Parents & Families

A View from the Nott - June 2020

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Virtual ceremony honors graduates: Honoring U: A Tribute to the Class of 2020 premiered live on YouTube and Facebook Sunday afternoon. It featured the conferral of degrees on the 477 members of the class by President David R. Harris, along with a slideshow of the graduating seniors. The ceremony opened with a performance by Union’s Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir. The class received a surprise shout-out from Ben Schwartz ’03, an Emmy-award winning writer, comedian and actor.

Meet the Class of 2020.

Meet our valedictorian.

Meet the salutatorian.

Senior receives prestigious NSF award: Jillian Guthrie ’20 was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Only three graduating seniors from Union have won this award in the last 25 years.

Meet the 2020-21 Minerva Fellows: Five seniors were chosen to represent the College’s Minerva Fellows program.


Initiative focuses on race, power, privilege: President David Harris has announced a new presidential initiative aimed at engaging the campus community on issues of race and privilege in the country and at Union.

Seven honored with Fulbrights: Six students and a recent alumnus were recently awarded Fulbright student awards. Five were selected for English Teaching Assistant Awards and two were selected for Research/Study Awards.

President pens op-ed: In “Do You Know What It’s Like,” recently featured by Inside Higher Ed, President David Harris offers his perspective as a college president and a black man on the events of recent weeks in Minnesota, Central Park and elsewhere.

Healthcare panel: An alumni panel set for June 18 will offer alumni perspectives on careers in the field.

Students receive CARES Act funds: The College recently began distributing a portion of the money it received from the federal CARES Act to students and families disrupted by COVID-19.

Pandemic updates: Updates and FAQs related to Union's COVID-19 response are available here.


Virtual Steinmetz Symposium is online: The 30th Annual Steinmetz Symposium website features more than 200 presentations of undergraduate research and creative projects, including papers, posters, video presentations, recorded dance and musical performances, and a digital gallery of artwork.

Prize Day winners: Recipients, honored for achievement in academics, research, service and governance, were announced online May 9.


Congratulations to all senior families! We wish your graduates well as they prepare to embark into the professional world or to take the next step in their education.

While this spring term is certainly not what any of us could foresee, we are proud of how the Union community has come together with resilience and ingenuity. In the spirit of community, we hope you will consider making a gift to support Union before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Donations will provide support to the College as we prepare to return to in-person instruction and a residential campus experience. Our parent philanthropy team is grateful for all donations. Thank you to all the families who have already made their gift!

To learn more about the Parents Circle, or to get involved as a parent volunteer, please contact Noelle Beach Marchaj ’05, Director of Parent and Family Philanthropy, at marchajn@union,edu or (860) 655-2875.


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Please mark your calendar: Homecoming & Family Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 and will include ReUnion Weekend, whose May date this year was postponed because of the pandemic and ensuing changes to Union’ spring term. The combined fall weekend for families and alumni will keep many of the traditions from both events while introducing new and exciting programs and activities. We hope to see you on campus!