Old friends reminisced and new memories were made at Emmanuel College's Alumni Weekend, Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4, 2017. More than 500 alumni and guests converged on campus for the event, travelling domestically from 25 states and internationally from Paris and London for the occasion.
"It's like coming home," said Susan Bausch '67 of returning to campus to celebrate her 50th class reunion. "There's always an esprit de corps at Emmanuel: Everyone here has a smile. Everyone is interested and interesting."
With events ranging from sunrise yoga and a private tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to faculty lectures and reunion celebration dinners, the weekend attracted alumni from across eight decades, from the Class of 1947 to the Class of 2017. Alumni relived their residence hall days by staying overnight in St. Ann's Hall.
"What a privilege to have this opportunity to learn about the latest in your lives and to hear about the inspiring contributions you are making to your professions, families and communities. There are no finer ambassadors for Emmanuel's educational mission than you," said Emmanuel College President Sr. Janet Eisner, SND during her welcome to alumni. "Each of you is an example of what an Emmanuel education can do, and each of you is a valued steward of the College as we work to ensure a second century of excellence."
This year's festivities included two events—the All-Saints BBQ and Alumni Pub Night—open to all class years, not just those celebrating reunions. The barbeque brought families back to campus for burgers and live music while alumni provided the entertainment at pub night with some serious karaoke singing.
Sunday morning saw the Alumni Procession pass through campus, with a bagpiper leading the line of reunion classes into the Emmanuel Chapel for the Alumni Liturgy. Seventy years of alumni participated in this time-honored tradition.
"We work all year pulling together the events for Alumni Weekend. To see it all come together and to see all that hard work reflected back in the smiles on the faces of my fellow alumni is really gratifying," said Molly Zuccarini '08, Director of Alumni Relations. "And on Monday, we'll start all over again for Alumni Weekend 2018!"
That date is June 1–3, 2018. Mark your calendars!