More than 1,400 alumni and friends of Fordham University returned to a sunny Rose Hill campus on the weekend of June 1 to take part in the 2007 Jubilee Reunion, which raised nearly $12.6 million in gifts and pledges for scholarships and programs.
The event, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs, included everything from a family barbecue on Martyrs’ Court and a party on Murphy Field hosted by Frank McLaughlin, executive director of athletics, and various coaches to a talk by Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, on “The Theology of the Church According to Benedict XVI.”
Among the weekend’s highlights was the 50th anniversary celebration of the Class of 1957, which had the largest class attendance of the weekend. The class was inducted into the Golden Rams, Fordham alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. Class gifts were presented during a lavish Jubilee President’s Club reception at O’Keefe Commons, which was attended by more than 300 alumni and guests.
Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, greeted alumni enthusiastically at an opening reception, telling them that Fordham has always been the “golden door” for students who come from modest means; he asked them to continue to be the University’s ambassadors.
“Talk about Fordham,” he said. “Talk about how it changed your life, so that it will continue to be a place of great transformation for others.”
– Janet Sassi