Dear Trinity alumnae,
Alumnae Reunion is a treasured rite of spring that has occurred on the last weekend of May or the first weekend of June. Reunion is a time to come back “home” to Trinity to reconnect with classmates, to discover how we have changed and to celebrate each life stage. Reunion is also an opportunity to learn more about Trinity, to meet today’s students and hear more about Trinity’s innovative programs.
As much fun as reunion can be, over the years we have noticed a decline in attendance, and the program seems tired and repetitive. Consequently, the Alumnae Association Board of Directors has discussed possible changes in the reunion format with President McGuire and Alumnae Affairs Director Stephanie Melvin, and we are all in agreement that the time has come to make some changes.
As a result of those discussions, the Alumnae Association Board and Trinity have agreed to make these changes in the future reunion schedules and programs:
- Classes at their 25th Reunion year and going forward will still have their 5-year reunions on the first weekend in June at Trinity and throughout Washington, as has been our tradition; we will be tweaking the schedule for these events, and will share more on those changes in a series of reunion communications over the next few months;
- ALL Trinity alumnae and alumni — younger classes prior to the 25th Reunion year, graduates of our professional schools — will be welcome to attend the annual Reunion Luncheon held in the Trinity Center on the Saturday of Reunion Weekend in June. By welcoming all alums to this event, we hope that friends from adjacent classes will have a greater opportunity to get together and enjoy the reunion moment, as well as encouraging more of our young alums and professional school alums to join us. We will still honor and celebrate with our major quinquennial classes, including awarding the golden jubilee medals to the 50th Reunion class each year. We may have some additional programming around the luncheon to make the occasion more festive.
- For alums prior to the 25th Reunion year, and also for our professional schools, we aim to create a series of more targeted reunion events for classes and affinity groups that will take place during the fall semester, and perhaps at other times and in other locations as the planning committees may prefer. We will be recruiting volunteer leaders for each class and affinity group to be sure that whatever programming occurs is in keeping with the desires of the group. We believe that having more targeted reunion opportunities at different times of the year will be more satisfying for alumnae who often find it hard to participate in the June reunion.
We believe all of these changes are for the best and we will continually work to help you have a great time at reunion. Registration for Reunion 2020 will open in February and we will be back in touch before then with further details about that program.
If you have any concerns or need more information, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at 202-884-9700 or email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing and meeting you at Reunion and sharing with you all of the activities that have happened at Trinity in the past year.
In the Trinity spirit,
Joan Gordon Waks ’66
President, Alumnae Association of Trinity College