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"Alumni want to feel connected to stu-
dents and to ensure that they are getting
the same immersive, life-changing experi-
ence that they had at Mount Allison," says
de Ste-Croix.
Creating the connection between alumni
and students is the reason why Reunion
and Convocation are celebrated the same
weekend. Graduates, as well as parents and
student volunteers, are completely inte-
grated with alumni throughout the May
One of the most memorable Reunion
events has been the award-winning 25
and 50-year pin presentations for those
celebrating their 25th and 50th Reunions.
Last year, as part of the 150th Convoca-
tion celebration, graduates of the Class of
'13 had their photo taken with the class
celebrating their 50th Reunion, marking
the 100th and 150th graduating classes.
The sentiment was so powerful for the
graduating class that it continued this year
and will remain a tradition.
"For me the pin ceremony was an out-
standing occasion," says Penny (Fahner)
Harding ('64) from Addison, ON. "It
brought back memories of our graduation
ceremony and yet looked forward by our
being able to have a picture taken with the
Class of '14."
Other favoured collaborative events in-
clude the Friday night concert, this year
featuring nine-piece dance band The
Mellotones, and the Garnet and Gold
Gala, which brings the entire community
together for a night of conversation and
dancing at the Wallace McCain Student
Centre (formerly Trueman House).
The weekend's signature event is the alum-
ni banquet, where all classes gather to pres-
ent their class cheers, reminisce about their
years at Mount Allison, and honour fellow
Allisonians with awards.
Old traditions have been re-established
and strengthened, including life class offi-
cers, class cheers, and class gifts. The Class
of '14 class gift was a tree planted outside
Bennett House in honour of fellow
student Chris Metallic ('14), who went
missing from Sackville in November 2012.
New traditions have begun, such as MtA
Trivia at The Pond, class member presen-
tations showcasing their knowledge and
talents, the alumni choir, and the first class
reunion, which helps young alumni make
the transition from graduate to alumni.
More than 35 students came back for their
first-year Reunion this year from around
the country. Leah Rosetti ('13) is cur-
rently studying medicine at the University
of Ottawa. She wanted to come back to
celebrate her friends' graduation and says
Reunion was an added bonus.
"Reunion gave my friend group an excuse
to get together after scattering post gradu-
ation, plus I really missed garlic fingers,"
she says. "It's great to go back one year
later to see how the friends and places you
have missed have changed, and, very often,
how they haven't changed at all."
Former student union president Pat
Joyce ('13), who is currently working for
the New Brunswick Student Alliance in
Fredericton, NB, experienced a number of
Reunion weekends as a student, but he
says as a student he had not realized the
uniqueness of celebrating Reunion and
Convocation on the same weekend.
"This makes the experience that much
more unforgettable," he says. "Keeping up
with friends after graduation can be tough
as everyone is busy starting the next
chapters of their lives, so Reunion was a
great opportunity to get together again in
a setting that will always feel like home."
Tammy Crowley ('89) attended her 10th
Reunion in 1999. Although she enjoyed
the experience, she admits the turnout
wasn't as big as she had hoped. So she,
along with five of her classmates, created
a 25th Reunion committee to encourage
their class to attend.
14 / Summer 2014 / RECORD
Members of the class of 1894 at the spring convocation in 1944 during their 50th reunion
(MtA Archives 2007.07/1427)
75th anniversary of graduation of the first
class of the Ladies' College in 1904 (MtA
Archives 2007.07/1211)