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University Community Celebrates President Harrison's Retirement

Hundreds of people celebrated with President Harrison on April 6. Here are photo highlights from the party.
  • UHart Students Celebrate Their President
    UHart Students Celebrate Their President

    Students joined the crowd in the Sports Center to celebrate President Harrison's retirement.

  • Video Booth Fun
    Video Booth Fun

    University staff members were among those who made funny video messages for the president.

  • Pep Band Plays
    Pep Band Plays

    The Hartford Pep Band, which Walt helped create, provided the musical entertainment.

  • President and Dianne Harrison
    President and Dianne Harrison

    “For 19 years, she’s given up her hopes and dreams in life so I could fulfill mine,” Walt said of his wife.

  • New Championship Banner
    New Championship Banner

    A championship banner in honor of Walt donated by University Regent Tom Trillo ’79, was unveiled and now hangs from the Sports Center rafters.

  • Standing Ovation
    Standing Ovation

    President Harrison soaks in one of the many standing ovations he received from the community.

  • Original Fanfare
    Original Fanfare

    Harrison was honored with two original fanfares written by Hartt School Professor Stephen Gryc and performed by an ensemble of Hartt students.

  • Celebrated by the Pirates
    Celebrated by the Pirates

    President Harrison, a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan, received a letter the Pirates President Frank Coonelly.

  • Major League Honor
    Major League Honor

    Walt also received an authentic jersey bearing his name and the number 19.

  • Man of the Hour
    Man of the Hour

    The party was the perfect chance for President Harrison to celebrate with old friends.