In just two weeks, we will welcome the newest Whitman graduates into the Orange alumni fold. Whether you gradated a year or decades ago, you no doubt have fond memories of that day. Transitioning from student to alum comes with anticipation, anxiousness and excitement. Like this year’s graduates, you likely didn’t realize then how important the Orange bond would be in this new phase of your life. I encourage you to show the strength of the SU alumni connection by supporting your newest fellow alums with a gift to the 2017 class gift campaign.
The Class Act Graduation Challenge promotes friendly competition across SU to see which school or college can claim the highest percentage of graduates who give to the class gift. The Whitman School has finished at the top of the leader board for the past two years, and this year’s Class Act Committee of 20 accomplished students is looking to extend that streak.
Class Act donations help provide students with cutting-edge programs, modern facilities, scholarships (75 percent of SU students receive some sort of financial assistance) and other advantages necessary for a first-class education. Tuition and fees cover only 85 percent of the real cost of an SU degree. Class Act gifts help bridge the gap.
Whitman’s 2016 graduates surpassed all years of Class Act giving before them, with a 51 percent participation rate and secured $14,500 in gifts by graduates and matching donations. The 2017 committee is on pace to reach their 60-percent participation goal. You can help them finish strong and in first place.
All Whitman alumni are encouraged to match a senior by donating $20.17 to this year’s campaign. If you don’t have a connection to a graduating student, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can find a good match for…perhaps someone from your home state or major.
You can conveniently donate online at www.whitman.syr.edu/classact. If you would like to honor a graduate with your contribution, simply add his/her name in the “My Gift Is a Tribute” section. You’ll see there are many ways to designate your gift.
You don’t have to match a student to give, and donations of any amount are appreciated. The collective giving by students, alumni, faculty and staff will help ensure an exceptional educational experience for current and future Whitman students.
Thank you for your consideration and support. Go Orange!
Cindie Adams, Executive Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations
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