The annual St. Francis College President’s dinner was held Wednesday night for the alumni who give back and help support the current students.

The dinner – held at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook – gave students the opportunity to personally thank the alumni and see what they have done with their lives as well as what they can possibly accomplish.

The night started off with a meet and greet with appetizers.

As the group moved upstairs, the night was officially kicked off with the kind words of Thomas Flood.

“Tonight truly is St. Francis’s Thanksgiving”, Flood said.

Flood explained how much the students and workers in the Development Office, Alumni Office, and other departments of the school truly appreciate the generous alumni.

Senior Philip Taitt sang the national anthem and introduced President Dugan, who gave an overview of what the school has accomplished, is working on, and wants to achieve as the college moves forward.

The student speaker was John Mann, who was a part of the graduating class of 1943, but didn’t graduate because he was pulled into the fight of WWII.

On his 65th wedding anniversary, he completed his biggest wish and received a diploma from, making him apart of the class of 2015.

“I have had two love stories throughout my life: my wife and St. Francis,” Mann told the crowd.

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