Class of 2013 sets record for senior gift participation

Members of the Senior Class Gift Committee present the gift from the Class of 2013 to President Fred Lawrence. Front row, from left: Gabrielle Kaplan ’13, Jesse Manning ’13, Darrell Byrd ’13 and Aziz Sohail ’13. Back row, from left: Lien Phung ’13, Erin Fan ’13, Erica Rabner ’13, Harrison Goldspiel ’13, Ellyn Getz ’13, Abby Armstrong ’13, Nathan Koskella ’13, Emmily Smith ’13 and Shayna Parker ’13.

By David E. Nathan

For Brandeis, it is yet another proud senior moment.

The Class of 2013 established an all-time high for participation in the Senior Class Gift, the third consecutive year that the graduating class set a mark for the number of seniors contributing.

A total of 76 percent of the recent graduates made a gift, topping the 2012 record of 75 percent. Last year’s mark bettered the 2011 standard of 71 percent.

“We are thrilled that the senior class continues to support the University at these levels,” said Nancy Winship, P ’10, P ’13, senior vice president of institutional advancement. “It is a sign of a healthy institution when the recent graduates feel so good about their experiences at Brandeis that they are already supporting the University.”

As they had in 2011 and 2012, President Fred Lawrence and his wife, Kathy, pledged to make a generous contribution to Brandeis if the Class of 2013 set a new participation record.

Seniors who made a gift wore blue-and-white medallions on their gowns during Commencement on May 19. Those who made a gift at the Justice Brandeis Society level ($100 or more) received special Louis Brandeis pins.

Participation in the Senior Class Gift is a reliable indicator of future engagement with the University.

“It is gratifying to see this type of commitment from our youngest alumni,” Winship said. “The future is bright for Brandeis.”

Darryl Byrd II ’13 and Gabrielle Kaplan ’13 served as co-chairs of the 2013 Senior Class Gift Committee. Other members included Todd Kirkland ’13, Emmily Smith ’13, Felicia Kuperwaser ’13, Christine Sambu ’13, Maya Jacob ’13, Harrison Goldspiel ’13, Emily Peterson ’13, Daniel Noar ’13, Linda Li ’13, Tuen-Wing (Erin) Fan ’13, Robyn Spector ’13, Lien Phung ’13, Aziz Sohail ’13, Jordan Birnbaum ’13, Erica Rabner ’13, Ell Getz ’13, Jesse Manning ’13, Abby Armstrong ’13 and Nathan Koskella ’13.

Categories: Giving, Bold
Date: May 31, 2013