More than 1,000 Return to Trinity College for Reunion 2018

Honorary Degree Presentation to Walt Harrison ’68 Among Weekend’s Highlights

Reunion 2018 celebrants enjoy the clambake and perfect weather on the Main Quad.


Hartford, Connecticut, June 19, 2018 – This year’s Reunion Weekend, held June 7–10, celebrating alumni in class years ending in 3s and 8s, kicked off Thursday with a golf outing, a trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and welcome dinners for the Classes of 1968 and 1963.

During Reunion Weekend, alumni enjoyed more than 80 events and activities, including Friday night’s traditional New England-style clambake, campus tours, story time with the Bantam, tours of the Trinity Chapel and carillon, and an alumni football challenge on the newly renovated Jessee/Miller Field, and more. In addition, a dozen alumni authors had their publications featured and sold at the College Bookstore.


L-R: Pani Phiansunthon Potrepka ’83, Susan Miller
’83, P’21, Erica Phiansunthon ’21, and Suwathin Phiansunthon ’80, P’21 were among many Bantam
families who attended Reunion 2018 together.
Results of the alumni survey were presented Friday afternoon to a standing-room-only crowd and streamed live online for those who were not able to attend. To date, more than 400 people have viewed the archived presentation. Many alumni also participated in a row on the Connecticut River and beer tasting at the Friends of Trinity Boathouse, while others toured the Crescent Center for Arts and Neuroscience and Trinity’s new downtown campus at 10 Constitution Plaza.

The Trinity College Women’s Leadership Council hosted an alumnae champagne breakfast with President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, while others met in Mather Dining Hall to have breakfast with the Bantam. More than 300 alumni and friends gathered on the Main Quad for the Parade of Classes that led into Convocation, where several alumni were honored with prizes and where former University of Hartford president Walter Harrison ’68 received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. The festivities continued into the afternoon, when alumni and friends participated in a variety of sports activities, family-friendly games, and networking receptions.

Later Saturday afternoon, Harrison took on the role of interviewer of Berger-Sweeney in “A Conversation with the President.” A video of the event can be viewed here. Another discussion, “The Evolution of the Coeducational Experience at Trinity,” celebrated the pioneering women and men of the Class of 1973, the college’s first class of coeducation.

Dominique Matteson, director of annual giving, said that alumni are dedicated to sustaining the programs, initiatives, and opportunities that Trinity offers its students. “Alumni financial support ensures a powerful foundation from which the college supports critical aspects of the student experience year after year.”

Nearly 1,000 Reunion alumni raised $1.2 million, which will go to the Trinity College Fund. The fiscal year ends on June 30, so it’s not too late to make your gift; please click here. To date, the Trinity College Fund has raised more than $5.3 million dollars.

Click here to view a 2018 Reunion highlights video and click here for more photos.