As in years past, former classmates will reunite, old flames may reignite, and nostalgia will reign supreme as Jubilee 2016 and the Alumni Reunion at Lincoln Center descend onto Fordham’s campuses this weekend and in the week following.
But this year’s celebrations will have a once-in-a-century twist.
Three of the University’s graduate schools will kick off a yearlong celebration of their centennials during various reunion parties.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), the Graduate School of Education (GSE), and the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) are each marking their centennial year with their respective deans and a toast to the next 100 years.
Previously, the graduate schools had not been included in the alumni reunions, which for years had remained an undergraduate affair. But this year will be quite different from years past—not just for the centennial-celebrating schools, but for all of the graduate schools.
The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education will also join GSAS, the Gabelli School of Business undergraduates, and Fordham College at Rose Hill to celebrate Jubilee on June 3, 4 and 5.
At the Lincoln Center campus, Fordham College at Lincoln Center will be joined with peers from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and GSS, GSE, and graduate school alumni from the Gabelli School of Business on June 9.
Lincoln Center’s reunion will begin 5:30 p.m. with Robert R. Grimes, SJ, dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, giving a lecture on the oft-overlooked history of Fordham in Manhattan. From there all schools will break off into their respective reunions, only to meet back on the plaza at 8:30 p.m. to dance under the stars as one big Lincoln Center campus community.
The annual Jubilee reunion remains a multi-day event spread over the Rose Hill campus from June 3 through June 5. Fordham’s largest reunion weekend also celebrates some former schools that remain in spirit, including Marymount, Bensalem, Shrub Oak, the School of Pharmacy, Ignatius College, and Thomas More College.
It wouldn’t be Jubilee without celebrating the silver anniversary of the Class of 1991 and, the newest class of Golden Rams, hailing this year from the Class of 1966.