Countdown to Commencement

Graduates celebrated their transition from students to alumni at Commencement on Friday, May 16. (Photographic Services)

Seniors celebrate their last days at Washington U.

After years of late-night cram sessions, countless hours in class, and challenging exams, seniors counted down the final 40 days until graduation. Each year the Alumni Association sponsors a series of activities to bid seniors a fond and fun farewell.

Seniors enjoyed the Chancellor’s Dinner on Tuesday, May 13, at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. (Photographic Services)

The celebration started April 9 with a gathering at Alumni House. Seniors participated in the Senior Transition Series, which included sessions on how to cook and manage personal finances. The senior class also hosted several events, including a float trip and the Chancellor’s Dinner.

Graduates of the Class of 2008 are now the newest Washington University alumni. Congratulations! The Alumni Association is here to serve all alumni, and every alum is encouraged to stay connected to the University community. To learn more, visit the Alumni Association Web site at

Taking the Classroom on the Road

Alumni Association offers Classes Without Quizzes

Many of the nation’s top teachers and researchers are members of the Washington University faculty. They firmly plant the seeds of curiosity in their students. And that curiosity does not vanish once students graduate but stays with them throughout their lives. That’s why the Alumni Association offers exciting opportunities to learn from faculty right in our graduates’ own backyards.

Classes Without Quizzes, which has become one of the most popular of the Washington University Club events, brings some of the University’s leading faculty to cities across the country. Alumni and friends can attend lectures on a variety of stimulating topics.

  • Garrett Duncan, associate professor of education, African & African American studies, and American culture studies, provided a thorough introduction to the docent-led tour of And We Shall Rise, an exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit.

  • John Hoal, associate professor of architecture, traveled to Houston to explain his firm’s plans to help rebuild portions of hurricane-ravished New Orleans.

  • James T. Little, the Donald Danforth, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Business at the Olin Business School, presented “They Might be Giants: China and India Challenge the West” to alumni and friends in Los Angeles.

  Reunion 2008

Attendance, Giving Reach Record Numbers

Reunion 2008 was a great celebration thanks to record-breaking participation by 12 classes of undergraduate alumni. More than 1,700 alumni and friends converged on the Danforth Campus for Thurtene Weekend Reunion in April and Reunion Weekend in May. During Thurtene, 951 young alumni showed their class spirit—about 330 more than Reunion 2007. And the participation did not stop there.

As of June 30, 2008, gifts and pledges from alumni totaled
$22 million, exceeding last year by a whopping $13.7 million. The 45th Reunion Class of 1963 and the 50th Reunion Class of 1958 were recognized for the highest increase in participation. This marks only the second time two classes have tied for the coveted award.

Many thanks to all those who helped make Reunion 2008 one for the record books.