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A Historic Reunion Brings Alumni Together

The long-awaited reunions for the Reunion Classes of the 0’s & 5’s and 1’s & 6’s finally took place on the beautiful weekend of September 24-25. Nearly 200 alumni attended events throughout the weekend and 40% of our graduating classes were in attendance for this historic combined reunion. In a St. Sebastian’s first, all Reunion events were held outdoors in tents erected on Seidl Field and the Class of 2017 Courtyard on the West Campus Center. In honor of their Reunions, the 0’s & 5’s made gifts totaling $136,306 and the 1’s & 6’s contributed $261,247. In both cases, the 50th Reunion Classes of 1970 and 1971 led the way with gifts of $108,670 and $103,450 respectively. The Classes of 2015 and 2016 topped the leaderboard with 76% and 83% participation in the Alumni Fund for their reunion years.

On Friday night, the Classes of 1961 and 1971 gathered for their 50th and 60th Reunion dinners. This served as an opportunity to reconnect away from the larger celebrations of the weekend. On Saturday morning, the Golden Arrow Luncheon took place welcoming back alumni from as early as 1950 through 1971. The Golden Arrow Society is open to all alumni who have achieved their 50th Reunion and beyond. All attendees were presented with a Golden Arrow lapel pin. As Headmaster Burke told them, “This School stands on the shoulders of giants, and the Golden Arrow Society recognizes the critical role that every alumnus has played in getting us to the point where we now stand.” Five members of the Class of 2022 addressed the alumni and shared their current experiences on campus.

Following the Luncheon, St. Sebastian’s varsity football battled with Governor’s Academy. The Arrows came up a little short on the scoreboard but played hard through the final whistle. The annual Alumni Memorial Mass followed the game in Martin Hall. Father Arens was joined by Congregation of the Holy Cross seminarian, John Ryan ’15, on the altar. Greg Cronin ’71 read the litany of fallen Arrows from the 1’s&6’s reunion classes for which this mass is offered each year.

As more and more alumni arrived on campus, the cocktail hour grew into a dull roar. Old friendships were renewed, and faculty members were on hand to greet our alumni. Deacon Paul Coletti ‘75 led Grace before everyone enjoyed the traditional Reunion Clambake. We were so happy to welcome back our alumni for Reunion and look forward to hosting the 2’s & 7’s on May 20-21, 2022!