June 2-5, 2016





Colby welcomes back alumni from 2015 and all classes ending in 1 or 6 for Reunion 2016 -- a weekend of activities that will revive old memories and create new ones!


Information and Preliminary Schedule 

We have expanded our Reunion programming to include our new Colby signature events all taking place under the big tent! A tentative schedule, highlighting our traditional and new events, can be viewed below. Final program schedule can now be viewed here in addition to the mobile app.


Thursday, June 2


6:00 p.m.

Class of 1966 Buffet Dinner at Old Town Hall Meeting Place at the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown


Friday, June 3


8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.


7:00-10:00 a.m.

All Classes Breakfast

7:30 a.m.

Golf Tournament at Belgrade Golf Club

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Bird Watching

8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Bookstore Sale

8:30 a.m.-Noon

Cycling in Central Maine. A 25-mile morning ride.

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Arboretum Nature Walk for Families

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Colby Classic Sandwiches

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Tours and Open Houses: Various

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Class of 1966 Panel Discussion: Now and Then (1966 only)

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Lectures and Presentations by Colby Faculty

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Introduction to Colby College by Admissions Department for Prospective Students and Parents

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Art Activities for All Ages Led by Colby Art Museum Educators and Artists

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Lectures and Presentations by Colby Faculty

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Colby Athletics Gathering hosted by Athletic Director Tim Wheaton and sponsored by C Club

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Class of 1991 Informal Gathering 

4:00-10:30 p.m.

Maine Beer and Wine Fest: All Alumni BBQ and Dance Party

5:15-5:45 p.m.

Shabbat Candle Lighting and Meet-and-Greet with Rabbi Rachel Isaacs

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Class of 1966 Reception and Dinner with President David A. Greene

8:30 p.m.-Midnight

Quiet Lounge 

10:00 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Late Night Pub Hangout



Saturday, June 4


7:00-10:00 a.m.

All Classes Breakfast

7:00-10:00 a.m.

Breakfast for the Class of 1966

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


8:30-11:00 a.m.

Blue Light 5K Run

9:15-10:15 a.m.

A Conversation with President David A. Greene

10:15 a.m.

Join the Parade: Parade of Reunion Classes - Line up in front of Miller Library


Kids participate as a future alumni

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Celebrate Colby: Class Gift and Alumni Award Presentations in the Big Tent

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Colby Signature Event: Vacationland Luncheon

1:00-4:30 p.m.

Climb the Rock Wall

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Tours and Open Houses: Various

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Face painting in the Family Fun Tent

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Colby College by Admissions Office for prospective students and parents. Tour of Campus.

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Celebratory Gathering Honoring Deb Aitken (register here)

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Kids Sports Clinics

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Faculty/Alumni Lectures and Presentations


Alumni Authors Book Signing

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Family Sing-along in the Blue Tent.

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Campus Tour by Admissions Office

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Kids Sports Clinics

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Faculty/Alumni Lectures and Presentations

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Art activities led by Colby Art Museum educators and artists

5:30-10:00 p.m.

Kids Pizza Party, Games ,and Movie Night. (8-17 years of age)

5:30-9:00 p.m.

Class of 1956 Reception and Dinner at the Museum

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Class Pictures, Receptions and Dinners

8:00-10:30 p.m.

Live Music and Dance Party with Groove Alliance


Quiet Lounge


Late Night Pub Hang Out



Sunday, 5 June


7:00-10:00 a.m.

Class of 1966 Champagne Jazz Brunch

7:00-11:00 a.m.

All Classes Champagne Jazz Brunch

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Boardman Memorial Service

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Mark Serdjenian Retirement Event (register here)

10:00 a.m. -Noon

Miller Tower Tours


Check out of Residence Halls

Arrive Early

Past reunion attendees often say the weekend passes too quickly. You may wish to arrive Thursday night if you plan to play in the Friday morning 2016 Annual Colby Reunion “Best Ball” Golf Tournament, participate in the 25 Mile Bike Ride or rediscover Colby with tours, fun lectures and opportunities to meet faculty, staff, and current students! And you will not want to miss our first Colby Signature Event on Friday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Big Tent with a Maine Beer and Wine Fest.

Registration and Pricing

Registration opens on March 15th and closes May 27. Check back then to register. No registration forms will be accepted after that date. Register early -- space is limited! Why not come for the whole weekend? There’s plenty to do.

We are offering three all-inclusive packages:

1) Friday Only

2) Saturday/Sunday Only

3) “The Weekend”

There will be no additional fees to participate in the scheduled Reunion events and activities once you have arrived on campus. Fees help cover the costs of Reunion expenses such as all meals and food, all beverages, tents, tables and chairs, entertainment, mementos, and additional student staffing. Some unique events taking place during Reunion weekend require seperate registration and fees given the nature of those events including the 5K Blue Light Run, Golf Tournament, and retirement luncheon for Mark Serdjenian.


Housing and Class Headquarters

To get the complete Colby experience, we encourage you to stay on campus. Each class has its own headquarters and stays in the same dorm(s) together. Dorm rooms have one or two single beds and shared bathrooms. Standard linens are supplied. Plan ahead to room with friends, which you will be able to request on your registration form. If you are bringing children, feel free to bring sleeping bags or pack n’ plays, and the kids may sleep in your room without incurring a fee as they will not be using a campus bed. If your days of staying in the dorms are over, feel free to make your own hotel reservations. Some hotels are offering a good rate for Colby Alumni. Information on area hotels is available online.

Check In

You will receive all of your information, wrist bands, housing assignments, keys and mementos at registration in the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center.
Thursday, June 2       10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, June 3            8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday June 4        8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Eat Well

Eat and drink well from Friday morning through Sunday brunch by attending the scheduled campus breakfasts and lunches, the Colby Signature Events in the Big Tent as well as your special class receptions and dinners. Quick meals and snacks are available in the Joseph Family Spa and the Marchese Blue Light Pub, both in Cotter Union. Hours will be posted in the final program. Information about area restaurants is available online. Information about area restaurants is available online.

Class Officers

Find out who your class officers are and which classmates are planning your reunion under the "Stay Connected" tab at the top. There is still time to get involved and maybe even volunteer for the 2016 Reunion weekend. Feel free to contact your class officer by locating them on this list.

Get Moving

Colby’s athletic facilities are available to alumni and their guests. Tennis, swimming, walking, jogging, squash (bring your own racquet) and the fitness center are great options. Don’t forget about the beautiful trails in Colby's Perkins Arboretum. The Quarry Road Recreation Area, just down the hill, offers easy walking and mountain-biking trails as well as access to Messalonskee Stream for canoeing or kayaking. Of course, Maine’s gorgeous mountains, beaches, and hiking trails are a short drive away.

For some fun competition, sign up for Friday’s “Best Ball” Golf Tournament at Belgrade Golf Club. Children 10 years of age or older may play if they have previous experience. Click here to register (coming soon).  Maybe you prefer to sign up for a 25-mile morning ride through the gently rolling hills of Oakland and Sidney. Join David McKay Wilson '76 and Colby Magazine Editor Gerry Boyle '78 as they lead the group by Messalonskee Lake (and the Hume Center), then turn east to the Kennebec River. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the countryside during your return to Maine and Colby. You must be 16 or older to participate.  The pace will be moderate. Don’t forget to bring a bike, helmet, water bottle, and spare tube. This event is free but you must register online. More details will be posted soon. 

2016 marks the fourth running of the Blue Light 5K Run. Join fellow alumni for a Saturday morning trek through Colby's beautiful arboretum. You’ll get a t-shirt if you register by April and an adrenaline boost for participating. Register for the 5K trail run when you register for Reunion 2016. 



Colby Kids Childcare

Colby has contracted with the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville for childcare reunion weekend. Children ages 3 to 12 (who are potty trained) can participate in a full program of supervised activities Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, or Saturday evening. Your child can attend some or all of these sessions. More information is available on our website.


You must preregister for childcare by May 23, 2016. Reservations cannot be accepted after that date. Late registrations and walk-ins are not allowed, so please register early. See the children’s program for more information.

Teenagers and high schoolers are welcome to join all reunion events. If your teen is interested in an interview with the Admissions Office, a limited number of appointments are available Thursday and Friday. Contact Admissions at admissions@colby.edu or at 207-859-4800 to schedule an interview. Campus tours are available Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m.

Getting Here

By carGoogle maps or Mapquest are ideal for directions. Use 4000 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine, 04901 as your destination.

By air: Portland International Jetport offers several rental-car options. If you prefer a shuttle service, contact Maine Limousine Service at 800-646-0068 or Bay Limousine at 866-950-2292.

Information on the Waterville airport can be found here facebook.com/LafleurAirport.

By train:
Amtrak’s Downeaster provides five daily round trips between Boston and Portland.

On campus:
For those with physical challenges, we offer golf carts to move around Mayflower Hill. Please contact Alumni Relations with your individual needs, and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Gotta-Have Colby Gear

Colby’s Bookstore in Cotter Union has extended hours throughout the weekend for those must-have Colby gear purchases. 

Be in Touch

Office of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy: 207-859-4311
Reunion fax: 207-859-4316
Future reunion dates:

June 1-4, 2017
June 7-10, 2018
June 6-9, 2019

Colby Athletics Gathering hosted by Athletic Director Tim Wheaton and sponsored by C Club