Class Reunions Celebrate Samford Alumni’s Lifelong Friendships

Published on September 28, 2016 by Philip Poole  
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by Olivia Odom

Several classes are hosting special reunion events to coincide with Samford’s 175th anniversary celebration homecoming weekend Nov. 10–13. 

Each homecoming, the 10-, 25- and 50-year classes hold reunions. However, this year also includes 5- and 55-year class reunions: the classes of 1961 (55 years), 1966 (50 years), 1991 (25 years), 2006 (10 years) and 2011 (5 years) will host events. 

“It is a great year to have a class reunion,” said Casey Ramey, director of alumni programs. “With the university celebrating its 175th anniversary, homecoming is going to be bigger than ever before. While each class will have specific events to celebrate its reunion, each can also take part in the overall celebration.” 

These five classes represent monumental steps in Samford’s history. The Class of 1961 was the first class to start as Howard College students and graduate on the Homewood campus. The 1966 class witnessed Howard College become a university in 1965. The Class of 1991 saw the construction of Centennial Walk in celebration of Samford’s 100 years in Birmingham. The Class of 2006 saw Pete Hanna Center’s early construction and graduated during former president Thomas Corts’ last year at Samford. The Class of 2011 was the beginning of a Samford tradition the “Your School, Your City” concert during Dinner on the Dirt their senior year. 

With tailgating on the quad, enjoying the football game and dancing the night away at the 175th Anniversary Ball, homecoming weekend is packed with events and activities. 

In addition to class reunions, organization and department reunions also will take place. The Samford Ambassadors celebrate 20 years this year. There will be a tailgate, and Marla Corts will be in attendance, along with Randy and Daina Pittman. 

Advanced registration is requested for class reunion events. Tickets can be purchased online. 

Each reunion is led by a committee of alumni from their respected classes who have planned all reunion events as well as coordinated reunion fundraising efforts. 

Class of 2011 Tailgate Lunch
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Quad in the Alumni Village

Class of 2006 Tailgate Lunch
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Quad in the Alumni Village

Class of 1991 Tailgate Lunch
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Quad in the Alumni Village

Class of 1991 Reunion Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 12, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Howard Room, University Center

Class of 1966 Reunion Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.
Rotunda Club, Center for Healing Arts

Class of 1961 Reunion Breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 12, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Howard Room, University Center

Members of the classes of 1966 and 1961 can also attend the Golden Bulldog Luncheon, celebrating alumni who graduated from Howard College (and now Samford University thanks to the Class of 1966) on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m. 

Homecoming information 

175th anniversary 

Olivia Odom is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication. 

Sarah Waller, marketing and communication coordinator in the Office of Alumni Programs, contributed to this story.

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ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.