Centennial Weekend FAQ

Centennial Weekend FAQ

The OT Centennial Weekend on October 5-6 will commemorate 100 years of the Program in Occupational Therapy helping people live meaningful lives.

What is the schedule of activities for the Centennial Weekend?

Friday, October 5

Visitors will be welcomed to the OT Program at 4444 Forest Park, School of Medicine Campus.

 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Student-led tours of facility, Program in OT
 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  Wine and cheese reception, Program in OT lobby
 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Dinners by the decade, at various restaurants in the Central West End

Saturday, October 6

The OT Reunion brunch and academic event will be held at the Eric P. Newman Education Center, School of Medicine Campus


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  OT reunion brunch
 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.   Keynote address by Pam Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA
 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.  Educational poster session and dessert

The Centennial Gala will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Clayton, MO 63105.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reception and open bar
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Welcome, dinner, program including video and presentation of awards
9:00 – 10:30 p.m. Dancing by the decade and cash bar

Who may attend the Centennial Weekend events?

The weekend’s events are open to students, alumni, colleagues, university officials, collaborators, donors and friends of the Program in Occupational Therapy. You may bring a child to the gala event if you are confident that he or she will enjoy the festivities and participate.

What is the cost of Centennial gala and other weekend events?

The cost of the gala is $75 per reservation.  All other events are included in this price except for the Friday night “Dinner by the Decade,” which is pay your own way.

Is there a discount for students/seniors/veterans/alumni?

The Program is contributing over 50% toward each reservation to be able to offer the discounted $75 price. All events except the gala and the Dinners by the Decade are covered in this price.

How do I make a reservation for the weekend?

Formal invitations were mailed out in mid-August. The RSVP card allows you to indicate what events you will attend and indicate any food/dietary restrictions. If you did not receive your invitation, please contact the Office of Special Programs at 314.286.0073.

Will I be able to see who is attending the Centennial Weekend?

A list of attendees (with alumni organized by class) can be found at: https://ot100.wustl.edu/events/alumni-attendees-by-decade/

What is the attire for the Centennial Weekend?

The gala will be black tie optional. Business casual attire is suggested for all other Centennial events.

Will Centennial events be documented? 

There will be a photographer at various weekend events and speeches at the gala will be videotaped.

Centennial Gala

Is my gala reservation transferable or refundable?

Purchased gala reservations may be transferred to another person with advance notice. Refunds are not allowed.

Is there parking near the Ritz-Carlton?

Yes, self parking in the hotel garage is included with your gala reservation. You will be responsible for the tip if you utilize valet parking.

Will gala attendees be able to choose their seating assignments?

We cannot guarantee that you will be able to sit with particular individuals. However, you will be seated with any guests you bring, and we will do our best to honor additional requests.

How may I support the Centennial if I am unable to attend the weekend?

You may donate to the Carolyn Baum Centennial Challenge, which matches all gifts to the Occupational Therapy Annual Fund with a gift for student scholarships.

Gifts may be sent to:
School of Medicine-Occupational Therapy Annual Fund-Baum Challenge
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1082
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

You can also donate online here.

 We look forward to celebrating the OT Centennial Weekend with you.