FAQ

REGISTRATION

Where is registration, and what are the hours?
Registration takes place at Steinbach Lobby in George Washington Hall on Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you will be arriving late on Friday, please have a friend pick up your room assignment at registration before 10 p.m. or contact Alumni Engagement prior to Friday at 978-749-4291 or reunions@andover.edu.

If I arrive before noon on Friday, what is there to do?
Registration opens at noon. The Andover Inn offers a luncheon special at Samuel’s, the Inn’s new restaurant, or you may enjoy a walk around campus or lunch on your own in town.

How do I sign up for a class on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning?
At registration, you will receive a list of faculty-taught classes. There is no need to sign up in advance, though some classes have limited seating. If a class is full when you arrive, you will be directed to others that have seating availability. These classes are offered at no cost.

MEALS and DRINKS

Do I have to purchase a ticket to attend the receptions and meals?
Yes. You must sign up and purchase meals in advance, with a limited number available at registration. Each meal is color-coded, and your name badge includes a sticker for each meal you have purchased, so please wear your name badge to each reception and meal. If you have not registered in advance, we may not be able to accommodate you since the seating is limited and catering counts are based on advanced registrations.

What beverages are included in the cost of the meal?
A selection of complimentary, non-alcoholic beverages is available.

Where do I purchase drink tickets for alcoholic beverages?
You may purchase drink tickets at registration and at other locations near the dinner venues. Please note that the bartenders accept only tickets for alcoholic beverages; no other forms of payment are accepted.

TRANSPORTATION

Is parking available?
Yes. There are seven parking lots for extended parking, as shown the Reunion Campus Map.

What if I park in a lot in a distant part of the campus?
There are white shuttle vans that run on Friday from noon until midnight, Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. Please see the Reunion Campus Map for locations of the shuttle stops.

LODGING

Are discounted rates available at nearby hotels?
Yes. We have negotiated discounted rates with many local hotels. Please see the list of participating hotels. Be sure to mention Reunion Weekend at Phillips Academy to receive the discounted rate.

I’ve registered to stay in the dorms on campus. What should I bring?
The beds are equipped with a pillow, pillow case, sheets, and a blanket. Every bed has one set of towels (bath towel, hand towel, facecloth). We regret that additional pillows, towels, and blankets are not available.

Are any of the dorms designated as a quiet area?
Yes. Every year we designate a quiet dorm. Please feel free to request this option.

CHILDREN

Are children welcome?
Yes. We look forward to seeing many families with their children of all ages. Please register early for childcare or for the children’s program, as no reservations are accepted on site or beyond the stated deadline. Please contact Alumni Engagement for more information at 978-749-4291 or reunions@andover.edu.

What care is available for children during the weekend?
Professional childcare is available on Friday and Saturday evenings for children aged 3 months to 6 years. Arrangements must be made through the Children’s Place in advance of Reunion Weekend. For children aged 7 to 12 years, there is a supervised children’s program on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m. that includes crafts, games, pizza, and movies. For either program, you must register in advance.

Are there any events geared toward children?
Yes. Children are welcome to attend Friday dinner in the Case Memorial Cage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., visit the observatory open house from 9 to 10 p.m. at the Gelb Science Center, and stay overnight in the dorms. On Saturday, children may participate in the Alumni Parade at 10:30 a.m. and attend the cookout lunch from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Are cribs and highchairs available for children?
Dorms have cots, upon request, but no cribs. There are no highchairs.

ABBOT REMINDERS

Are there special gatherings only for Abbot alumnae?
Yes. On Friday evening there is a welcome buffet dinner for all Abbot Academy reunion classes, and on Saturday afternoon there is the Abbot Tea. Both events are on the Abbot campus.

SPECIAL NEEDS

Are all buildings handicapped accessible?
All buildings open during reunions are properly equipped for wheelchair access.

I have trouble walking and would like to use a golf cart on campus. Is this possible?
Golf carts with drivers are available for the parade on Saturday only. Otherwise, white shuttle vans will run on Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Please see the map in the reunion booklet for the locations of the shuttle stops.

GENERAL

What time, and where, is my class photo?
If your class has chosen to have a class photo, the time and location are included in the schedule you will receive at registration.

Is there wireless internet available on campus?
Yes,the wireless network is PASPONSORED.
Username: reunion
Password: 2017andover

What is the attire?
Attire has been predominantly business casual, although some choose to wear jacket and tie for Saturday dinner. Our suggestion is to dress comfortably and be prepared for the weather, which might fluctuate from cool to warm, sunny to rainy. Also be aware that there usually is a fair amount of walking, so comfortable shoes are advised. Friday and Saturday daytime attire is casual.

I have special needs. Whom may I contact?
For those with special needs that we should be aware of to make your stay more comfortable, please contact Alumni Engagement at 978-749-4291 or reunions@andover.edu.

What will the weather be like that weekend?
Please check weather.com for the local Andover, MA weather forecast. The weather is usually pleasant with temperatures in the 70s, but New England weather often changes fairly rapidly. It could be cooler or warmer, sunny or rainy.

What if it rains?
Alternative rain locations are noted in the reunion schedule that you receive at registration. As weather is apt to change quickly, flyers will be posted with notices about rain plans for Friday, Saturday a.m., and Saturday p.m. Please come prepared for all weather.  Rain plans will also be posted to the online schedule.

Are there designated areas for smoking?
No. Phillips Academy is a non-smoking campus.

Are pets allowed on campus or in the dorms?
Only guide dogs are permitted.