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A Look Back at Alumni Weekend

October 3, 2016

More than 1,000 alumni came back to the St. John Fisher College campus for the annual Alumni Weekend—four days full of social, athletic, and academic events. The festivities, which took place Thursday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 2, featured fan-favorites such as Alumni Tailgating and the Cardinal Carnival, along with new performances and lectures.

Alumni from the 70s and 10s gather during Alumni Weekend 2016.

The Science and Technology Hall of Fame dinner and inaugural Ten Under 10 young alumni awards both attracted hundreds of supporters for this year’s honorees and inductees.

Susan Rooney, wife of President Gerard J. Rooney, hosted the second annual Alumnae Luncheon, bringing more than 100 women together for an event that featured an engaging panel on women’s leadership.

Comedian Nasim Pedrad performs during Alumni Weekend 2016

Comedian Nasim Pedrad performs during Alumni Weekend 2016

Former presidential speechwriter Jon Favreau chats with President Rooney during an Alumni Weekend lecture.

Former presidential speechwriter Jon Favreau chats with President Rooney during an Alumni Weekend lecture.

The weekend officially launched with the Alumni Kickoff Party, followed by a performance by former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Nasim Pedrad.

The next morning, President Rooney joined alumni for a welcome breakfast, before bringing guest speaker Jon Favreau to the stage in the Athletic Center.

Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, delivered a 30-minute lecture on storytelling and writing in the White House, and took questions from the audience of nearly 150 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

The Class of 1956 celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday evening, and the Class of 1966 held their 50th reunion and pinning ceremony as well.

The always popular Cardinal Carnival and Alumni Tailgating events during the home football game were packed with alumni and their families, who watched the nationally-ranked Cardinals improve to 5-0 with a 28-24 win over Buffalo State.