The Collegian
Friday, March 01, 2024

Letter: Homecoming Weekend

Westhampton College '93

Vice President, Communications for the University of Richmond Alumni Association

This weekend many of you will experience the phenomenon that is Homecoming for the first time: Caravans of alumni will meander down Snake Hill, many with (future Spider) offspring in tow.

We will begin every conversation with, "When I was a student ..." We will deplete the bookstore's supply of sweatshirts, marvel at the new buildings and take up every parking space we can find.

And that's not even the fun part.

We are a lot like you, just a bit older. Okay, some of us are A LOT older. But we do know this: UR doesn't provide the answers; it teaches you to ask questions of yourself, of each other and of the world outside Richmond. When we learned to ask questions -- to look beyond our own experiences -- we knew it was time to graduate.

We've been asking questions ever since.

Now, we are aspiring artists, accomplished chefs, published writers and successful entrepreneurs. We are CEOs, accountants, yogis, parents, doctors, philanthropists, teachers, musicians, litigators and inventors. We live on Westmoreland just off Cary Street, the West Village, West Hollywood and Warsaw, Poland. We run marathons, African game safaris and PTA meetings.

There are more than 40,000 UR alumni around the world, many of whom will be on campus this weekend and at the football game. Look for us. Stop and introduce yourself. Ask us a question. We'll ask you three more.

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