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John Carroll University welcomed nearly 1,000 alumni back to campus for 2022 Reunion Weekend. Graduating class years ending in 2 and 7 reunited to celebrate and reminisce with classmates, friends, and their families. The Class of 1972 celebrated its 50th anniversary, a historic mark for the first class with female graduates. JCU also hosted the world premiere of Tim Russert: The John Carroll Years, a documentary on one of JCU's most notable alumni from the Class of ’72. From the first tee time of the alumni golf classic to the fireworks finale, here's a look at how graduates' celebrated their alma mater.


JCU Alumni Golf Classic

Reunion weekend got underway on the links with the JCU Alumni Golf Classic at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Friday afternoon.


Tim Russert: The John Carroll Years

Filmmaker Linda Meglin '74 is the creator of the documentary - "Tim Russert: The John Carroll Years"  She began the project three years ago as Inaugural Chair of the Tim Russert Department of Communication Advisory Council.  Linda selflessly donated her time, treasure, and talent to the University to make this film a reality and completed it in time in honor of what would have been Tim Russert's 50th Reunion this past weekend. The film not only helps to preserve the Russert legacy on our campus but also commemorates Tim's contributions as a political journalist of the highest integrity. 


Friday Evening Festival

Alumni gathered on the Rodman Hall terrace to cap off the first day of reunion weekend. The Welcome Back Festival featured some of Greater Cleveland’s best food trucks, live music, and games on the main quad. 


Saturday Morning Activities

Day two of reunion weekend began with breakfast, yoga, and several information sessions. JCU leadership shared details about the Ignatian Year, capital projects on campus, and the evolution of a John Carroll education.


President's Reception

JCU President Al Miciak held his annual reunion reception Saturday afternoon on the Rodman Hall terrace.


Reunion Weekend Mass

Following the President’s reception, alumni gathered in St. Francis Chapel for Reunion Mass, celebrated by Rev. Bernard McAniff, S.J.


Class of 1972 50th Reunion Celebration

Members of the John Carroll Class of 1972 were honored with a 50th-anniversary reunion photo on the steps of the Lombardo Student Center, and a dinner that included the presentation of the Alumni Medal in the Lombardo Center Conference Room. The Alumni Medal was awarded to Tim Russert '72, the medal's first posthumous recipient, and received by Tim's wife, Maureen Orth, and son, Luke Russert.

Saturday Evening Festivities

Alumni shared stories from their JCU experience during Saturday evening’s class cocktail reception and dinner in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. The gathering continued with music and dancing on the building’s terrace.


Fireworks Finale

A fireworks display on the Hamlin Quad capped off reunion weekend late Saturday evening. 


Reunion weekend 2022 was a great success. A big thanks to all of the alumni who took part, and JCU's alumni relations team, led by Dave Vitatoe ‘00, for organizing a memorable weekend. We look forward to celebrating with JCU classes ending in 3 and 8 next June for reunion weekend 2023.