Legacy students continue a tradition
ALUMNI | Eighteen years ago, Bethany Comegys and Samuel Harry were just toddlers on a play date with their moms, Blue Hen buddies Letha Comegys, AS92, and Deborah Harry, EH88. This fall, Bethany and Sam will reunite on campus as UD legacy students.
Legacy students are those whose parent(s) or step-parent(s) are alumni of the University. Nearly 100 prospective legacy families, including the Comegys and Harry families, attended receptions in April hosted by the UD Alumni Association (UDAA) to congratulate the students on their acceptance to the University.
Letha and Deb's friendship began in the late '70s when they met in a psychology class at UD's Wilmington campus. Now, their children, just five months apart in age, will carry on the Blue Hen legacy as members of the Class of 2016.
"I was born and raised to be a Fightin' Blue Hen," says Bethany, who plans to major in visual communications. "I can't wait to experience the things my parents experienced."
Sam, who will study civil engineering, says that in addition to the fact that his mom attended UD, a campus with a vibrant, active downtown was important to him. "I looked at a lot of schools, and honestly UD was just my favorite," he says. "I liked the school spirit, and Main Street is great."
Deb and Sam, from Massachusetts, feel good knowing that Bethany and her family will be nearby.
"We can call each other anytime, day or night," Letha says. "Sam is welcome to come for dinner or to do laundry at our house."
Anne Giacoma Barretta, AS83, a UDAA Outreach Committee member, spoke at the legacy reception the Harry and Comegys families attended. "As a legacy myself, I have always felt a tremendous amount of pride in recognizing and celebrating UD traditions," Barretta says. "The UDAA works to preserve and promote these traditions."
Article by Melissa G. Cox, AS05