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NYU Stern Alumni Celebrate Reunion 2016 in Washington Square

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Alumni returned to campus last weekend to celebrate Reunion 2016. Now in its sixth year, Reunion marked the kickoff of two new traditions: a celebration held in the springtime and the addition of special events for one-year alumni. Nearly 800 alumni and guests of all of Stern’s degree programs returned to the Washington Square campus to see old friends, reconnect with faculty, take in dynamic lectures and celebrate their shared commitment to the Stern community.

“We were thrilled to welcome Stern alumni back to campus,” said Sarah Marchitto, Executive Director of Alumni Relations. “That so many of our alumni came back is a true testament to the strength of the Stern community. As the Reunion program grows, we plan to continue to build it out and tailor it to what our alumni want and we are excited for the terrific momentum we have so far behind the program.”   

The program kicked off with receptions on Thursday evening for the undergraduate classes of 2015 and 2016, as well as the MBA classes of 2015 and 2016. On Friday evening, Dean Peter Henry and Dean Geeta Menon welcomed finance professor Aswath Damodaran, who delivered the evening’s keynote speech, “A Valuation Journey: Have Faith, You Must!” to all reunion classes. Afterwards, class cocktail receptions were held at various venues near campus.

Throughout the day on Saturday, guests were invited to witness the physical evolution of Stern by taking campus tours with current Stern undergraduate students. The Career Center for Working Professionals provided career advisement sessions, working with alumni seeking help with a job search, resume update or career change. Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, Arun Sundararajan, author of the forthcoming book The Sharing Economy, gave a talk illustrating the impact of the digital revolution on the future of business. After enjoying lunch on Gould Plaza, guests enjoyed a conversation with Global Professor of Management and Strategy, Pankaj Ghemawat, focused on globalization. Clinical Associate Professor of Management Communication, Susan Stehlik, spoke about leadership and the importance of authenticity.

All Stern alumni gathered at the iconic Plaza Hotel for a festive evening celebration, complete with a cocktail hour-style gathering, live band, dancing and a photo booth. Dean Henry shared remarks, thanking alumni for their continued dedication to the Stern community and their generous gifts of time, talent and philanthropic support.

Next year’s Stern Reunion will take place on April 27-29, 2017 for classes ending in ‘2 and ‘7, as well as 2016 graduates. Update your contact information to receive information about your reunion.

Visit our Flickr page to view albums from each Reunion event.