The old days

Published: June 2005

On the first weekend in June, more than 175 of the 750 remaining members of the Class of 1955 attended their 50th reunion at Boston College and were inducted into the University’s Golden Eagle Society, which now includes some 6,500 alumni. In this video, 29 newly-pinned Golden Eagles respond to the question, “What is your fondest memory of your days as a student at Boston College?”

In 1951 when these alumni enrolled, men were expected to wear a suit coat and tie to class. Tuition was $450, Boston College was a commuter university, and the first residence halls were four years away.

The Class of 1955 was also, by some definitions, the last all-male class at Boston College. In the fall of 1952, the School of Education opened in Gasson Hall with 176 students, 110 of whom were women. (Although the School of Nursing had been educating women since it opened in 1947, it was on Newbury Street, in downtown Boston.)

According to the Alumni Association, more than 130 members of the class served in the U.S. military, and the class’ 27 physics majors went to work on projects such as the space program, nuclear submarines, manmade diamonds, and plasma displays.

This feature was posted on Monday, June 20, 2005 and is filed under Videos.
Writer: Jeanne C. Williams
Photos: Suzanne Camarata
Video: Paul Dagnello
Archival photos courtesy Sub Turri and the Class of 1955 Fiftieth Anniversary Yearbook.