Friends and Alumni Gathered in Spain to Celebrate the European Reunion’s 25th Anniversary
The University of San Diego’s European Alumni Chapter was established in 1994 by a small group of School of Business alumni living in Europe and this year was proud to hold its 25th anniversary reunion weekend in Spain. The first meeting was held in Ardennes, Belgium. Each year since, the reunion moves to a different major European city, including places such as Zurich, Switzerland, Cannes, France, London, England, Paris, France, Munich, Germany, Milan, Italy, and Stockholm, Sweden, just to name a few.
This year, more than 40 members of the USD community gathered for the extraordinary trip. The unforgettable trip began in Valencia, where alumni and friends enjoyed artistic influences and beautiful sights – from Moorish rule and Gothic civil architecture, to the futuristic and emblematic City of Arts and Sciences. Festivities included a visit to Europe’s largest aquarium, a Paella on the Beach event, a Cañas and Tapas Crawl, Sunday Mass at San Nicolás de Bari and San Pedro Mártir, which included a special blessing for USD attendees. The Mass was followed by a walking tour in the city’s historic center.
The trip continued in Madrid and a stop at the university’s Madrid Center, USD’s first, permanent international location, located in the heart of Madrid, just steps from Retiro Park and the world-famous Prado Museum. USD Madrid Center expands USD’s Global Footprint in accordance with USD’s strategic plan. It supports a semester abroad program, which offers similar undergraduate courses as those offered on the San Diego campus and provides students with on-site support from USD faculty and staff who work in the Madrid Center.
During the reunion weekend, guests also traveled to Alcalá de Henares to discover USD’s architectural roots through a private walking tour of the more than 700-year-old Universidad de Alcalá.
The European Alumni Chapter is proud to announce that the 2020 reunion will take place in Norway and the 2021 reunion will be hosted in Croatia.
The University of San Diego (USD) European Alumni Chapter was established in 1994 by a small group of Business School alumni who were living in Europe. This year, USD is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary of European meetings in Spain. The first of the meetings took place in the Ardennes, Belgium and since then, each year the meeting moves to different European cities such as Zurich, Cannes, London, Paris, Munich, Milan, and Stockholm among others.
This year, more than 40 members of the USD alumni community came together to be part of this extraordinary journey that began in Valencia. A city where former students and friends enjoyed the legacy left by the Moors in art and construction, marveled at the Gothic civil architecture, the wonderful views and the futuristic and emblematic City of Arts and Sciences. The festivities included a visit to the Oceanogràfic – the largest aquarium in Europe, a delicious paella on the beach, a beer and tapas tour, a mass in San Nicolás de Bari and San Pedro Mártir with a special blessing for the USD group. After the mass, the group took a guided tour of the historic center of the city.
The trip continued in Madrid where the group had the opportunity to visit the USD Madrid Center , USD’s first permanent location and international satellite center. Located in the heart of Madrid, the center is a short walk from the Retiro Park and the famous Prado Museum. The USD Madrid Center expands the footprint that USD prints worldwide, in accordance with the strategic plan of the university. The center provides the necessary facilities for the semester abroad program, offering undergraduate courses similar to courses offered at the San Diego campus. By being there, students also have the support provided by the USD Madrid Center team of employees and faculty members .
During the weekend of this meeting, the guests also traveled to Alcalá de Henares to discover the architectural roots of USD thanks to a private tour of the University of Alcalá, a cloister that is more than 700 years old.
The USD European Alumni Chapter is pleased to announce that the 2020 meeting will be in Norway and the 2021 meeting will be held in Croatia.