Every fall on university campuses all across the
country, alumni converge at their old stomping grounds to remember
and relive their college years, and they call the event “homecoming.”
This year, Emory gets to join the party.
The University’s newly christened Homecoming Weekend will
be held Sept. 18–21, and this revamped event—which replaces
the old Alumni Weekend, which itself has been reborn as “Emory
Weekend,” to be held every year on the weekend preceding Commencement,
beginning with May 6–10, 2004—is a slight change of
direction for the Association of Emory Alumni (AEA).
“This is a collaboration at a higher level than before between
AEA and Campus Life and the students to put on the kinds of events
all alumni will be interested in coming back for,” said Gerry
Lowery, senior director of campus relations for AEA. “We’re
taking the old Alumni Weekend and trying to plan and cooperate with
Homecoming Weekend is being marketed toward both alumni and students,
starting with the concurrent scheduling of the Emory Medal ceremony—which
now is a black-tie, invitation-only affair, commensurate with the
prestige of the University’s highest alumni honor—with
the Mr. and Ms. Emory Contest, both of which kick off Homecoming
the evening of Thursday, Sept. 18.
On Friday, Sept. 19, the traditional Homecoming Parade will be held
on campus beginning at 5:45 p.m., and that night features the Homecoming
Ball at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta. Organized by the students,
it’s also intended to draw young alumni, especially those
in the Atlanta area. The event will carry an ’80s theme; attendees
are encouraged to raid their closets (or attics) for Members Only
jackets and parachute pants so they can dress appropriately.
Saturday, Sept. 20, will witness the official dedication of the
Clairmont Campus, beginning at 11:45 a.m. on the Student Activity
and Academic Center field. President Jim Wagner will be on hand
to help dedicate his new, albeit temporary, home; Wagner is living
at Clairmont Campus until renovations to Lullwater House are completed
later this fall. Following the dedication, a Homecoming “Block
Party” will continue until 7 p.m. at Clairmont, including
tours of the campus at 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Also Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the courtyard of the Math &
Science Center, the physics department is sponsoring a “Return
of the Gravity Monument” ceremony, celebrating the relocation
of the 41-year-old granite stone that for many years was located
next to the old Physics Building (now Callaway Center).
That night—and for the last time during the fall Home-coming
Weekend—this year’s reunion classes will hold their
get-togethers. The 50- and 25-year reunions of the classes of 1953
and 1975 will hold their events in Miller-Ward Alumni House; the
Class of 1993’s 10-year reunion will be held at Manuel’s
Tavern in Virginia-Highlands; and the Class of 1998’s five-year
reunion will be held at Prince of Wales in Midtown.
Beginning with the inaugural Emory Weekend in 2004, all future class
reunions will be held during the May event, Lowery said.
“This is our transition year,” he said. “We really
want to make Emory Weekend a signature event. The challenge is to
come up with opportunities both for visiting alumni and to celebrate
the graduating class and its entry into the alumni ranks. It’s
going to be Alumni Weekend with many more possibilities.”
For a full schedule of Homecoming Weekend activities and registration
information, visit the AEA website at www.alumni.emory.edu.