A vibrant group of alumni and current and former parents gathered at the spectacular 360 Chicago to reconnect with one another and with the College. The evening was filled with fun, food and drink, and even an opportunity to experience TILT, Chicago’s highest thrill ride extending 1,000 feet over the city with incredible views of The Magnificent Mile. Camels shared memories of their alma mater and learned about exciting plans for the future as President Katherine Bergeron and staff members took to the road to continue the exciting series of Defy Boundaries Campaign regional events.
The highlight of the evening was a presidential conversation with distinguished alumna Chakena D. Perry ’16, community organizer, voting rights champion, the youngest commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the youngest countywide elected official.
President Bergeron also shared an update on Defy Boundaries: Alumni and friends have contributed more than $240 million to the most ambitious campaign in Conn’s history, as the College presses forward toward its $300 million goal. Contributions are transforming the College’s work, including major investments in financial aid for outstanding students of every background, student-faculty research collaborations, the arts, global study, athletics and much more.
As President Bergeron said, “This campaign we are celebrating tonight is about who we are at our very core. Who we have always been. And, the truth is: Connecticut College has always defied boundaries.”
The photographs below capture the excitement, camaraderie and Camel pride from a wonderful evening.