Golden Reunion: Class of 1973

Save the Date! The Class of 1973 Golden Reunion is scheduled for September 14-16, 2023, starting with an informal welcome reception at The Point (60 Collegeview Road, Westerville) that Thursday evening. Registration for this exciting celebration will open in spring 2023.

During your reunion, you can expect plenty of time to reconnect with classmates, campus tours, an update from President Comerford, and more. And don’t forget that as your reunion winds down on Friday evening, Homecoming & Family Weekend is just getting started! So book your room (see below), plan to arrive Thursday evening, and leave… well, that’s up to you!

We’ll share a full schedule of events soon. For now, the most important thing you can do is make sure Otterbein has your current email and mail addresses. Much of the material about your reunion is distributed primarily by email, so it’s very important to provide an accurate email address. You can update your information in just a few quick moments by clicking the button below!

What do I need to know for my reunion?

Book your stay!

Traveling to Westerville for the reunion?
To make your out of town stay more comfortable, we’ve arranged room blocks or special Otterbein rates at the following local hotels:

Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris (1.5 miles)
409 Altair Parkway, Westerville, OH 43082
To book by phone: call 833-427-0292 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Aloft Westerville Hotel (1.7 miles)
32 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, OH 43081
To book: Call 614-899-6560 x7114 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris (2.6 miles)
8411 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240

To book: Call 614-885-8400 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus (2.7 miles)
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, OH 43231

To book: Call 614-890-8600 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Holiday Inn Express Columbus-Worthington (5 miles)
55 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43235
To book: Call 614-977-0520 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Courtyard Columbus Worthington (5.1 miles)
7411 Vantage Drive, Columbus, OH 43235

To book: Call Call 888-236-2427 and ask about the Otterbein Rate.

Class of 1973 Reunion Committee

Your Class Reunion committee is being formed right now! If you’d like to be a part of the planning process as this exciting celebration comes together over the next several months, just email!

Curious but want more information? Click the image of the Reunion Volunteer Guide in this section to read all about the reunion planning process and your potential role.


1973 Volunteer Guide

Memory Book

Your class, like Golden Reunion Classes before it, is creating a special 50th Reunion Memory Book. Every member of the class will be invited to share their memories of their time on campus – pictures included!

Starting in early 2023, we’ll provide a secure, easy-to-use form where you can write and submit your entry. It can take a narrative form or simply be a bulleted list of memories – you decide. Whichever style you choose, please limit your entry to 2 pages (about 750 words).

Reading this book, made up of submissions from your Otterbein classmates, is a joy no class member will want to miss out on. You’ll be reminded of friends you might have lost touch with and get to know more about classmates that you didn’t have time to get to know on campus. 

We’ll also invite you to submit a page in memory of any friends or relatives from the Class of 1973 who have passed. And remember, even if you can’t make it to your reunion in the fall, your classmates will still want to hear from you in your own words.

For now, why not start thinking about what you’ll write – or even start writing your entry! It’s never to early to get started!

Legacy Gift

Like most classes celebrating their Golden Reunion at Otterbein, your class is raising funds to mark the occasion. All gifts received through June 30, 2023 – regardless of their designation or purpose – count towards your total Class Gift. 

Your class is also creating a special fund to commemorate your 50th reunion, details of which will be shared in early 2023. In the meantime, there several ways to contribute to the Class of 1973 Gift:

  • Return the enclosed reply card in any fundraising mailing
  • Visit
  • Individuals who have reached age 72 can make a gift from their IRAs and in doing so may reduce their taxable income. Contact your IRA administrator for more information or to request a transfer. Contact Kathleen Bonte (614-823-1400;, to alert her to any forthcoming stock transfers or IRA distributions.
  • Let the University know of any intentions to remember Otterbein in your estate plan.

If you have any questions about donating or would like to donate over the phone, please contact the Advancement Office at (614) 823-1400.