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Grand Reunion Recap

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

As we continue to bask in the afterglow as well as the accolades that continue to pour in after what was truly a fantastic weekend, those of us in the Alumni Office can’t help but feel proud of what we have managed to pull off, not just this year, but also the preceding four. You see, what we just celebrated a couple of weekends ago was the fifth incarnation of Grand Reunion and the final year of our first five-year cycle! That means ALL of our alumni have had the opportunity to celebrate Santa Clara together as a family during the second weekend in October, and next year, we will welcome back the reunion classes with whom we kicked off this endeavor.

For the reasons outlined above, and more that we will share below, this year’s Grand Reunion was pretty special. Here are a few highlights:

•    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice kicking off the weekend with a riveting, sold out speech in Mayer Theatre.
•    “Elvis” rocking out that same Mayer Theatre and getting the ladies all shook up during the “Tribute to the King” performance on Friday night, sponsored by SCU Presents.
•    Alumni furrowing their brows in concentration as they tried to decide between three fabulous giveaway choices (though the fleece blanket soon emerged as a crowd favorite).
•    Spirited karaoke renditions of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Bye Bye Bye” being performed by brave attendees during the “Broncos Meeting Broncos” singles mixer.
•    The women of the class of 1968 (The first group of women to attend SCU for all four years) oohing and aahing during their special tour of the newly remodeled Graham dorm, which looks quite different from the all-women’s dorm they lived in 45+ years ago.
•    Members of the class of 1963 proudly wearing the gold medals awarded to them as the newest inductees into the Gianera Society, which is for those Broncos who graduated 50 or more years ago.
•    The 10 class parties going on simultaneously all over campus Saturday night, with alumni boogieing to tunes ranging from Motown hits in the Mission Gardens to contemporary jams in the Locatelli Student Center.

Of course, this is just a snapshot of everything that went on, and we’re sure that the true highlights of the weekend are moments that we weren’t even privy to that reside in the hearts and minds of our attendees. As always, those of us in the Alumni Office feel privileged to have been able to provide the vehicle for countless alumni to remember their Santa Clara experience, reconnect with each other and the University, and renew their love of and commitment to their Bronco family. Along with our Santa Clara Fund counterparts, we are proud of how the reunion committees banded together to motivate their classmates to attend the festivities and give back to the school, and grateful to the more than 4000 alumni, family members, and friends who answered the call and showed up for the 50+ events offered during the weekend. We could not do this without you all, and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Go Broncos!

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