June 04, 2012
Persistent rain did not dampen spirits at Reunion 2012 as close to 750 reunion alumni and more than 400 family and friends celebrated the largest reunion in Stonehill history on June, 1, 2 and 3.
Alumni and guests explored campus changes, showed their children around, renewed marriage vows, caught up with friends, and prayed for deceased classmates. They also enjoyed good food, music and dancing.
When Reunion 2012 got underway on Friday, June 1, it marked 60 years to the day of Stonehill's first Commencement in 1952. Ever young at heart, 11 members of that pioneering class participated in practically all of this year's reunion events.
Alumni from 20 classes, 1952 to 2007, participated in 26 events during Reunion 2012.
Alumni raised $258,511 for their Reunion gift to the College.
More than 130 alumni attended a Presidential Brunch where President Mark Cregan, C.S.C. delivered a state-of-the college update, outlining challenges and areas of recent progress.
Thirty three members of the Class of 1962 were inducted into the Pillar Society, which includes alumni who have celebrated or are celebrating their 50th reunion.
In her remarks to the Class of 1962, Rita Smith outlined the ways in which her classmates contributed to the massive social and economic changes that have occurred in the five decades since they graduated. Smith noted her generation's commitment to social justice and civil rights, paying special attention to the initiative shown by her fellow alumnae as they took advantage new social and professional opportunities.
More than 180 members of the Class of 2007 returned to celebrate their 5th reunion, matching the record set last year by the Class of 2005 for the most classmates at a Stonehill reunion.
Eleven couples renewed their wedding vows in the Chapel of Mary at a ceremony with Alumni Chaplain Rev. Robert Wiseman, C.S.C.
Forty Student Alumni Association (SAA) volunteers welcomed alumni, guided them, and helped to make the three-day event run smoothly.
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