Homecoming Weekend

Coming Home: Students welcome African American alumnae back to campus

Students presented alumnae with roses to recognize the
student-alumnae connection.

Brittani Hunter is a first-year student at Saint Mary’s who’s planning to major in communication studies. She put her communication skills to work soon after coming to campus. Hunter joined a student club called Sisters of Nefertiti. The club’s goal is to educate students about African American culture and history. At one club meeting Hunter participated in a phone-a-thon, calling alumnae to remind them about last weekend’s African American Alumnae Homecoming.

The Sisters of Nefertiti joined alumnae during the two-day event for presentations and discussions about their Saint Mary’s experiences. The group kicked off Friday with a keynote address by Juanita Boozer Bay ’52, a retired civil servant and the first known African American to have graduated from the College. The event, Hunter says, brought “successful women back to the place where they established a foundation for their careers.” Students presented each alumna with a single rose in recognition of the treasured connection between students and alumnae.

Hunter found the entire weekend inspiring. “This was a wonderful way to bring the African American alumnae together to reflect not only on what they’ve accomplished in their careers—they also had a chance to sit down and reflect on what they have accomplished as black women.”
Alumnae took the time to discuss with students issues of diversity on campus, and ways to expand the alumnae-student connection. “The alumnae-student programs give students a living and breathing example of success,” says Hunter. “Being an educated black woman is a valuable trait, and these women have begun a legacy that I aspire to continue.”