Homecoming weekend is Nov. 4-6

homecoming parade 2015

Update Nov. 7: See Homecoming photos here.

Close to 1,300 college alumni and friends are expected to return to the Mountain this weekend for Homecoming. In addition to the receptions and gatherings with old friends, this year will offer several special events and opportunities. The full schedule is online.  

Friday, Nov. 4, Ayres Hall will be dedicated at 10 a.m. The University’s newest residence hall is named in honor of former Vice-Chancellor Bob Ayres, C’49, H’74, and Pat Ayres.

Educational opportunities will also be offered Friday, including a talk about air travel radiation safety by expert Ed Bramlitt, C’56, and on updates plans for Sewanee Village and Sewanee Arcadia. Alumni authors will hold book signings at the University Bookstore and at McGriff Alumni House. A hike on the Caldwell Rim Trail, led by favorite professors, also is scheduled Friday afternoon. 

The Sewanee Herbarium and Biology Department will host an open house and birthday celebration for former professor and Herbarium director emeritus George Ramseur. The event will celebrate the publication of Domain Flora, 20 years of the Plant Press, and the publication of Mary Priestley’s Domain botany book, What If Trees Could Walk?, which is a tribute to George Ramseur on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

Arts events Friday evening include a performance of the Neil Simon play The Good Doctor at the Tennessee Williams Center (also performed Saturday evening), and the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra’s fourth annual Halloween concert in Guerry Auditorium.

The Sewanee community is invited to join in a Homecoming event, “Breakfast and Bluegrass on the Quad,” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The breakfast will be followed by an “all-alumni celebration" and the launch of the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign at 10 a.m. in All Saints' Chapel.

The Saturday morning celebration will honor the following alumni award winners: Newell Harbin Smith, C’01, will receive the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award; Bill Stamler, C’56, will receive the John R Crawford Distinguished Service Award; Lacy Hunt, C’64, will be honored as the Distinguished Alumnus; and Robbe Delcamp, professor of music and university organist and choirmaster, and Charles Perry, professor of history, both will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award.