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Alcorn State University welcomes Alumni home May 5-7, 2011

Every spring, hundreds of Alcornites return to Alcorn State University to remember days gone by and create new memories during Alumni Reunion Weekend. Sponsored by Alcorn State University and the ASU National Alumni Association, the weekend celebrates alumni with a wide array of social, civic, academic and family friendly activities for all.

Alumni Reunion Weekend will take place May 5-7, 2011, in Vicksburg and Lorman, Mississippi, in conjunction with the 140th Commencement Ceremony and will feature the Golden Class of 1961 and class reunions for classes ending in one (1) and six (6) – 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, etc.

Registration begins at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Later that evening alumni will enjoy an opening reception and during the evening the association will announce the $10,000 Draw Down Winner. Proceeds from the Draw Down are used to support student scholarships at Alcorn State University.

On Friday, May 6th alumni will gather beneath the shades of giant trees on the Lorman campus to meet and congratulate graduating students at the Reunion Picnic and Grad Bash starting at 11:00 a.m. While on campus, alumni will conduct business meetings, visit with faculty and staff and take a tour of the campus. Alumni will return to the Vicksburg Convention Center Friday night for the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner and Hall of Honor Banquet. The 2011 Hall of Honor inductees include Dr. Jesse Harness ’67, Mr. Samuel E. King ’75, Mrs. Bernice Wayne Maxwell ’70, Mrs. Jean A. Pittman ’68 and Mr. Robert E. Simmons ’78. Mrs. Exie Ola Griggs Williamson ’55 will be officially recognized as the 2011 Alcornite of the Year at the banquet.

The reunion will conclude on Saturday with alumni gathered to celebrate the 140th Commencement Ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. Former United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and past UNCF President William “Bill” H. Gray III will address new graduates and members of the Golden Class of 1961 as they receive their 50 year diplomas. The Golden Class along with reunion classes will make gifts to the Alcorn State University Foundation providing much needed financial assistance for students.

“Then. Now. Always Alcorn,” says Alumni Director Janice Gibson ’93. “Back then, they were your classmates, roommates, keeper of your secrets, support systems and witnesses to your days on the Alcorn campus. Now, they are your life long friends who you look forward to sharing your fondest memories with during reunion weekend. Yes, Alcorn will always be a part of you. And we look forward to seeing you May 5-7, 2011.”

To register or for more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 601.877.6323 or via email at alumniaffairs@alcorn.edu.

Reunion Reception and Draw Down  

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Plaque Unveiling Ceremony in honor of McGowan Stadium/Fisher Field

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 Reunion Picnic and 2011 Grad Bash

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