Sua Sponte

Reunion 2020

Virtual reunion enables alumni to connect in midst of pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of on-campus reunions last April, it did nothing to quell the desire to get together among members of Duke Law’s 2020 reunion classes — those whose graduation years ended in 0 or 5. They finally got their chance to do so during the Law School’s first virtual reunion, held Oct. 19 to 24, through online social hours with classmates, programs featuring faculty and alumni authors and policymakers, and a town hall with Dean Kerry Abrams, among other activities.

Reunion class volunteers and the Law School’s Alumni and Development staff both found that the virtual reunion exceeded expectations, said Associate Dean Kate Buchanan: “We were grateful that 367 alumni registered and made the most of the communal experience under the circumstances. We hope that the virtual reunion will help build class cohesiveness with an eye towards even more enthusiastic participation for future campus and reunion gatherings.”

Duke Law hosted a second virtual reunion for its 2021 reunion classes — those ending in 1s and 6s — from March 2 to 4.