More than 2,400 alumni from near and far gathered on Mount St. James for two Reunion weekends. The time presented an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make a few new ones. Pride in alma mater was abundant with babies and toddlers dressed in tiny purple tees and senior guests displaying well-worn Crusader gear. The familiarity of a shared experience was evident in the warm conversations and wonderful memories formed in all corners of campus over many decades.
Although similar in many ways, each weekend offered its own distinct feel. The Classes of 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 gathered the weekend of May 30-June 1. Many came with children in tow and plenty of photo sharing ensued. Alumni enjoyed a family-style picnic that included games, food, bouncy houses and pony rides. For alumni looking to sweat with serenity, a morning yoga class was held. More than 30 alumni ran the Andy Kelly ’17 Memorial Fun Run. To the delight of many parents, a babysitting service was provided so classmates could enjoy their class receptions and dinners uninterrupted.
During the second weekend, June 5-8, the College hosted the Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1984 and the Purple Knights. Despite no shortage of activities, the tempo was slower and the mode more reflective. Guests attended the opening of the “Our Fragile Home” exhibit in the Cantor Art Gallery and spoke with the artists. The chemistry and visual arts departments offered guided tours. Faculty speaker, Renee Beard, assistant professor of sociology, presented a very well-received talk, “What’s age got to do with it?” The annual 1843 Luncheon was also well attended, recognizing the generosity of alumni who have named Holy Cross as a beneficiary in their estate plans.
“We hope that alumni in attendance enjoyed their time on The Hill and experienced moments on campus — perhaps in the open space of Dinand Library, a residence hall room in Lehy Hall or on the grass behind the Hart Center — that brought back a flood of fond memories,” says Kristyn Dyer ’94, director or alumni relations.
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