Young Alumni Reunite in Chestertown
After graduation, friends Andrew Antonio ’12, Liam Delap ’12 and Katharine Greenlee ’11 found themselves on opposite coasts (Antonio in Denver; Delap and Greenlee in DC). Eager to reconnect, both with one another and with the town they’d all grown to love, the trio agreed to return home for the holidays and meet up once again in Chestertown. But, as Antonio recalls, plans didn’t stop there. “Once we realized we had a decent sized group together, we thought ‘why not get as many people back as possible?’ The more the merrier. A few phone calls and one Facebook page later, it turned into something much bigger.” On Saturday, December 22, 2012, in culmination of an entirely grassroots effort, more than 50 recent graduates returned to Chestertown for what was dubbed a “young alumni reunion.”
Unsurprised by the event’s success, Antonio explained that for recent graduates, “It’s hard to distinguish between Chestertown and Washington College [as] neither would exist without the other.” This fondness was evident in conversations throughout the night, which kicked off when alumni gathered in the Blue Bird for a first drink sponsored by the Alumni Office. Before departing, the three organizers led the crowd in a toast to the opportunities and connections that their WC experience afforded them, reminding classmates to give to The Washington Fund in support of current students, so they too, may benefit from this one-of-a-kind education. Katharine explains, “As recent alumni…it is important to set the standard for future giving….to get in the habit [of giving], even if it is a small amount. Any amount can make a difference for the current and future students at our Alma Mater.”
The event was such a success that it has many calling for an encore, including President Reiss who although unable to attend, lent his support to the reunion: “I was so pleased by the Young Alumni Reunion. It is always great to welcome alumni back to Chestertown. Time elapses more quickly than anyone expects and connections fade. An event like this supports our graduates in reconnecting with WC early and often.” Already considering next year, the trio intends to start planning earlier and engage other graduates in the process with hopes of increasing attendance and having another great time.