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In-Person Alumni Weekend Reunites Saints from Milestone Years

Kelly Slonaker

Canterbury welcomed over 160 alumni from milestone years back to campus the weekend of June 10-13 to celebrate and reconnect during Alumni Weekend. The early summer weather offered warm evenings with stunning views of the sunsets from the Steers Center patio and cool nights perfect for catching up with friends around fire pits. “As we all know, the past year has been like no other!” said Director of Alumni Relations Kate Heslin ’96. “It was truly amazing to see alumni from classes spanning over 45 years revisit campus in person and celebrate together. It was a great weekend to be a Saint!”

The events kicked off on the evening of Thursday, June 10, with a reunion for the Class of 2020. Members of the class completed their high school careers virtually, and most had not been back to campus since March of 2020. The class was able to spend time in the recently completed Steers Center—the building that was created from their vision—and reveled in being back together in the new space. The Class of 2020 enjoyed dinner, dancing, and laughs with friends and faculty on the Steers Center patio and indulged in the food trucks and s’mores late into the night.

The festivities continued on Friday, June 11, for the Classes of 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016. The evening’s events began with a happy hour and lawn games behind Sheehan House and concluded with dinner and dancing in the Steers Center with music provided by Director of Music Dave Overthrow’s band Block and Blu. Those who chose to stay in on-campus accommodations to relive their dorm days enjoyed breakfast provided by the dining hall team the following morning. Thomas Esposito ’16 loved reconnecting with his fellow Saints and shared, “It was like none of us ever left—we picked up right where we left off five years ago. The entire event helped us forget about the uncertain world we live in and brought all of us back to a simpler time.”

On Saturday, June 12, members of the Classes of 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, and 1991 had the opportunity to reunite. Following a similar program to Friday, the classes enjoyed happy hour with lawn games followed by dinner and dancing, with the addition of campus tours to acquaint them with updates and enhancements to School facilities. “With all that the world has been through, from the summer of unrest to the pandemic, I was ecstatic to share the weekend with friends I’ve known for over 40 years!” said Tony Walters ’81, who thanked Canterbury for the experience. Those who chose to stay on campus or nearby, we offered breakfast on Sunday morning followed by the annual Alumni Memorial Mass in the Chapel of Our Lady.

"It was remarkable to witness the energy and enthusiasm of those who returned to campus for Alumni Weekend,” said Chief Advancement Officer Rick Henderson P ’25. “While many schools decided to stay virtual, we were committed from the beginning to host an in-person and fun weekend for our Saints! These amazing three days were just the beginning of an active schedule we have planned to celebrate with our Alumni over the next year.” The Classes of 1995 and 1996 are invited to celebrate their 25th reunion, and the Class of 1971 will have the opportunity to celebrate their 50th reunion this fall. Plans are underway to celebrate the belated 50th reunion for the Class of 1970 in June 2022.

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