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Emmanuel College welcomed nearly 200 Alumni and friends back to 400 The Fenway for Alumni Weekend, held from May 31 to June 1, 2024, to celebrate graduates from the classes of the 4s and 9s.

The spectacular weather set the stage for a vibrant weekend filled with both new activities and traditional gatherings, allowing Alumni from the past eight decades to reconnect and reminisce. Notably, Mary Zammitti '44 attended to celebrate her 80th reunion! She was joined by her sister Janice Zammitti Ellard ‘53.

The weekend offered a wide range of activities, providing options for every interest and cohort. Events included campus tours, a Red Sox game, mini-classes, and more. The sold-out Saints Paint session, hosted by Alumnus Tucker Still ‘23, was a major highlight.

Two new events debuted on Friday night. Muddy River Trivia drew a spirited and competitive crowd, quickly becoming a favorite. Staff, faculty, Alumni, and students took to the dance floor wearing their best kicks at the Inaugural Sneaker Ball Celebrating Excellence in Diversity.

On Saturday, Alumnae from the classes of 1954-1973 were treated to a special post-50th luncheon with newly appointed President Beth Ross, Ed.D., in her first Alumni Weekend as president. The luncheon provided an opportunity for attendees to reconnect and catch up.

alumni weekend 2024 banners in the Yawkey Center Atrium

Alumni processed by class from St. Julie Hall to the Chapel prior to the Alumni Weekend Mass. Celebrated by Fr. Federico Cinocca, Emmanuel's Campus Minister, the Mass interwove themes of joy and the College's rich history through readings, song, and scripture. In his homily, Fr. Federico highlighted the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1919, who broke societal norms to educate women. He drew parallels to the Alumni's lifelong efforts in challenging unjust systems and promoting inclusivity.

President Ross, in her remarks after the Mass, praised the diverse representation of Alumni, noting attendees from 20 states, including distant locations such as Australia, California, and New Mexico. She acknowledged the challenges alumni have faced since their last reunion in 2019. “I know that your last Alumni Weekend was in 2019, the year of Emmanuel’s Centennial celebration—and not long before the COVID interruption,” she said. “It was inspiring to see all the ways you remained connected with each other and with the College throughout that time, and all the more moving now to see you reunited in person here at 400 The Fenway.”

The class of 1974 marked their 50th reunion with a commemorative class photo and a celebratory dinner. The weekend concluded with a lively Blue and Gold celebration, complete with live music and dancing. To revisit the highlights, view the photo gallery.