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Trojans reconnect at Reunion Weekend

USC alumni toast Reunion Weekend 2012 during the President's All-Class Reunion Dinner in downtown Los Angeles. (Photo/Armando Brown)

Memory lane got a little busier on Nov. 9-10 when five generations of Trojans returned to campus to reconnect and rediscover at this year’s Reunion Weekend celebration.

More than 1,100 Trojans — alumni from the classes of 1962, 1972, 1982, 1987, 2002 and their guests — attended the USC Alumni Association’s two-day celebration of Trojan Family ties. In addition to academic lectures, deans’ receptions, campus tours and a welcome and address from USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, this year’s program featured a new attraction: an All-Class Reunion Dinner with USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Nearly 600 alumni, friends and family attended the dinner, during which Nikias hailed USC alumni as “a living symbol of the power of our Trojan Family.”

That “power” was evident in the enthusiastic participation of this year’s five reunion classes, both in terms of the weekend’s attendance and annual giving, which increased by 47 percent in 2012.

The festivities continued at five class reunion after-parties and a tailgate before USC’s 38-17 Homecoming victory over Arizona State.

For many attendees, returning to campus did much more than bring back a flood of memories — it strengthened and enhanced their connection to USC and the Trojan Family.

In the words of Kevin Bogart ’87, co-chair of the Class of 1987 25th Reunion Committee, “As much as I loved my undergrad days at ’SC, nothing makes me prouder than to be an alum.”

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