Welcome from Carl Shaifer, Chair of the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society Steering Committee
In this, our most recent website update, I suggest you particularly look at:
- This homepage, where you will find the link to a video from Bob Crandall, WG’60, who challenges all of us to join the “Geezer’s Crusade.” The purpose of the Crusade is to get involved in your community to improve the way we deal with the pressing issues of our times. Crandall feels like many of us that we need to move away from the divisive game playing that dominates our political discourse today. I encourage you to view all 8:11 minutes of Bob’s video; it is definitely worthy viewing.
- This homepage, where you will find a photograph of Wharton Professor Ian Macmillan, who is the keynote speaker for our Reunion Luncheon on May 17, 2014.
- The Reunion Luncheon article on our Events page, which provides details about the program and schedule for the event on May 17th. The Wharton Graduate classes of 1964 and 1969 will be attending; this will be their first as members of the Emeritus Society. In addition to the Luncheon, the Reunion will include a tour of the world famous Barnes Foundation.
- The Spring 2014 Newsletter, on the Newsletter page, provides more information on both the “Crandall Challenge” and on the May 2014 Reunion Luncheon.
Most colleges and universities focus on the 50th reunion as the culmination of a graduate alumnus’s school-related life. The Wharton School goes a step beyond this.
While some schools may look at post-50th reunion graduates principally as great targets for bequests, Wharton understands that experience, life lessons and valuable knowledge gained in 50 years out in the world are a considerable treasure worth sharing. As a result, in 2003, the University founded the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society, open to all graduate alumni who had celebrated their 50th reunion.
Now in 2013, the Emeritus Society has decided to broaden its membership to include those alumni who have celebrated their 45th reunion. The reason is obvious: age. Undergraduate school graduates are on average 22, making them 72 at their 50th reunion. Wharton MBA students tend to be 27 at graduation, making them 72 versus 77 when they join the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society.
Its purpose is not just to foster greater ties between senior alumni and the university, but to actively take part in helping manage the alumni community as purposeful, dedicated ambassadors. The Emeritus Society plans and arranges programs, including informative sessions led by notable and interesting Wharton faculty and alumni, as well as receptions, parties and dinners.
The total focus is on greater communication and interaction between Wharton and its alumni and increased participation through new, exciting and dramatic events and activities. New ideas are always welcome. Education and fellowship go hand in hand throughout life. The Society aims to enhance the benefits of both for our school and ourselves as we move through our later years.
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