Special festivities for alumni celebrating milestone reunions this year—including those in their 50th, 35th, 25th, 10th, and 5th years since graduation—and special events dedicated to alumni awardees and those who have passed away were at the heart of the weekend of June 3 and 4 for alumni of the Dwight School, Englewood School for Boys, and Dwight-Englewood. Gatherings both on and off the D-E campus were underway even before the traditional early Saturday morning alumni vs. students soccer and lacrosse games on Graham Field. The games were refereed by beloved coach C. Christian Schmid (aka “Shmiddy”) as per usual, but thankfully there were no broken bones or sprains this year unlike in years past.
Throughout the course of the day, D-E students provided campus tours. There were plenty of “oohs” and “aahs,” particularly when alumni entered the new Hajjar STEM Center, and similar reactions when alumni walked through Leggett Hall and viewed the remodeled College Counseling Office wing.
The D-E Class of 1981 gathered in Silberfein Gym for a class gift dedication that commemorated deceased class members Richie Silberfein ’81, Evie Pesaresi Salmini ’81, Joe Inglese ’81, Charlie Kaplen ’81, and Denise Taylor ’81. The class raised funds to renovate the gym, including the installation of a gorgeous new wood floor featuring the D-E School Seal in center court.
Alumnae from the Dwight Class of 1966 similarly gathered in Hulst House for a beautifully solemn memorial service honoring classmates who have passed on, including: Ann Gray Moore D ’66, Sara L. Griffin D ’66, Donna Guerra Bray D ’66, Mary Howd D ’66, and Jean A. Larner D ’66.
At the conclusion of the service, the alumnae sang their alma mater “Jerusalem,” which was a moving experience for everyone.
Concurrent with the Awards Ceremony for the Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame awardees was a festive and “foodie-oriented” Salamanca mini-reunion. The D-E in Spain summer cultural immersion program, through which students study at and earn credits from the Universidad di Salamanca, celebrated its 20th year this year. Lead faculty advisor D-E Ethics Chair Joseph Murphy coordinated a gathering in Hulst House together with the help of D-E Alumni Director Maria Sanchez Gardner ’78.