On Wednesday, December 1, dozens of loyal Sons and friends of Xavier gathered for our annual Washington, D.C. Reception at The Army and Navy Club in Farragut Square to celebrate their common bond and catch up on the latest news from 16th Street.
This reception marked the first D.C. reception since 2019. Xavier hosted a virtual reception tour last year—inviting alumni and members of the advancement team to pray, to share memories, and to enjoy fellowship with one another via Zoom.
“With the beginning of our 175th anniversary year upon us, it was wonderful to be back on the road in D.C. with 70 years' worth of our loyal Sons joining us from the classes of 1952 to 2021,” said Director of Development Mark Mongelluzzo P'25. “The absence of a year only made getting back together all the sweeter and was a reminder of the special bonds that unite our Sons together.”
Sons from the Class of 1952 forward spent time together to talk about the influence their time on 16th Street has had on their lives and pursuits—reminding them of the powerful, lasting impact of a Jesuit education.
“The camaraderie and spirit of Xavier was present throughout our entire time in D.C.,” said Director of Alumni Relations Zane Massey '96 P'22.
Massey shared an exchange with Chester Schmidt, Jr. '52 about their respective times at Xavier, as well as the power of legacy that Xavier brings forth.
“My own son, Zane Massey '22, is graduating almost 100 years after Schmidt’s father, Chester Schmidt 1926. It was amazing to witness the amount of history in that space in one evening,” Massey added.
The D.C. reception showed how strong the bonds are between Xavier’s alumni, even if they are years apart from one another. We are grateful to all the alumni and hosts who attended.