The number 44 holds special meaning for Syracuse University athletics. It is also a significant number for Whitman’s 2015 graduating class in that 44 percent of all seniors chose to illustrate the value they place on their experience at Whitman and SU by participating in the Class Act campaign. This year’s senior giving represents a more than 1,000 percent increase over Whitman’s numbers last year.
Of the students who made the $20.15 Class Act donation, 25 percent were matched by an alumni, professor or staff member. And the total student giving was matched in full by Whitman alumnus Daniel A. D’Aniello ’68, chairman and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, who exemplifies alumni engagement, loyalty and generosity.
This year’s record-setting number was achieved through the efforts of many, especially the 14 seniors on the giving committee who persistently encouraged classmates to join in the tradition of thousands before them in making this first gift to their alma mater. The special cords worn at commencement by those who had given stood out as a symbol of gratitude and commitment to future caretaking of their beloved school.
The collective impact of the individual senior gifts and matches is significant. Many of the numerous student resources, programs and opportunities at Whitman and on campus are made possible through the financial support of alumni who believe their financial contributions are vital to Whitman’s viability and prominence.
We extend our sincere gratitude to Mr. D’Aniello and those of you who matched a student gift. Your support helped Whitman surpass all other SU schools and colleges in giving. We look to grow our numbers even more in 2016 and maintain the top spot on campus for a second consecutive year.