Live and in person
April 27–30 marked a very special moment at Pitzer: the first in-person Alumni Weekend celebration since 2019. The festivities kicked off with a senior thesis art exhibition, a CASA Pitzer alumni panel, and a talk with Michelle Dowd ’90, author of Forager: Field Notes for Surviving a Family Cult. Friday ranged from campus tours and history exhibits to panels and receptions. Members of the College’s early classes gathered for a 50th reunion dinner hosted by Interim President Jill Klein P’15.
Saturday was packed with tours, mixers, alumni panels, faculty talks, and a mimosa brunch with incoming president Strom Thacker, who took office July 1. The Braineaters (the Ultimate Frisbee team started by Jeff Landesman ’83) played a friendly competition among alumni and students. Trustee Ruett ’81 and Rhonda ’82 Foster shared how their son’s death led to their powerful crusade against gun violence. Grammy-nominated spoken word poet Sekou Andrews ’94 received the Distinguished Alumni Award, while community builder Keiko Budech ’14 received the Young Alumni Award.
Sunday topped it off with the Alumni Board meeting, community brunches, and a faculty art talk. Soon, alumni of all classes bid farewell to campus and the conclusion of a favorite rite of spring.