Reunion provides alumni with the opportunity to reconnect with each other and with their alma mater. For many, it’s a reason to celebrate with lifelong friends. For others, it’s a chance to get together with classmates, many of whom they may not have seen in 50 years. Some have been back to campus to visit or attend events and activities, while others are experiencing 50 years’ worth of growth and change when they return for reunion.
This May, members of the Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and fellow alumni at their 50th Reunion. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, the classes are invited to campus for an in-person gathering and tour of campus. Reunion celebrants will also be invited to lead the procession during the University’s 2022 Commencement Ceremony (additional details to be announced soon).
“The campus may have grown by leaps and bounds since their time here, but what hasn’t changed is the great sense of community that is still shared by alumni and current students alike,” says Jeanne Marano, assistant vice president for Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate in person and have the opportunity to invite the Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 back to campus to reconnect with each other and the University.”
Members of the Class of 1970 reunion volunteer committee had been working hard to plan a memorable reunion in 2020 when their celebration was put on hold. Marybeth Connolly Henry ’70 says that she’s looking forward to “reconnecting and celebrating with friends and classmates” at the upcoming reunion as well as “raising funds for a class gift or a class of 1970 scholarship to support one or more students each year.”
As planning for reunion gets underway, the Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking volunteers for each class committee. “The commitment and support of a reunion committee are critical to the success of a reunion celebration,” notes Marano. Members of the reunion committee will work with members of the Alumni Engagement team as well as fellow alumni to reach out to classmates and plan activities as part of the reunion celebration.
Committee members will:
- Encourage classmates to participate in the reunion
- Conduct outreach via phone or email and invite classmates back to campus
- Support the class gift in honor of your 50th anniversary and inspire others to do so
- Attend and enjoy your 50th reunion celebration!
Meetings are held monthly via Zoom.
Interested in joining your 50th Reunion Committee? Contact Karen Hackett, associate director of Alumni Engagement, to learn more at email@example.com or 973-655-4207.