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Annual Giving


Class of 1974

Reunion Giving

February 2014

Dear Member of the Class of 1974

Thank you for visiting the Class of 1974 web page; please come to your 40th Reunion Weekend, June 5 through 8, 2014 to participate in events, formal and informal, intellectually stimulating and just plain fun. Please register and encourage your friends to register. We want to see you.

Click here to see some of the activities and places to explore during Reunion Weekend.

Also important, please consider celebrating your 40th Reunion by making a contribution to the College. For this purpose, our committee developed the Class of 1974 Scholarship Gift as a way to celebrate the collective Hamilton/Kirkland Colleges experience and support current and future students.  Our Annual Fund gifts will be directed to the financial aid needs of two students, one female and one male. We anticipate our gifts will provide $110,000 or more in need-based financial aid in the fiscal year, July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.  In addition, we have a longer-term goal to endow the Hamilton and Kirkland Class of 1974 Scholarship Fund. Income from the endowed fund, once established, will support financial aid in perpetuity as a lasting tribute from the Class of 1974.  

Thinking back, we hope you’ll agree your education on the Hill was a remarkable experience. At that time, Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges were charting new territory by embracing innovative programs from Independent Study to living/study environments that encouraged students and faculty to collaborate inside and out of the classroom. Just as we did – students today continue to enjoy uncommon learning experiences through programs such as the Open Curriculum, the Senior Project and the Writing Center. These opportunities allow students to develop creative and critical thinking, leadership skills and the crucial ability to express ideas effectively.

To attract outstanding talent, Hamilton admissions are on a need-blind basis. Hamilton is one of three-dozen institutions in the U.S. that accepts students without regard to their financial circumstances and meets the demonstrated need of each student. About half of all students receive need-based financial aid, illustrating the importance of the Class of 1974 Scholarship.

Please contribute. You may do so quickly and easily online by clicking here. In the memo box, be sure to indicate Annual Fund, Class of 1974 Scholarship Gift or or any other College purpose.

Your Reunion Committee is very excited about the Class of 1974 Scholarship Gift. All contributions – to the Annual Fund, the Scholarship Gift or for any other College purpose – will be credited to the "total gift" of the Class of 1974 during our 40th Reunion Year. Please help us achieve our class participation goal of 60%.

Thank you for considering returning for your Reunion and contributing to the class gift. Feel free to reach out to your Class Gift Co-Chairs: Cosmo Castellano and Nanelle Napp or to Ben Madonia for details.


What’s Next:

  • Come back to this web page for updates on Reunion Weekend events
  • See who plans to attend
  • Register
  • Contact a friend who is not on the list 
  • Check out the progress of reaching our Scholarship Fund Raising goals