The Class of 7W2 had a good time reconnecting with their former classmates, hearing old stories, and getting updated on what each other has been doing the last 50 years, as they celebrated their 50th reunion during Alumni Weekend, June 3-4.
Their celebration began during the 129th Commencement on June 3rd, when a large number of the class marched in the processional wearing gold robes so all would know they were celebrating their 50th. Class member Dave Churchman had the honor of opening the ceremony with the invocation.
Later that evening, they held their 50th reunion at the Concordville Inn in Glen Mills. The event began with mingling and getting reacquainted. Many reconnected with old friends they hadn’t seen in many years.
Next, President Michael Rounds congratulated the class on achieving 50 years out of Williamson and representing the school so well as Williamson Men. After giving a state of the school update, he gave “Fun Facts,” humorous or interesting stories about each class member who was present. He also recognized those who had served the country in the military and thanked them for their service.
After Dave Churchman’s welcoming remarks, Richard Mays, with his fellow Reunion Committee members Dale Carlen, Dave Churchman, Bob Hopkins, Dennis Hollenbach, Jim Kressly, and John Young, presented Rounds with a large facsimile of their class’ reunion gift to Williamson – $74,181.00. [In the days after the reunion, the class gift increased to $77,681.00.]
Dennis Hollenbach gave a class toast and meal blessing. After eating, Arlene Snyder, vice president for institutional advancement, gave welcoming remarks and, along with Kelsey Turk, assistant vice president for institutional advancement, handed each classmate a souvenir 50th medallion to wear around their neck the rest of the weekend.
Robert Hopkins gave a class tribute and led a moment of silence in memory of deceased classmates. Each classmate was then given an opportunity to stand and make remarks about the meaning of Williamson and classmates in their lives.
Closing remarks were made by Dave Churchman and the singing of the alma mater was led by Dale Carlen.
The next day, many classmates went to Alumni Day on campus where they attended a memorial chapel, visited their old shops, and enjoyed a brunch with a state of the school talk by President Rounds. He also recognized those present who are members of the Wanamaker Society, comprised of those who have remembered Williamson through wills and planned gifts.
That evening, many of the classmates attended the Alumni Banquet at the Springfield Country Club. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the class gift to President Rounds.
All agreed they enjoyed each other’s company so much they need to get together soon.