Published 09/04/13

Reunions: 150 years of staying connected

Excerpted from the September issue of Alumni Bulletin

From the very beginning of the University’s history, Ezra Mason, part-owner of the college, made sure graduates remained connected by starting the What Cheer Lyceum club, through which graduates and current students met to hear lectures and discuss current events. Musical entertainment, dances, and picnics also brought students and graduates together.

In the late 1800s, distinguished Bryant alumni, with the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie that grows from recognizing the quality of their education, began to assemble annually to network and pay tribute to their Bryant experience. That tradition of alumni reconnecting with each other, the faculty, and the campus continues today.

Reunion at Bryant has come in many forms. An annual gathering on the South Lawn at Young Orchard Avenue was formal, yet collegial. “UnHomecoming” in the ’70s and ’80s brought students and alumni together to celebrate in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The ’80s and ’90s combined the annual Alumni Achievement Awards, which were first awarded in 1981, with the annual Reunion Weekend Dinner Dance held in June.

Since 1998, the tradition has evolved to a fall Reunion @ Homecoming, which this year will be held Oct. 11-12.