Closing Ceremony, Hail to MacMurray: A Fond Farewell, Now on YouTube

November 12, 2022

The MacMurray Foundation & Alumni Association is pleased to announce that the closing ceremony, Hail to MacMurray: A Fond Farewell, is now available on the Foundation's YouTube channel. The ceremony, held June 18, 2022 served as a celebration of the college as well as providing an outlet for alumni to share in the sadness of the college's closing in May, 2020. The ceremony was delayed because the first gathering of alumni since the college closed was rescheduled due to COVID.

Organized under the leadership of Katie Petrikin '77, Chair of the Board of Trustees Closing Ceremony Committee, the full program is available and runs approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. An additional 13 shorter segments feature the keynote address by Dr. Allen Croessmann, a tribute to the college and alumni through the decades, reminiscences, alumni choir performances and a Holy Fools alumni presentation. The Class of 2020 was recognized as their commencement ceremony was cancelled due to COVID.

Individuals can access the full ceremony or other segments by going to

MacMurray Foundation & Alumni Association was formed as a non-profit corporation in May, 2020 in response to MacMurray College's announced closure in March, 2020 after 174 years. The Foundation is independent of MacMurray College, but as part of the closure the college transferred its archives to MacMurray Foundation & Alumni Association.

The purpose of MacMurray Foundation & Alumni Association is to preserve, maintain and continue the legacy of MacMurray College, with the mission of impacting lives and enhancing communities through scholarships for higher education, through grants to community organizations, through exhibitions and displays of artifacts and memorabilia relating to MacMurray College and by facilitating continued alumni activities, communication and involvement.

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