25 years?!?!?

“I really wanted to bring my family to Deerfield for this year’s reunion, but it is proving impossible! So writing a class note for the first time seemed the next best thing. My family (husband Olegario and I, and our kids Pablo (10) and Rafael (7)) live just outside Washington, D.C., in the most wonderful town on earth, Cheverly, Maryland, filled with amazing neighbors and friends. I am a Federal Public Defender in DC, focusing on what happens after what you hear in the news – not the arrest or the trial or the sentencing, but the years’ long aftermath. My clients have been imprisoned for many decades and during that time the laws have changed, or our understanding of what is just has changed, or their health has become perilous, and I work to reduce their sentences. I love my work. When not working or at school, you’ll find us reading (me), coaching soccer (Olegario), playing soccer (Pablo and Rafa), drumming (Pablo), Lego-ing (Rafa), and sitting around the firepit (Olegario and me) while our kids shoot on the enormous soccer goal that dominates our front yard (sorry. neighbors’ cars!). We’ll try to make the next reunion because I would love to show my kids one of the first places that deeply nurtured my love of writing, a love that later led to, in one instance, the release of a juvenile serving a life sentence who is now a good friend.” – Joanna Munson Perales

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

There are regional events in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on regional engagement. 

Of course! Be sure to read the latest issue of From Albany Road in your email’s in-box for current news of what is happening on campus. As we also send out periodic invitations, it’s always best to make sure we have your current physical address. And if you do plan on visiting campus, why not tell us ahead of time?

Contact the Office of Advancement


7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342