Cushing Reunion

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Cushing's Reunion Weekend will take place June 9 - 11, 2017. 

Click here to register online.

You can also register by calling us at 978-827-7400. Read further down the page for more information about cost and the weekend's schedule. If you have trouble using the online form, please email us at

Information about Reunion Weekend


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 $62.50 (if you register before May 1, and just $75 if you register after May 1)?

If you're a member of the Class of 2012, please call the Alumni Office (978-827-7400) to register.

Gold Key Society and Faculty (current and former!)

There is no charge for you to attend the weekend. Please call the Alumni Office (978-827-7400) to register.

Special Pre-Reunion Arts Program

Thursday, June 8

Registration and Dorm Check In
4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dinner on your own
Ashburnham has two relatively new restaurants 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.
  • Yaka Sawa Sushi and Grill, located at 57 Main Street, serves beer and wine, sashimi, maki, various soups, lo mein, tempura, hibachi, and more.
Of course, there’s also Brother’s Pizza and Village Pizza if you’re interested in pizza, calzones, or sandwiches.

Friday, June 9

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. ($30 per piece, up to 2 pieces, in addition to the Reunion Weekend fee)

Reunion Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 9

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. The registration table in the Main Building is one happening place.

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!

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 new Watkins Field House, which will be open for basketball or working out in our fitness center.


11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Alumni Art Show Opening

4:00 - 6:00 pm. Come to our beautiful art gallery and enjoy light refreshments while taking in the work of several of our alumni artists: Abigail Hastings '06, Patricia Hecht '04, and Rosalie Morris '99.

Golden Hour Reception

5:30 - 6:30 pm. Our Gold Key Society members--the Classes of 1967 and earlier--are invited to a special reception in Ashburnham House. Catch up with old friends and welcome the newest members of the society to campus.

Alumni Dinner

6:00 - 8:00 pm. Enjoy an informal meal in the dining hall.

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.

Saturday, June 10


6:00 - 10:00 am

Gold Key Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 am. Members of our Gold Key Society are invited to breakfast to honor the Class of 1967 as they celebrate their 50th Reunion and are inducted into the society.  After breakfast, we’ll take class photos of our Gold Key classes.


9:00 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.

Open Gym Time: Playtime and Pick Up Games!

7:00 - 10:00 am. Here’s another chance to experience Cushing’s newest building, the Watkins Field House. The gym is a beauty and the fitness area features top-of-the-line equipment.

Coed Alumni Hoops

10:30 am

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!

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 Roger Brooks ‘69.

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.

New England Carnival

12:00 - 6:00 pm. Ferris wheel only 8:00 -10:00 pm. What’s more classically festive and New England than a summer fair right on our very own campus? We’ll have everything from a Ferris wheel to bouncy houses, popcorn, cotton candy, a petting zoo, and most importantly good times! After dark, take a break from the dining hall to ride the wheel, all dressed up in purple and white lights.

Water Color Demonstration by Bob Johnson

2:00 – 4:00 pm. One of our most popular reunion events, watch Bob Johnson show off his incredible painting skills.

The Cushing Conversation

3:15 - 4:00 pm. Meet with members of our Leadership team for the latest scoop on all things Cushing.

Game time at the Student Center

2:00 – 4:00 pm. We are all kids again as we meet in the student center for video and pinball games, ping pong, and pool. Let the best alumni win!

Party on at the Student Center

4:00 - 5:30 pm. All of that gaming is bound to make you hungry. Join your fellow penguins for some post-playtime snacks and adult beverages.   

A Celebration of the life of Mary Fern

4:00 -5:30 pm. Mary Fern is a Cushing Academy legend, having taught drama for 25 years (1967-1992) and then serving the Academy in a multitude of ways even after her official “retirement.” When Mary passed away last year, we knew we needed to go all out to honor her. Join us in Cowell Chapel for pictures and remembrances of this wonderful woman. At the end, we’ll all toast to her legacy with martinis—one of her favorite cocktails!

Grand Reunion Celebration

6:00 - 10:00 pm. For all Classes! This is truly the main event of the whole weekend. Join us for class photos, dinner, dancing, and fun! Business casual dress.


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


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.

Sunday, June 11

Farewell Brunch

8:00 - 11:00 am. One last event to catch up with friends before heading home to the real world.

We hope you'll join us!

If your class would like to carve out special time, just for you, contact the Alumni Office at 978-827-7400 or

Off-Campus Lodging

Although we'd love to have you stay on campus with us for Reunion Weekend, we know that's not the best option for everyone. We've reserved blocks of rooms at two local hotels. The rooms in these blocks may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Double Tree Hotel in Leominster. Call 978-534-9000. Guests should mention the "Cushing Academy Reunion " to receive the reduced rate of $129. 
  • The Colonial Hotel in Gardner. Call 978-630-2500 for a reduced rate of $169.95 a night for Friday and a reduced rate of $199.95 per night per Saturday.  
Here's a list of some other local hotels and B&B's:

The Maguire House
Bed and Breakfast
30 Cobb Road
Ashburnham, MA 01430
Welcoming Cushing families since 1997. 
Please check availability and read our reviews here.

MainFare Bed & Breakfast
82 Main Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430

Great Wolf Lodge
150 Great Wolf Drive
Fitchburg, MA 01420
*Please note: Due to an update in the hotel's street address, some GPS devices do not currently provide accurate directions. If you are experiencing difficulties, please use the following: 150 Royal Plaza Dr., Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Clamber Hill Inn
111 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366

Howarth House Bed and Breakfast
81 Ross Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Monadnock Inn
379 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452

2017 Reunion Attendees

This list is being regularly updated and includes folks who will be on campus for all or part of the weekend.
Ernest Barrett

Paula Heslin Neslon

Eileen Amburgey
Dr. Michael Sheff
Peter Talbot

Katherine Argo
A. Peter Blackman
Susan Daly
Peter Kahn
Richard Koster
Marion Leslie
Marvin Makinen

Diana Frazier
John Gillis
Carolyn Marr

Rebecca Thompson

John Cooney

Dr. Allan Freedman
Kenneth Goldberg

Robert Blattner
David Braune
Robert Cook
Robert Friedman
Linda Genest
James Lusher
Bill Shattuck
Kit Van Meter

Jane Goldsmith

Lawrence Procter
Janine Barber
James Kraskouskas
Jane Shattuck

Dean Boecher
Richard Chase
Janet Joyce
Dr. Lynn Wittman

Roger Brooks

Bonnie Ballentine
Ellen Harrington
Blair Hopps
Tom Jaffa
Babetta Marrone
John McCann
David Roche
Rick Trimpi
Dr. Deborah Warner

Lorne Ouellet
Doug Smalis

Lisa Allen
Holly Jayne Berry-Steel
Kim Sousa*

Randy Herk
Connie Nichols
Hannah Chun Welsh
Frederick Wolfe

Julie Cusack Ciraldo
Roland Coutu
David Farnham
Sean Gilmore
David Greenwood
Amy Grossberg
Brian Hobart
Chuck Johanningsmeier
Steven Lemieux
Treefon Manoloules
Taryn McCarthy
Mindi Murch
Sara Murphy
Michael O'Mara
Betty Russell
Denise Titterington

Sally Jahriss
Dr. Dana Curry Lorway

Mark Boyer
David Texeira

Randall Sussman

Dan Chaisson
Anna Choi
Matt DeFeo
Linwood Richards
Matt Rousseau
Julee Sanderson
Matt Siegel

Dana Barnes
Doug Cramer
Jim Kleefield
Miguel Ruiz

Kasra Sadighi

Paige Latterner
Rosa Richards

George Creech
Bruce Lemieux*
Brett Torrey*
Chris Vida

Berkley Hoagland
Paul Pagnucco
Damon Tyson

Catherine Daley
Polly Foster
Mona Fowler
Jay Gendron
Jeff Jones
Humberto Lobo de la Garza
Mary Meyers
Amy Roberts
Tracy Saunders
Tom Sheehan
Deo Tomas

Dustin Johnson

Barry Cohen

Elizabeth Johnson

E.J. Dean
Norma Dean

Jays Philbin

Val Bono
Rachel Dellheim

Michael Philbin

Thia Connolly-Philbin
Michael Dowling

Haley Sanborn

Patricia Hecht

Patrick Deifik
Matthew Herrold
Matt Orlando

Abbie Hastings

Justin Banks
Michael Bogdasarian
Anthony Buono
Kelsey Canning
Mike Cavicchi
Shane Chase
Cailin Denton
Eliza Jones
Whitney Lewis
Katie McNiff
Amelia Randolph
Martine Singer
Boo Vernon

Shannon Murphy

Sarah Osterheld

Cameron Akers
Angelique Arazi
Kelley Cavicchi
Deena Elmeged
Laura Goodale
Charles Helas
Olivia Hosch
Ryan King
Sam Langrock
JR LaPointe
Hannah Lavoie
Kyle O'Brien
Mark Schapiro
Caroline Stanclift
Melissa Wasser

Brooke Roberts

Faculty and Former Faculty
Judy Beams
Norm Carey
Paul Dowling
Joyce Ferris
Bob Hall
David Halvorsen
Deb Nyberg Harmon
Donny Harmon
Rich Henry
John Hyslop
Steve Jacobs
Kurt Kublbeck
Peggy Lee
Bara Mbengue
Julia Ohm
Rebecca Rice
Catalina Reinoso
Wayne Sanborn
Kim White Sousa
Cheryl Storm
Bill Troy
Bill Wenning
Richard Whitney

*Alumni and Faculty

Cushing Academy

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Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.