I am writing with disappointing news. Sadly, your reunion must be postponed, once again. Please know that we, at Xaverian, did not make this decision lightly.
As uncertainty about all aspects of the virus, from vaccination to social gatherings, continues to dominate the landscape, we come to this decision for a number of reasons. First, and foremost, is our commitment to keep all members of our community safe. Since last April, we have been praying that October would bring us back to hosting large events. As the summer progressed, we even became hopeful. However, restrictions are, again, upon us. In addition to the hundreds of alumni that return, many of our students, faculty, and staff participate in the reunion. We do not want to put anyone at risk.
There is also the matter of our responsibility to you. We do not want to take a chance that all will be fine by October 30th only to determine that we must still postpone. By that time, many of you would have canceled commitments or incurred travel expenses that cannot be redeemed. As sad as we are about this development, we are consoled, in a small way, by the fact that we can provide ample notice.
Over the course of the last 18 months, I have been inspired by the kindness and compassion you’ve shown me with each postponement. I can’t wait to celebrate with you.
It is our intention to celebrate your reunion in the spring. Any current registrations will be transferred to our spring event unless otherwise instructed by the registrant. I have already exchanged ideas with members of your class and would be thrilled to hear from more of you. Please don’t hesitate to call.
Be well. Be safe.
Eileen Long Chelales
Director of Advancement