Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017
Bluefield College will celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017, October 20-22, featuring special reunions, a career seminar, an auction, dinner theatre, dancing, campus tours, a photo contest, alumni awards, tailgating, football, fireworks and worship for former students, current students, families and the community at-large.

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017

By Chris Shoemaker | October 17, 2017 | RSS

Bluefield College will celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017, October 20-22, featuring special reunions, a career seminar, an auction, dinner theatre, dancing, campus tours, a photo contest, alumni awards, tailgating, football, fireworks and worship for former students, current students, families and the community at-large.

The traditional three-day fall celebration will start with a Ram-2-Ram Alumni Career Seminar, Friday, October 20 at 10 a.m., featuring Bluefield College grads from various specialized fields returning to campus to share their professional experiences and wisdom with current BC students. In addition to advice about careers, the former students will talk about internships, Christianity in the work place, fulfilling a calling, and other key topics for employment and career success.

“The Ram-2-Ram Alumni Career Seminar will give current students the opportunity to listen, ask questions, network, and make valuable connections with former students that will benefit them as they approach graduation,” said BC’s Josh Grubb, director of alumni relations.

Following a luncheon for all alumni, families and friends at noon on Friday, the college will host a Golden Graduate Society induction ceremony at 5 p.m. for members of the class of 1967 and beyond. Created in 2009, the prestigious Golden Graduate Society is designed to honor and preserve the legacy of alumni from the Golden Anniversary era.

“We are thrilled to see so many members of the class of 1967 planning to attend Homecoming and Family Weekend and the Golden Graduate Reception,” said Grubb. “This is one of the hallmark events of the weekend that gives us the opportunity to recognize new members of our Golden Graduate Society and celebrate their 50th reunion.”

Nearly 40 Golden grads and more than 90 guests total have already made plans to attend this year’s Golden Graduate Reception, which will include dinner theatre following the induction ceremony.

“On Friday and Saturday, Harman Chapel Auditorium will be transformed into a dinner-theatre setting for BC Theatre’s presentation of Steel Magnolias,” said Grubb. “There are still seats available on Saturday, so purchase a ticket now because this is a very popular event for the weekend.”

Day one will conclude with the traditional Homecoming Dance at 9 p.m., featuring music, dancing and the crowing of the 2017 Homecoming Queen, King and Court.

Day two, Saturday, October 21, will begin at 8 a.m. with a BC Community Breakfast for all members of the Bluefield College family, followed by campus tours at 9 a.m. and the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association at 10:30 a.m. where alumni will elect officers and recognize service to the Association’s Board of Directors.

One of the marquee events of day two will be the Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon where five distinguished Bluefield College grads will be recognized for their success, service and support of the BC vision and mission, including Rev. Roger Roller (’81), who will be recognized as the Alumnus of the Year; Erin Johnson DeHart (’03), who will receive the Distinguished Young Alumna Award; Jeremy Hardy (’08), who will receive the Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award; and David Kessler (’85) and Omar Reed (’10), who will be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

A #new2BC Photo Contest Gala will follow the Alumni Awards Luncheon at 2 p.m. New BC students transitioning to campus this past August were invited to capture their experiences with photos. Those photos will be on display during Homecoming, and the most outstanding pics and their photographers recognized during the #new2BC Photo Contest Gala.

Homecoming guests and football fans are invited to take part in an afternoon of tailgating prior to the start of the Rams Homecoming football game at Mitchell Stadium. If you’re serious about your tailgating, be sure to compete in the Fifth Annual Tailgate Challenge. Participants are encouraged to register for the Tailgate Challenge prior to Homecoming weekend by visiting the BC web site at bluefield.edu/tailgate. In addition to the coveted Tailgate Champion banner, prizes will be awarded to the top three tailgaters.

If you’d rather just join a tailgate instead of holding your own, the college will host a Homecoming Tailgate Dinner at 5 p.m. in the Bluefield Auditorium right beside Mitchell Stadium. Enjoy music, cornhole, food, and other traditional tailgate fun before the BC football team battles the University of the Cumberlands at 6 p.m. under the lights at Mitchell Stadium. The Rams have already secured two wins this season (as of 10-04-17) and are hoping to add another victory to their record in front of the Homecoming crowd. At halftime of the football game, the 2017 Homecoming Queen, King and Court will be recognized.

Day two will conclude with a second night of Steel Magnolias and BC Dinner Theatre at 6:30 p.m., along with a fireworks presentation following the football game at approximately 9 p.m. The final day, Sunday, October 22, will include a worship session with Highlands Fellowship in Harman Chapel and a special Sunday lunch following worship in the BC dining hall.

The weekend will also include a Silent Auction for Scholarships throughout the day both Friday and Saturday. The auction will feature vacations, entertainment and amusement packages, tickets to sporting events and fine arts shows, outdoor excursions, sports memorabilia, furniture, arts and crafts, restaurant giveaways, retail gifts, and other quality merchandise, all up for bid to raise funds for student scholarships.

“We are so excited to welcome back alumni, families, and friends for Homecoming and Family Weekend,” said Grubb. “The Homecoming Committee has spent months planning an action-packed weekend that is filled with opportunities to catch-up with friends, eat great food, see the beauty of Bluefield College and the surrounding mountains, and meet new friends.”

For more information or to register for events, visit bluefield.edu/homecoming or contact Grubb via email at or by phone at 276-326-4208.

 

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