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» Class of 1970 and 1971 50-Year Reunion

Dear Alumni, Friends, and Classmates of 1970 and 1971,

Time has flown by, and this is a milestone year for us.  It is the 50th Anniversary of our graduating from Chapman College, now University!  While much has changed on campus, the spirit of Chapman remains the same.

How time has flown by! Seems like yesterday our only concerns were getting a job or continuing to grad school. The Beach Boys were singing the praises of surfer California girls, the Beatles wanted “to hold your hand”, Sonny & Cher both wore bell bottoms, the Vietnam War divided our country, Bernard Katz won the Nobel for Medicine for his research on neurotransmitters, the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series (w/ Chapman alum, Emmet Ashford umpiring!), the first lunar rover explored the moon and Richard Nixon was President.  And who can forget the famous "pink buildings" of Chapman College?

Still, our Classes of Chapman College of 1970 and 1971 have accomplished much.  We secured successful jobs, raised families, and now have settled into retirement or are enjoying second careers! Well, if you want to renew friendships, acquaintances or just have a great time celebrating and combining yesterday with today... please plan to attend our 50th Class Reunion and formal induction into the University’s 50 Year Club.  (At the induction, we are called up, receive a certificate, and are formally presented with a stole and pin from the University President – it is a big deal!)  It has been a tough year for us all, but it would be fantastic to see each other once more.

Class of 1970 and 1971 Reunion Committee

Chapman Family Homecoming

Chapman Family Homecoming will be taking place from November 5-6, 2021.  There will be many fun opportunities to explore the campus and hear master classes.  Homecoming will be bringing back THE Virtual 5K!  There will even be Regional Alumni events and and the formal induction of the 1970 and 1971 Classes into the 50 Year Club at the annual luncheon.  We hope to see you in-person and virtually at many of these events.


Class of 1970 Reunion Committee

photo of James Bruce

James Bruce

photo of Jo Ann  (Cato) Gillespie

Jo Ann (Cato) Gillespie

photo of Gwen  (Ishigaki) Blankenship

Gwen (Ishigaki) Blankenship

photo of Richard Pitts

Richard Pitts

photo of John  Sanders

John Sanders

Class of 1971 Reunion Committee

photo of Pamela (Brewer) Bennett

Pamela (Brewer) Bennett

photo of Sue (Pope) and Ray Lamoureux

Sue (Pope) and Ray Lamoureux

photo of Penni McRoberts

Penni McRoberts

photo of Nella `Twinks` Webster O'Grady

Nella `Twinks` (Allen) Webster O'Grady

photo of Emma Neal (Gray) Salahuddin

Emma Neal (Gray) Salahuddin

photo of Susie (Derby) Willits

Susie (Derby) Willits

  • Homecoming
  • Class Gift
  • Lodging
  • FAQs
  • We are still in the planning stages for the reunion! More details to follow. Below is the date for our induction ceremony.


    Contact Alumni Engagement at (714) 997-6681 or

  • A meaningful gift can express your gratitude for the experience you received at Chapman. Help to create opportunities for deserving students by making a $50 gift in honor of your 50 Year Reunion, $19.70 or $19.71 in honor of your class year, or upgrade to $16.67 a month for five years as part of a $1,000 pledge.

    We encourage you to make your gift in honor of a professor or past classmate that made an impact on you while here at Chapman. Remember every gift counts!

    Make your gift to the Alumni Scholarship Fund through the 50 Year Reunion Class Gift by clicking here. 

    Reunion giving efforts boost overall alumni giving participation and accounts for 25% of Chapman Fund dollars raised each year. As you may know, alumni giving (also known as alumni participation) has a direct impact on Chapman University's ranking in U.S. News & World Report. The more alumni who give, the greater the value of your degree. This ranking criteria is determined by the percentage of alumni who donate, not by the total dollar amount raised, so every gift counts. 

  • Wondering where to stay during your trip to Orange?

    Book early!

    Check out lodging and accommodations near Chapman University »

    **Note: Be sure to mention Chapman University to inquire about any special discounted rates (except at the Disneyland Hotel).

    Wondering where to eat during your trip to Orange?

    The City of Orange and specifically historic Old Towne have an abundance of dining options that will not disappoint! 

    Check out dining options near campus, many within walking distance »

  • Q: When will I receive my registration materials?
    A: You will receive materials in the mail in late summer.

    Q: Are spouses/guests/children/grandchildren welcome at Reunion Weekend?
    A: Yes, and they can join in all the weekend's activities. Alumni with Legacy children/grandchildren are encouraged to invite them to attend the 50 Year Club Luncheon.

    Q: What should I stay during Reunion Weekend if I am not local?
    A: Reunion lodging is located nearby in Orange. Click on the Lodging tab for details.

    Q: Is there anything special I should bring to the Reunion?
    A: Everyone enjoys seeing pictures of you and your family today along with memorabilia from your Chapman College days. Be sure to bring your own camera to capture new Reunion memories.

    Q: Where do I park during Reunion Weekend on campus?
    A: Visitor parking is available in designated spots on campus. Click here for on-campus parking information.

    Q: What should I wear during the Reunion?
    A: Let your personality shine. Daytime activities are often more casual than evening. Business casual/cruise wear is always a safe bet. Be comfortable and remember there will be lots of walking so comfortable shoes are a must. And don’t forget your Chapman College/Chapman University attire and school colors.

    Q: What do I do if I have special dietary or ability requests?
    A: We try to meet the needs of all of our guests. Please let us know on your registration form if you have special requests or call Alumni Engagement at (714) 997-6681.

Do you want to be a part of the planning and outreach for your 50th reunion?

Contact Alumni Engagement
(714) 997-6681