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More than 1300 alumni return to campus to celebrate All-American Weekend

By Carlita M. Pitts

AAW Recap

During a beautiful October weekend, hundreds of alumni descended on AU’s campus to celebrate All-American Weekend 2012. The infamous Friedham Quadrangle was filled with smiling faces, hugs, laughter, and sentiments of joy from those who traveled from near and far to reconnect and reminisce with old friends and classmates.

The celebration, jointly hosted by Alumni Relations and New Student Programs, included a full slate of programming ranging from class reunions, academic sessions, social events, the annual alumni awards ceremony, and more.


As a prelude to the alumni festivities, over 350 of AU’s most generous supporters gathered in a beautifully transformed Bender Arena for the President’s Circle Dinner. The evening, highlighted by the rallying cry of “Building a Better American University,” celebrated the robust growth of the campus landscape and paid tribute to award winners Susan E. Lehrman and Hani Farsi.


Council meetings hosted by various on-campus units had members discussing plans for engaging alumni in the work of the university. Other alumni geared up for social events held throughout the day, beginning with the Golden Eagles Luncheon for members of the class of 1962 and prior, which boasted nearly 70 attendees celebrating 50-, 55-, 60-, and 65-year class reunions.

Friday evening, nearly 100 AU alumni partied the night away at the All-Alumni Party at The Front Page of Dupont Circle. The evening included complimentary hors d’ouvres and lively music rippling through AU Eagles who reminisced about their time at AU.


Saturday began with an official welcome from President Kerwin followed by open houses with each school’s dean and numerous other events showcasing the work of faculty, staff, and students.

The All-American Fall Festival was graced with ideal fall weather, as alumni, families, and friends congregated at the Woods-Brown Amphitheater stage to enjoy food, fun, face painting, arts and crafts, and a live band, which included Matt Boerum, CAS/BS ’05.

A myriad of afternoon events included the School of Communication’s groundbreaking ceremony, the School of Public Affairs’ “Decision 2012” election panel, a multicultural alumni reception, and the highly anticipated Gospel Extravaganza.

Saturday’s evening festivities began with our Annual Alumni Awards Dinner featuring alumni award winners Richard Golaszewski, Kogod/BSBA ’07, Genna Griffith, CAS/BA ’01, Neale F. Lunderville, SPA/BA ’96 and Ron Vogel, CAS/BS ’72 whogave moving acceptance speeches detailing life-changing experiences, both at AU and in their careers beyond.

Members of the classes of 2007, 2002, and those who graduated in the ’90s dashed across the streets of Washington to celebrate reunions and reconnect with their classmates. The class of 2007, boasting more than 130 attendees, celebrated their five-year reunion at Clyde’s of Chevy Chase, the class of 2002 celebrated their 10-year reunion at Public Bar of Tenleytown, and the ’90s decade reunion was held on campus.

Alumni also attended the Kennedy Political Union event with Governors Bill Richardson and Tim Pawlenty. Bender Arena was filled with parents, students, and alumni, who heard remarks regarding the 2012 election.


Alumni were invited to attend brunch at the MGC University Club, and then participate in Sunday’s religious activities in Kay Chapel, followed by an a cappella showcase.

Without the help and involvement of dedicated AU alumni, All-American Weekend wouldn’t have been the huge success that it was. Eagles now eagerly await All-American Weekend 2013, already on the schedule for October 18 – 20.

To find out how you can help plan next year’s All-American Weekend activities, contact Carlita Pitts at We’re looking for class reunion planning committee members for the classes of 2003 and 2008.