Alumni 360° Report

2017 was a big year for Bentley alumni.

You rocked the Party of the Century and high-fived a Red Sox legend. You gave back in record numbers and cheered on President Larson as she rang the NASDAQ bell. You met up around the world to kick off the next century of the university we all love. And, above all, you made us proud. As we say our final farewell to Bentley’s centennial year, let’s take a look back at all you did in 2017.

Our Centennial Year

From Boston to Athens, L.A. to Chicago, we partied all year like it was 1917!

147 events
22 cities
7,948 Falcons

Thanks to the Alumni Association, Falcons flocked together to ski, hike, volunteer, grab a pint, cheer on the home team at Homecoming and so much more, making new memories — and sharing hundreds of their favorite Bentley moments.

The Reunion of the Century

Roland Mailhot ’65, Jim Barba ’63 and Arthur Ansin ’65 hadn’t seen each other since they left Bentley when it was still in Boston — 50 years ago. When they reunited in late May, Roland found his 20-year-old self in a picture in the library exhibit, on display through the Centennial Finale when thousands of Falcons flocked to campus for the Reunion and Party of the Century!

Harry C. Bentley had one heck of a good idea in 1917. One hundred years later, we looked back — to celebrate how far we’ve come.

Thank you to the more than 6,000 Bentley alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends who joined us around the world. We hope you enjoyed the milestone moments, like Gloria ringing the NASDAQ bell!


Alumni Pride


Anatomy of Hope

Déodonné and Ranjan Bhattarai, MBA ’10, MSHFID ’15, took a leap of faith entering their son Bodhi in a Biogen clinical trial that could cure his disease. Little did they know that fellow Falcon and Biogen VP Lance Colwell ’92 was at the helm of launching the life-saving drug — now approved by the FDA.

Read the amazing story


30 Under 30

Netflix accountant Rusulenni Castro ’13 was named to El Mundo Boston Latino 30 Under 30. Read Story


Head and Heart

In the wake of personal tragedy, these alumni turned trauma into hope. Read Story


Funny Girl

Madison Malloy ’05 is laughing all the way to work. Read Story


Military Lens

For combat photographer Sam Ameen ’84, “war reduces everything to angles.” Read Story

Bentley Now.
Bentley Proud.

Throughout the year, our alumni and friends ensured that we kicked off the university’s second century of excellence with their enthusiastic support. And, in the fall, you astounded us all with your generosity, blowing past challenge after challenge in our first-ever crowdfunding campaigns.

Reunion classes raised more than $1.4M for Bentley University.
President Larson welcomed 35 individuals and families as Great Benefactors of the university for lifetime giving of $1M or more.
More of you gave to this year’s successful #GivingTuesday challenge than last year.
More than half of Bentley Service-Learning ProudFunding donors were brand new donors to the school. (Thank you!)

It’s no surprise: Thanks to your support, Bentley is flying high in the news and rankings.

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Global Alumni Board

It’s been an amazing, historic year at Bentley. Thank you for making it happen.

Victoria Semanie ’86
Chair of the Global Alumni Board