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Welcome Back Classes of ’62, ’72, and ’87!

Next month features two long-standing YU traditions – class reunions and Commencement. On Wednesday, May 23, the day program for Reunion 2012, celebrating alumni who graduated 25, 40 and 50 years ago, will begin in Rubin Hall on the Wilf Campus at 12:30pm and end at 4:30pm at the Falk Lounge on the Israel Henry Beren Campus. Students will lead tours of both campuses and give a sense of what life at YU is like today. After, there will be further comparison and discussion on the changes at YU in a session called “YU in Review: A Look at YU Then and Now” featuring current faculty and undergraduate students. Don’t worry – no note-taking is required and there will not be an exam on the material covered.

In addition to the panel discussion and tours of campus, an induction ceremony into the Silver and Golden Shield Society will be held to welcome the members of the classes of ’62 and ’72 into the esteemed alumni society and reunion celebrants and guests will be invited to hear from prominent YU rabbeim as they give shiurim. At the end of the day, alumni will head downtown to Battery Park City where a gala dinner celebration at the Museum of Jewish Heritage will be held. President Richard M. Joel and other YU administrators and faculty will be in attendance to talk with reunion guests. Alumni from the Classes of ’62, ’72, and ’87 who are unable to attend are invited to send in photos, videos and a personalized submission to their reunion bio book. (Submissions to the bio book can be made HERE.)
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The next day, May 24, the Yeshiva University Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, from 10:00am-2:00pm. Alumni are invited to participate and join the procession in cap and gown alongside YU faculty and graduates and watch as the newest class of alumni joins the hallowed ranks. (To do so, alumni must pre-register and submit their cap-and-gown form HERE.) The 2012 Undergraduate Commencement keynote speaker will be Yehuda Avner, Israel’s former diplomat and advisor to four prime ministers, who received critical acclaim for his popular bestseller The Prime Ministers. Avner will receive an honorary degree, as will Eleazar Hirmes ’44YC, a community leader in the Five Towns and a devoted alumnus who, with his wife Greta, established the Rabbi Abraham P. and Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of his parents; and Professor Alan Willner ’82YC, who holds the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering at the University of Southern California and is a leader in the field of science and communications. The fourth honoree and Presidential Medallion recipient will be Stern College for Women Associate Dean Ethel Orlian ’57YUHS, ’61S.

To learn more information about Reunion 2012, visit or call 212-960-5412.