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This June, Emmanuel College celebrated Alumni Weekend 2023, welcoming more than 200 alumni from the classes of the 3s and 8s back to campus.

Alumni spanning eight decades returned to 400 The Fenway to celebrate with classmates and friends and their various reunion milestones. Events throughout the weekend ranged from dinners to workshops to class gatherings. 

On Saturday, alumnae from the classes of 1953-1972 enjoyed a special post-50th luncheon with newly inaugurated Emmanuel College president, Dr. Mary K. Boyd. There, they reminisced on memories and caught up with one another. Several members of the class of 1953 were in attendance Janice Zammitti Ellard ‘53 brought her sister Mary Zammitti ‘44 along for the special weekend.  

Associate Professor and History Department Chair Dr. Bill Leonard led alumni on a tour around Emmanuel’s campus and the surrounding Fenway neighborhood. Mini classes that featured topics like planned giving, financial analytics, DEI and education were an additional offering for alumni to experience a glimmer into the current Emmanuel student experience.  

In preparation for the Alumni Weekend Mass, alumni gathered to process with their classes through the halls of the Eisner Administration Building to the Chapel. During the Mass, messages of joy and Emmanuel’s mission were weaved through readings, song and scripture. Fr. Federico Cinocca, who has joined the College as Campus Minister, celebrated the Mass and in his Homily focused on the meaning of community and joy.  

During her remarks following Mass, President Boyd highlighted the diverse representation of alumni in attendance saying, “Among you are graduates and guests from 22 states, including from as far away as Seattle, San Diego, and Sun City, Arizona.”  

She continued reflecting on the various ways Emmanuel alumni have made an impression on her in her first year as president saying, “Among you are leaders in fields ranging from the arts to astrophysics, from education to entrepreneurship. By your untold contributions to your families and communities and to a whole spectrum of endeavors—and by the example of your lives—you say something profound about Emmanuel’s impact and about the values that lie at the core of our community. There are no greater ambassadors of an Emmanuel education than you.”  

The class of 1973 gathered for a class photo to commemorate their 50th reunion and celebrated their milestone over a special dinner. Concluding the weekend was a blue and gold celebration during which alumni enjoyed live music and dancing. To look back on all the fun, view the photo gallery