A total of 93 alumni from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center class of 1966 had the opportunity to reunite and celebrate their 50-year reunion during Golden Graduate Homecoming, which took place recently with events planned on campus and in downtown Memphis. The 93 alumni represented five of the six colleges, including Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.
Golden Graduate Homecoming began three years ago with the inaugural class of 1963. It is hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs to bring together alumni from all six colleges at UTHSC. Special attention is given to those who are celebrating their 50-year reunion. Invitations are also extended to alumni who graduated any years prior to the 50-year mark. A total of 157 alumni and guests from 15 different states were in attendance during Golden Graduate Homecoming this year.
Golden Graduate Homecoming kicked off the many events planned for the week with a reception at the historic Peabody Hotel, followed by dinner at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous on Wednesday, October 19.
Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, and Executive Vice Chancellor Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, also welcomed the Golden Graduates at a breakfast in their honor on campus. After the breakfast, a campus tour followed, so that the alumni could see the many ways the campus has progressed and transformed since they graduated. As a tradition, Golden Graduates received medallions as a keepsake celebrating their journey and contributions to UTHSC.
“Our alumni are excited to see each other, UTHSC and Memphis,” said Kristin Attaway, associate director of Alumni Programs in the UTHSC Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. “For many of them, this was their first time reconnecting with classmates or returning to the city and campus since their graduation 50 years ago.”