Celebrating Seattle University Legacy Families

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 2:38 PM PDT

Jon Cantalini, ’18, is a Political Science and Matteo Ricci Humanities for Leadership double major, Student Alumni Ambassador and a third generation Seattle University student.

“I’ve always known I was a Seattle University legacy because my grandfather, great uncle, dad, uncle, and his cousin all attended Seattle U, but my dad never pressured me to go to school here. He wanted me to feel free to make my own decision. I fell in love with Seattle University all on my own.”

When Jon visited Seattle University as a new freshman with his dad, Dan Cantalini,’91, he realized this was the beginning of something special. 

“We walked around campus and my dad pointed out what had stayed the same, like the administration building, and everything that had changed across campus since he was a student, like the new library,” Jon said. “It struck me that I get to be in the same place that educated my family members, following in their footsteps, but forging a new path.”

The fall of his freshman year, Jon’s parents registered the family for the Seattle University Alumni Association’s 2nd annual Legacy Family Pinning Ceremony and Reception.“I really didn’t know what to expect. When we arrived and found Campion Ballroom filled with so many people, it was surreal. The coolest thing was realizing how many families had been touched by Seattle University. If so many generations want to come back and get the same education their parents got, then Seattle University is doing something right,” Jon said. 

At last year’s pinning ceremony, Jon received a legacy pin from his father. This year he returns as our legacy student speaker to help us celebrate the next generation of Seattle University legacy families.  When asked what he is most excited to experience at this year’s legacy reception he said, “I’m excited to see everyone celebrating family. You have so many people from such different backgrounds celebrating one moment and that’s what makes it such a special event.”

If you’re a member of a multigenerational family with a student currently enrolled at Seattle University, we invite you to celebrate your legacy family with us this October.

Seattle University Family Legacy Pinning Ceremony and Reception
October 23, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Seattle University Campion Ballroom

Register your family now.