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SUNY Potsdam To Welcome More Than 900 Visitors For Bicentennial Reunion Weekend


SUNY Potsdam will welcome more than 900 alumni and friends back to campus during the College’s Bicentennial Reunion Weekend, from Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17.

That’s a record number of visitors for Reunion Weekend 2016—and many have chosen to give back to the institution they love. SUNY Potsdam alumni and friends have given a total of $1,446,868 in honor of 2016 class reunions, as of July 6.

Nine classes have exceeded their class giving goals this year, including:

  • The Class of 2011, celebrating their 5th Reunion, with $6,833
  • The Class of 2006, celebrating their 10th Reunion, with $2,098
  • The Class of 2001, celebrating their 15th Reunion, with $28,742
  • The Class of 1986, celebrating their 30th Reunion, with $57,394
  • The Class of 1981, celebrating their 35th Reunion, with $10,236
  • The Class of 1976, celebrating their 40th Reunion, with $59,800
  • The Class of 1971, celebrating their 45th Reunion, with $47,480
  • The Class of 1966, celebrating their 50th Reunion, with $128,878

The 50-Year Club, which is made up of all classes from 1965 and earlier, has made more than $1 million in class gifts this past year, to benefit students and programs at SUNY Potsdam. This giving includes both outright gifts and the establishment of funds through planned or estate giving.

The Class of 2001 set a record with its class gift of $28,742, which is the most that has ever been given to SUNY Potsdam by a 15th Reunion class.

Many alumni honor their reunion celebration by going above and beyond their typical annual giving. All gifts from each class, regardless of designation, are counted in each class’s reunion total.

Generous gifts from alumni show the great value they place on the education they received at SUNY Potsdam, and the College’s important role in preparing them for success in life.

Gifts to the College’s greatest needs support a variety of vital resources and financial support for research, student travel, equipment, technology, scholarships and so much more. To learn more about giving to the Annual Fund for Potsdam, visit

With a jam-packed schedule of events, plenty of opportunities to catch up with classmates and meet alumni from all class years, plus an array of family-friendly activities, Reunion Weekend 2016 has something for everyone.

This is one Reunion you won’t want to miss! It’s not too late to register to join in the fun. All alumni and friends are invited to join in the festivities. To find out more, call (315) 267-2120 or visit

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. As the College marks its bicentennial in 2016, SUNY Potsdam will celebrate a 200-year legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and leadership in the arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community is nearing the completion of Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which has raised $33.5 million for scholarships and programs.

Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of Public Affairs,
(315) 267-2918