This year’s celebration broke attendance records with more than 1,300 people – alumnae, students, friends of the College, faculty and staff – partaking in an abundance of festivities, all celebrating our 125 years of collegiate success.

Highlights among the many monumental moments included:

  • The nursing luncheon featured a panel of Alverno nursing alumnae – Vivien De Back ’54, Norma Lang ’61, Cathy Rick ’71, and Jean Bartels ’81 – who shared their insight on the topic, “The Future of Nursing: Building on Rich Tradition.” However, the event culminated with the official naming of the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing. The name change was made in honor of JoAnn McGrath ’57, who has spent her life modeling the College’s commitment to effective citizenship.
  • The alumnae dinner honored the many contributions made by Sister Joel Read ’48, president emerita, with the renaming of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center to the Sister Joel Read Center. A long-time advocate of increasing the number of women in science, math and technology fields, Read worked tirelessly to find funding for the building of the new science and computer labs. Since the building was dedicated 10 years ago, the number of women majoring in these areas has increased by 50 percent.
  • An Afternoon Tea with the School Sisters celebrated the amazing contributions of School Sisters to Alverno College. As most of you know, Alverno was founded 125 years ago by a courageous group of women from the School Sisters of St. Francis. Over the years, the School Sisters have continued to contributed to the vision of the College and the success of our students. The afternoon social provided a way for alumnae and friends of the College to reconnect with the School Sisters who may have positively impacted their lives.