The Carillon Circle celebrates those who make a commitment to benefit the University of Delaware through will or estate plans. These legacy gifts are some of UD’s most inspirational and transformative, leaving an extraordinary impact across the institution and beyond.

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“We’ve been involved with OLLI for a combined 32 years! As a teacher and as a student, it has made our retirement very fulfilling. We hope our gift helps to continue supporting the wonderful learning opportunities for OLLI students.”

-Phil and Sheila Weinberg

Your Exclusive Opportunities 

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Exclusive invitations to members-only events and programs

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Recognition in appropriate donor listings and publications

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Direct access to our Gift Planning team for additional options, guidance and information

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An elegant and distinctive welcome gift

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Updates on University projects and programs

About the Carillon

In 1959, members of the Class of 1907 donated the carillon to the University of Delaware, noting that this gift was presented “in the hopes that the sound of these bells will warm the hearts and lift the thoughts of those who pass this way.” The carillon was placed in the bell tower of Memorial Hall, the heart of UD’s campus, where it remains to this day.

Each morning at precisely 8:03, the sounds of “Delaware, My Delaware,” “America,” and the “Delaware Fight Song” peal across campus, calling the University community to another day of learning and discovery. This tradition has been a part of the UD experience for generations and lives on in the memory of thousands of Blue Hens.

Just as the chimes of the carillon will reach the students of tomorrow, so too will the gift of Carillon Circle members touch the future—enabling innovation and inspiring greatness that will impact the community well beyond campus borders.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Legacy Society

In 1980, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) opened its first Delaware location as the Academy of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington. Since then, the OLLI at the University of Delaware program has expanded to include campuses in each county, attracting thousands of members each year who are enriched by its stimulating academic environment and social opportunities.

Many early members included the institute in their estate plans, sustaining and strengthening OLLI’s future with support for innovative programs, capital improvements and scholarships to provide access to more members.

Inspired by this generosity, the Osher Lifelong Learning Legacy Society launched in 2018 to celebrate all who support the future of OLLI in Delaware by including a specific OLLI campus or the statewide program in an estate plan.

There are a variety of gift plan options to achieve philanthropic intentions beyond wills and trusts, including naming OLLI as a beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy, and more. For a full listing of options and additional information, visit What You Can Give or call Nathana Jackson, Director of Gift Planning at the University of Delaware, at 302-831-6093 or email

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Alumni Benefits

It pays to be a Blue Hen! UD and the Alumni Association offer a variety of benefits, discounts and services to our alumni.

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Class Reunions

Does your class year end with 0 or 5? Celebrate your milestone reunion during virtual events in 2020.

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