Reuniting for the First Time

By Courtney Carmignani ’05 ML ’07
Photography by Allyson Wiley ’02

The Class of 2009 was welcomed into the Alumni Association in style on May 13 at the first annual Zero Year Reunion.
The event included a semi-formal dinner and dance in McKeon Pavilion to celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments and begin their next chapter with the College. Brother President Ronald Gallagher congratulated the seniors and former student body president David Perry ’97 told them about the importance of staying connected with the College after graduation. Janine Ogando Martinez ’89, the Alumni Association president, offered a champagne toast.

The winners of the Senior Awards, voted on by the class during the graduation fair in March, were also announced. Mary Grace Bone was the Senior of the Year; Zach Flanagin was the Faculty Member of the Year and Patty Bishop was the Staff Member of the Year.

Throughout the night, seniors mingled with faculty, staff and alumni, enjoyed dipping treats into a chocolate fountain and struck endless poses in the photo booth. A slide show of student-submitted photos played in the background, flashing memories of the past four years on campus, while disc jockey Adam Kennedy played popular dance tunes.

Dancers packed the packed hardwood floor as the fluorescent lights flickered on at evening’s end and students sang along to the last song, “Sweet Caroline.”

Luke Johnson ’09 says he had a great time at the Zero Year Reunion.

“Everyone I talked to said it was the best, even better than the Senior Formal,” Johnson says. “Just a chance to hang out with our friends and relax from the stresses of finals and graduation.”

Amber Oosman ’09 agreed.

“It was one of the best events I have ever attended at Saint Mary’s. It was great to have something prior to commencement where all the seniors could have a chance to mingle and catch up” she says. “The alumni speaker gave us insight into our future roles as alumni. Good food, good music and good company.”