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Cushing Reunion

Come Home to Cushing, Reunion 2019
June 7-9, 2019
Join old friends and make new ones at Cushing’s Reunion Weekend. Gather with your fellow Penguins to feast, have fun, play, and reminisce during this most celebratory of weekends!

While we are especially celebrating the class years ending in 3, 4, 8 and 9, all alumni are invited to join in the festivities.

Whether you’re able to join us for the whole weekend or just a day, we hope you’ll come to campus and celebrate your Cushing experience.

2019 Reunion Schedule

All events and times are subject to change


Registration and Early Dorm Check In
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Main Building

Dinner on your Own
Ashburnham has a restaurant we highly recommend Tavern on Central, located at 3 Central Street, features a massive beer and cocktails list. Highlights of the menu include nachos, salads, burgers, and some really amazing tacos. Of course, there’s also Brother’s Pizza and Village Pizza if you’re interested in pizza, calzones, or sandwiches.


Metalsmithing Workshop with Bob Johnson

Beginning at 9:00 am
Here’s a chance to relive your Cushing Academy metalsmithing experience, or if you didn’t have a chance to take metalsmithing as a student this is your opportunity to do so as an adult. Craft your very own pair of earrings or bracelet to take home with you. ($40 per piece, up to 2 pieces, in addition to the Reunion Weekend fee)
Location: Emily Fisher Landau Center for Visual Arts

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Dorm Check In
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
If you’ve spent Thursday night in the dorm, join us in the Main Building for a light breakfast. If you’re just joining us, come check in, pick up your room key, leave a note for classmates, or hang out and see who shows up.
Location: Main Building

Campus Tours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Come see what’s changed since you were last on campus. Some of our young alumni will show you around!
Location: Main Building

Open Gym at the Watkins Field House
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Need something to do while you’re waiting for all of your friends to gather? Check out our Watkins Field House, which will be open for basketball or working out in our fitness center.
Location: Watkins Field House

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: The Reunion Tent, Drew Commons

Art Show Opening
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Enjoy light refreshments while taking in the works of alumni artists Cullen Concannon ’89, Andrew Hobson ’93, and their teacher, Cushing’s own Bob Johnson.
Location: Emily Landau Fisher Center for Visual Arts

Honor Roll Reception
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Leadership donors and our Gold Key Society members—the Classes of 1969 and earlier—are invited to a special cocktail reception at the home of the Head of School, Dr. Randy Bertin. (Invitation only please.)
Location: Jewett House

Alumni Dinner
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Enjoy an informal meal in the dining hall.
Location: Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons

Opening Reception
8:00 - 10:00 pm
One of the best events of the whole weekend! We’ll be on the library terrace (or in the library, in case of rain). This is where the reunion party really gets started.
Location: Fisher Watkins Library Terrace


5:30 - 10:00 am
Continental: 5:30 - 8:00
Full breakfast: 8:00 - 10:00
Location: The Reunion Tent, Drew Commons

Gold Key Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 am
Members of our Gold Key Society are invited to breakfast to honor the Classes of 1968 and 1969 as they celebrate their 50th Reunion and are inducted into the society. After breakfast, we’ll take class photos of our Gold Key classes.
Location: Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons, Lowe Level, Student Center

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come check in, pick up your room key, leave a note for classmates, or hang out and see who shows up. If you’re arriving just for the Grand Celebration on Saturday night, we’ll have the registration in the dining hall beginning at 4:00 pm.
Location: Main Building 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Fisher-Watkins Dining Common 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Mini-Mountain Day
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Start your day with a climb up nearby Mt Watatic to rekindle your memories of Mountain Day!
Location: Shuttle leaving from in front of Alumni Hall

Open Gym Time: Playtime and Pick Up Games!
7:00 - 10:00 am
Here’s another chance to experience one of Cushing’s newest buildings, the Watkins Field House. The gym is a beauty and the fitness area features top-of-the-line equipment.
Location: Watkins Field House

Coed Alumni Hoops
10:30 am
Location: Watkins Field House

Campus Tours
11:00 am -  3:00 pm
Come see what’s changed since you were last on campus. Some of our young alumni will show you around!
Location: Main Building

Alumni Memorial Service
11:30 am
We’ll take a moment to honor and remember those classmates who have left us since last reunion. Led by Alumni Council Chair Valerie Bono ’97.
Location: Cowell Chapel

Berkley’s Backyard Barbeque
12:00 - 2:00 pm
This has become quite the Reunion Weekend tradition! Berkley Hoagland ’86 is coming back again this year with his amazing BBQ skills.
Location: Drew Commons, Drew Commons

Open Skate
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Who says you can’t hit the ice in summertime! 
Location: Theodore Iorio Arena 

The Cushing Conversation
3:15 - 4:00 pm
Meet with our Head of School Dr. Randy Bertin for the latest scoop on all things Cushing.
Location: The Rose Room, Lowe Hall

Grand Reunion Celebration – For all Classes!
6:00 - 10:00 pm
This is truly the main event of the whole weekend. Join us for class photos, dinner, dancing, and fun! Business casual dress (or whatever makes you feel comfortable!)
Location: Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons

10:00 pm to midnight
Need a breath of fresh air? Not yet ready for bed? Continue the party at the bonfire.
Location: Next to Sawyer-Hopkins House

10:00 - 11:30 pm
If a bonfire isn’t your cup of tea, join us on Lowe Hall’s porch for a more mellow vibe.
Location: Lowe Hall Porch


Farewell Brunch
8:00 - 11:00 am
One last event to catch up with friends before heading home to the real world
Continental: 6:30 - 8:00 am
Full brunch: 8:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Fisher Watkins Dining Commons
Classes of 2013 and 2014, Take Note!
Because you’re coming back for your first official Reunion Weekend, we want to make attending especially easy for you. You get to attend reunion for half price! Where else can you get a full weekend of food, fun, and lodging for $95?!

Gold Key Society Members and Former Faculty and Staff Attend at no Charge
Please note: there is no charge for former faculty and staff or their guests, Gold Key Society members, (class of 69 and earlier), and children under 13, however the dorm fee is applicable for those staying on campus including guests.

Do You Need a Ride from Boston?
On Friday, the Cushing bus will leave South Station at 5:00 pm. It will return to South Station on Sunday, leaving campus at 10:30 am. Please note: you must register for the bus in advance. You can sign up using this paper form, online, or by calling the Alumni Office at 978-827-7400. The bus must leave promptly at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 7, so that our alumni can make it back to campus in time for the opening reception. ($15 each way in addition to the Reunion Weekend fee)

You’re welcome to bring your children to Reunion Weekend. If you would like childcare for Friday and/or Saturday nights, we can help find someone to help. Children must be 3 years of age and toilet trained. This option must be requested in advance.

Information about Dorm Accommodations
The dorm rooms will have one pillow, sheets and a blanket for the bed, and one towel per person. We will do our best to place members of the same class year together. Dorms include: Schottland (Gold Key), Alumni, Ash, Lowe, Sanborn and Sawyer, None of the dorms have en suite bathrooms. Attendees might want to bring extra blankets, pillows, and/or towels; an alarm clock; a fan; etc.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.