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Golden Graduates & 50th Reunion


2019 is a special year, as it marks the centennial of Western New England University. The past 100 years have brought tremendous growth and change to our University, and we hope you are proud of your alma mater, just as we are proud of you. Golden Graduates Weekend is a celebration of alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. Please join us October 4-5 during Homecoming as we celebrate you and all that you have accomplished in your time since graduation. This year we have prepared a weekend full of activities for you to reconnect with friends and classmates and rediscover your alma mater.


For more information or for the full schedule of Homecoming events and activities, please visit wne.edu/homecoming or call 413-796-2240. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall!

Schedule of Events

  • Golden Graduates Luncheon

    Friday, October 4 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    President Anthony S. Caprio welcomes alumni from the classes of 1969 and earlier to this annual celebration of Golden Graduates. Golden Graduates and 50th Reunion class photos will be taken at this event. Complimentary. Advance registration required.

  • Guided Campus Tour – Two Sessions Offered!

    Friday, October 4 | 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. Departures

    Hop on the golf cart caravan to learn about the University’s new buildings and see how much has changed since your time on campus.

  • President’s Donor Recognition Brunch (By Invitation Only)

    Saturday, October 5 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Members of Western New England University’s Donor Recognition Societies. Benefactor’s Society, President’s Society, Cupola Society, and Loyalty Society members are invited to this special brunch hosted by President Caprio. Invited guests will receive a separate invitation. Contact the Advancement Office at (413) 796-2260 to learn more. Complimentary. Advance registration required.

  • Parade of Classes

    Saturday, October 5 | 11:00 a.m. Banner/Sign Making, 12:00 p.m. Parade Begins

    Join fellow Golden Bears for the Parade of Classes, a special highlight of our Centennial celebrations! Refreshments, banner/sign materials, and a limited number of commemorative tee shirts will be provided at the parade staging area. All classes are invited to participate. WNE attire is encouraged! First 200 registrants receive a commemorative tee shirt!

  • Homecoming Football Game

    Saturday, October 5 | 1:00 p.m.

    Put on your blue and gold and cheer for your Golden Bears as they take on Nichols College in this year’s Homecoming Football Game.

  • Cheers to 100 Years - Centennial Celebration

    Saturday, October 5 | 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Join fellow Golden Bears in raising a glass to toast the first 100 years of Western New England University. Enjoy sparkling cider, food and beverage vendors, and Centennial desserts at this informal outdoor celebration. Stop into our Affinity Tents to connect with current students representing a variety of WNE clubs and organizations and learn about their current happenings. Complimentary.

  • Class of 1969 50th Reunion Banquet

    Saturday, October 5 | 6:00 p.m. Reception, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Dancing

    Enjoy a celebratory dinner with friends and classmates while catching up and sharing favorite memories. After dinner, dance to your favorite tunes from the '60s and '70s. $40 per person. Advance registration required.

Class Gift

  • Andrew J. Mulcahy Jr. Scholarship

    This scholarship was created in honor of Andrew J. Mulcahy Jr., Western New England University’s fifth dean of students and first vice president of student affairs. Mulcahy joined the University in 1961 and served faithfully for more than three decades until his retirement in 1993. This scholarship is awarded to a returning full-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated leadership skills or community service involvement through participation in a Western New England University campus organization. The student must have financial need and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Ways to Give

    There are multiple ways to make your gift. The most common are through our online giving form, by mail, or over the phone. If you would like to make a multi-year pledge or are interested in other ways to give, please contact the Advancement Office at 413-782-1523. 

    BY MAIL:
    Make your check payable to Western New England University; note "Mulcahy Scholarship" in the memo line, and mail to:
    Western New England University
    Advancement Office
    1215 Wilbraham Road
    Springfield, Massachusetts 01119

    Use our giving form.
    Select "Designate my gift to a specific area," then choose "Other" from the drop-down menu. Enter "Mulcahy Scholarship" in the text box. 

    We accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and American Express.
    Telephone: 800-962-6592 or 413-782-1523.

Plan Your Visit

  • Accommodations

    Discounted hotel rooms are available on a first come, first served basis at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, located at One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144. Contact Reservations at (800) 627-7468 and mention “Western New England University” to access our special rate of $134 per night. Rates expire September 2, 2019.

  • Attire

    Golden Graduates Weekend and Homecoming are festive events with many outdoor activities. Attire for all events is comfortable/casual. Blue and gold is encouraged!

  • Campus Contact Information

    Western New England University
    1215 Wilbraham Road
    Springfield, MA 01119
    Campus Map