Happy anniversary reunion year to the classes of 1983, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018!
We are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with you and your classmates. We feel truly fortunate to have you as part of the GU alumni community.
Traditionally, anniversary classes have been celebrated with a reunion weekend in the fall. The past few years have presented us with both the opportunity and the need to reimagine most of our events and programming. The success of our 2022 Zagapalooza all-class reunion on campus, combined with the realities of a more-connected world and a growing slate of Gonzaga events around the country, has led us to evaluate and modify how we offer reunions for the greatest overall benefit.
Ultimately, GU class reunions are for you, and the most common feedback we hear is that you want more classmates to attend, and more time spent together; additional feedback centers on having more notice and longer planning times.
With your input as our guide, we are excited to announce that we’ll be adopting a “cluster reunion” model, beginning with the classes celebrating anniversaries in 2023, 2024 and 2025 and held every three years, beginning October 10–12, 2025.
A “cluster reunion” is the celebration of multiple classes at one reunion event. This model is growing in popularity at universities around the country, mainly for the reasons stated above. Classes from three consecutive years will celebrate their milestone anniversary together with a reunion weekend on campus October 10–12, 2025. Additional cluster reunions will be held for the other anniversary classes this same weekend.
As an example: in this rotating format, the 20-year anniversary class of 2003 will celebrate together in 2025 with the classes of 2004 and 2005; they would then celebrate their 25-year anniversary in 2028 with the classes of 2001 and 2002, and their 30-year anniversary in 2031 with the classes of 2002 and 2004. A three-year schedule ensures all classes meet every three to six years.
This grouped reunion event at GU will be called Zagapalooza, and will feature anniversary class reunions, on-campus activities, Sunday mass and other opportunities to gather, celebrate, and learn together throughout the weekend.
If you were planning a visit to Spokane for your reunion this fall, don’t worry. In addition to the cluster reunion in 2025, you will also have the option to celebrate this coming fall. To make this happen, we request 2–5 volunteers willing to plan this event, specifically for your class; we will not be planning a full-scale reunion on campus this fall. Our office will facilitate invitations and registrations and assist with confirming venues for this “Zag-powered” reunion.
To proceed with a fall 2023 reunion for your class, we will need at least 2 volunteers by June 15.
Interested in volunteering? Email Miriah Aquino, event coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Alumni & Friends team will be sharing regular communications leading up to that date, and working with the class volunteers, gathering input to plan your reunion weekend, and working to connect with as many of your classmates as possible. We are also requesting two volunteers to help us with this larger reunion effort.
We recognize and appreciate that this is a big shift. We are making additional plans to honor and celebrate anniversary classes during this transition, including:
- The option for the classes of 1983, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018 to plan a “Zag-powered” (volunteer-led) class reunion this fall.
- An invitation to join your class Facebook page/ZagsConnect group to build connections and find “lost” classmates leading up to 2023 and 2025 on-campus events.