Alumnae Return to Campus for Joyous Reunion Celebration

From May 3-5, more than 100 alumnae and guests ventured back to campus to revisit their favorite spaces, share fond memories, and reconnect with peers during Reunion 2024.
Highlights from the weekend included a social featuring Scout & Cellar wine, the induction of new Heritage Society members, Class of 1974 50th Reunion Dinner, Purple & Gold Reception, State of the School Address, presentations about special programs, and a “Chill & Chat” between the Classes of 2019 and 2024. Alumnae also had a special opportunity to meet and greet incoming Rector Sara Stephenson.

During Saturday’s brunch, alumnae heard from this year’s Leader on the Rise, Susanna Hogg '15, who spoke about her experiences at Chatham Hall and how they not only prepared her for a career in aerospace engineering, but set a precedent for personal relationships.

“Chatham Hall allowed me to see what a supportive community of women really looks like, and made me realize that every place I go in my life, that’s something I should make for myself and seek out,” Hogg said in her remarks.

Her presentation was followed by an address from the 2024 Distinguished Alumnae Award recipient, Venita Fields '71, who spoke about her time at Chatham Hall, experiences in corporate America, and advice for fellow alumnae.

“I say congratulations to us all. Congratulations on the choice that we made to attend this great school. You have received a great education, and you’ve received the opportunity to meet young women from all over the world, developing life-long friendships and critical thinking skills that will serve you well,” noted Fields.

Other award winners included Kate Bulkley ‘77 and Jennifer Gammill McKay '84, P'20 both receiving the Mildred Harrison Dent Award as alumnae who demonstrate an enthusiastic long-term commitment and devotion to the ideals of Chatham Hall, including their work in establishing the Chatham Hall Arboretum. Current Alumnae Council President Danielle Thomas Kimmel '04 received the Ellie MacVeagh Award as an alumna who best represents the School’s goals for fellow constituents. 

Additionally, Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Hiltwine and longtime faculty member Dr. Mary Edmonds were both named Honorary Alumnae by the Board of Trustees and Alumnae Council in commemoration of their service and commitment to the School.

A festive celebration behind the Rectory was held on Saturday evening, which included a viewing of the Kentucky Derby, dinner, class photos, dancing, and lots of fun. The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with Reunion Chapel and a farewell brunch.

“It is always such a pleasure and privilege to have alumnae with us on campus. This year’s Reunion was filled with joy, togetherness, nostalgia, and community. Thank you to everyone who journeyed back—Esto Perpetua!” said Chief Advancement Officer Christine Knight.

Please visit the School’s SmugMug for pictures of the events.
800 Chatham Hall Circle  •  Chatham, VA 24531
+1 434.432.2941  •  admissions@chathamhall.org
Day and boarding school for girls grades 9-12 in the Episcopal tradition.

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