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Class of 1969 Memorabilia Room – B12, Lower Level Pickard Commons

9:30 a.m.
Guided Upper Campus Tour - Departs from Lower Level of Pickard Commons

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Alumni & Faculty Luncheon – Vines and Rushes Winery, County Hwy E, Ripon
Lunch, dessert and wine tasting with some all time great faculty members. Bus departs from Pickard Commons at 11:15 a.m..
$15 per person, limited availability.

2 p.m.
Guided Lower Campus Tour – Departs from Rodman Center for the Arts

2-3:30 p.m.
Farr Hall Seminar – Farr Hall 331
Join Farr Hall physics, biology and chemistry faculty for short lectures followed by building and laboratory tours with summer research students. All majors welcome!

5:15 p.m.
1851 Awards Dinner Program – Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
2019 Honorees:
Distinguished Alumni Citation – Col. James E. Czarnik '89, retired Lt. Col. Todd J. Johnson '94, Kathryn R. Schultz ’89
Outstanding Young Alumni – Jenan Kharbush ’09, Ornella Umubyeyi '13
Athletic Hall of Fame – Brittany Dick ’09, William Fiedler ’82, Joshua Kraemer ’09
Limited seating; $45 per person includes beer and wine.

7-11 p.m.
12th Annual All-Alumni Reception – The Spot, Harwood Memorial Union
Complimentary snacks provided by the Class of 1989.

8 p.m.
The Other Half Concert - Demmer Recital Hall, Rodman Center for the Arts
Members of the Class of 1969’s The Other Half will perform their seventh reunion concert. Complimentary.

SATURDAY | June 29

8 a.m.
Rally Run – Meet outside The Spot
$10 per person includes souvenir t-shirt.

8 a.m.
Tennis – Larson Courts, Willmore Center
$10 per person includes souvenir t-shirt.

9-11 a.m.
Theta Chi Frisbee Golf – Tee off from Pickard Commons
$5 to play benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

9:30-11 a.m.
‘That Was Then’ Memory Sharing – Kregse Little Theatre, East Hall
An Alumni Weekend tradition hosted by Sue Angell Schmidt ’81 and Scott Nyquist ’69 with complimentary coffee, tea and juice.

9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Class of 1969 Memorabilia Room – B12, Lower Level Pickard Commons

11 a.m.
Class March – Meet outside Todd Wehr

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
All Campus Lunch & Class Celebration – Memorial Lawn Tent
Enjoy a traditional Wisconsin summer picnic, honor the 100th anniversary of ROTC at Ripon, and congratulate the 2019 reunion classes.
$15 per person.

1-2:30 p.m.
Greek Socials – Various Locations

1:30 p.m.
Walk on the Prairie – Meet at the Trailhead behind the Willmore Center
Hosted Professor of Biology Emeritus Skip Wittler

1:30 p.m.
Alumni Lacrosse Game vs Central Wisconsin Select - Upper Sadoff Field

2-3 p.m.
Celebrate Diversity - Open House at the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Lower Level of Bartlett Hall
All alumni interested in supporting and celebrating diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus are welcome to join the Alumni Board for an open house.

4:30-5:15 p.m.
State of the College – Lane Library steps (Rain site: North Reading Room)
Join acting President Ed Wingenbach and College Vice Presidents for an update on the College.

6 p.m.
Golden R Class Celebration for all years prior to 1969 including Class of 1954 – 65th Reunion, Class of 1959 – 60th Reunion, Class of 1964 – 55th Reunion – MLK Lounge, Harwood Memorial Union
$40 per person includes beer and wine.

6 p.m. Class Photo & Complimentary Cocktail Hour
6:45 p.m. Golden R Club Induction & Dinner
Class of 1969 50th Reunion Celebration – Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
$50 per person includes memory book, beer and wine.

6-8 p.m.
Class of 1984 35th Reunion Celebration – Home of Connie Herbon Moser, 220 Elm Street, Ripon
$30 per person.

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class of 1974 45th Reunion Celebration – Campus Fire Pit at The Spot, Harwood Memorial Union
$35 per person

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class of 1979 40th Reunion  Celebration  – The Atrium, Willmore Center
$35 per person.

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class of 1989 30th Reunion Celebration – The Bovay Terrace
$35 per person.

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class of 1994 25th Reunion Celebration –The Spot, Harwood Memorial Union
$35 per person.

7-9 p.m.
Class of 1999 20th Reunion Celebration – J’s BBQ, Downtown Ripon
$30 per person includes two drinks.

7-9 p.m.
Class of 2004 15th Reunion  Celebration – Roadhouse Pizza, Downtown Ripon
$25 per person includes beer and wine.

7-9 p.m.
Class of 2009 10th Reunion Celebration – Knuth Brewing Company, Downtown Ripon
$25 per person includes beer and wine.

7-9 p.m.
Class of 2014 5th Reunion Celebration – Knuth Brewing Company, Downtown Ripon
$25 per person includes beer and wine.

8 p.m.-Midnight
All Alumni Party – Memorial Lawn Tent, Fire Pit & The Spot
Complimentary desserts. Music provided by the Class of 1984.

SUNDAY | June 30

8:30 a.m.
Service of Remembrance - Heritage Room, Pickard Commons
All alumni are welcome to this non-denominational service organized by the Class of 1969. Remarks by Professor Emeritus Doug Northrop and Professor Brian Smith.

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Farewell Brunch – Main Dining Room, Pickard Commons
$15 per person.

9:30 a.m.
Alumni Cycling Ride – Meet in the front of the Willmore Center
Join Coach Alec Hoover for a 40 mile ride. Complimentary food and beverages provided afterwards.

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