Facebook is a great tool to promote a high school reunion and build excitement about the event. Classmates who are part of the reunion committee can easily take turns posting on the class reunion Facebook group or page, as well as responding to posts by other classmates. The more active the page, the better.
Posts may be interactive, with open ended questions to involve your classmates, reminders about the reunion, or used as a way to pass along specific information. Below are posting ideas to keep your classmates engaged before the reunion:
- What song reminds you of our senior year?
- What was your most embarrassing moment in high school?
- Who was your favorite teacher?
- Who was your prom date?
- Tell about a time you almost got busted in high school.
- How did you spend spring break our senior year?
- What songs would you like to hear at the reunion?
- Who did we beat in the homecoming football game our senior year?
- Who can’t you wait to see at the reunion?
- What is your favorite memory of high school?
- You know you were a 1994 (mascot) if _______________.
- What advice would you give to an incoming freshman at our high school?
- What advice would you give to a graduating senior?
- Complete this sentence: In high school, I wanted to have a career as a _______, now I am a ______.
- Post the yearbook photos from your senior year. Encourage classmates to use their senior year photo as their profile picture the week before the reunion.
- Ask classmates to post a picture of their family. Create an album for the photos.
Reminder and Information Specific Posts
- Provide an update on the reunion venue or hotel room block. Include a link.
- Share the reunion night menu.
- Let classmates know to watch their mailbox because their reunion invitation has been mailed.
- Remind classmates of registration due dates. Include a link to your online registration.
- Tag classmates who are considered lost because you don’t have a current mailing address.
- Post a thank you to the reunion committee, and list everyone who helped with the planning.
- Share a link of the weather forecast for your town the weekend of the reunion.
- Post updates about your high school. Did they beat your biggest school rival in the homecoming football game? Have students recently received impressive academic recognition? Was there a dedication for a new music facility? Post photos and links to stories about the events.
You may have ideas that are specific to your class, maybe a “where were you when…” or “who else failed (teacher’s name) class?” If you have an idea for a post, do it! The goal is to reach your classmates, create fun and excitement for the reunion, and reconnect as your celebrate your reunion year.
There is a simple reunion truth we learned early in our reunion planning business: classmates who want to attend the reunion will, classmates who don’t want to attend won’t, and there isn’t much you can do to make a difference. This includes ticket price.
Here is what we know:
- This year, our average ticket price is $75 per person, and we’re seeing a higher percentage of classmates and guests attend their reunion than we have in the past 3 years.
- Last year, our three highest priced reunion tickets, ranging from $82 to $85 per person, were also our three best attended reunions. The reunion with the $85 ticket price had a 39% attendance rate of their class size. The national average is 25%.
- Also in 2012, our 5 least expensive reunions, at $54 to $64 per person, had an average attendance rate of 15% of the class size.
So, what does it all mean?
1) Classmates who want to attend to the reunion will go.
2) Classmates who don’t want to attend the reunion won’t.
3) Ticket price doesn’t make a difference.
As a Reunion committee, you should be reasonable in planning a reunion that is accessible to all of your classmates. Recognize not everyone can afford an expensive night out or that priorities on disposable income have their limits.
But also remember that your classmates know a high school reunion is a once-in-every-ten-years event. It is something special, much like prom night or your high school graduation, and classmates expect the event to be an event, the type of event that makes you want to fly to your hometown, hire an overnight babysitter, buy a new dress, and be excited about the chance to see friends you haven’t seen in far too long.
Make your high school reunion memorable, make it fun, make it reasonable, but don’t worry too much about ticket price.
The O’Fallon Township Class of 1993 20-year reunion committee not only hosted a great party with a great turnout, they also took time out to celebrate Jennifer, their amazing reunion committee chair. To say thank you for her fantastic leadership, positive attitude, and for being the all-around reunion cheerleader, the committee presented Jennifer with a basket featuring some of her very favorite things: a gift certificate to a spa, a gift card to Mike Shannon’s Restaurant, Cardinal Bucks, and a bottle or two of her favorite beverage.
Way to go, O’Fallon Township Class of 1993!
Decorating at your high school reunion doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. It is easy to provide color and nostalgia with a hand punch and a little creativity. Use scrapbook paper in your school colors and punch circles to add school spirit to a white or black tablecloth. Then, print out the senior yearbook photos on cardstock and hand punch the pictures.
For the McCluer North 1993 20-year reunion, we also added a printout of their senior panoramic photo, copied a page from their yearbook celebrating 1993, and included our megaphones and pom poms in their school colors. Easy, inexpensive and fun!