Alumni, Friends, and Family Weekend

Celebrate 50 years of Evergreen’s founding during this incredible weekend of immersive and interactive events, happenings and parties.

Return to Evergreen

Enjoy the entire weekend or craft your perfect schedule.

Register today!

Friday—Special R2E kickoff event

A special Return to Evergreen kick off event! Join us for an evening of Evergreen-themed storytelling with Elizabeth Lord ’95 and Amy Shephard ’09.

7:30 – 9:30 pm

Elizabeth Lord

You’ll love opening the weekend with this special storytelling party in downtown Olympia. Laugh and learn as fellow alumni tell their Evergreen stories, or take the stage to tell your own!

Rhythm & Rye. No registration required. Suggested donation is $10. Cash only at the door.

Saturday—Return 2 Evergreen

Gather at Return to Evergreen with alumni, family, and friends for an incredible weekend!

Saturday pass: $35 adults, $20 students and recent grads.

Be sure to stop by the Greener Bookstore and pick up some Greener Gear!
Sale! 20% off imprinted items for alumni. Open 9:30 am to 3 pm.

9 – 10:15 am

Before brunch, give your body, mind, and spirit a gift. Relax, restore, and release in this sound-healing yoga workshop.

Led by Kristen Rubis ’01, this workshop includes breathing exercises, gentle yoga, and meditation, followed by healing sound.

Costantino Recreation Center 116 and 117

10:30 am – 12 pm

Featuring Evergreen in the first 50 years.
On March 21, 1967, Governor of Washington State Daniel Evans signed a piece of legislation that established The Evergreen State College. This year on March 21, 2017, current Governor Jay Inslee signed a proclamation declaring the date as Evergreen @ 50. This year's Return to Evergreen will commemorate this 50th anniversary milestone with a celebratory brunch for you and your fellow Greener alumni, friends, and family.

As a part of your brunch experience, you will get a raw and unvarnished look at the adventures of Evergreen's first years featuring distinguished faculty members Larry Eickstaedt, David Marr, Nancy Taylor, Dr. Ernest "Stone" Thomas, and Sam Schrager. Expect stories, rumors, myths, facts, and magic - all of which helped to shape the unique institution that The Evergreen State College has become.

Daniel J. Evans Library Lobby, 2nd and 3rd floors

Learn more about Evergreen in the First Years

5 – 7 pm

As the day winds down, we’ll gather to taste a wide variety of fabulous wine, beer, soda, liqueur, and coffee produced by alumni businesses, and to connect with fellow alumni and friends of Evergreen.

Daniel J. Evans Library Lobby, 3rd floor 

8 – 11 pm

Rock out for a good cause! Featuring Alex R. Puckett, Selector Dub Narcotic and Tender Forever.

Edmond Lapine ’08 was among the 36 people who died in a fire in Oakland, California, December 2, 2016. Lapine’s mother created a new scholarship at Evergreen in his honor. Join Calvin Johnson ’85 and other special guests to celebrate Edmond and raise money for this important fund.

Recital Hall. $10, cash only at the door ($5, for students with ID).

Learn more about the scholarship benefit concert.

Sunday—Immersive and interactive events

We’ve added some exciting new activities to the Return to Evergreen lineup! Join us on Sunday for these immersive and interactive events.

11 am – 1 pm

New! Alumni and friends of Evergreen Tacoma will love this opportunity to connect with one another. Discover how alumni, students, and faculty embody the motto “Enter to learn; depart to serve” in their daily lives. Includes brunch and sessions.

Cost $20.

Learn more about Return to Evergreen—Tacoma.

9 am – 6 pm

New! Imagine a classic Evergreen student field trip with added luxuries for a more mature alumni audience, and you have a sense of what your day will be like. We’ll handle all the details while you sit back on a chartered bus excursion to Lake Quinault Lodge in the Olympic National Forest. You’ll enjoy a catered lunch, participate in discussions and workshops, and explore the outdoors.

Cost $100.

Learn more about the Lake Quinault field trip.

11 am – 1 pm

New! If you’d rather stay close to Olympia or visit with students on campus, cap off your weekend with a special brunch in the Greenery. You can also have your family portrait taken with our famous mascot, Speedy the Geoduck!

Cost $10.

Return to Evergreen candid photo
Return to Evergreen candid photo
Return to Evergreen candid photo
Return to Evergreen candid photo

Return to Evergreen candid photo

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel RL by Red Lion in Olympia is offering R2E attendees a special rate. Book on or before October 13 by calling 1-800-733-5466 or book online and use the group code EVER1103.

For other travel accommodations and recommendations, visit Experience Olympia.