The Ad Astra Society, founded in 1996, honors donors who have made lifetime gifts or commitments of $1 million or more. In Latin, Ad Astra means "to the stars." The generosity of these supporters enables the Connecticut College community to reach for the stars.

The Ad Astra Garden, dedicated in 1997, is a campus landmark. The garden is a gift from Susan Eckert Lynch '62 and was given in memory of her mother. Names of Ad Astra members are engraved on stone benches that surround a sundial-fountain designed by sculptor David Smalley, Henry B. Plant Emeritus Professor of Art.

The College hosts several events throughout the year, including an annual reception for Ad Astra Society members. Explore this year's inaugural Ad Astra Induction Ceremony and Reception.


For more information, please email Brittany Richard at or call 860-439-2406.