Class of 2021 Send-Off Events

For the second year, Berea College Alumni Relations has partnered with the offices of Admissions and First-Year Initiatives to welcome our newest Bereans from the regional areas of Cincinnati, Birmingham, Knoxville, Lexington, and Louisville.  These events will bring together students from the Class of 2021, their families, Berea staff, and alumni in a casual atmosphere to meet each other and create relationships before they arrive on campus on Move-In Day (Aug. 19).

During the course of two weeks in July, approximately 60 students along with their families will enjoy a baseball game, cookout, or ice cream social in their hometowns.

Last year, events were hosted in Lexington at Whitaker Bank ball park and in Louisville, at the Louisville Slugger field. Prior to that, Carl Thomas ’78, associate director of Admissions, and his wife, Deborah Byrd Thomas ’80, have been hosting send-off events in their home in Birmingham, Alabama since 1995.

Check back for images from each send-off. For questions about student send-off events, contact, coordinator of student, young alumni, and volunteer engagement programs in Alumni Relations.


Knoxville, Tennessee

Thursday, July 13
6:30-10:30 p.m.
Tennessee Smokies vs. Mobile Baybears
Smokies Stadium

Cincinnati, Ohio

Friday, July 14
6:30-10:30 p.m.
Florence Freedom vs. Normal Cornbelters
UC Health Stadium

Lexington, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 19
6-8 p.m.
Ice Cream Social
Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge

Louisville, Kentucky

Thursday, July 20
6:30-10:30 p.m.
Louisville Bats vs. Buffalo Bisons
Louisville Slugger Stadium

Birmingham, Alabama

Thursday, July 20
6-8 p.m.
Student Welcome Cookout
Home of Carl Thomas ’78
Deborah Thomas ’80