Colby’s annual Reunion Weekend takes place on the Mayflower Hill campus Thursday through Sunday, June 2-5, with more than 1,300 alumni and guests returning to Waterville from 43 states and nine foreign countries. Alumni connections, to one another and to the College, have played a critical role in Colby’s success over two centuries. Now there’s a new sense of enthusiasm and spirit given Colby’s institutional momentum, and it’s captured in the alumni slogan “Colby for Four, Colby for Life.”DSC_7617

The weekend features festivities and activities ranging from academic talks to recreational outings including a golf tournament, a 25-mile bike ride, and the Blue Light 5K Run through Colby’s arboretum. Alumni reconnect with professors and classmates and revisit favorite haunts, from the dining halls to the Outing Club headquarters to the museum and libraries.

Events open to the public include faculty and alumni lectures, for example a talk titled “Food in Art, Food as Art” by Professor of Art Veronique Plesch at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Maine journalist Douglas Rooks ’76 discussing his biography of statesman George Mitchell at 3 p.m. Saturday.

New highlights at reunion this year include expanded family-oriented activities in partnership with the museum, gathering for athletes to tour new athletic facilities, and an opportunity to see Picasso’s etchings, The Vollard Suite, in an exhibition that opens Thursday and will remain on view through Aug. 21.

Alumni returning range from the Class of 1940 to the Class of 2015. The weekend schedule filled with events and meals for large and small groups including some class-specific activities. Reunion information and access to a Reunion 2016 mobile app is online.