On Saturday, May 30, the Alumni Relations team hosted an Alumni Reunion Zoom Toast in honor of MBS Alumni Reunion 2020, which was originally scheduled for that date.
Alumnae and alumni from the Beard School, Morristown School and Morristown-Beard School gathered together on Zoom, representing classes ranging from 1960 to 2015 and states including California, Georgia, Connecticut, New York, and more!
Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell addressed the group and gave an update on distance learning, Saturday’s Curbside Commencement for the Class of 2020 as well as other celebrations for the class including an “Extravagant Bar-B-Que” in July and a more formal class gathering in November. He also answered various questions and asked the group their thoughts on distance learning and creative ideas for MBS.
The group was excited about the junior class joining the alumni networking portal, MBS Connect, and expressed their willingness to help and answer questions from the juniors about colleges and universities they are considering but aren’t able to visit due to COVID-19. Melissa Hedley ’90, Project Manager for Alumni Relations, explained how important this is for our juniors and how thankful their parents are to have this resource for their children at this time.
Participants shared how they appreciated being able to connect in this manner across the miles and encouraged the School to incorporate some type of “virtual” element for those who may not be able to physically travel to MBS in the future due to distance or work constraints.
Alumni expressed their love for MBS, how it shaped them as adolescents, and how it continues to be an important part of their lives today, from networking for career advice to the deep friendships that have been sustained.
Beloved former faculty member Rose Koch shared how various classes continue to keep in touch today via Facebook and how she was originally hired by Miss Sutherland to teach African History at the Beard School in 1969.
Alumni Board President Amy Chaiken Wolffe ’78 gave the closing toast and sealed a great gathering with her uplifting words. A wonderful time was had by all and we look forward to future gatherings – in person and online.