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Homecoming celebrates Elon’s history, traditions

October 24, 2012

Elon University’s Homecoming weekend allows alumni to reflect on their experience at Elon, reconnect with friends and honor their contributions to the institution. While the campus has changed since these former students’ graduation day, they still recognize the place they once called home.

“I was surprised by how much the same it is, and yet it’s bigger,” said alumnus Dave Clark, class of 1981. Alumni were able to take a campus bus tour narrated by Earl Danieley, president emeritus, and Barry Bradberry, associate dean of admissions and financial planning. Both graduated from Elon University.

Elon departments hosted receptions to welcome their specific graduates. In addition to academic-oriented activities, musical festivities, a football game and student organizations cultivated a lively atmosphere as friends reunited and reminisced.

Student Union Board and Student Government Association hosted the Homecoming concert, which featured Chris Webby and We The Kings. Those who attended the concert watched from Under the Oaks, a place significant to each students’ Elon experience.

“It’s so good to come back and see friends again because the friends you make here you will have forever,” said alumna Kristina McClain, class of 1997, who traveled from Charlotte with four other alumnae.

Members of the Class of 1962 celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Golden Alumni Luncheon. All alumni who have graduated more than 50 years ago are invited to attend as well.

Katrenia McCormick, Class of 1998, enjoyed watching Elon’s Finest perform at
the step show Friday night. The performance reminded her of her time at Elon.

“It was dwindling when we left and to see that stage full of people dancing, I was
touched,” said McCormick, who was a choreographer for the dance group when she
attended Elon.

Celebrations also included the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.

Click on the image below for an interactive graphic where you can scroll over individuals faces to read about their favorite Elon moments and what surprised them most about returning to campus. Information collected by Jeff Stern, Rebecca Wickel, Katherine Wise, Katherine Blunt and Melissa Kansky.

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