Xavier reschedules alumnae reunions

The class of 1991 gets together and sees each other again after almost ten years since graduation. Current Xavier world history teacher, Stephanie Brugger, met her classmates again and has planned to see them again next month.

Polly Fitzgerald

The class of 1991 gets together and sees each other again after almost ten years since graduation. Current Xavier world history teacher, Stephanie Brugger, met her classmates again and has planned to see them again next month.

MaggieMae Dethlefsen, XPress Writer

Due to the pandemic, the reunions for graduated classes ending in 0 and 5 have been rescheduled for this year. Xavier will also hold reunions for classes ending in 1 and 6. “We are very excited to have our alumnae back on campus to celebrate their reunions and friendships,” says Polly Fitz-Gerald, director of alumnae relations.  

The classes of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005 will have the chance to come back together after being apart after high school. During their reunion, alumnae will tour the Xavier campus and see everything that Xavier now has to offer its students.

 The classes of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 will also have the chance to join the campus again this year. These classes will have their reunions on campus, where they will have tours, as well as an event shared with Brophy.

The class of 1950 is celebrating its 71st class reunion. Many things have changed since the 1950s.

A student at Xavier during the 1950s would have paid about 18 cents for one gallon of gas, and about $3.29 for a nice dress to wear to a dance. This is quite different from today’s $3.15 per gallon gas price and $375 to $475 for a nice dance dress.

The class of 1950 also never had the Activity Center, Founders Hall, Petznick Field or Virginia Piper Center. Xavier students at that time attended all their classes on Brophy’s campus until 1953 when Xavier moved off of Brophy’s campus to the current Xavier campus.

When the class of 2006 attended Xavier, it had the Virginia Piper Center and Fitzgerald Hall, but all students ate outside because Founders Hall was not yet built. Now, some students eat outside across campus, but most eat inside of Founders Hall. 

Stephanie Brugger attended her 1991 reunion and said,  “I was hesitant about going but I am so glad I did! I reconnected with some of my very favorite people. It had been nearly 10 years since I had seen some of them and we plan to get together next month.” 

For the upcoming reunions, Student Ambassadors will show classes around campus and point out all the renovations that have taken place since they graduated.

One Student Ambassador said that they “love showing alumnae around and being able to hear about all the great memories they have here.”

The Xavier community is excited to invite these alumnae back to campus so that all can share in Xavier’s growth. It will be a time for the old and the new to come together.