Gold Grads Honored during Homecoming
Bluefield College honored members of its class of 1962 with induction into the school’s Golden Graduates Society during Homecoming festivities on campus, October 26-28.

Gold Grads Honored during Homecoming

By Chris Shoemaker | November 7, 2012 | RSS

View more photos from the Golden Graduates Society induction ceremony.


Bluefield College graduates from the class of 1962 and beyond are inducted into the school's Golden Graduates Society during Homecoming festivities, October 26-28.




1962 alumna Carol Black Puhlick reminisces with old BC yearbooks and fellow Golden Graduates.




Alumni inducted into BC's Golden Graduates Society in years past join the group of Golden Grads inducted during Homecoming 2012.

See what Golden Graduate Jack Marcom had to say about coming back to BC for Homecoming 2012.



View more photos from the Golden Graduates Society induction ceremony.



Dozens of alumni and friends returned to watch the former BC students be inducted into the prestigious group, created in 2009 to honor and preserve the legacy of alumni from the Golden Anniversary era. Since then, more than 100 Golden graduates have been inducted into the society, including 13 this year from the class of 1962 and beyond, who traveled from as far as Florida, Delaware and Illinois to participate in the induction ceremony.


“This society is designed to honor those who have reached the 50-year anniversary milestone,” said Bluefield College president Dr. David Olive. “You are a special group, and it’s really a nice honor to be a part of this society. We thank you for not only choosing Bluefield College for your higher education, but also for your support of the school through the years since graduation.”


The Golden Grads participating in the 2012 induction ceremony included: (from the class of 1962) Joyce Blankenbeckler Banschbach of Dover, Delaware; Robert T. Barr, Jr. of Joppa, Maryland; George L. Bulson, Jr. of Sandwich, Illinois; Dan Collins of Clemont, Florida; Ted Forrest of Orlando, Florida; Rev. Jack A. Marcom, Jr. of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Page Carmean Marriner of Mechanicsville, Virginia; Samuel C. McCormick of Augustine, Florida; Carol Black Puhlick of Springfield, Virginia; Alec Charles “A.C.” Wilson of Martinsville, Virginia; (from the class of 1958) Robert E. Cummings of Norfolk, Virginia; (from the class of 1957) Joyce Black Johnson of Midlothian, Virginia; and (from the class of 1950) Joyce Buchanan of Bluefield, Virginia.


“I came back to Homecoming this year because it’s the 50th anniversary for my class,” said Rev. Marcom. “We had a fun class. I have lots of fond memories from my days at Bluefield College.”


Each of the Golden Graduates received a gold medallion, engraved with the Golden Graduates Society insignia, along with a BC lapel pin, imprinted with the college seal. In addition, Alumni Director Josh Cline spoke about the significance of the group to Bluefield College.


“You are an important part of our Alumni Association,” said Cline. “Your memories aid us in maintaining the heritage we have at Bluefield College. We look forward to honoring each of you this evening as we celebrate the path of success your life has taken and your 50 years of love and support for your alma mater.”


Ruth Blankenship, BC’s vice president for advancement, shared with the Golden Graduates the ways in which the campus has changed since 1962, including the most recent renovations to the Student Activities Center and dining hall and the construction of a new residence hall. She also spoke about changes in campus life with the addition of new academic programs in nursing and online degrees and the revival of intercollegiate football.


In addition to the induction ceremony, the Golden Graduates Society program also included special music from BC student Eugene Fitzgerald. Special guests on hand to witness the inductions included trustees Dr. David Bailey and Rev. Jack Marcom and Alumni Council members Dan Agee, Sharon Knick, Shirley Meador and Don Kidd.



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