Class of 1997 25th Reunion

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Collage showing Coker Arboretum arbor covered with native wisteria; the class of 1997 plaque; and the Coker Arboretum gathering circle.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of our graduation from Carolina. Don’t miss all the fun at our 25th Reunion Celebration in Chapel Hill October 28-30th!  Make your plans now to celebrate with us in Chapel Hill.

We have three registration links; Hotel, Homecoming events, and the football tickets.  For the Homecoming and Football ticket links, make sure to choose the “Class of 1997 reunion” drop down.

  1. Reserve your Hotel Room – You can review the Hotel blocks reserved by the GAA. Rooms fill up quickly, so if you would like a local Chapel Hill hotel, click here.
  2. Register for all homecoming events (non-football game) here (Friday night reception, Saturday Arboretum tour, pre-game Tailgate, and special GAA homecoming t-shirt).
  3. Purchase your Football tickets of UNC vs. Pittsburg. The GAA sold out of its homecoming football game ticket allotment. You may still be able to purchase a ticket through

We invite you to a full schedule of homecoming events:

Friday, October 28, 2022
Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery (100 E Franklin St) – Start the weekend catching up with classmates during this casual drop-in event. Appetizers will be provided. The event is free, but registration is required (5pm-8pm).

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Coker Arboretum Tour; UNC campusJoin a guided tour of the Coker Arboretum led by the Garden Director and see how our original class gift has welcomed the community for the last 25 years. We will also hear the latest details on the arbor renovation plans. As part of our 25th reunion, we are recommitting to our senior class gift. The event is free, but registration is required (~ 3 hours before game kickoff).

Class of 1997 Tailgate at the Bell Tower – Following the tour, let’s tailgate together before the homecoming football game. Enjoy a delicious meal with your classmates and families (~ 2 hours before game kickoff).

UNC vs. Pitt Football Game – Let’s cheer on our Tar Heels together! The GAA sold out of its homecoming football game ticket allotment. You may still be able to purchase a ticket through

On-Field Pregame Recognition – Join Class of 1997 members on the field at Kenan Stadium prior to kickoff for our 25th reunion recognition. To participate, class members must have a ticket to the game. Participation is restricted to members of the class of ’97 (guests and children will not be allowed on the field). There is no fee to participate. Classmates will meet in the band section of the stadium (Section 115) prior to kickoff. Access the section using the aisle between sections 115-114 (time will be updated when game time is announced).

We can’t wait to see you at the Class of 1997 25th Reunion Celebration, in Chapel Hill on October 28-30.  Go Heels!

L. Ladell Robbins
Class of 1997 President

Amelia Bruce Zelnak
Class of 1997 Vice President

PS:  Post your Carolina stories and life updates on the UNC Class of 1997 Facebook page.

Class of 1997 25th Reunion Planning Committee 
Reza Ardalan
Karen Burke
Trinita Carlton
Virginia Cepeda
Brian Van Druten
Matthew Guest
Rebecca Halloran
Rob Hielscher
Trent Jernigan
George Manousos
Amy McLamb
Scott Ogle
Bryant Paris
Lisa Oelhafen Peterson
Erin Reade
Zach Rike
L. Ladell Robbins
Pam Adler Schanel
Bimal Shah
Katie Smith
Chris Tebbit
Ian Walsh
Amelia Bruce Zelnak