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Alumni Office Sponsors New Commencement-Week Traditions

In May, the Office of Alumni Relations sponsored two new events that are destined to become Marymount traditions.

On the Thursday evening before Commencement weekend, members of the Class of 2011 were welcomed into the Marymount University Alumni Association at an elegant event called A GOLD Affair. Held at the Washington Golf and Country Club, the semi-formal evening featured food, fun, dancing, and stunning views of Washington, DC, from the club’s patio.

The event introduced Marymount’s newest alumni to the just launched MU GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) program.

President Bundschuh, Dean of Students Frank Rizzo, Director of Alumni Relations Lauren Kiesling, and Alumni Association Board member Matt Zingaro ’95 spoke at the event, encouraging the attendees to stay connected to their alma mater and strengthen their involvement in the alumni community through membership, service, and philanthropy.

The second new event, held in the Main House on the Saturday of Commencement weekend, was a reception for graduating international students and their families and friends.

Commencement is always time for celebration and reflection; for international students, it can also be a time for long awaited family reunions. The families and friends present at the reception had traveled from such distant places as Kenya, Mongolia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and St. Lucia to share their graduates’ special weekend. For some, it was the first time that they had visited Marymount’s campus and met the people who have had, and will continue to have, an impact on their children’s lives.

President Bundschuh welcomed the graduates and their guests, noting the important role that international students play in making Marymount an enriching and enjoyable learning environment for everyone. International Club President Bernise Springer ’11 then spoke about her Marymount years and how she plans to stay connected with the University. Bernise encouraged her fellow international alumni to remember that, no matter where they live or work, they will always be members of the MU family.