Tradition Spring 2021
Tradition Spring 2021

Campus Events for Milestone Classes—Virtual Reunion for All Alumni

Campus Events for Milestone Classes

Milestone alumni from class years ending in 0 and 5, and 1 and 6: We are looking forward to welcoming members of our milestone reunion classes to campus June 12 and 13. We have scheduled a rotation of individual outdoor events for each milestone group. You can view the schedule here. The In-person campus events require preregistration and will follow all campus safety standards in place that weekend. We have designed the virtual schedule to complement the in-person events and encourage milestone alumni to participate in both when possible. Click on your class year below to register for both in person and virtual events. On campus events will be offered for each two-class milestone group: 1940 & 1941 (80th), 1945 & 1946 (75th) 1950 & 1951 (70th), 1955 & 1956 (65th), 1960 & 1961 (60th), 1965 & 1966 (55th), 1970 & 1971 (50th), 1975 & 1976 (45th), 1980 & 1981 (40th), 1985 & 1986 (35th), 1990 & 1991 (30th), 1995 & 1996 (25th), 2000 & 2001 (20th), 2005 & 2006 (15th), 2010 & 2011 (10th), 2015 & 2016 (5th), plus a special reunion event for the class of 2020 (1st). Stay tuned to the reunion page for all the latest details. 

Virtual Event Schedule for All Alumni

Come together virtually from across the globe to support each other and engage with Cranbrook Kingswood.

Friday, June 11

10:30 a.m. EST

Commencement Ceremony – Cranbrook 2021
Featuring an address by Distinguished Alumnus 2021, Rob Edwards ‘81
Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

3  p.m. EST

Commencement Ceremony – Kingswood 2021
Featuring an address by Distinguished Alumna 2021, Kimberly Dowdell, ‘01
Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

Saturday, June 12

10 a.m. EST

Kingswood Campus Tour
Livestreamed from the Kingswood Campus
Kevin Adkisson, resident curator at the Cranbrook Center for Collections will host one of his legendary live campus tours, taking alumni on an early morning stroll around Kingswood. Fans of Kevin’s live tours know that his knowledge of the history, art, and architecture of our campus is deep and his narratives are rich with detail. Log on and be transported to the campus that is widely considered Eliel Saarinen’s architectural masterpiece.
Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

11 a.m. EST

Alumni Assembly & Distinguished Alumni 2021 Presentations
Director of Schools Aimeclaire Roche welcomes alumni to celebrate our Distinguished Alumni for 2021, Rob Edwards ’81 and Kimberly Dowdell ’01.
Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

Click here to congratulate our Distinguished Alumni—Rob Edwards ’81, and Kimberly Dowdell ’01

5 p.m. EST

Legacy Celebration
Have a glass ready to toast legacy retiring faculty with Cranbrook Kingswood careers of more than 30 years.

Wish our retiring legacy faculty members (30+ years tenure) all the best in the next chapter. In the order of the year they arrived on campus:
Russ Conner (1970), Randy Tufts (1970), Charlie Shaw (1977), Katie Lorts (1980), Bob Greene (1982), Jim Ladd (1983), Ric Bowdy (1984) and Tom DeCraene (1986)

Their careers here have spanned across four and even five decades, leaving a legacy of inspiration, caring, and commitment to excellence. We invite you to share in some of their reflections on their careers and experiences on our campus and toast them as they move to the next chapter in their lives.

Click on their names above to link to a page to share your well wishes and congratulations.

Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

5:30–6:30 p.m. EST

Virtual Milestone Class Connections
Milestone alumni only. Registration is required to receive the link to join the virtual event. Virtual gathering rooms will be opened only for classes with pre-registered participants.
Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

Opportunities to connect as a class virtually will be offered for each individual milestone classes:

1950, 1951 (70th), 1955, 1956 (65th), 1960, 1961 (60th), 1965, 1966 (55th), 1970, 1971 (50th), 1975, 1976 (45th), 1980, 1981 (40th), 1985, 1986 (35th), 1990, 1991 (30th), 1995, 1996 (25th), 2000, 2001 (20th), 2005, 2006 (15th), 2010, 2011 (10th), 2015, 2016 (5th)

Those who wish to refresh their alumni spirit wear collection before their class gathering can visit http://bit.ly/CKshop for a selection of items from the Cranbrook Kingswood Alumni Association.

If you can help as a point person for your virtual class gathering, please email Alumni Engagement Coordinator Madison Sanders at msanders@cranbrook.edu.

Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

Sunday, June 13

10 a.m. EST

Alumni Memorial Service
We remember the alumni and faculty we have lost. The service focuses on those alumni and faculty whose deaths were recorded by the school during this past calendar year. Links to the program are provided in the download section of the reunion page at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage. If you have information regarding the recent loss of a fellow alum please email it to alumni@cranbrook.edu.
Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

Click here to share condolences and memories

3 p.m. EST 

Reunion Farewell and Cranbrook Campus Tour
Livestreamed from the Cranbrook Campus
We will wrap up our virtual programming with a brief farewell from campus luminaries followed by a Cranbrook Campus Tour with Kevin Adkisson, resident curator at the Cranbrook Center for Collections This tour will take you through some of the most iconic spots on the Cranbrook campus and help you remember why “A Life Without Beauty is Only Half Lived,”
Register at http://bit.ly/CKreunionPage

Join us June 12–13, 2021 when the classes of

1940
1941
1945
1946
1950
1951
1955
1956
1960
1961
1965
1966
1970
1971
1975
1976

1980
1981
1985
1986
1990
1991
1995
1996
2000
2001
2005
2006
2010
2011
2015
2016
2020

will be celebrating major milestones.