Reunion 2018 Brings Alumni Back to the Hilltop
June 21, 2018
June 8, 9, and 10, more than 1,000 alumni, family, and friends returned to the Hilltop to celebrate and reconnect during the college’s annual Reunion Weekend. The classes of '68, '73, '78, '83, '88, '93, '98, '03, '08, and '13 came back to campus for three event-filled days of receptions, talks, tours, dinners and dancing, Mass, and a road race.
Patrice Russell '93, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations & Advancement Programming, says, "Something extraordinary happens when you bring alumni back to their forever home here on the Hilltop. Seeing alumni reconnect and reminisce with their classmates, and meet alumni from classes dating back to 1950, is special. It creates a unique sense of pride and community you can only experience during Reunion Weekend."
On Friday, alumni toured the new Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex, attended an estate planning presentation, and gathered in the pub. That evening, 89 members of the class of 1968, celebrating their 50th reunion, were inducted into the Order of Golden Anselmians.
Saturday's schedule included a military service tribute that brought almost 200 people to the college’s Veteran’s Memorial to honor all Anselmians who have served in the military. This event was followed by an alumni BBQ lunch and lawn party, a yoga class, and a wine lecture and tasting. That evening, reunion classes dined at various locations on campus, enjoying entertainment, dancing, storytelling, and reminiscing.
Also on Saturday, President Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., announced the public phase of the college’s $70 million capital campaign, “Faith in the Future: The Campaign for Saint Anselm College.” The largest philanthropic effort in the institution’s 129-year history, the campaign is designed to strategically move the college forward by building on the foundations laid by a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts mission and tradition.
On Sunday morning, families gathered to celebrate Mass in the Abbey Church.
Anselmians came from as far away as Guam and from as far back as the class of 1950. The class of 1988 had record attendance for its 30-year reunion.