SEATTLE, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With reunion season now underway, a new poll from Classmates®, the number one online high school reconnection social network in the United States, reveals the top reasons alumni attend their high school reunions. The new poll finds the majority of reunion-goers (75 percent) find it a "fun way to walk down memory lane."
Beyond reminiscing about life as a high school student, Classmates' poll also found that alumni attend for the chance to reconnect with an old high school flame (six percent), best friend (BFF) (nine percent), or to "show off personal and/or professional successes" (five percent). Others (four percent) said they would want to attend their reunion just to "see if the class superlatives still applied to those it was awarded." The full results of the poll can be viewed on Classmates.com here.
"People want to catch up, stay in touch and reminisce about the good ol' days," said Cheryl L., a Classmates member, who recently coordinated her own 40th high school reunion using Classmates' platform as a resource. "At my 40th reunion, we had over 180 people attend, and following that event, many of them stayed connected after not seeing each other for decades. They get together to golf weekly, attend concerts and do other local activities on a regular basis."
Cheryl commented on how Classmates was an important tool to have when she coordinated her last reunion, particularly because her generation did not grow up with social media as a way to maintain connections. "Social media dramatically changed the way we plan reunions. We had over 500 people in our graduating class and when we began pulling together the email list, we realized we only had a handful of addresses." The reunion planning process is made easier with the help of Classmates, which has the largest online directory and the capability to search by maiden name.
Classmates has more than 70 million members and 130 years of high school history with the largest library of high school yearbooks online. Built for high school reconnections, Classmates continues to bring people together during reunion season and beyond, with more than five million members invited to a reunion in 2015 alone. As the ultimate source for planning reunions, the site allows members to invite guests, allows attendees to RSVP, spark conversations and even view the latest news about their reunion -- all part of their free membership experience. Reunion goers can also find great advice on the Classmates blog like Top 10 Reasons for a Reunion and 5 Reunion Conversation Starters…and 5 Things Not to Say. With such an extensive collection of resources and free sign-up, Classmates is the go-to source for reconnecting and reminiscing, giving you plenty of reasons to attend your next reunion.
For more information about Classmates, the site's reunion planning capabilities and access to yearbooks, visit: http://www.classmates.com/.
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Classmates operates the leading online social network service in the United States for bringing high school alumni together. Classmates serves over 70 million members and enables its users to find and reconnect with high school friends. In addition to facilitating connections with high school friends, Classmates also features the largest library of digitized yearbooks available anywhere on the Internet, with over 300,000 yearbooks available online to help members reconnect, reminisce, engage, and plan reunions with alumni.