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UD Alumni Association welcomes legacy students

Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson

Prospective legacy students and their families gather to learn anew about UD

The University of Delaware Alumni Association (UDAA) hosted three receptions for prospective legacy students and their parents to congratulate the students on being accepted to the University and to inspire them to carry on the UD tradition. The hour-long receptions during UD Decision Days on Feb. 23, April 14 and April 21 were awash with excitement.

“Part of the reason this was such a big choice was that it feels like UD is in my blood, and I was meant to be here. It’s amazing to be coming here to continue the legacy,” said Carly Raymond, Class of 2022, whose lineage traces to legendary UD football coach Tubby Raymond.

Legacy students are those whose parent, parents or step-parent are alumni of the University. At the receptions, Student Alumni Ambassadors answer questions from the current student perspective for both alumni and students. It was also an opportunity for the admitted students and their parents to learn more about how the UDAA engages with students through programs like the Academic Enrichment Awards.

Former president of the UDAA, Anne Barretta, Class of 1983, was a legacy student herself. Her brother and sister also came to UD, and she has generations of Blue Hens in her family dating back to 1923.

“Today is different from other years because everyone I’ve talked to has said they are coming. I haven’t heard anyone mention committing to other schools,” she said. “I’m so excited to be here. There is such a sense of pride among the students and the parents.”

No better was that pride reflected than in legacies Julie Phillips and her daughter Madison, whose father and grandfather also attended the University. After receiving her digital acceptance letter, Madison was ecstatic and her mother couldn’t have been prouder. They spoke of repeatedly opening the email to re-read the congratulatory message and watch the virtual streamers fly across the screen. The Legacy Reception left a lasting impression on a family steeped in UD tradition.

Madison’s enthusiasm reflected the overall attitude of the reception, summing it up with a message of new beginnings. “After today, I just love campus,” she said. “There’s such a strong sense of community, and I can’t wait to get started.”

About the UD Alumni Association

The UDAA provides exceptional value and ongoing support to alumni worldwide by expanding benefits available to alumni, supporting regional and affinity club events, recognizing alumni and their accomplishments and more.

The UDAA partners with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to fulfill its vision and mission, and to execute its strategies, programs and outreach. Both groups have the same end goal — to ensure that all current and future alumni have a fulfilling, lifelong relationship with the University of Delaware.

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