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BC Honors Golden Graduates

“Welcome home” and “you are special to us” were the themes of the night when Bluefield College honored its graduates from 1965 and beyond during a Golden Graduates Society Dinner, Friday, October 23, as part of Homecoming 2015.

Chris Shoemaker

October 29, 2015

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Bluefield College alumnus James Gray (left) from the class of 1965 is inducted into the BC Golden Graduates Society during Homecoming 2015.


American humorist Mark Twain as presented by Bluefield College alumnus David Bailey makes an appearance at BC's Golden Graduates Society Dinner.


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Eighteen Golden Grads came back to campus to be honored during the traditional Homecoming event. Another 39 alumni, a total of 66 guests in all, returned to celebrate with the members of the prestigious society, created in 2009 to honor and preserve the legacy of alumni from the Golden Anniversary era.


“Welcome home,” said President David Olive. “This is your place, the place that nurtured you as a student. As I hear your stories of days gone by, they remind me of the stories that are being made today, primarily about the relationships that are being made between students and students and faculty and staff.”


Dr. Olive shared with the Golden Graduates recent accomplishments on campus, including state-of-the art renovations to Harman Chapel’s auditorium and the opening of the Bluestone Commons apartment complex. He also shared the school’s vision for the addition of a third floor to the Science Center and the construction of a new wellness center. Ruth Blankenship, BC’s vice president for advancement, spoke of the importance of alumni in maintaining the school’s success.


“You are special to us,” Blankenship told the Golden Grads. “Fifty years of support of your alma mater is quite an accomplishment. We hope you enjoy this Homecoming weekend and leave knowing how special you are to us.”


The newest member of the Golden Graduates Society, inducted during Homecoming 2015: James A. Gray, Jr., from the class of 1965. Gray was recognized during the Golden Graduates Dinner and received a gold medallion, engraved with the society insignia, along with a BC lapel pin, imprinted with the college seal.


Other Golden Graduates in attendance included David Armbrister (’54), David Bailey (’60), James Dunn (’59), Rodney Hale (’60), Doug Hawks (’57), Jim Jenkins (’60), Alice Mays Lane (’64), Fran Webb Louthan (’60), Jack Marcom (’62), Wayne Massey (’59), John Ragland (’60), Loretta Hawks Ragland (’59), Jessie Shifflett (’60), Bill Tuck (’55), Margaret Orrock Watkins (’60), Farley Wolford (’54), and Carlene Walters Woolwine (’60).


As part of the program, the Golden Grads also enjoyed the wit and charm of one of America’s greatest humorists, Mark Twain, as presented by Golden Grad David Bailey. From Missouri in the 19th century to Virginia in the 21st, Twain’s insights and humor are considered timeless, and Bailey, critics say, brings the literary legend to life. A former BC history professor, turned political consultant, Bailey has performed his Mark Twain impersonation more than 500 times in 13 states, including in Richmond, Virginia, last fall to raise funds for BC scholarships.


“He took equal potshots at politicians, journalists and preachers,” said Bonnie Atwood, award winning writer and editor, who reviewed Bailey’s show last fall. “The slow cadence didn’t hide the quick wit of the famous American author and humorist. Listeners got the feeling that Twain would have been much loved at Bluefield College.”




Bert Mask

I regret that I missed this event. My memories of Bluefield College and some of the Bluefield Staff have always been special to me.

Rebecca C. Wagoner

Sorry I missed Davids part in the program. I know it was good!

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