50th Reunion

Class of 1963 - has it really been 50 years?

It may seem like just a few years ago when you were a student walking the halls of the old Daniel School building in 1963, but indeed 50 years have passed. You have reached an amazing milestone - one that is worthy of a grand celebration. You will be the first class in Christopher Newport's history to host a 50th Reunion!

To celebrate, you are invited to the "Shoe Lane campus"  during Commencement Weekend, May 10 - 11, 2013. This website and the tabs above contain all the details about your 50th Reunion.

Much has changed since your time as a CNC student, but the heart and spirit of Christopher Newport remains the same. We hope that you will make plans to join us, to reconnect with classmates and to fondly remember the days you were a student.

Reunion Schedule

Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 11, 2013

Friday, May 10

2 - 5 p.m. Check - In Rotunda, Trible Library

All registered guests will have a reunion packet available for pick up in the Rotunda of the Trible Library.


4 p.m. Campus Golf Cart Tour Depart from Trible Library

Get acquainted with the breathtaking 260-acre campus and discover the cutting-edge facilities, state-of-the-art academic buildings and dazzling residential halls on this 45-minute tour.


5 p.m.
Golden Reunion Dinner
Blechman Room, Trible Library

Join classmates, faculty and members of the current administration for a festive reunion program and buffet dinner in the beautiful Trible Library. One Guest permitted.


6 p.m.
Dessert Reception
Rotunda, Trible Library

If you don’t have plans after dinner, please stay and socialize with old and new friends. Enjoy cocktails, delectable desserts, and live entertainment. One Guest permitted.


8:30 p.m.
Candlelight Ceremony
Trible Library Courtyard

The annual Candlelight Ceremony commemorating the transition of our newest graduates to alumni will be held just after sundown on the Eve of Commencement. The Class of '63 will be honored and recognized as part of this special tradition.


Saturday, May 11          

9 a.m.
Robing and Class of 1963 Assembly
The Freeman Center, Room 101

The Class of 1963 and Faculty will gather at the Freeman Center to prepare for the Commencement ceremony and take class photos. AA Degree Recipients and Faculty will robe in their regalia at this time. This event is not open to guests (they should proceed directly to the Class of 1963 reserved seating on the Great Lawn).


10 a.m.
Commencement Exercises
The Great Lawn

Commencement will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.. The Processional begins the formal ceremony, followed by an approximately two-hour program including the conferral of  degrees, recognition of the Class of 1963, the Commencement Address and the distribution of diplomas.  Guests are not limited and should be seated by 9:45 a.m.

General Info

Alumni may park in any parking lot on campus. If you are staying on campus, we recommend that you park and leave your car at Warwick River residence hall for the duration of your stay. For those who will need to drive onto campus on Saturday for Commencement, spaces will be reserved in Lot C. Parking Passes will be issued at check - in on Friday.

Commencement Rain Plan

In the case of extreme inclement weather, Commencement will be moved inside the Freeman Center and seating will be limited. An announcement will be made on the morning of May 11 notifying the public of the change in location. At check - in on Friday you will be issued rain tickets (maximum of 6). Entrance to the Freeman Center will not be allowed without a ticket.


Business attire is suggested for all reunion events. For those wearing regalia on Saturday, please remember to dress in lighter and looser clothing as the regalia tends to add heat.

Dietary / Mobility Restrictions

Individuals with dietary or mobility restrictions are asked to contact the Alumni Relations Office by Friday, April 26 so that the accommodations can be made.

WiFi Access

WIFI is available throughout campus by selecting the ‘cnu-guest’ option in your network settings.

Office of Alumni Relations

On Campus Lodging

We encourage you to stay with us on campus!  Not only will it make parking and getting around campus easier, but also it will create a unique and memorable experience for your 50th.

You may reserve a suite in Warwick River Hall, the University’s newest, state-of-the-art residential facility. Two types of suites are available; a six-person, which includes two double rooms and two single rooms or a four-person, which includes two double rooms.  All suites have private bathrooms and microfridges (mini fridge with a microwave attached). Bed and bath linens will be provided, but rooms are utilitarian in nature and guests may choose to bring their own alarm clocks, cell phones and other amenities.  

Smoking is prohibited inside all residence halls.  All accommodations will be located on the first floor and are handi-cap accessible.

Available suites in Warwick River Residence Hall for Thursday, May 9; Friday, May 10; and Saturday, May 11:

4 Person - $125 per night
6 Person $175 per night

Check - In: 2 - 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday
     There will be a front desk attendant in Warwick River to provide room keys, an orientation to the building and show you to your room.

Check - Out: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
     Upon check-out please ensure that you return your room keys to the Warwick River front desk. There will be a fine for all room keys not returned.

     Note: If you need a later check-in or check-out time, please notify the Alumni Relations Office and we will make necessary arrangements.


Off Campus Lodging

Information on area hotels and lodging can be found here.


Office of Alumni Relations


Online registration will be available through Friday, April 26, 2013. To register, click here.