Summer Reunion 2019

Celebrating special reunion classes of
1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, and 1978 through 1988!

Summer Reunion Highlights

Jim Branscome ’68, Lavoyed Hudgins to receive alumni awards

Jim Branscome ’68 and Lavoyed Hudgins will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Honorary Alumnus Award, respectively, during the College’s Summer Reunion Alumni Awards Presentation at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9 in the Boone Tavern Event Center. LEARN MORE about each recipient.

Stop by the First Ladies’ Exhibit in Hutchins this weekend

When student archives associate Temvelo Matsebula ’18 began conducting research for Women’s History Month, she found little mention of Berea’s presidential spouses. Research specialist Sharyn Mitchell, FD ’65, BC ’69, continued the project and has been collecting treasures from Archives for the exhibit. LEARN MORE about the exhibit and some things these women had in common. Hutchins is open Friday only from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Town Hall Forum with Pres. Lyle Roelofs

During Homecoming 2017, Pres. Lyle Roelofs hosted his first Town Hall Forum, which streamed live on the Berea College Facebook page. Pres. Roelofs will be at Summer Reunion 2018 for our second Town Hall Forum.  Join us at 5 p.m., Friday, June 8 and SUBMIT A QUESTION today. 

Volunteer Opportunities at Summer Reunion 2018

In the past, dedicated alumni have always stepped up to help as class reunion chairs and on our alumni councils. But as Summer Reunion gets bigger and better each year, we realized that the best people to welcome alumni, are fellow alumni. There are several opportunities to help us out at Summer Reunion. SIGN UP TO HELP

We’re throwing a Zero-Waste Summer Reunion

We hosted our first zero-waste Homecoming in November – the first of its kind in Kentucky! With the help of our alumni and the Berea College Office of Sustainability, we diverted 90% of our waste from the landfill. READ MORE about our zero-waste commitment.

It’s going to be the Party of the Decade

Have you ever thought about that friend who graduated in the class before or after you while at Berea? For the first time, we’re hosting an event for an entire decade – 1978 through 1988 – but ALL are welcome! Join us at the Boone Tavern Event Center, 7 p.m., Sat., June 9 for hors d’ouevres and a cash bar. DJ Jaydn Sol (Jordan Sims ’15) and guest DJ Rod McCoy ’88 will keep you dancing through the night. REGISTER TODAY to sign up for Party of the Decade and other Summer Reunion events. You can also SUGGEST A SONG.

Friday, June 8, 2018


8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Woodson Lounge, Alumni Building

Will be moved to the Picnic on the Quad at 4:30 p.m.

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Special Collections and Archives Open House

Hutchins Library

View past issues of the Berea Alumnus/Berea College Magazine, Chimes yearbook, The Pinnacle newspaper and Labor Day programs selected from our archives. Stop by the First Ladies' Exhibit on the first floor of Hutchins, curated by Sharyn Mitchell, FD '65, BC '69.

5:00 -
6:00 PM

Town Hall Forum with Pres. Lyle Roelofs

Carter G. Woodson Center

Pres. Roelofs will answer as many questions as possible from our social media audience, from those present during the forum and from those who submitted questions prior to the event. Submit your question here:

6:00 -
8:00 PM

Picnic on the Quad

Campus Quad

Casual gathering with designated seating for special reunion classes. Rain site: Upper Seabury Gym

Cost is $15. You must complete registration to purchase this ticket

6:40 - 8:10 PM

Class Photos during Picnic on the Quad

Steps of Hutchins Library

1943 - 6:40 PM

1948 - 6:50 PM

1953 - 7:00 PM

1958 - 7:10 PM

1963 - 7:20 PM

1968 - 7:30 PM

1973 - 7:40 PM

1978 - 7:50 PM

1983 - 8:00 PM

1988 - 8:10 PM

Saturday, June 9, 2018


7:30 AM

Tour of the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center and Alumni Hike to the Pinnacles

Berea College Forestry Outreach Center

Tour the new Berea College Forestry Outreach Center from 7:30-8 a.m. and then stroll the trail to Indian Fort Theater or hike up the mountain!
Tour led by Glen Dandeneau '87 from the Berea College Forestry Department

7:30 -
9:00 AM

Breakfast for past and current Alumni Executive Council members

Home of Mark Estepp '77 and Trish Campbell Estepp '77

8:00 AM

50th Reunion Breakfast for the Class of 1968

President's Home

Hosted by Pres. Lyle and First Lady Laurie Roelofs. Class members will be inducted into the Charles T. Morgan Society.

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Carter G. Woodson Center, Alumni Building

10:00 AM

Alumni Awards Presentation

Boone Tavern Event Center

Honoring Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Jim Branscome '68 and Honorary Alumnus Award recipient Lavoyed Hudgins.

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Class Luncheons

Boone Tavern

A buffet lunch will be set up in each class lounge. Cost is $15 - please complete registration to reserve your spot.

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Making Connections Across Generations: International Alumni and Current Students

Commons, Woods-Penn

Dr. Daniel Lee '84 will host an informal gathering of international alumni and students to discuss their shared Berea experiences. This is an opportunity for Bereans to engage with one another in fun and fellowship.

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Continuing the Legacy of BC's Department of Nursing

Stephenson Hall, 2nd Floor Connector

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Explore Campus Buildings

Anna Smith, Bingham, Deep Green, Elizabeth Rogers, Fairchild, and Seabury residence halls as well as all academic buildings will be open during this time.

3:00 PM

Berea College Sweetheart Reception

Fireside Room, Draper

For couples who met at Berea College. Share your story and enjoy some wedding cupcakes. Hosted by Jim Burton '58 and Ophelia Weaver Burton '59.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Coffee and Conversation

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

An informal Q&A with Judge Wilson '78, Berea College general counsel, along with other experienced attorneys on matters of estate planning and life income gifts.

3:00 PM

Computer & Information Science Reception

Danforth Technology Building, Room 104

5:00 -
6:30 PM

Alumni Reception

Boone Tavern

Ticket includes hors d'ouevres, water and tea. A cash bar will be available. Cost is $10 - please complete registration to reserve your spot.

6:00 -
8:00 PM

Class of '68 Gathering & Friends

Commons, Woods-Penn

For class members and their family and friends, with appetizers

7:00 -
10:00 PM

Party of the Decade

The Garden behind Boone Tavern (rain site: Boone Tavern Event Center)

Celebrating the classes of 1978 through 1988, but all alumni are welcome! Featuring DJ Jadyn Sol (Jordan Sims '15) and guest DJ Rod McCoy '88. Ticket includes hors d'ouevres, water and tea. A cash bar will be available. Cost is $10 - please complete registration to reserve your spot.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


10:30 AM

Alumni Worship Service

Union Church

Worship leader: Jennifer Hale Stafford '92

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