Important Update on Reunion Weekend 2020

Dear Georgetown University Alumni Community,

As President DeGioia shared earlier this week, Georgetown has been carefully monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety and well-being of our entire community. Part of that response has included the cancellation or postponement of all university events, including alumni events, through May 15, and the postponement of Commencement. That last was a decision of special poignancy and deep regret that it was clearly unavoidable.

Recognizing the ongoing nature of the coronavirus threat and the likelihood of continued restrictions on travel and gatherings in the relevant timeframe, we have decided to postpone Reunion Weekend 2020 until further notice.

Celebrating our lifelong connection to the university through our quinquennial reunions is among our most cherished traditions at Georgetown. Nearly 5,000 alumni and many family members attending reunion every spring suggests as much, and I know reunion 2020 was trending towards setting an attendance record before the events of recent weeks.

While joining together on campus is not going to be possible this spring, we do hope this proves to be a postponement only. We are exploring options for celebrating with you in different ways and/or at a later time or times. Given the still-evolving impacts of the outbreak, this is going to take some time. We will do this work in consultation with reunion class leaders, and we will share updated details as we have them.

For those who registered for Reunion Weekend: I deeply regret the inconvenience I know this decision causes. You will receive a full refund for all Reunion Weekend events in the coming days.

If you made a hotel reservation: Please remember to cancel your reservation as soon as possible. To review your hotel’s cancellation policy, please refer to the reservation confirmation email sent to you by the hotel.

For more information, please view our FAQs below.

Please know that Georgetown honors and appreciates your personal history with the university and we look forward to celebrating you and your reunion however and as soon as we are able.

Sincerely,

Paul T. Lanzone
Associate Vice President, Alumni Engagement

Frequently Asked Questions

Please email advancementevents@georgetown.edu or call (202) 687-2064 (Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET) if you have any further questions or need assistance.

We will be processing reimbursements for those registered in the coming days.

Yes, we will gladly provide for the return of those contributions. We ask you to reach out to us to indicate as much.

If you have reserved a hotel room at one of the hotels that offered a room block, you must cancel the reservation yourself. Unfortunately, Georgetown cannot cancel your hotel reservation for you. Please refer to the booking confirmation sent by the hotel for their cancelation policy.

The following hotels have graciously agreed to cancel all reservations made under the Georgetown Reunion block:

  • Avenue Suites
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
  • Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown
  • Holiday Inn
  • Kimpton Palomar
  • Melrose Georgetown
  • One Washington Circle
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

If you do not see your hotel listed, please contact them directly to cancel your reservation.

This difficult decision was made in the interest of the health and safety of our Georgetown community: alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends. It recognizes the dynamic nature of the situation, the likely continuing disruptions to travel and health care, local advisories to limit the number of people gathering together to less than ten, and economic difficulties our constituents may be facing.

As we have shared, the university and our leadership will continue to monitor this situation closely, keeping the safety of our alumni and our campus community at the top of our minds. As this situation evolves and new updates, concerns, and safety measures are released, we will continue to look for future opportunities that will allow us to celebrate and remain healthy and safe, but have no plans that we can currently share. We will provide more updates as soon as we are able.

Now is certainly the time for all of us to keep our social distance, but support each other and rely on the support provided in each of our unique communities. Georgetown prides itself on the fellowship of our Hilltop family, and looks toward our core Jesuit values to act as Hoyas for others. We encourage all of our class ambassadors, and any classmates who are so inclined, to reach out to fellow alumni to provide resources, connections, updates, and ideas as we all tackle this new socially distant lifestyle and the challenges it can bring.