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This weekend was all about nostalgia, as it was John Carroll University’s reunion weekend. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I graduated!
John Carroll has all their reunion events on campus, with separate tables and small break-out events for class years. On Friday night, the theme for the evening was “Cleveland Rocks.” From Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer to food themed on different areas of Cleveland to East Coast Custard and Sweet! Mobile Cupcakery to music from The New Barleycorn, the evening highlighted just some of the reasons that Cleveland rocks.
Saturday, the class of 2003 held a happy hour at Jake’s Speakeasy. This is the closest bar to campus and holds fun memories for a lot of us.
After happy hour, it was time for the Reunion Mass (insert joke here about drinking then going to church). I had the honor of reading the petitions at the Mass. I’m so happy to be involved with Carroll as an alumna and to have maintained connections not only to the people, but to the university itself.
After Mass and our class photo, it was time for a lovely dinner under the big tents on the quad. From dinner and dancing to the fun music from Sumrada to catching up with old friends and even making new friends, it was a great evening. I think there’s something really special about having reunion on campus. It just sparks so many memories and such a fondness for the school.
Aside from all the reunion fun, we also had our niece’s 4th birthday party at Chuck E Cheese’s, where I learned that Chuck E Cheese no longer has ball pits or whack-a-mole and riding the “pony” ride with one of my nieces is more fun than any Cedar Point ride.
And on Sunday, we had Matthew’s dad and siblings over for a Father’s Day cookout with lots more food, family, and fun. Getting to see my nieces twice in one weekend is going to spoil me!
How was your weekend? Have you attended your college reunion?
***Disclosure: I am the VP of Special Initiatives for the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter and a member of the Reunion Committee. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***