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2021 Reunion Weekend – June 11-12-13

We will be offering a full weekend of virtual programming for all alumni.
Unfortunately, we cannot plan for large group gatherings in-person at this time. Therefore we are putting plans in place for a robust virtual program for all alumni starting with an invitation to commencement ceremonies on June 11 through campus tours and milestone zoom breakouts and special events on Saturday and Sunday. All alumni will be included in the virtual programming and we will be sending out a schedule of events in April. 

For alumni from class years ending in 0 and 5, and 1 and 6:
We are still hopeful that we will be able to offer you – the members of our milestone classes -  an opportunity to gather in-person on campus at some point during the weekend. We are working with milestone reunion volunteers to schedule individual outdoor events. Please let us know if you are a member of a milestone class who is interested in assisting with planning. In-person events would require pre-registration and be structured to comply with campus safety standards. These plans would move forward with the understanding on the part of our alumni that they are dependent on continued assessment of health and safety protocols as we approach June. Email the alumni office at alumni@cranbrook.edu with questions or to volunteer to assist with planning. 

Reunion Information

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to alter our normal schedule of on-campus Reunion 2021 events June 11-12-13. As we continue to follow public health protocols that prevent large all-alumni gatherings such as Quadfest from taking place, the health and safety of our alumni and campus support staff must remain paramount.
As always, the health of our community is our primary focus, and we believe that a plan that includes virtual programming and limited outdoor in-person gatherings for milestone alumni will allow us to bring reunion opportunities to all of our alumni. We are working closely with Cranbrook Educational Community and hope to give those in significant milestones an opportunity to gather safely on campus if possible.  Obviously, these plans would be impacted by any changes in campus protocols. In the interest of time we will be sending all updates and communication about reunion via email. We encourage all alumni to update their preferred email information with our office by sending it to alumni@cranbrook.edu and to stay tuned to this page.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon – both virtually and in-person,
Susan Aikens Post ’78, Cranbrook Schools Director of Alumni Relations
Madison Sanders ’10, Alumni Engagement Coordinator.

If you are a member of a class celebrating a milestone reunion and want to find out more about class plans or assist with planning, email alumni@cranbrook.edu. classes of 1935,1936, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946,1950,1951, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016 will be celebrating milestones. Those classes with reunion volunteers in place will have priority as we work to schedule in-person programming.

For more information, please contact Madison Sanders at the Alumni Office at (248) 645-3132 or email msanders@cranbrook.edu.

Reunion News

List of 2 news stories.

  • Selma Blair '90 and Michael Acheson '80 named Distinguished Alumni 2020

    Each spring, the Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumna and alumnus who has brought honor and distinction to herself/himself and to Cranbrook Kingswood through career achievement, public service or contributions in other areas. This year’s recipients serve as inspiration to all in the talents and passions they bring not only to their careers, but in the active role they take in the social causes in which they are involved. Actress Selma Blair ’90 and investment entrepreneur Michael Acheson ’80 have been named our Distinguished Alumni for 2020.

    Actress Selma Blair has been a familiar face on screens both large and small for more than two decades with roles in more than 50 films (Hellboy, Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde and Storytelling) and more than 30 TV series (Anger Management and American Crime Story). After earning a degree in photography from the University of Michigan, Blair went to New York to pursue a career behind the camera. Instead, a series of acting classes resulted in her discovery by an agent and launched her career as a performer. Blair also has held a lifelong interest in fashion and considers her work alongside legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld a highlight of her career. Following a 2018 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, Blair has helped raise awareness surrounding the illness and is continuing to pursue a range of creative projects.

    A venture capitalist and committed philanthropist, Michael Acheson goes all in on the programs he supports. For more than 20 years, he has served as managing director of Interlaken Capital LLC, a private investment firm he launched to help fledgling firms in all aspects of corporate development. As a board member and donor, he has applied his business acumen to assist numerous nonprofit organizations throughout southeastern Michigan, focusing primarily on programs that help underprivileged children in Detroit. These include Math Corps, which empowers children through mathematics, as well as City Year, Detroit Public Television, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Cranbrook Schools and Cranbrook Institute of Science. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
  • Toast our Retiring Faculty June 7-8-9

    Sending retiring faculty members on their way is one of the bittersweet gifts of reunion. This year, several longtime faculty members will be taking their leave. Performing arts director Sarkis Halajian will retire after 44 years at Cranbrook Schools. Alumni will have a special chance to bid him adieu at "Halajian's Jazz Cafe" at Kingswood Auditorium on Friday night from 7:30-9:30 p.m. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar available. Join fellow computer science and robotics alumni at the Cranbrook Library Reading Room between 4-5 p.m. on Saturday for a special gathering to honor Rich and Betsy Lamb. Rich has taught computer science at the schools since 1977, along with his wife Betsy Lamb who taught at the middle school and has been a pillar of the robotics program over the years. Share stories and memories of your days in the computer lab or in robotics competitions. Sharon Peacock retires this spring after serving as dean of girls since 2003. Celebrate Sharon's career at Cranbrook Schools at the Sunday brunch on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the detailed reunion 2019 schedule, visit the "downloads" section on this page. For information or to reserve a spot at any of these events email alumni@cranbrook.edu.
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  • Schedule - Milestone Campus Events 2021
    Check here for the schedule of rotating in-person events for alumni reunion 2021
  • Milestone events 2021- Frequently Asked Questions
    Answers to frequently asked questions about in person gatherings for Reunion 2021 for milestone celebrants
  • Hotel List
    Suggested area hotels
  • Cab and Car Services
    For your convenience, we are providing information for those using ride-share services.
    • For pickup at the Cranbrook campus ask the driver to come to the 520 Lone Pine lot, which is the alumni courtyard just west of the dining hall lot. 
    • For Kingswood ask the driver to come in the main entrance from 39221 Woodward and take the first left into the Kingswood parking lot and follow left to the circle. Or use gps coordinates 42.572820, -83.243486
    Local Cab Companies:
    • Michigan Green Cars - (248) 714-0566

    Services to transport you and your car:

    • Designated Driver Services: (248) 978-1767 - $30 pickup fee, $3/mile, additional charges for wait time or extra drop-off stops.
    • Safe Way Home: (586) 563-7144