By John Syme
Davidson ’s first summertime Alumni Reunion weekend in recent memory was a smashing success, with some 1,500 alumni and their significant others sprawling across the run of the campus over four days of fun and fellowship. Another 100 or so children and teenagers got a chance to explore the question of whether Mom and/or Dad’s alma mater might one day be their own.
In the best of traditions, this Davidson party cranked up on Thursday. During the next four days, returning alumni and guests—more than 300 of whom chose to stay in the dorms—got acquainted and reacquainted with fellow Davidson gentlepersons in back-to-school classes with professors and guest alumni speakers, movies on the lawn, fantasy athletic camps, a cake race, a tour of Davidson’s permanent art collection, a teen room, an open house reception with faculty and staff, the Davidson Farmers Market, a Service Saturday project, a memorial for classmates gone on ahead, a college archives open house, class pictures, a lawn party with a little kids’ carnival and a big kids’ beer garden, a “planned giving tips and tricks” workshop, a Gay-Straight Alumni Network of Davidson reception, an Alumni of Color Engagement reception, and crowning class receptions and dinners on Saturday night.
Some alumni were initially wary of the move to early June. “What the heck? People our age have high school graduations, kids taking exams,” said Sally Gray Smith ’86, who served as her class’s planning co-chair. “Then we got there, and I thought, ‘This is more fun than any of the reunions I’ve been to before!’
“Aside from all the events being really, really well-run, there was the whole dorm experience,” Smith said. “You couldn’t bottle that and sell it. It was priceless.”