Class of 1968 reunites, remembers time on campus

To celebrate 50 proud years as W&J alumni, 47 Presidents from the Class of 1968 came back to campus for a three-day reunion, May 17-19, 2018.

The reunion weekend provided former classmates with the opportunity to renew old friendships, tour the campus to witness the changes that have taken place since their student days, and play a significant role in the 219th Commencement as the newest members of the Presidential Guard.

In honor of their reunion, the Class of 1968 raised over $4.3 million for numerous W&J funds, including more than $290,000 to create the Class of 1968 Endowed Scholarship Fund. The fund eases the financial burden on students while also empowering them to attain their academic goals and take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences.

To view more photos from the celebration, visit jayconnected.com/1968.

What was W&J like in 1968?

Enrollment: 856
Class of 1968: 213
Tuition: $1,500
Room: $350
Board: $575
Books & Supplies: $65

ACADEMICS

  • WJAC announced full programming, including evening hours of radio music.
  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Robert Wilbur spoke at fall convocation.
  • The Department of Mathematics phased in six high-speed rotary calculators, a desktop computer, and an IBM key-punch unit for their new “Computing Room.”
  • Dr. John C. Trever spoke about seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls at spring convocation.

SPORTS

  • Rick Orwig was selected to the All-PAC basketball team.
  • The tennis team finished as co-champions in the PAC competition.
  • Jock Sneddon was named to the All-PAC golf team.

STUDENT LIFE

  • Simon & Garfunkel performed during the prom concert.
  • Dionne Warwick sang at the 1967 prom. She was late, but the Pi Lam quartet stepped in until she arrived.
  • Kappa Sigma’s float, “Railroad the Redcats,” won first prize in the homecoming parade.
  • Anthony & The Imperials, The Vogues, and The Marceles performed during Pan-Hellenic and Greek Swing Out.
  • Buskin Club presented “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
  • Richie Havens and the O-Jays played at the spring formal.
  • The Commons dining room opened April 1968.

enthusiastic students in 1968