The Rosary Hill College Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th Anniversary Reunion from Sept. 12–14 at Daemen College. At a reception and dinner Saturday evening, Daemen President Gary A. Olson welcomed nearly 90 guests at this joyous celebration, saying that “it’s wonderful to have you here and to have this opportunity to celebrate such a wonderful milestone with you.”
The largest attendance ever at a 50th reunion was reached with alumnae and guests traveling from Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Arizona, Seattle, Washington, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New Mexico, California, Texas and throughout Western New York.
As the class gift, a donated tree was planted on campus this fall in memory of deceased members of the Class of 1964. The class also provided support for student scholarships.
50 Plus Mass and Brunch
Members of the Class of 1964 joined alumni from Classes 1952–63 at Mass on campus followed by a celebratory brunch at Park Country Club on Sunday.
This year’s attendance reached nearly 100, according to Dolores Attea Sapienza, ’53, chair of the 50 Plus Committee, who received a certificate of appreciation for chairing the event since its inception.
At the brunch, Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, vice president for institutional advancement, recognized the Class of 1964 celebrating its 50th Anniversary Reunion and the Class of 1954 marking its 60th Anniversary Reunion.
Mankey thanked the planning committee by quoting St. Francis of Assisi: “‘Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.’ It seems that perhaps you have done the impossible by building this luncheon from nothing into the success you see here today.”
She added, “I have great admiration for the work of Magdelene Daemen and her inspiration of your education at Rosary Hill College. While the college name today is different, it indeed reflects a commitment to education that is meant to serve others through our graduates’ professional endeavors. Still today, Daemen College thrives and remains a special place. Its current success is something of which to be proud.”