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Class of 1974 – 50th Reunion Celebration

Get ready to reminisce, reconnect and rediscover! Join us Monday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

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1974 50th Reunion

Reunion provides alumni with the opportunity to reconnect with each other and with their alma mater. For many, it’s a reason to celebrate with lifelong friends. For others, it’s a chance to get together with classmates, many of whom they may not have seen in 50 years. Some have been back to campus to visit or attend events and activities, while others are experiencing 50 years’ worth of growth and change when they return for reunion.

This May 13 – 14, members of the Class of 1974 will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and fellow alumni at their 50th Reunion. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, Reunion celebrants will be invited to join the procession during the University’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony. The class is also invited to campus for an in-person gathering and tour of campus.

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“The campus may have grown by leaps and bounds since their time here, but what hasn’t changed is the great sense of community that is still shared by alumni and current students alike,” says Jeanne Marano, assistant vice president for Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate in person and have the opportunity to invite the Class of 1974 back to campus to reconnect with each other and the University.”

Members of the Class of 1974 reunion volunteer committee have been working hard to plan a memorable reunion this May. Many thanks to this fabulous team: Bill Bernstein, Diana Bianchi Trillo, Michael A. Forcella, Kathleen Ragan and Jan Snyder Price. They are looking forward to reconnecting and celebrating with friends and classmates.

Schedule of Activities

All alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more are encouraged to attend the celebration! Registration is now open!

Procession at graduation
Members of the 50th Reunion Class lead the procession at Commencement 2023.

Monday, May 13

Commencement 2024 – Complimentary
12:30 p.m. Meet at the Red Hawk Parking Deck on campus, Outside Level 2
12:45 p.m. Bus departs campus promptly for Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
As graduates of the Class of 1974, you are invited to lead the midday procession of candidates for baccalaureate degree conferment during the University’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony. You will be garbed in academic regalia, and be given a commemorative golden anniversary stole to keep as a memento. A light lunch will be served at Prudential prior to the Ceremony. The Commencement Ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14

Reunion Celebration
Montclair State University Campus
Join us on campus for a trip down memory lane, reconnecting with old friends and reliving the moments that define our shared journey.

Coffee & Conversation
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
On campus – Complimentary
Feliciano School of Business, Lobby outside SBUS Room 140
Classmates will gather for coffee and conversation to reminisce and reconnect.

Class Photos
10:30 a.m.
On campus – Complimentary
Don’t miss the opportunity to smile in a group photo with your classmates.

Campus Shuttle Tour
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
On campus – Complimentary
Take a guided shuttle tour of campus and relive your college days as you see the many changes since your time as a student. The tour will conclude with a stop at the Book Store. This will be a great opportunity to pick up Montclair State University attire or keepsakes.

50th Reunion Luncheon
Honoring the Class of 1974
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
On campus 
Feliciano School of Business, SBUS Room 140
$60.00 per person (Includes lunch, parking and a $5 contribution to The Fund for Montclair State.) All alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more are encouraged to attend.

Save the date, and get ready to make this reunion an unforgettable experience! Here’s to 50 years of laughter, growth, and lasting connections!


President Koppell addresses 50th Reunion class.
President Koppell addresses 50th Reunion class.


Take a Journey Back in Time

Check out the 1974 Yearbook!

Join the Class of 1974 Reunion Committee

Join your peers, including current Committee members, Bill Bernstein, Diana Bianchi Trillo, Michael A. Forcella, Kathleen Ragan, Jan Snyder Price and help plan for reunion. “The support of the reunion committee is critical to the success of the reunion celebration,” notes Marano. Members of the reunion committee will work with members of the Alumni Engagement team as well as fellow alumni to reach out to classmates and plan activities as part of the reunion celebration.
Committee members will:

  • Encourage classmates to participate in the reunion
  • Conduct outreach via phone or email and invite classmates back to campus
  • Support the class gift in honor of your 50th anniversary and inspire others to do so
  • Attend and enjoy your 50th reunion celebration!

Meetings are held monthly via Zoom.


Interested in joining your 50th Reunion Committee? Have questions? Contact Rachel Vigilante, associate director of Alumni Engagement, to learn more at or 973-655-5465.

We look forward to gathering in person to celebrate! In the meantime, be sure to peruse our dedicated website for reunion linked here for more information regarding deadlines and helpful details. You can also view your virtual yearbook from 1974, help us contact lost classmates and make a class gift in honor of your milestone celebration!