A full slate of programs and activities awaited alumni of all ages who traveled to Conn from around the world. Alumni were soon busy catching up with old friends and getting reacquainted with the campus.
The annual Sykes Society Luncheon kicked off a busy Friday by honoring the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1969. As part of Alumni College, Capt. Todd Moore, Commanding Officer of the Naval Submarine Base, New London discussed the value of a liberal arts education in his career as a submarine officer. At an event honoring the life of Connecticut College Professor Emeritus Charles Chu, his family donated a stunning scroll by Chu, entitled 400 Miles of the Connecticut River, to the College. The first day of Reunion was capped off with a champagne reception and the ever-popular lobster bake. The day ended with the keynote event, a lively conversation between President Bergeron and Ethan Brown '94, founder of Beyond Meat, followed by a reception featuring a sampling of Beyond Meat products.
Master painter and calligrapher Charles Chu (1918-2008) was an emeritus professor of Chinese and built the College's unique collection of East Asian Art. Today, a handscroll depicting 400 miles of the CT River created by Chu was unveiled at #CCReunion. pic.twitter.com/5mRytPAS4l— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) May 31, 2019
Ethan Brown, founder of @BeyondMeat and former @Camel_Hoops player, delivered the keynote speech at #CCReunion. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/F3Pcd7SUfi— Connecticut College Athletics (@CamelAthletics) May 31, 2019
The celebration continued Saturday with activity across campus, including the annual Reunion parade and the Alumni Convocation, where alumni were presented with awards for their distinguished service.
No better way to start the morning at #CCReunion! ???? pic.twitter.com/dpAO3j9w14— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) June 1, 2019
5 Connecticut College alumni received awards at the #CCReunion Convocation this year: Frank Suher @fsuher ’89 P’21, Judy Newman ’79, Heather Morrison ’69 P’95, Raja Feather Kelly @rajafeath3r ’09, Alice Reid Abbott ’69. pic.twitter.com/4Vz5mJNbxT— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) June 1, 2019
Saturday afternoon provided alumni opportunities to attend programs led by faculty and staff, participate in mini-reunions, and spend quality time with their classmates.
Judy Newman '79, Executive Vice President at @Scholastic, discusses the vital importance of helping children see themselves as readers at #CCReunion. ???????? pic.twitter.com/6DABjZRnMj— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) June 1, 2019
The Plex Pistols (a Class of '89 alumni band) reunite for their #CCReunion tour. ???????? pic.twitter.com/VmhfyisHWG— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) June 1, 2019
For many, Reunion 2019 was the perfect opportunity to relive old memories while making new ones. Tons of fun activities for all ages wrapped up a special weekend that made alumni proud to be a part of the Connecticut College community.