IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE
Recognizes with Deep Appreciation
the Extraordinary Achievements of
Class of 1988
2013 Class of the Year
25 or Less Years Out
The Class of 1988 Executive Committee entered its 25th year with a mission: to "build and maintain strong, positive feelings in our class for each other and for the College." Through a combination of strategic leadership, innovative initiatives, and a great deal of hard work, the Class of 1988 surpassed expectations and became a powerhouse of participation and engagement.
Leadership. Community. Communication. Service. The '88s developed a plan to strengthen each of these core areas of class activity and followed through with brilliant execution. The award-winning '88 communications team published an impressive array of newsletters and class notes and coordinated an effort to share news from as many classmates as possible. The class bolstered its strong online presence with a solid website and active social media pages. And, in addition to supporting the Athletic Sponsors Program and Dartmouth Partners in Community Service, the '88s also spearheaded the Daughters of Dartmouth initiative to "celebrate Dartmouth's extraordinary women" and to encourage greater participation among alumnae.
To prepare for the 25th reunion, the executive committee recruited a large and diverse group of volunteers, including a 65-member crowd committee that helped boost attendance among all segments of the class population. A class-wide survey received an overwhelming response from around the world as classmates offered input on the reunion planning process. The '88s also pioneered an online reunion book featuring contributions from classmates, materials from their days as undergraduates, and many photos from the June reunion.
The results of these tremendous efforts speak for themselves. A record-breaking 456 classmates returned to Hanover to attend their 25th reunion. The '88s shattered six Dartmouth College Fund records, including a participation rate of 79.1 percent--the highest ever for a 25th reunion class not just at Dartmouth but across the entire Ivy League. Take that, Princeton!
In recognition of its many remarkable successes over the past year, we are honored to present the 2013 Class of the Year award to the Great Class of 1988.