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May 2013

A record-breaking gift and other Reunion 2013 highlights

Last month, members of the Woman's College and UNCG classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963 and 1968 returned to campus for an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, explore the changing campus and share accounts of their college experiences.

The Class of 1963 celebrated its 50th reunion with a record-breaking gift.

The Class of 1963 celebrated its 50th reunion with a record-breaking gift.
Image credit: Wesley Brown

Reunion has become something of a rite of spring for many alumnae, and this year was especially noteworthy for the Class of '63, as it marked their 50th reunion. Traditionally, classes mark such a distinctive anniversary with a class gift, and while some classes opt to finance a campus monument or some other tangible object or structure, recent class years have opted to commemorate their graduation with a pooled monetary gift, composed of the individual gifts of each class member.

Previously, the Class of '58 held the record for the largest gift in university history, coming in at just over $1 million. However, when the gifts and pledges of the Class of '63 were tabulated, the class had raised approximately $1.97 million. The gifts will go to establish new scholarships, fund vital campus programs, support the Quad renovation and finance other areas of need for the university.

In addition to the unveiling of this generous gift, Reunion featured a number of interesting and enjoyable programs for the attendees. Nearly one hundred people attended the second annual interactive session for African-American alumnae of WC. The interactive panel featured stirring memories of a painful era in the history of the institution, as African-American students attempted to make their way through a college at which not everyone was ready to embrace their presence. You can read more about that program at Campus Weekly.

In addition, the weekend featured numerous luncheons and dinners, tours of the renovated Quad and a variety of campus cultural and social opportunities.





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