Remembrance of things Graham

Graham Memories

Earlier this year, the Alumni Association asked alumni to submit their favorite memories of Graham. Here are the responses. Add your own memory using the comment box below.

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Matthew Saydah

Our early St. Patrick's day morning breakfast of hash and eggs cooked on the BBQs... An excellent start to an excellent day.

Marlynn Spain

Some of my favorite memories of Graham are: 1. Midnight breakfasts with Chris Boscia's delicious bacon and Zoe Segnitz's yummy blueberry pancakes. 2. ALL of the APLHA RLC events, especially Hollywood Does History movie nights in the Graham 100 basement, Graham-a-palooza, and Saturnalia competitions. 3. Running through the water of a broken sprinkler in front of Graham 100 with a group of Graham friends. 4. Working at the Graham Service Desk for three years, which allowed me to meet all of the amazing new ALPHA students and get to know each year's ALPHA staff really well.

Marlynn Spain

-covering a friends room in post-it notes -watching movies in the basement

Kelly Torrellas

I have so many good memories of Graham, that it's hard for me to even put these memories down in writing! But some of my fondest memories would include the Graham socials that took place in the Graham courtyard. It was a time to gather with your fellow "Graham crackers," enjoy some tasty snacks, and participate in whatever fun activity the Alpha community staff had planned. Watching movies in the Graham courtyard via projector or going down to the basement to watch a movie was always interesting and exciting. Frequently, the basement of Graham would be transformed at night into CLUB A, in which students from any dorm/RLC were welcome to join in with the Alpha community for a fantastic night of lively dancing and frivolity. Now although the Alpha community often encouraged rivalry amongst the four buildings that made up the Graham complex (i.e. building competitions, Saturnalia, etc.) it also emphasized unity and celebrated the common interests of those residing within Graham. Finally, while living in Graham, I was able to make friends with some of the nicest people on the Santa Clara University campus! Some of these people I am fortunate to now call my closest college friends. And to this day, we still refer to each other as "the Graham kids."

Kelly Ward

Winning the "Hook-up" Competition for Saturnalia! AND study parties in the nook in Graham 300.


Sophie Asmar

I loved living in a big house with all my friends!

Margaret Beidelman

I met all my close college friends, and my current boyfriend, in Graham. My favorite memories are late-night room parties, bumming around from room to room just to say hi to everyone.

Jacob Rios

Meeting my future wife walking down the stairs at 100.

Lauren Suhl

My favorite Graham memory is meeting my fiance in Graham 100 our freshman year!


Dean Paul Dominguez

I will miss Cafe Socrates in the Graham basement, where we had interesting discussions about philosophy!

Emanuele Maccalli

Barbecues on the lawn!

Johnson Riggs

I was sitting in the Lounge of Graham 100 with a cute girl, who'll remain nameless, lest I besmirch her good name. It was towards the end of the school year and my attitude was uncharacteristically


Ross Dakin

Flashlight tag in the rain, ending in the pool at midnight.

Trevor Hansen

Meeting my girlfriend, Annie, during early move in. We're still together!

Jeff Scott

The ALPHA Monday Socials in the courtyard or playing whiffleball/ultimate frisbee on the lawn


Keely Berg

A dance party in the Graham quad during the root-beer float ice cream social on our welcome weekend. Tanning in between classes, drinking Jamba Juice. Late night pool dips on a dare.

Elizabeth Garvin

Too many great memories! 1. Being woken up for crew practice every morning. 2. Meeting lifelong friends. 3. Campus Security breaking up a "party". Ended up being a dance off between me and my roomate. 4. Slip n slide in the quad.

Bill Jensen

In Graham 200 room 200, my roommate and I measured out the whole room and set up lofted couches with a big TV and a surround sound system. We kept our desks in the closets and would probably cram 10+ people in the room and go all night watching movies or playing games.

Kyle Kelly

This isn't really a memory, but when I got the notification that Graham was being torn down, I immediately sent an email to all of my best friends from Santa Clara. I realized as I sent it that every one of them lived in one of the Grahams at one point. The fact that those people are still some of my closest friends speaks volumes about the Graham community at Santa Clara. My mom also lived in the Grahams when she went to SCU over thirty years before I did, and many of her friends from the dorm are still her good friends today. Graham holds some of the happiest memories of college--and life--for me.

Kendra Middendorf

Spending countless hours next to the Graham pool "studying" for finals spring quarter. Going to an A's game with the whole dorm. Helping all of the freshman move in their first day.

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  1. Debbie Medeiros Carey
    October 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Memories . . . Steve Martin at Pipestage . . . what a deal! And who could forget the quesadillas . . . Wine and Cheese on Tuesday nights and the great dance parties that included doing the hustle in Graham 400.
     When I started at SCU I was a little disappointed that I ended up on the "upperclassman" side of campus, thinking I would miss the fun associated with Swig. Soon I realized that I I had the best arrangements - I mean a pool right outside my dorm? What a community we built. Thanks for the memories.

  2. Debbie Medeiros Carey
    October 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Forgot to mention I lived in Graham 300 for two years before moving off campus and then spending my senior year as a RA in Swig on the 8th floor. Debbie Medeiros Carey Class of 80

  3. Ralph Hipps, class of 1980
    October 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Graham 200 was the best dorm on campus, period!! Playing frisbee over the pool and off the sides of the dorm wall all afternoon was a great stress reliever! Some even made it into the open windows! Then there were the post finals jam sessions out on the pool deck, fun stuff!! Those were the daze...

  4. Tom Horan ('77)
    August 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I lived in Graham 100 and I remember seeing a poor quality b/w flyer for " A Wild and Crazy Guy" with a silly balloon hat affixed to the light post outside Graham 100. Would sure like to have that now! As I recall the Doobie Brothers also played Pipestage. I also recall Huey Lewis and the News playing for a Law School function. But the most memorable was being part of the inaugural class of the "Living Learning Dorm" where I was exposed to all matter of things, including about 30 people who all went to see " The Exorcist" and then were too scared to go to sleep!