Class of 1997

Come back home to celebrate your 15th Reunion this summer! We have an exciting weekend planned that will make this the biggest and BEST alumni event of the year.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Do you remember what you were doing 15 years ago?
Were you... Racing to Seminar?  Grabbing lunch in Saga?  Making weekend plans to hit the Pub?  No matter what you were doing, it's time to come back home and celebrate our 15-year Reunion!

RSVP now, see who's coming and encourage your friends to join you! Register by June 29 for early-bird pricing and save up to $30 per person! (All prices will go up by $5, including registration fee, select reunion events and on-campus housing.)

Participate in the Class of 1997 Reunion Gift!

Your gift will go a long way in providing to current and future Gaels the same wonderful Saint Mary’s experience that we were so lucky to have had. Join in the tradition. Celebrate our past. Shape the future.

As members of the Class of 1997 Reunion Committee, we especially recommends gifts to:

Class of 1997 Endowed Scholarship Fund: We are proud to announce our goal to raise $50,000 for this lasting legacy at Saint Mary's College. Your one-time or multi-year gift can make a big difference for future Gaels... and preference to honorees will be given to relatives of The Class of 1997!

For more information about multi-year pledges, please contact your Reunion Giving Officer, Karrie Hagedorn at 925-631-8670 or [email protected]

Make your gift online to make an immediate difference: select Reunion 2012 Campaigns and the area of your choice.

Class of 1997 Giving as of 7/19/12:

44 Gifts / 8.41% participation / $59,716

See who has already donated! / See where our class stands!

What is an endowed scholarship?

Endowed funds are the cornerstone of the College's financial stability, providing program support funding that is not dependent upon enrollment, tuition or annual giving.

Endowed scholarship funds can be established with a minimum gift of $50,000, which are then invested for long-term growth, creating a permanent legacy benefiting Saint Mary's students. Each year a portion of the endowment fund's earnings, also known as the payout, is made available to finance student scholarships; the payout is usually between 4 and 5 percent of the fund's value at the beginning of the fiscal year.

In order to establish the Class of 1997 Endowment Scholarship, the class must raise a total of $50,000 in the next five years through one-time gifts and multi-year pledges. If the class does not raise the $50,000 needed to establish the fund, the scholarship would then be considered "quasi-endowed" and added to the College's unrestricted endowment.

Why is Alumni Participation Important?

The collective support of alumni provides critical funding for student
scholarships and strengthens all aspects of the unique Saint Mary's educational experience. Alumni participation also affects both the College’s ability to receive grant support from foundations and corporations and is used to determine Saint Mary's' national rankings in publications such as Forbes and U.S. News and World Report.  Show your pride in SMC by making a gift in honor of our 15-year reunion!