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Alumni Weekend 2024—Smiles All Around!

Alumni Weekend 2024—Smiles All Around!

It was like they never left! Canterbury alumni returned to Aspetuck Avenue once again to enjoy the company of friends, dine together, celebrate successes, share stories, and even take classes during Alumni Weekend 2024.

The weekend provided a showcase for both athletic and artistic excellence:

  • The Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner in the Steers Center Ragland Commons honored our latest inductees, Charles Glennon ’64, P ’90, Joseph Roberto ’94, Noah Rak ’14, Olivia Steiner ’14, and the undefeated 1984 Volleyball Team.

  • The Alumni Art Exhibit featured extraordinary work by talented alumni from different graduating years and artistic practices displayed in the Edward J. Duffy Family Art Center and Gallery. Participating artists included Sean Kernan ’60, Marc Vanasse ’73, Michael Berman ’74, Dalia Hierro ’86, Thomas Gilligan ’97, Stephanie Goos Johnson ’97, Heather Williams de Courreges ’97, Katherine Roffe ’15, and Tyrus Xanthos ’16.

Graduates from class years ending in 4 and 9 celebrated reunions, and 14 members of the Class of 1964 marked their 60th with a cocktail reception in the Sheehan House Common Room. “We had a great turnout for our classmate Charles, one of the Hall of Fame inductees,” said Peter Ward ’64. “And, characteristically, we all later enjoyed remembering the crazy nicknames we had created for each other." 

Catching up with familiar faces was a highlight for Hall of Fame honoree Olivia as well. “Coming back for reunion, I felt like I picked up right  where I left off with friends, teachers, and coaches,” she shared. “The best part was remembering how strong the Canterbury community is, and I hope to make it a tradition to come back at least every five years.” 

Many alumni also got back in the classroom to experience the excellence of Canterbury academics today. Mock classes included:

  • Algebra 2 taught by Director of Curriculum & Mathematics Teacher Kelli Darrin P ’26, ’27

  • Animal Anatomy with Science Teacher Derek Richardson P ’22, ’26

  • English in Action led by Director of the Donovan Center for Learning & English Teacher Alison Bailey

  • Lessons in History presented by History & Social Sciences Chair Pádraig “Podge” Lawlor, Ph.D.

“You would think that, after 10 years, there would be little interest in sitting in a high school class,” said Jack Elsas ’14 after the history session. “But Podge’s style of teaching makes me want to be back in that seat learning from him every day!”

As always, the Alumni Memorial Mass honored the School’s Catholic heritage, with Campus Chaplain Father Brendan Horan, S.J. celebrating the Mass in memory of our deceased graduates.

Visiting Saints even got a taste of nightlife on the hilltop, with the “Spirits at Sheehan” after-hours social on the terrace and an evening of dinner and dancing at Ragland Commons. There was truly something for everyone on this fabulous Alumni Weekend!