Homecoming 2022 is just a few weeks away, and the Samford University Alumni Association is looking forward to commemorating several classes who are celebrating particular milestones this year. The members of the class of 2012 and 1997 are invited to celebrate their 10-year and 25-year reunions respectively at the Reunion Breakfast taking place on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9-10:30 a.m. This casual, come-and-go, family-friendly event will be held in Harry’s Coffeehouse in the newly renovated University Center. While this event is free to attend, registration is required—the link can be found on the homecoming website. After the Reunion Breakfast, reunion attendees and their families are encouraged to attend the Samford University Worship Service at 10 a.m. in Hodges Chapel before tailgating. If alumni haven’t been to campus on a football Saturday in a while, the tailgating atmosphere may be a fun surprise. Tents cover the quad in a sea of red and blue as sororities and fraternities, schools and departments, campus organizations like SGA and Residence Life, parents and fans all enjoy the pre-game festivities. Alumni are especially encouraged to enjoy all that Samford gameday has to offer by participating in the Samford University Alumni Association Tailgate, which will be located right outside of Hodges Chapel. The first 100 attendees to arrive at the tailgate will receive a BBQ lunch catered by Jim N Nick’s. Tailgating officially kicks off at 11 a.m.—and don’t forget to make your way to the Bulldog Walk at noon (just follow the sound of the drumline)!
The class of 1972 will be honored at their 50-year reunion by officially gaining Golden Bulldog status. This class will join other Golden Bulldogs at the Golden Bulldog Brunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the University Center. This special brunch is for all alumni who graduated from Samford University or Howard College fifty or more years ago. What a special honor it will be for those 1972 graduates to be inducted into this elite group of Samford alumni!
In addition, there are many other special groups celebrating Homecoming together. The Samford Black Alumni Association will be hosting their traditional fall event with a tailgate beginning at 11. Samford’s History Department is celebrating its centennial year by collecting oral histories from students and alumni at their tailgate. “Todd on the Quad” will be back again this year—Dr. Todd will be camping out all night in preparation for the Arts and Sciences tailgate. And the Orlean Beeson School of Education is hosting a Children’s Story Time at their tent as well. Many other tailgates will be hosted by various groups, organizations and associations that alumni are welcome to visit. For a complete listing of tailgates and to learn if your favorite campus organization will have a spot on the Quad, visit the homecoming website to view the complete schedule.
If you haven’t already, be sure to get your tickets to the football game and cheer the Bulldogs to victory as we take on the VMI Keydets. Tickets can be purchased at samfordsports.com.