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Loyola welcomes alumni during 2009 commencement

Loyola press release - April 20, 2009

This year marks several firsts for Loyola University New Orleans’ Alumni Reunion Weekend, coming up Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10.

For the first time, the reunion will be held in conjunction with commencement events, allowing alumni to celebrate their Wolfpack pride alongside graduating seniors. The annual Senior Crawfish Boil has been added to the Alumni Reunion Weekend lineup, offering the graduating class a chance to rub elbows with visiting alumni as they reconnect to Loyola. The weekend of events also includes the newly established President’s Maroon and Gold Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel which will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and musical entertainment by MoJEAUX.

While the Loyola University Alumni Association will welcome its newest members, the Class of 2009, it will also induct its 50-year graduates from the Class of 1959 into the Golden Wolves Society during the weekend. Members of the Golden Wolves will walk for the first time at Loyola’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at the Louisiana Superdome. Additionally, graduates of 1959, 1969, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1999, and 2004, will celebrate milestone reunions this year, and each class will have its own class dinner.

Below is a detailed listing of all alumni reunion events. For more information or to register for events, go to www.alumni.loyno.edu. Those interested in volunteering at any of the events should e-mail alumni@loyno.edu.

Alumni Reunion Weekend schedule of events:

Friday, May 8:

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Senior Crawfish Boil, West Road Garage, Loyola University Main Campus

The event is complimentary for seniors, but all others pay $20, which includes all the crawfish you care to eat as well as beverages.

Saturday, May 9:

8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Golden Wolves Complimentary Breakfast, Louisiana Superdome

10 - 11:30 a.m., 2009 Commencement Ceremony, Louisiana Superdome

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Golden Wolves Induction Ceremony, Louisiana Superdome, Dome Café

Immediately following commencement, the Golden Wolves will be escorted to the Dome Café for the Induction Ceremony and lunch. This event is complementary.

6:30 - 8 p.m., Individual Reunion Class Dinners, Intercontinental Hotel

Classes of 1959, 1969, 1974, 1984, 1989, and 2004 are celebrating milestone reunions and are invited to these dinners. Each class will be in a separate room but all on the third floor of the hotel. Tickets are $75.00 per person and $135.00 per couple, which includes dinner, cocktails and admittance to the President’s Maroon and Gold Gala.

8 p.m. - midnight, President’s Maroon and Gold Gala, Intercontinental Hotel, La Salle Ballroom

The gala will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and musical entertainment by MoJEAUX. The gala is open to all alumni and guests and members of the Loyola Community. Tickets are $35 per person and $65 per couple.

Sunday, May 10:

9 – 10 a.m., Alumni Mass, St. Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall, Loyola University main campus

The Loyola community is invited to gather for a special blessing of all Loyola alumni with the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., university president, as the celebrant.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Annual Jazz Brunch, Danna Student Center

The brunch will feature a live performance by alumni jazz musicians and presentations honoring Samuel S. Dalton L ’54, the 2009 Adjutor Hominum Award recipient, as well two outstanding alumni volunteers, Leigh M. Thorpe, A’03, and Joseph S. Pappalardo, B’70, L’74. The new Loyola University Alumni Association president and board of directors will also be announced. Alumni and guests are invited to attend. Cost is $30 per person and $50 per couple, which includes brunch and mimosas. Complimentary corsages will be given out to mothers in celebration of Mother’s Day.