The Alumnae/i Association is pleased to announce Concord Academy’s 2021 Virtual Reunion — a monthlong series of virtual reunion gatherings and activities! This year, we are celebrating the classes of 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 but, as always, all alumnae/i are welcome to attend. Register today and be sure to explore the Reunion website, and the many ways we are bringing CA to life over your screen. Whether it’s been five years or fifty since you last attended a reunion, we hope you’ll tune in to the celebrations this spring!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Virtual reunion programming is open to all alumnae/i. Zoom information will be sent by email to registrants prior to the event.
Wednesday, May 12 | 12:15 p.m. EDT
Visit CA’s Virtual Classroom with Abby Laber P’16, Retiring English Faculty, and Stephanie Manzella P’14 ’17 ’18, History Faculty
Remember the energy, the curiosity, the eager embarrassment, the confusions and discoveries of English class? What might that look like in a virtual setting? Come and experience the dynamic space of the infinite whiteboard as Abby leads a close read of Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights; essays celebrating the extraordinary in the ordinary around us.
How would you prepare students for the 2020 presidential election — the first ever of an impeached president? Join Stephanie Manzella for a conversation about teaching The Presidency last fall, and hear how students processed the election turmoil — from revelations about tax fraud and Covid-19, to the January 6 insurrection — while also learning about presidential precedents of the past.
Wednesday, May 19
12:15 p.m. EDT
Virtual Alumnae Luncheon (for Classes of 1970 and older)
All alumnae who have celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to a special virtual lunchtime gathering to honor and celebrate your enduring connection to Concord Academy.
Our program will include a conversation with Sarah Yeh P ’24, Interim Head of School, who will provide a window into life at CA today. Lucille Stott, former faculty member, school leader, and author of CA’s Centennial book will join the luncheon to talk about her intentions for the book and her writing process. Lucille will welcome your thoughts, so this will be a special opportunity to contribute to a cornerstone centennial project.
7:30 p.m. EDT
In recognition of the inequities laid bare by the global pandemic, the racial violence and unrest this past summer and fall, and the recent presidential election, the Community and Equity (C&E) team shared the framework of “Courageous Conversations” with new and returning students in programming throughout the fall semester. The tools and principles in this framework will help CA work through this dynamic and complex year together in a spirit of compassion, truth, and inquiry.
Rob Munro, Dean of Academic Program and Equity, and Laura Twichell ’01, Interim Dean of Faculty, are pleased to reprise this workshop at reunion. We hope you will join us to see how CA brings the community into social justice engagement and the hard work of striving for equity that the mission describes. This work offers opportunities to reflect and engage and is accessible to those who wish to listen and learn privately as well.
Wednesday, May 26 | 12:15 p.m. EDT
The Student Experience: Life at CA Today
In a year unlike any other, CA students have met the moment and in true chameleon fashion, adapted to a hybrid living and learning experience all while keeping CA’s traditions alive and well. Hear what it’s been like to be a CA student today – from living in the Houses, to chapels, meals on campus, and more. A student panel will be ready to answer your questions, and share stories about the CA experience — the spirit you know and love is still there!
Wednesday, June 2 | 7:30 p.m. EDT
Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service: Presentation of Work and Service: Dr. Leslie Davidson ’66 and Dr. Ingrid Walker-Descartes ’91
Join us to learn more about our 2021 recipients’ work and celebrate our community’s commitment to serving others. To learn more about the award and past recipients, please visit https://concordacademy.org/jsh.
Wednesday, June 9 | 7:30 p.m. EDT
Virtual Alumnae/i Association Assembly
The Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association is delighted to host the 2021 Alumnae/i Association Assembly. An evolution of the Annual Meeting, the Assembly is a chance to bring alumnae/i across all class years together to hear updates from school leadership, meet members of the Alumnae/i Association Steering Committee, and take part in the ongoing community-wide conversation about CA’s future. The program will also include the 2021 Joan Shaw Herman Award ceremony.
Friday, June 11
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EDT
Virtual Commencement Coffee, hosted by the Alumnae/i Steering Committee
Start your day with fellow alumnae/i and the volunteer leaders of CA’s Alumnae/i Association. Together, you will hear from former faculty member Lucille Stott, who will share her progress on an exciting endeavor to commemorate CA’s upcoming 100th birthday: a Centennial book. Lucille is talking with a wide range of alumnae/i about their student experiences and the impact CA has had on their lives. She will offer an update on her process and invite your thoughts and responses.
10:00 a.m. EDT
Concord Academy’s 99th Commencement Exercises
Commencement at Concord Academy marks the end of the academic year and the celebration of the senior class with faculty, staff, families, and friends. We are pleased to invite all alumnae/i to view this year’s ceremony virtually. The 2021 commencement speaker will be announced at a later date.
Saturday, June 12
9:00 a.m. EDT
Virtual Morning Yoga
Join classmates and start your day with morning yoga!
Virtual Class Reunion Gatherings
CA’s reunion team is working in partnership with each class’s reunion committee to find a gathering time that works for the majority of your class. We realize that with classmates across the globe, this isn’t always easy. Times will be updated here as they become available, and you will receive more information on the timing of your class gathering later this spring via email. For now, save the date and get excited!
Saturday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 12 at 6 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. EDT and Sunday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Saturday, June 12 10:00 a.m. EDT and 5:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 12 at 3 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 12
12:00 p.m. EDT Family-friendly Zoom
8:00 p.m. EDT Virtual Team Trivia
9:00 p.m. EDT Zoom Happy Hour
Sunday, June 13
1:00 p.m. EDT Virtual Brunch — kids welcome!
Who Is Coming
Nancy Douglass Gale
Joan Sandiford Young
Wendy Watts Pierson
Judy Howe Behn
Elizabeth (Betsy) Fenollosa Boege
judith phelps felton
jill harken hall
Daisy Stuempfig Hamilton
Christine Griffith Heyworth
Katherine Motley Hinckley
Ways To Engage
The engagement of our alumnae/i community has never been stronger. Now is a great time to check that you are following us/have liked us on on social media:
Each year, as part of reunion, we honor alumnae/i, faculty, and staff from the Concord Academy community whose passing we have learned about in the past year. In addition, we would like to give alumnae/i who are celebrating a reunion this year the opportunity to remember any classmates who have died since their last reunion in 2016.