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MIT Tech Reunion: My 5-Year Celebration

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

The gangs is back together! Creators and Leaders of MIT’s Class of 2011
The gangs is back together! Creators and Leaders of MIT’s Class of 2011

Celebrating 5 years after graduating MIT June 3, 2011 was everything I imagined it to be and more. It’s the first time I’ve been back on campus in years. Seeing so many familiar faces was a bit surreal. Some people look exactly the same. And others have changed quite a bit.

The atmosphere was welcoming, and everyone was proud of each other. It was great hearing stories of both the successes and failures. Everyone was so sincere and candid. I connected with classmates I’d never talked before, and l picked back up old conversations like they’ve never stopped.

Minority Commencement Luncheon
Minority Commencement Luncheon

The most riveting moment for me was meeting Black alums in “red coats”. The MIT tradition is to honor alumni who graduated 50 years and more ago with a tailored cardinal red blazer. It’s THE coveted symbol of achievement and longevity. But to see someone who looked like me wearing one was such a honor. It was so special to talk shop with those guys. I met Ernie, class of 1962, who comes to campus every chance he gets to photo document community events and meetings. I am convinced he is me 50 years from now (ha).

Another experience I’ll never forget was spending time with a few classmates at Eliza’s family home in Cambridge. The weather was perfect, the setting was cozy, and the crowd was well curated. I got a chance to kickback with an incredible group of influencers and creators. I was invited into a space close to Eliza’s heart and I will be forever grateful. Her family story is beautiful and inspiring, and it felt good to be apart of a rare and special gathering of friends.

I’m still in awe of how time flies. My mind knows it’s been 5 years, but it feels like I just was on campus yesterday p-setting, making things, and partying. I’ll definitely be back in 5 years to come.


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