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We’ll kick off the weekend with the Career Exploration Day, followed by celebratory Homecoming festivities. Mark your calendars now and follow us on social to stay up to date on the event planning and reunion updates.

October 26-29, 2023

Registration is open now

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 11

Class of 1974 Reception

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Forrer Learning Commons, Class of 1969 Great Room
Mix and mingle with classmates while enjoying drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Cost: Beer tickets $3 (limit 2 per person) and wine tickets $5 (limit 2 per person). Cash bar available.

GOLD Event: Alumni

6-8 p.m. Happy Hour (Classes 2013-2023)
Nininger Hall, Wampler President’s Suite

Calling all Graduates of the Last Decade! Celebrate your G.O.L.D. status by joining us for a reception in the Wampler President’s Suite. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served. Cost: $10 per person

Reunion Row

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Reunion Row
Mapp Field, Reunion Row
BC’s newest tradition! All classes in reunion have a designated space in the Reunion Row tent featuring snacks, drinks, games and camaraderie. Game ticket required for entry. Courtesy shuttles depart from the Forrer Learning Commons.

1-4 p.m. Career Exploration Fair
Funkhouser Center

BC’s Career Exploration Day brings current students and alumni together to launch student interest in potential majors, careers, and industries. Register today

Activities listed in crimson are part of the Class of 1973’s 50th Reunion

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. BC Campus Store
Cole Hall

8 a.m.-8 p.m. Smitty’s Café
Forrer Learning Commons

3-4 p.m. Class of 1973 Registration
Forrer Learning Commons, Entrance

4-5 p.m. Class of 1973 Campus Tour
See what’s new on campus! Departs from the Forrer Learning Commons.

4-6 p.m. Engineering Open House
McKinney Center, 2nd floor

Find out more about the new engineering major program at Bridgewater from Dr. Phil Spickler and students in the first engineering cohort.

5-5:45 p.m. Tour of Special Collections for the Class of 1973
Robert R. Newlen ’75 and John C. Bradford Special Collections
The Class of 1973 will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour.

5 p.m. Homecoming 5K Run/1 Mile Walk
Nininger Hall/Virtual

Join the 5k run/1 mile walk through the town of Bridgewater or participate virtually (October 21-30) in your own community. Sign up today!

6-6:30 p.m. Tour of Special Collections for the Class of 1978
Robert R. Newlen ’75 and John C. Bradford Special Collections
The Class of 1978 will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour.

6-8 p.m. GOLD Event: Alumni Happy Hour (Classes 2013-2023)
Nininger Hall, Wampler President’s Suite

Calling all Graduates of the Last Decade! Celebrate your G.O.L.D. status by joining us for a reception in the Wampler President’s Suite. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served. Cost: $10 per person

6:30-8:30 p.m. Class of 1973 Welcome Reception
Forrer Learning Commons, Class of 1969 Great Room
Mix and mingle with classmates while enjoying drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Cost: Beer tickets $3 (limit 2 per person) and wine tickets $5 (limit 2 per person). Cash bar available.

7 p.m. Field Hockey: BC vs. Lynchburg
Jopson Field

Special alumni recognition at halftime.

8:30 p.m. Bonfire and Fireworks
Dillon Lawn

Bonfire at 8:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

9:30-11 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
Jopson Field
Gather for a fun evening while playing under the lights at the men’s lacrosse alumni game.

Activities listed in crimson are part of the Class of 1973’s 50th Reunion

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. BC Campus Store
Cole Hall

9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Smitty’s Café
Forrer Learning Commons

10 a.m-1 p.m. Homecoming Check-in and Alumni Information
Forrer Learning Commons, Entrance
Register for reunions and other events and pick up your pre-registration tickets.

10-11 a.m. Class of 1973 Brunch
Nininger Hall, Wampler President’s Suite

Join us for a delicious brunch and celebration of the class gift. Cost: $15 per person

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tours of the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons
Forrer Learning Commons
Come see this extraordinary centerpiece of collaborative learning. Tours leave every 30 minutes.

Reunion Photos
Beginning at 11 a.m. Schedule Listed Below*
*Rain Location: Inside steps of Cole Hall

Classes ending in 3’s will meet at Bowman Hall steps

TIME CLASS PLACE
11 a.m. 1943 Bowman Hall steps
11:10 a.m. 1953 Bowman Hall steps
11:20 a.m. 1963 Bowman Hall steps
11:30 a.m. 1983 Bowman Hall steps
11:50 a.m. 1993 Bowman Hall steps
Noon 2003 Bowman Hall steps
12:20 p.m. 2013 Bowman Hall steps
12:30 p.m. 2023 Bowman Hall steps

Classes ending in 8’s will meet at Blue Ridge Hall steps

TIME CLASS PLACE
11 a.m. 1948 Blue Ridge Hall steps
11:10 a.m. 1958 Blue Ridge Hall steps
11:20 a.m. 1968 Blue Ridge Hall steps
11:30 a.m. 1978 Blue Ridge Hall steps
11:50 a.m. 1988 Blue Ridge Hall steps
Noon 1998 Blue Ridge Hall steps
12:20 p.m. 2008 Blue Ridge Hall steps
12:30 p.m. 2018 Blue Ridge Hall steps

11 a.m. Homecoming Tailgating
Mapp Field
Tailgating closes one hour after the football game ends.

11 a.m. Graduate School Tailgate
Mapp Field Spot 8 & 9
Current graduate students and alumni of any Bridgewater College graduate program are invited to the Graduate School Homecoming Tailgate. Dr. Pierson and other faculty will be on hand to visit with you. Light refreshments will be provided. Please note a game ticket is required to enter Mapp Field.

11 a.m.-Noon Donuts and Departments
Campus Mall Tent
Catch up with faculty from various departments while enjoying complimentary Strite’s donuts and coffee provided by Sugar and Bean Café.

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Homecoming Festival
Campus Mall

Join the BC community for carnival games, spirit giveaways, fun food, a petting zoo and much more.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Food Drive
Rebecca Quad
Let’s come together and help those in our community. Bring a can of chicken noodle and/or tomato soup to the Alumni Information/Swag Tent on Rebecca Quad and receive a special alumni gift. Help us spread the Eagle spirit through this simple act of giving!

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Lunch on your own
Kline Campus Center, Dining Hall

Open to alumni, students and friends. Cash and credit card accepted. $8.50 plus tax per person.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Reunion Row
Mapp Field, Reunion Row
BC’s newest tradition! All classes in reunion have a designated space in the Reunion Row tent featuring snacks, drinks, games and camaraderie. Game ticket required for entry. Courtesy shuttles depart from the Forrer Learning Commons.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Class of 1973 Ripples Induction Ceremony & Reunion Photo
Cole Hall
We invite you to a special induction ceremony, celebrating alumni who have reached the milestone of 50 years since graduation. Fallen Eagles ceremony following the induction. The Class of 1973 reunion photo will take place immediately following the ceremony. Pictures available for purchase: $10.

Noon Women’s Soccer: BC vs. Roanoke
Soccer Field

12:30 p.m. Ripples Luncheon
Boitnott Room, Kline Campus Center
Reconnect with classmates and celebrate your reunions at this festive luncheon.

2 p.m. Football: BC vs. Ferrum
Pre-ordered football tickets may be picked up at registration on Saturday. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on game day (while supplies last).  No pets or umbrellas allowed in the stadium. $10 per person / $8 senior ticket / $6 children 6-12 / 5 and under FREE. All sales final.

Classes in reunion can join Reunion Row beginning at 11 a.m. on Mapp Field complete with your favorite tailgate snacks and drinks. Football ticket will allow you and your guest entry onto Mapp Field. Mapp Field closes one hour after the game concludes.

5-7 p.m. Class of 1983 Gathering
Bluestone Vineyard
Join the Class of 1983 for wine with a view after the game. All are welcome to attend at no cost! This event is being sponsored by your friends from the Class of 1983.

5-7 p.m. Class of 1988 Gathering
The Cracked Pillar
Join the Class of 1988 for drinks and dinner after the game. All are welcome to attend and cost will be determined upon menu order.

5-10 p.m. Class of 1978 Dinner
412 W Bank Street, Bridgewater
Join the Class of 1978 for social time, a catered dinner and fire pit (weather permitting). Rush ’77 and Tina ’78 Barnett have graciously opened their home to us to gather again this year. Please feel free to invite friends from the Classes of 1975-1981). Catered meal of roast beef and grilled chicken with sides, desert and drinks. Cost: $30 per person

5:30 p.m. Class of 1973 Dinner
Kline Campus Center, Boitnott Room
Join your fellow classmates at this special dinner. Social hour 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wine, including Bridgewater Crimson and Gold, and beer will be available for purchase. Casual attire.
Cost: $35/per person
Beer: $3 per ticket (limit 2)
Wine: $5 per ticket (limit 2)

6-10 p.m. Class of 2003 Dinner
Bridgewater (address will be provided upon registration)
Join the Class of 2003 for dinner after the game at a location only a short walk from campus. A catered dinner from Moe’s Southwest Grill will be provided. Cost: $10/adult; $5/child.

7:30 p.m. Homecoming Concert: Featuring the Chorale and Jazz Ensemble
Carter Center for Worship and Music, Concert Hall

Activities listed in crimson are part of the Class of 1973’s 50th Reunion

11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Class of 1973 Farewell Brunch
Kline Campus Center, Main Dining Hall

Gather one last time to celebrate your 50th reunion weekend. Cash and credit card accepted. Cost: $8.50 per person.

Questions? Contact:

BCevents@bridgewater.edu
540-828-5451

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