Reunion Weekend 2015: Education for Life, Friendships for a Lifetime

The Office of Alumni Affairs would like to thank all those who helped make Reunion Weekend 2015 a success! We thoroughly enjoyed working with class leaders and the Emeritus Class to deliver an engaging, festive, and nostalgic experience for the Reunion Classes of 0 and 5. For the Golden Class of 1965, this year marked an amazing milestone in their lives as Hamptonians, as they celebrated their 50th Anniversary and were inducted into the Emeritus Class.

Reunion classes were welcomed to our “Home by the Sea” on Friday in the Student Center Ballroom, where they registered with their class leaders and visited the Reunion Café. It was overwhelming to see so many Hamptonians returning to see how Hampton has grown throughout the years, relive memorable experiences on campus and create new memories with each other.

On Friday night, the Classes of 1995, 2005, and 2010 attended the Young Alumni Mixer held at Cinebistro in the Peninsula Town Center. Our young alumni had a great experience, mixing and mingling with their classmates, some of which they had not seen in years. They enjoyed drinks and appetizers while bowling and posting pictures of them engaging with their Hampton family on social media. .

Alumni had opportunities to tour the campus and Museum, and experience first-hand the impact their gifts and support have made on the University. So many alumni commented not only how beautiful the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is, but also on how technologically advanced the facility is and the impact it’s made on Hampton’s profile. The Student Cafeteria overlooking Hampton’s waterfront was also a favorite spot for alumni to tour, and served as the site for the Reunion Picnic.

During the picnic, alumni were entertained by DJ Vince, as they enjoyed food and caught up with their classmates. They enjoyed   shopping at the Reunion Bazaar, taking class pictures, and admiring Hampton’s beautiful waterfront scenery. Later in the evening, alumni and guests reconvened at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in record number for the Reunion Dinner Celebration.  President Harvey provided a dynamic keynote address followed by NHAA, Inc. Alumni Awards presentations to Jenisha Henneghan ’00, Edna B. Johnson ’66, John Lewis Nixon, ’88, Gena Pemberton ’98, Malcolm Revere ’13, and Lauren Legette ’11. After Reunion Class Leaders presented their class gifts to the university, it was announced that Hampton had received over $1.8 million in gifts since July 1, 2014.

Sunday morning, the Emeritus class enjoyed a delicious brunch held in McGrew Towers. Following the brunch, the Emeritus class assembled for the Academic Processional, and participated in the 2015 Commencement ceremony. During commencement, the Outstanding 20-year Alumnus award was presented to Dr. Sonya J. Snedecor and Mrs. Jenifer P. Abubakari, and the Outsanding Alumnus-at-Large award was presented to Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III and Mrs. Jacqueline C. Hrabowski.

We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming our alumni back to our Home by the Sea, and hope you enjoyed your experience.


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