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• According to "A Princeton Companion" (http://mondrian.princeton.edu/CampusWWW/Companion), reunions of alumni classes began soon after the Civil War.

• By the 1890s, reunions at commencement time had become fairly numerous, but were relatively modest affairs consisting of meetings in classrooms in old Dickinson Hall or Nassau Hall, followed by a dinner in University Hall or the old Princeton Inn.

• An alumni torchlight procession for the sesquicentennial brought 2,000 alumni back to Princeton in 1896. From that point, attendance grew and programs became more elaborate.

• In 1946, more than 10,000 alumni returned for a "Victory Reunion" following World War II, during which reunions had been cancelled.

• Last year, some 15,500 alumni, spouses, children, faculty, staff and others registered for reunions. An additional 2,000 to 2,500 people turned out for the public programs.

• This year's reunions are set for May 31-June 3.


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