Jun 27, 2013 at 9:12 am
ST. JOSEPH, Minn (KNSI) - Women have been earning college degrees from the College of St. Benedict for 100 years - and that milestone will be celebrated by about 1,400 alums this weekend in St. Joseph with a Centennial Celebration and the inaugural All-Class Reunion.
St. Ben's Vice President of Institutional Advancement Kim Mott tells KNSI News this will be a first trip back to campus for many of the women, who are arriving from 38 states and four countries.
Mott says, because St. Ben's is a residential college, many of those women will be staying campus housing during the celebration. She says this will give them a lot of opportunities to see what's changed - and what hasn't - about St. Ben's.
"They really are so surprised with the growth of the campus and the number of new buildings, and it's wonderful to see their expressions," Mott says. "But what I think they also find is, while much has changed, the Benedictine values and the quality of the educational experience is still very true to the quality when the college was founded in 1913."
Mott says the Centennial brings together more than just former classmates; multiple generations of women from the same families have earned their degrees from the college, and the all-school reunion allows them to celebrate that fact together.
"One of the really nice things about this particular reunion is that we have mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts - we have families of women coming together to celebrate reunion," Mott says. "This intergenerational environment has really been an added bonus to the weekend."
The Centennial celebration includes 74 years of graduating classes, including two graduates from the class of 1939.
The festivities kick off at at noon on Friday when alums will begin their check-in.
KNSI will be dropping by with a camera to capture moments of the reunion on Saturday, so check it out here on knsiradio.com and on our Facebook page.
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