Q&A: 25th Reunion Co-chair
University Trustee Drake G. Behrakis '86 and his wife, Maria, have shown their support for Boston College in a number of ways over the years, both financially and as volunteers. In his current role as co-chair of his 25th Reunion Committee, Behrakis wants his classmates to know that, although more than two decades have passed since graduation, the University’s traditions and alumni are still what make BC special.
Why do you continue to be counted at BC, year after year?
I believe in the mission. The motto "Ever to Excel"—to continue to strive to be the best and ensure that each student becomes a better person—is a huge part of this mission. Our combined efforts can elevate BC to an even higher level. There are exceptional individuals who are truly committed to this place, and I enjoy sharing my passion with them.
What are you looking forward to most about your upcoming reunion?
Campus always looks so beautiful, especially at that time of year, but it’s all about the people—classmates, alumni, faculty, and administration. BC alumni share a special bond. I always enjoy meeting them and hearing about how the University has made a difference in people’s lives. Reunion Weekend is the perfect time for those conversations.
In your role as a 25th reunion co-chair, how have you gotten your classmates excited about giving back?
The best way to connect with classmates is to be open and honest with them. BC has a lot to offer, so I try to help fellow alumni find a personal way to dedicate their resources. It could be a specific school, program, or activity. What is important is that they know that their gift to the University, regardless of size, truly makes a difference. For more than 148 years, the institution has been built, protected, and sustained by thousands of people who made a commitment so that future generations would have the opportunity to live value-filled lives.
Joining Drake G. Behrakis as co-chairs of the Class of 1986 Reunion Gift Campaign are Peter Bell; Michaela “Mikey” Murphy Hoag, P'14; and David O'Connor, all of whom serve on the Board of Trustees.