More than 100 amazing Stuart women returned on Saturday for Alumnae Weekend to celebrate 56 years of leading with heart. Alumnae Director Alicia Fruscione Walker '98 put together an inspiring weekend for our alumnae that included a Friday evening reception for alumnae and their parents, a prayer service led by Marty Arsenault, a tour with Tony, a project in the MakerSpace with Alicia Testa, and a wellness talk with Samantha Ryan and Jan Baldwin before attendees gathered for the annual Alumnae Awards Luncheon and Athletics Hall of Fame Induction.
During the opening remarks at Saturday's Alumnae Awards Luncheon, Head of School Patty Fagin welcomed the room full of "amazing models of daring, drive, determination" and called on the words of our namesake, Mother Janet Erskine Stuart, that "each is destined for a mission in life and that there is some special work which will remain undone unless she does it....that there is some place in life which no one else can fill." Stuart Alumnae President Veronica Maxwell Robinson '94 took the stage following Dr. Fagin to share the various activities on campus offered through the Alumnae Office: a special gouter for our seniors who have become our fellow alumnae during the 100 Days to Graduation & Senior Alumnae Induction Luncheon, a finance & business event for alumnae in NYC, Junior Ring Ceremony, Stuart Little Christmas, the HerStory performance and reception here at Stuart, Tartan Tuesday, Women We Admire Day, #LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference, Alumnae Career Lunches, and of course this fabulous Alumnae Weekend. Finally, President of the Board Cheryl Lagay took to the podium to recognize this year's honorees. She spoke of how, as a parent, she could feel and see in the room "the Power of a Stuart education to launch young women into this world to be the active, conscientious changemakers we so desperately need. To challenge injustice. To stand up for what is right. To be fearless women with compassion, with heart. To be unafraid to lead."
Three notable alumnae were honored at the Alumnae Weekend luncheon: Clodagh Coghlan '09 received the Young Alumna Award -- a new award this year that recognizes one alumna from among the 5th, 10th, or 15th reunion classes for her portrayal of Stuart's Portrait of a Graduate Statement. Trish Donelly Gilbert '74 and Barbara Horne '94 were inducted into the Alumnae Gallery. Click here to learn more about our three honorees.
Following the luncheon, we inducted two amazing athletes into the Hall of Fame: Mary Lantin Casparis '90 for field hockey and lacrosse and Kristy Moore '97 for field hockey. Click here to learn more about the inductees.
After hearing from the honorees and Hall of Fame inductees, it was clear how much of an impact the Stuart experience has had on our graduates. If you missed the Saturday event, you can rewatch the live streams of both the luncheon and Hall of Fame induction on the Alumnae Weekend page.