At alumni weekends, age is no longer a hindrance

Along with the rest of society, alumni weekends are getting older, the Washington Post reports. Shenandoah University’s April reunion in Winchester featured a 103-year-old pianist from the Class of 1926. James Madison University drew four 1942 alumni to its spring gathering in Harrisonburg, Va. Loyola University’s Golden Greyhounds dinner last week in Baltimore had nearly 500 registrants, none younger than 70. Colleges across the Washington area are paying more heed to alumni who graduated at least a half-century ago— because more of them are showing up at reunions. Several schools have organized new groups for “golden” alumni, with induction ceremonies built into reunion weekends. Alumni weekends are traditionally held in spring or fall, and several local colleges marked the occasion last weekend. For the institutions, surging numbers of 80-, 90- and 100-year-old alumni who are healthy and mobile present both an opportunity and a challenge. Their very presence on campus serves as an inspiration to younger generations of dedication to one’s alma mater. But the yawning age gap separating old and young can make it difficult for alumni officials to program reunion gatherings…

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