Alumni Weekend 2024

Whether you will be returning to campus after this last year's celebration, or if next June is your very first reunion, we encourage you to come home to Cushing! Registration for Alumni Weekend begins each year in early February. 

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June 7-9, 2024

Alumni Weekend at Cushing is an experience you don’t want to miss! Our annual celebration is about generations of Penguins reconnecting with friends, reminiscing on the times they spent together, and creating new memories.

While this year we are especially celebrating reunion class years ending in 4 and 9, all alumni are encouraged to attend!

Whether your last visit to Ashburnham was five, ten, or fifty years ago... you always have a home at Cushing Academy! What are you waiting for? Click below to register today!


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The Ferris Wheel is Back!

Catch a ride and take in the breathtaking views on the Alumni Weekend Ferris Wheel. Thanks to Class of 1994’s Norma and E. J. Dean and their company Fiesta Shows, what had become the stuff of legends returns to campus once again to add the spirit of fun to the day and to light up the night sky!


2024 Alumni Weekend Registrations

The following alumni are registered for this year's Alumni Weekend: 

[Stay tuned... as we confirm alumni, faculty, and friends of Cushing, we'll post them here, updated twice weekly.  Updated as of 4/18)

John Cooney '60
Dennis Driscoll '61

Richard Chase '67
Millicent Bolden '69
Roger Brooks '69
Edward Cochrane-Brown '69
Malcolm Chrobak '69
Doris McMillon '69
Gwen Silverman '69
Russell Woollacott '69
Robert Young '69

Debora Woollacott '70
Deborah Warner '70
Cynthia Becker '73
Jason Hooz '73
Atim George '74
James Grace '74
Anthony Hairston '74
Deborah Hurd '74
Janice Abraham Nelson '74
Carlos Ortiz, Jr. '74
Franklin Redd '74
Kim White Sousa '75
Marcia Canter '78
Robin Lockwood Hall '78
Elliot Ventura '78
Johanna Chanin '79
Sharon Harris '79
Kate Warren-McDowell '79

Sheila Caldwell '84
Tracy B. Goodman '84
Paige M. Latterner '84
Melissa Mettle '84
Rosa Ehrlich Richards '84
Dave Roach '84
Alberto Sanchez '84
Serafin M Sanchez '84
Jessica Turner '84
Elizabeth Winograd '84
Andrew Jones '85
Stephanie B. Keller '85
Rachael Stein '85
Cullen Goodyear '89
Will Day '89
Jeremy Duffy '89
Nicole Xarras Moorshead '89
Kurt Scanio '92
Norma Dean '94
E. J Dean '94
Denise Ryan '94
Michelle Ford '98

Chelsea Koski '03
Steven Adams '04
Lauren Toomy '04
JR Butler '04

Jack Casady '15
Patrick Borella '19
Felix Bailly '19
Adam Canfield '19
Avery Heinz '19
Mollee Malboeuf '19
Brendan Samson '19
Abigail Wesnofske '19

Rich Henry '14 (Hon.), former faculty
Dennis Driscoll '61, former faculty
Wayne Hancock '15 (Hon.), former faculty
Bob Johnson '21 (Hon.), former faculty
Andy Lemieux, former faculty
Bob Maciocci '23 (Hon.), former faculty
Cindy Merrill, former faculty
Wayne Sanborn '99 (Hon.), former faculty
Kim White Sousa '75, former faculty
Cheryl Storm '16 (Hon.), former faculty

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2024 Alumni Weekend Schedule

2022 Reunion Party Day Time

Friday, June 7, 2024

  • 1:00 - 9:00 pm — Registration (Main Building) 
  • 1:00- 3:00 pm — Alumni Council Meeting (North Conference room, Main Building)
    Meeting open to all alumni
  • 3:00 & 3:30 pm — Campus Tours (Leaving Main Building) 
    Come tour campus with a recent young alum tour guide to see all that's recently updated and new 
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm — Art Show Opening (Emily Landau Fisher Center for Visual Arts)
    Featuring work by Will Day '89 and Cullen Goodyear ’89


Guest Artist
Will Day ’89

Will Day ’89 is a Boulder, Colorado-based painter known for his large-scale compositions of colorful shapes and energetic marks. Meet Will and experience his work at our art show and reception at the Emily Fisher Landau Center for the Visual Arts on Friday, June 7. 

Will was profiled in the Fall 2014 edition of Cushing Today and was Cushing's 2016 commencement speaker. See more of his work at

Guest Artist
Cullen Goodyear ’89

Cullen Goodyear ‘89 is a Scarborough, Maine jewelry designer who's work is inspired by the ocean and beach and the shapes, textures and patterns found in nature, architecture, and textiles.

Cullen designs unique wearable art and petit coffrets. Meet her and see her work at the art show and reception at the Emily Fisher Landau Center for the Visual Arts on Friday, June 7. More at:

  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm — Honor Roll Reception (Jewett House, by invitation only)
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm — Dinner, casual-come anytime!(Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons)
  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm — Opening Reception (Fisher-Watkins Library Terrace)


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Saturday, June 8, 2024

  • 7:00 - 8:00 am — Continental Breakfast (Main Building)
  • 8:00 - 10:00 am — Full Breakfast (Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons)
  • 8:00 - 5:00 pm — Registration (Main Building)
  • 7:00 - 12:00 pm — Cushing Moves and So Can You!
    • 7:00 - 10:00 am — Open Gym (Watkins Field House)
      Take advantage of Cushing’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center, Strength and Conditioning Room, and Gymnasium
    • 8:30 - 9:30 am – Sunrise Yoga/Pilates (Watkins Field House) 
      Start your morning with a stretch and mindfulness. Namaste!
    • 8:30 - 11:00 am – Pickle Ball (Lower Courts)
      Bring your paddle and hit the courts!
    • 8:30 am - 11:00 am – Tennis (Biggs Tennis Courts)
      Bring your racket and step onto the courts!
    • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm — Mini-Mountain Day (Shevenell Terrace) 
      Casual hike up Mt. Watatic with Dean of Faculty, Dave Stone (Scenic hike takes approximately 3 hours)
    • 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Campus Hike (Flag Pole/Main Building)
      Guided stroll of upper campus and Cross Country course, the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and see familiar and new surroundings on campus. Led by cross country coaches.
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am — Gold Key Breakfast (Student Center)
    Fiftieth Reunion induction, Class of 1974 All gold key classes invited
  • 10:00, 11:00, + 2:00 pm — Campus Tours (Main Building)
    Tour campus with a recent young alum tour guide to see all that's recently updated and new
  • 11:00 am — Alumni Memorial Service (Cowell Chapel)
    • Special remembrance of Bob Hall
  • 12:00 - 2:00 pm — Big Tent Barbecue Lunch (Drew Common)
  • 2:15 - 3:00 pm — Alumni of Color Reception (Lowe Hall Common Room)
    Meet and greet with Eddie Buggie, Director of Inclusion and Community Life

Alumni of Color Reception

Meet Eddie Buggie, Director of Inclusion and Community Life, to share bonding experiences from the past and participate in an open discussion on how Cushing has embraced inclusivity in its initiatives and programs.

  • 2:30 - 4:30 pm — Open Skate
    Lace them up and take in an open skate at beautiful Iorio Arena
  • 2:30 - 4:00 pm — Extreme Baseball League (XBL) 20th Anniversary Game (Quimby Field)

Extreme Baseball League (XBL)
20th Anniversary Game

The twentieth anniversary of our no-holds-barred, anything-goes, extreme baseball league -- all fun and games, mischief-making, and uniquely Cushing! Play or cheer on from the stands, but either way, join us on Quimby Field for all the excitement at this special celebration of XBL! 

  • 3:00 - 4:00 pm — The Cushing Conversation (Lowe Hall Common Room)
    State of the Academy - hosted by Head of School Dr. Randy Bertin P’21, ’22, ’24, ’25
  • 6:00 - 10:30 pm — Grand Reunion Celebration (Drew Common)
    • 6:00 - 7:00  pm — Drinks and Appetizers (Dining Commons Patio)
    • 7:00 - 10:00 pm — Dinner and Dancing (Drew Common)
  • 10:30 pm - Midnight — Fire pit 
    Keep the party going!


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Sunday, June 9, 2024

  • 8:00 - 11:00 am — Farewell Brunch (Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons)
  • 10:30 am — Bus from Cushing to South Station 


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Frequently Asked Questions

Reunion 2024 Pricing

Full Weekend Packages (including lodging)

  • Classes of 2014-2023 - $130
  • Gold Key Classes (1973 and earlier) - $135
  • All other classes - $225

Full Weekend Packages (without lodging)

  • Class of 2014-2023 - $100
  • Gold Key Classes (1973 and earlier) -


  • All other classes - $190


Friday Only Packages (including lodging)

  • Class of 2014-2023 - $60
  • Gold Key Classes (1973 and earlier) - $75
  • All other classes - $135

Friday Only Packages (without lodging)

  • Class of 2014-2023- $40
  • Gold Key Classes (1973 and earlier) -


  • All other classes - $80


Saturday Only Packages (including lodging)

  • Class of 2014-2023- $80
  • Gold Key Classes (1973 and earlier) - $75
  • All other classes - $155

Saturday Only Packages (without lodging)

  • Class of 2014-2023 - $65
  • Gold Key Classes (1973 and earlier) -


  • All other classes - $110


Saturday BBQ Lunch Only

  • Class of 2014-2023 - $40
  • Gold Key Classes (1972 and earlier) -


  • All other classes - $55
  • Children aged 12 and under -



Additional Options

  • Bus to South Station, Boston on Sunday - $20

A limited number of rooms have been set aside at a local hotel at a reduced rate thanks to owner Nicole Xarras Moorshead '89 for those wishing to stay off-campus. Please contact the Colonial Hotel directly and reference Cushing Alumni Weekend.

Dormitory Accommodations

Your bed will have linens, a light blanket, a towel, a pillow--your room a desk lamp, and a trash can. You might consider a secondary blanket, pillow, and a fan. A limited supply of toiletries is available in our bookstore so please plan accordingly.

Dietary Concerns

If you did not indicate any dietary concerns or restrictions on your reservation form, are unsure if you did so, or would like to have a more detailed conversation with our catering staff, please contact Deonne Johnson in the Advancement Office at (978) 827-7400.


You’re welcome to bring your children to Alumni 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.


You must remember fondly that our campus is hilly and we recommend comfortable shoes to wear throughout the day. Many attendees dress up for Saturday evening’s Grand Celebration reception and dinner, and of course for dancing!

Mobility Issues

If you anticipate any difficulties this weekend that require extra support please email (978) 827-7400 or email [email protected].


Parking will be allowed on one side of the campus with the other clearly marked as closed off to parking for safety. Parking is available at the upper and lower rink lots, and the lower lots on Pleasant Street. 


Locations of all Alumni Weekend events will be provided at Registration, featured on signage at the main building, dining commons lobby, and in dormitories.  You can pick and choose events at your leisure but please let us know in advance if you are joining us for Saturday morning’s “Mini-Mountain Day.” Please note that the Honor Roll Reception is an invitation-only event and that the Gold Key breakfast is for class years 1974 and earlier.


You will notice a number of friendly staff members on golf carts eager to provide you with a lift. If you are staying at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner we are running a shuttle back and forth but only at select times, with information posted at the registration table and at the Colonial Hotel front desk. Please note: Uber and taxi cab services are very scarce in the area. A number of private car and limousine companies service the area and private transportation can be arranged with them. For more information please contact the Office of Advancement at (978) 827-7400.  Cushing is offering a bus ride to South Station in Boston on Sunday morning at 10:30 am. You must register in advance and there is a $20 fee for this service.

Please know that the Office of Advancement is here for you with any questions or concerns. Our phone number is (978) 827-7400 or [email protected]

Need a Ride to Boston on Sunday?

We will run a shuttle to South Station on Sunday, leaving campus at 10:30 am. Please note: you must register for the bus in advance. The bus must leave promptly ($20 per person in addition to the Reunion Weekend fee). For more information, please call the Advancement Office at (978) 827-7400


Alumni Weekend 2023 Recap

We had a tremendous 2023 Alumni Weekend! Check out our recap slideshow below and view our 2023 Reunion Flickr album for more photos.



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