Alumni Return for Reunion Weekend

June 11, 2019

By Eli Cronin

Saint Anselm College’s annual Reunion Weekend 2019 on June 7, 8 and 9 brought over 800 alumni, family, and friends from the Classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 back to the Hilltop to celebrate their experiences at Saint Anselm College. This time-honored tradition allows former students to bear witness to the growth of the college and reconnect with each other over tours, dinners, presentations, Masses, and other gatherings. 

Attendees came from as far away as Washington state, and the gathering included alumnae of Mount Saint Mary’s College in addition to Saint Anselm.

“It was such an honor to welcome back so many alumni to the Hilltop, from our Golden Anselmian Class of 1969 to our 5th reunion class,” said senior vice president for Advancement Jim Flanagan. “It has often been said that an institution is only as good as its alumni, and we would not be where we are today if not for our dedicated and loyal alumni.”

On Friday, alumni toured the new Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex, attended a memorial Mass, and gathered in the pub for drinks and reminiscing. That evening saw 78 alumni from the class of 1969 inducted into the Order of Golden Anselmians in commemoration of their 50th reunion.

Saturday began with a walking tour showcasing the storied history of the campus, as well as a tribute ceremony honoring Anselmians who have served in the U.S. military, attended by more than 150 alumni and friends, including New Hampshire Representative Chris Pappas. The Military Service Tribute has grown exponentially since it was introduced six years ago; this year, First Lieutenant Bob Silva, USMC ’69 was the keynote speaker. 

Later, a barbeque lunch and lawn party was held on the Campus Green, and alumni participated in the Benedictine tradition of “Haustus” in the monastery’s cloister garden, where they spent a tranquil afternoon of refreshments and conversation, and met the new generation of Benedictine monks at Saint Anselm Abbey. That night, alumni dined with old classmates and friends, and enjoyed entertainment, dancing, and memories. 

On Sunday morning, Mass was held in the Abbey Church, followed by a champagne brunch, the traditional conclusion of Reunion Weekend. 

Reunion Weekend is a vital tradition that honors the culture and community of Saint Anselm College, connecting past generations of students to each other and to the present of the college, and upholding the college’s history and legacy.

"Something extraordinary happens when you bring alumni back to their forever home here on the Hilltop,” says Patrice Russell ’93, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations & Advancement Programming. “Seeing alumni reconnect and reminisce with their classmates, meet alumni from classes dating back to the 1950s, and interact with current students, is special. It creates a unique sense of pride and community you can only experience during Reunion Weekend."