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June 4, 2018

UMD’s Class of 1968 reuniting this summer.

UMD is hosting a 50-year reunion for the class of 1968 June 8 - 10, 2018.

The weekend-long event is designed to bring together Bulldogs from one of UMD’s most dynamic eras. When this group was on campus, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 50-thousand people participated in the Poor People’s March on Washington D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and Vietnam War protests were going on all over the country.

Mike Dean, a 1967 grad who’s on the reunion planning committee, remembers his time at UMD as both igniting and uniting. “Enrollment was about a third of what it is today and we were very involved with campus groups, so we were very tight-knit,” he says. “There were diverse vantage points– Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and the Veterans Club were big parts of UMD, but there was also a very strong group of McCarthy supporters.” Dean adds that campus speakers were designed to spark conversation, and included guests like Andy Warhol.

Dean and the reunion planning committee are working closely with UMD’s Alumni Relations office coordinating the event. Director Matt Duffy says its been an honor orchestrating such a meaningful gathering. “This group represents one of the most interesting chapters in UMD’s history, and we can’t wait to have the alumni back on campus, the site of such pivotal life events, and hear their stories.”

Photo of UMD classroom in 1968

Reunion Itinerary

Several events are planned, including:

Reception at Hoops Brewery with Champ and Olympic Gold medalist curler John Schuster

Friday, June 8, 2018

4 - 7 p.m.

Hoops Brewing

325 South Lake Avenue

Dinner featuring the iconic London Inn onion rings and Sammy’s Pizza, and dancing to a live band playing 1960s tunes

Saturday, June 9, 2018

5 - 11 p.m.

Kirby Terrace

(the area outside Kirby Student Center)

1120 Kirby Drive

Guided tours of UMD

Sunday, June 10, 2018

9 - 10 a.m.

Meeting at Griggs Center

Kirby Student Center 201

1120 Kirby Drive

Farewell Brunch accompanied by a slideshow of 1968 UMD images

Sunday, June 10, 2018

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Griggs Center

Kirby Student Center 201

1120 Kirby Drive

 

The full reunion itinerary

More than 50 guests are anticipated at the reunion.

Reunion committee members are:

Peg Haley Kepner 1968

Jerry Knickerbocker 1968

Mike Dean 1967

John DeSanto 1968

Peter Ramme 1968

Steve Welsh 1969

Mary Anne Ebert 1970

Archives of the 1968 Statesman Issues and 1968 UMD yearbook, The Chronicle.

More information about the 1968 reunion.

 

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