Class of 1970







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Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your graduation from the University of Florida! While we won’t be able to gather in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to celebrate this milestone achievement and welcome you to the Grand Guard Society.  Please continue to check this website as we will be periodically adding reunion events for Grand Guarders to join. Again, congratulations on achieving your 50th anniversary. We look forward to “seeing” you during our many reunion activities.

Upcoming Events


Beginning in September, will be hosting two months of virtual reunion activities where we will have both live and on-demand viewing events that will allow Grand Guarders to reminisce about their time at UF and learn more about the growth and success of the university in the last 50 years. We invite you to join us for as many events as you can - where you will hear from students, faculty, staff and alumni from colleges across UF. The reunion weekend activities will conclude on Friday, November 13 during our traditional Breakfast of Memories event, where attendees will have the ability to share their fondest memories with the rest of their 1970’s classmates.

You must register below for each activity that you wish to participate in, beginning with our first event on September 17!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Oak Hammock, for their continued support of this Gator tradition! 
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The Swinging Sixties


Join CLAS Master Lecturer, Dr. Steven Noll (’76, ’85) as he recounts the historic events of the 1960s at UF, in the State of Florida and across the country including the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement and the shift in social mores.

september 17 | 4pm est
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Flashback Session with UF Historian


Come reminisce about life in Gainesville with Carl Van Ness, UF’s historian, and reflect back to a time that will forever be etched in society.

september 30 | 10am est
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Neuroscience of Aging Gracefully


Join Dr. Rachael Seidler from the College of Health & Human Performance as she discusses the latest research on brain changes with age and how they impact movement, as well as promising interventions.

Don't forget your bathroom scale (no, she will not ask you your weight!) and a ruler!

October 13 | 10am est
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MFOS Panel with Bernie Machen


Learn more about one of the university’s most impactful programs which provides first-generation, low-income students the opportunity to attend UF.  The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program aims to help students and their families, ensuring that all of Florida’s brightest students have the ability to succeed.

OCTOBER 23 | 2PM EST
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UF Salutes Veterans


While the 1960s produced much anti-war rhetoric, UF celebrates the bravery and sacrifices that many of our alumni have endured over the years. Join veteran alumni and ROTC to hear inspiring stories about their triumphs from the battlefield to the classroom and beyond.

NOVEMBER 10 | 12:30PM EST
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Breakfast of Memories


Join your fellow 1970 classmates for the culminating celebration of your reunion weekend.  Hear from current students and a fellow Grand Guard Heisman trophy winner while sharing your greatest memories from your time in Gainesville!

The first 200 Class of 1970 alumni to register by October 28 will receive a free commemorative gift! 

November 13 | 9am est

UF Resources

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University Press of Florida


Celebrating its 75th year, the University Press of Florida has published over 2,500 books and currently releases approximately 80 new titles a year.

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Florida Museum of Natural History


Learn more about the exhibits and upcoming events at UF’s very own expansive museum, which is rated as ne of the nation’s top five natural history museum. 

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IFAS Honey Bee Research


Bees are an important part of Florida’s agriculture and UF is dedicated to education, awareness and research as a means to improve the health and productivity of bee pollinators.  Find out ways that you can help our winged-friends at your own home. 

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Harn Museum of Art


Located on UF’s campus, explore all the Harn offers as they bring diverse university, community, national and global audiences through relevant and enlightening art collections, exhibitions and learning opportunities.

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UF Digital Collections at Smathers Libraries


Explore the most comprehensive knowledge resource in the state of Florida that crosses all disciplines in every format.  From traditional books to online, you’re never far from unlocking exciting information. 

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Samuel Proctor Oral History Program


The award-winning Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) was founded in 1967 and has conducted over 8,000 interviews. Their mission is to gather, preserve, and promote living histories of individuals from all walks of life. 

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UF News & Updates


Learn about new UF research, COVID-19 updates from UF Health and developments from around The Gator Nation®.

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A Time For Gator Greatness


In the midst of a global pandemic The Gator Nation® is rising to the occasion. Read the stories of Gators advancing the Gator Good.

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Connect with Gators


Find out how to stay connected to The Gator Nation ® through our Gator Clubs ® &
Affiliate Groups.

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