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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Giovanni Minelli

Meeting our floor the first day of freshman year. Little did we know we'd all still be best friends 9 years later. Most of us still either live together or stay in contact almost daily no matter where life has taken us. Chipping golf balls into the pool under the sun, then diving in to go grab them was a great pastime. After the pool got covered up we discovered the quad became the ultimate wiffle ball field. We still do wiffle ball reunion games about once a year or so. This dorm will be sorely missed, but I have no doubt the new building will be the starting point for many rewarding and long-lasting friendships for future students. G-Hundy!


Mark Astrinos

Spring quarter. Women. Drinks. Music. ALL by the pool.

Erica Kendrick

One of my favorite memories is about 20 of us cramming into one room and singing at the top of our lungs, "Do you hear the people sing"

Keely Nelson

All of them!

Christine Nguyen

Watching the ducks in the pool outside my window. There were two we named Eugene and Gwen and they had cute ducklings. Walking back from the library to Graham 200 late in the summer, hearing laughter echoing from my dorm room and knowing that I would soon join them. My first night in college. I lay in my bed staring at the lofted ceiling (we were on the 2nd floor) and knew that this was really the beginning of my adult life. Every decision that I made would impact the person I was ultimately going to be and the life I would live in the future. There were so many great times in Graham and I do look back fondly at those memories.

Daniel Parames

The sounds! Music playing, people talking, the laughter, the nonsense. It was the soundtrack of my first year at Santa Clara and I will never forget it!

Scott Serrano

Counter strike! Great times using the school's LAN to engage in awesome counter strike games. Having everyone so close made it extremely fun to shout down the hall and get everyone involved. Another awesome memory was having the pool. They filled it in after we left, but it was awesome to have it there while it was.

Kelly Sjolund

I lived here for 5 years, so too many! Loved working for housing as a CF and ARD Luaus, basement dance parties


JoHanna Arevalo

The pool and dorm parties!

Starlyn Brown Munsell

My freshman year, Graham was the center of everything in my life. It's where i met all my friends...all the people that i still know today, even though I don't live in California. Without Graham the years at Santa Clara wouldn't have been the same. One of my fondest memories was when I actually spent Thanksgiving in Graham. I couldn't afford to go home and I was sad too because almost everyone left. One of my new friends was kind enough to let me watch tv in her room over the break. The day of Thanksgiving all I had to eat was a giant bag of peanuts I had picked up at the store. Thankfully, it wasn't as lonely as I thought it would be and it was interesting to see the halls come back to life when everyone got back. I'm not someone who likes to be alone, but Graham kept me company that weekend.

Alagu Muthuraman

Orientation weekend was my first and only experience staying at Graham, but it was still memorable. My first time living away from home, making new friends and beginning my college career...a career that has spanned two degrees with one more on the way :) Thanks for the memories Graham!

Jenna Rappa

Watching people sun bathe in the winter because they were new to CA and out eternal sunshine!


Daniel Figoni

Hanging out with people who would become lifelong friends.

Will Reed

Meeting new people and becoming great friends. Sneaking alcohol into the dorms and sometimes getting caught. Having the time of my life with the new freedom of being away from home. Up late nights studying with friends. Overall good times!


Cole Agustin

Giving my friends haircuts in the first floor bathroom and hearing other residents yell "No Jordan!!" when our RA wasn't around.

Rebecca Bright (Ayres)

Meeting new people while watching TV in the common area Hanging out by the pool all spring freshman year, but never actually going in Jumping in the pool the night before graduation My roommate lofted her bed and we got an extra mattress to put under it for visitors and extra seating room

Leana Dalton

"Trying" to swim in the sooooo cold pool! All the girls cooking and baking with the old stove downstairs by the laundry.

Lana Fry

My roommate,Carrie, put a cinnamon pop tart in the microwave and a corner of it spontaneously combusted and the tiny fire filled our entire room with cinnamon flavored smoke. We both panicked that the sprinkler system and alarm would go off so we ran around opening the windows and the door and fanning the smoke with our textbooks screeching and laughing hysterically. Some of the boys upstairs came down in an adrenaline rush asking about the smoke to find me and Carrie leaning in the doorway giggling in relief and amusement that a silly little pop tart caused such a commotion. Graham dorm was almost destroyed by a pop tart! :)

Manfred Hayes

Chatting it up with my friends in the shoebox.


Katrina Boldt

My favorite Graham memories are: 1) Making friends that I still keep in touch with today. 2) Singing in the courtyard at night, arm in arm with those friends. 3) Playing chess and poker in the lounge. 4) Asking a fellow Graham resident out on a date (that was a first). 5) Falling in love with another fellow resident (and remaining friends today).

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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!