Escape to Alumni Weekend, loaded with fun-filled activities and life-long learning experiences

Escape to Alumni Weekend, loaded with fun-filled activities and life-long learning experiences

G eorgia College has pulled out all the stops to provide alumni with an unforgettable experience during Alumni Weekend to be held Thursday, Nov. 3 through Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. From the 4th annual “A Night Under the Stars” event, providing top-notch entertainment, to a distinctive dinner with Georgia College President Cathy Cox, the schedule is packed with delightful activities. 

Ross Sheppard, '13, receives the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business Award from Dean Dr. Micheal Stratton in 2021.
Ross Sheppard, '13, receives the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business Award from Dean Dr. Micheal Stratton in 2021.

Exciting happenings abound all weekend with a schedule that highlights alumni. Plus, some surprise events will be sure to please.

“We are finalizing details on some new events,” said Tre’ Johnson, assistant director of awards, collaborations and reunions. “However, I can assure alumni we are looking into events that will provide life-long learning experiences for them in hopes of developing their personal and professional growth.”

In 2021, approximately 600 alumni attended in person or virtually. This year, that number is expected to rise significantly given the slate of activities.

The Class of 1972 will host its 50th class reunion. Attendees will visit recently renovated East Campus, known as Lake Laurel, take a trolly tour of Milledgeville and enjoy a special dinner at the Old Governor’s Mansion with Cox. 

Voices of Joy members captivate the audience with song during Alumni Weekend 2021.
Voices of Joy members captivate the audience with song during Alumni Weekend 2021.

Class of 1972 members will receive their registration packets this summer. Each mailer includes a welcome letter, schedule of events, hotel information and much more.

“It’s important for alumni to know this weekend is all about them,” Johnson said. 

Mary Rob Plunkett, '11, was inducted into the Georgia College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2021.
Mary Rob Plunkett, '11, was inducted into the Georgia College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2021.

“We offer opportunities for alumni to grow but also have a great time socializing with fellow alumni as a whole,” he said. “While alumni will most certainly recall their fondest memories when visiting campus, they will get a glimpse of what Georgia College is today and the positive ventures of our faculty, staff and students.

Last year, Georgia College Alumni Board Member I. “Michelle” Benjamin Hendricks, ’96, attended Alumni Weekend for the first time. Since she was a nontraditional student, attending classes at night, she missed out on the day-to-day campus activities during college. Now, Hendricks wants to take full advantage of campus events.

She sees the weekend as an opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and learn how their skills and experience could benefit current students. 

“You know first-hand the education and valuable life lessons that can come out of the university," Hendricks said. “You can use that knowledge to shape current and future students. It’s important to pass this on for the success of yourself, the students and university.” 

We offer opportunities for alumni to grow but also have a great time socializing with fellow alumni as a whole. While alumni will most certainly recall their fondest memories when visiting campus, they will get a glimpse of what Georgia College is today and the positive ventures of our faculty, staff and students.
– Tre' Johnson

Registration for Alumni Weekend opens Monday, July 25. Alumni have until Friday, Oct. 14, to register. It’s important to register early, so Georgia College can accommodate alumni who wish to attend.