ASU Golden Reunion

Golden Reunion

Celebrating your 50 years as a Sun Devil graduate

Class of 1973

ASU’s Golden Reunion is a time-honored university tradition that recognizes Sun Devil graduates from 50 years ago. In May of 2023, we’re proud to welcome the class of 1973 back to the Tempe campus for their reunion celebration. 

Save the date! The ASU Alumni Association invites graduates to return to your alma mater May 7-9, 2023 in Tempe, Arizona. You’ll be recognized alongside ASU’s newest graduates and participate in a special ceremony centered around you — among other activities.


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Class of 1973 Schedule of Events


Sunday, May 7

4:00 p.m.—(optional) Welcome Back Reception. Join the Class of 1973 Golden Reunion outreach committee at the unofficial start of your reunion! Reunite with friends and classmates and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres while connecting with former classmates.

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Monday, May 8

8:30 a.m.—Reunion Check-In at Old Main

9:00 a.m.—Kickoff Breakfast at Old Main. Reconnect with former classmates and relive memorable moments together. Receive welcome remarks from Christine K. Wilkinson, president and CEO of the ASU Alumni Association.

11:00 a.m.—Tour of Hayden Library. Enjoy a tour of one of ASU’s most popular campus spots: the Hayden Library. Originally built in 1966, this library acted as a popular study spot for students for over 50 years - come see how it’s been reinvented for the 21st century!

12:00 p.m.—Lunch at the Memorial Union

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1:30 p.m.—Tour of the School of Earth & Space Exploration. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the many innovative research buildings at ASU —the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 — featuring a state-of-the-art auditorium, lab space, the 3D Marston Theater and out-of-this-world research.

2:30 p.m.—Campus Tour via Coach Bus

5:00 p.m.—Dinner & robing for Commencement at Hobbs Club. Enjoy a special dinner at Sun Devil Stadium before putting on your golden robe for the Commencement ceremony.

7:30 p.m—Undergraduate commencement at Sun Devil Stadium. Participate in ASU’s 2023 Commencement ceremonies on the field at Sun Devil Stadium. Join the opening procession along with 15,000 students representing ASU’s remarkable Class of 2023. Enjoy VIP seating for the ceremonies and a special acknowledgment by ASU President Michael M. Crow.



What to expect

Welcome Back Reception: Kick off the celebration by meeting, reconnecting and sharing stories with classmates while you enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. 

Campus tours: Revisit your time as a student, see what’s changed and glimpse into ASU’s future. Plus, take pride in being a graduate of the country’s most innovative school — eight years and counting! (U.S. News & World Report) 

University commencement: In signature gold robes, you and fellow Golden Graduates will be recognized alongside ASU’s class of 2023 by ASU President Michael M. Crow. More than 30,000 university guests may attend to witness this moment. 

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Golden Circle induction ceremony: Gather in front of historic Old Main for a special candle-lighting ceremony where you’ll be individually recognized and honored. You’re an important part of our university’s growth and international reputation, now and forever. 

The Alumni Association would like to learn more about each graduate from the class of 1973 prior to the event. Please complete this form. We look forward to hosting you for your upcoming reunion! 


Sponsor your reception

The ASU Alumni Association wants to invite our Golden Grads to help sponsor the Welcome Back Reception on Sunday, May 7. The reception will be hosted by the Golden Reunion Outreach Committee, and the donations and sponsorships you contribute will be applied to room costs, food and decorations. 

Each individual sponsor will be recognized and thanked during the Golden Reunion. 


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Tuesday, May 9

10:30 a.m.—Breakout Session A. Choose one tour to experience in the morning and one to experience in the afternoon.

  • Option 1: Sun Devil Fitness Complex. Not your average gym! Covering over 110,000 square feet, ASU’s state of the art fitness facility is where current Sun Devils come to work out, play team sports, and relieve stress after class.
  • Option 2: Tooker House. The high-tech, innovative Tooker House is home to the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering residential community of students. Opened in 2017, this community is built on the site of the earlier Palo Verde Main.
  • Option 3: Student Panel. Hear from our current students about what it means to go to ASU in 2023, including favorite memories and more!

12:00 p.m.— Lunch buffet meal at Carson Ballroom in Old Main. Return to Old Main to enjoy lunch with fellow classmates and other special guests!

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2:00 p.m.—Breakout Session B. Choose one of the three tour options to experience in the afternoon.

4:30 p.m.Golden Circle Reception at Carson Ballroom in Old Main. Mingle and reminisce on your 50th anniversary experience as you enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar is available.

6:00 p.m.— Golden Circle Induction Ceremony on Old Main Lawn. The glorious Golden Circle induction ceremony is a tradition that dates back to the 1960s. This iconic candle-lighting ceremony acknowledges your place in ASU’s long and storied history. The Class of 1973 will be joined by honorees from the graduating Class of 2023.Old Main