by Megan Towle '16
While storm clouds loomed throughout the weekend June 27-29, the spirit of more than 350 alumnae who returned to campus for their reunions shined bright. Attendees trickled in Friday afternoon and started the weekend with a picnic on the mall.
The class of 1964 showed up in full force to celebrate their Golden Anniversary reunion. Friday night, they gathered for a class conversation and a memorial service for deceased classmates. While it had been 50 years since their time here, the memories of Saint Ben's were still fresh, and everyone agreed that the values created at Saint Ben's influenced their life immensely since graduation. The women reminisced about their good times, remembered those that could not be there and finished the celebration with a dinner and presentation by Mary Hinton, College of Saint Benedict's 15th president.
To wind down after a day of activities, community members and alums gathered in the Darnell Amphitheatre to enjoy the musical stylings of Keri Noble, the featured artist for Sunset Stages. The concert was a great way to end a fun-filled day and set the bar high for the remainder of the weekend.
While Friday's events were a lovely introduction to the spirit of reunion, Saturday's kick off reminded Bennies young and old of what it means to be a Bennie, and how far we have come since the sisters embarked on this journey in 1913. Alumnae recreated the infamous "Saint Ben's Pageant" and had photos taken in a recreated 1920s dorm room. With mimosas in hand, alums danced along to songs from every reunion year and relived the fashion trends and voluminous hair-dos of their glory days.
Throughout the day, alums attended "Back to Class" sessions taught by CSB/SJU professors, alums and community members. After a day of learning, alumnae gathered for a reception and gala dinner, in honor of this year's reunion award recipients, who were recognized for their outstanding service to Saint Ben's, their communities and their careers.
The weekend ended on high note with a Mass and reception held at Sacred Heart Chapel celebrating the reunion weekend and the many lifelong friendships.