25th Anniversary Celebrations
On May 4-5, Boston University Academy celebrated its 25th anniversary with two days of events and performances, culminating in a gala at the State Room, Boston, on the evening of May 5.
The anniversary celebrations brought together nearly 400 alumni, current parents, parents of graduates, current and former faculty, leaders of Boston University, and friends of BUA to honor the history and achievements of the school.
The Friday festivities included a Latin reading by BUA Classics Instructor Kristin Jewell; a retrospective slideshow; the unveiling of a commemorative time capsule; an alumni panel discussion; Senior Thesis presentations; and special classes taught by BUA teachers. At a reception on the lawn of the Academy building, assembled guests had the opportunity to toast departing physics instructor Gary Garber for his 19 years of service to BUA. On Friday evening, the community enjoyed a special 25th Anniversary Spring Concert with a pre-concert talk by BUA Music Instructor Brett Abigaña. The concert program was an especially ambitious one, featuring an original composition by alumna Joy Blanchard ’16 and performances of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Graduates of BUA had a chance to reconnect with one another and with former teachers on Saturday morning during two alumni events: basketball with Director of Athletics and Alumni Relations Dave Stone, and a tour of the Adams estate in Quincy with History Instructor Rich Horn.
On Saturday evening, over 350 attendees gathered at the State Room for a festive gala celebration of BUA. Featured speakers included Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison; Boston University Academy Head of School Ari Betof; and alumna Njeri Grevious ’13. Highlights of the evening’s program included a performing arts showcase entitled “A Day in the Life,” created by Music Instructor Dr. Brett Abigaña and Drama Instructor Bill Gardiner and performed by BUA musicians and actors, and a surprise tribute to BUA Director of Athletics and Alumni Relations Dave Stone, presented by Katey Sullivan-Clerico ’03. The performing arts showcase was highlighted as the “Close Up” feature in the May 11, 2018 edition of BU Today.
The 25th Anniversary Silent Auction and Fund-A-Need brought in $180,000 for BUA’s Classroom Renovation Initiative, a multi-year project to improve BUA classrooms and student spaces. This effort will be the most significant physical plant initiative at BUA since the opening of the arts wing. It will begin with the renovation of two classrooms that will serve as “living laboratories,” which will help inform our future renovation of all classroom spaces.