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The annual alumni weekend is the perfect time to mingle with friends, share memories, and celebrate milestones. Highlights include:

  • Alumni awards ceremony
  • Dorcas and SPAT Club Breakfast
  • Special luncheons and dinners
  • Campus-wide tailgate socials
  • Class reunions
  • Traditional chapel service
  • Celebration of life events

Alumni Weekend 2024 Schedule

Registration opens May 1.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Campus Bookstore Open

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration Open

Campus Plaza
Pick up your registration materials, full schedule of events, name tag, your Alumni Weekend T-shirt ($10 pre-purchase suggested), and anything else you might need for the weekend. Classes of 2014 and 2024, stop by the registration table for a free T-shirt!

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Alumni House Open House

Join us for coffee and cupcakes and see your new Alumni House (across the street, on the corner of the traffic light)! Walk or drive. There is plenty of parking!
All alumni are invited!

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Class of 1974 (1973 and 1975) – 50th Reunion Reception

Hatcher Dining Room, Rollins Campus Center
Light refreshments will be provided.
Classes of 1973, 1974, and 1975 are invited!
Pre-registration is required.

6:30 p.m.
Half-Century Club Dinner and Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony

Suber Banquet Hall, Rollins Campus Center
All alumni are invited!
Free admission and special VIP tables are provided for Class of 1974 members celebrating their 50th reunion and induction into the Half-Century Club. Other milestone reunion classes should contact the Office of Alumni Engagement to request reserved group seating.
Free admission for Class of 1974 members; $20 for Half-Century Club members; $30 for all other alumni and guests
Pre-registration is required.

2024 Award Recipients

The Young Alumni Achievement Award
Kenneth Boykin, 2018

The Spirit of Young Harris Award
Ray Lambert, 1977

The Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Career Achievement
Buddy Carter, 1977

The Nancy Louise Haynes Robertson Award Given to an Outstanding Friend of Young Harris College
Bob and Gayle Nichols

The YHC Family of the Year Award
Deas Family

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Campus Bookstore Open

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration Open
Campus Plaza
Pick up your registration materials, full schedule of events, name tag, your Alumni Weekend T-shirt ($10 pre-purchase suggested), and anything else you might need for the weekend. Classes of 2014 and 2024, stop by the registration table for a free T-shirt!

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Dorcas/SPAT Breakfast

Grace Rollins Dining Hall, Rollins Campus Center
$10 per person
Pre-registration is required.

10:30 – 11:30a.m.
Alumni Greek Council Meeting
All interested council members invited!
Susan B. Harris Chapel

11:30 a.m.
1886 Society College Update – Open to all alumni!

Suber Banquet Hall, Rollins Campus Center
Mingle with YHC President Dr. Drew L. Van Horn, retired faculty and staff, and fellow alumni. Recognition will be given to this year’s 50th reunion class and alumni award recipients, as well as the Alumni Association Board, Class Coordinators, emeriti, retired, current faculty and staff, our trustees, and the Trustee Advisory Board.

12:30 – 2 p.m.
All Alumni Buffet Luncheon

Rollins Campus Center Patio
Mix and mingle with generations of YHC alumni and friends, as well as emeriti, retired, and current faculty and staff.
$10 per person; free for children 12 and under
Pre-registration is suggested.

Noon – 5 p.m.
Tailgate Tent Takeover

Calling all ages, classes, Greek organizations, or your own special group: Bring your tailgate tent and camp chairs and enjoy an afternoon visiting with classmates! Hang out and enjoy a photo booth, live music, and a bounce house!
All alumni are invited! Scroll down to see if your reunion class will have a special meeting spot.

1 – 3 p.m.
Zell & Shirley Miller Library 
– Open
Rollins Campus Center

2 – 3 p.m.
Afternoon Chapel Service

Susan B. Harris Chapel
Enjoy a traditional chapel service and time of remembrance led by YHC Chaplain Rev. Dr. Adam Daniels for alumni who have passed away from June 2023 – June 2024.
All alumni are invited.

3 p.m.
Alumni Weekend Group Photo

Gather in front of the Susan B. Harris Chapel.
Grab your fellow alumni and smile for the camera! You just might see yourself in a future issue of Echoes magazine.
All alumni are encouraged to join in!

3 – 5 p.m.
It’s a Party on the Campus Plaza

Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided. Classes are welcome to gather in celebration of a milestone reunion or to casually mingle with classmates.

4 p.m.
Class of 1974 (1973 and 1975) 50th Reunion Celebration

Hatcher Dining Room, Rollins Campus Center
Door prizes and complimentary snacks and beverages
Share your fondest YHC memories!

4:30 p.m.
Class of 1969 (1965- 1970) Reunion Social
Rollins Campus Center, Admissions Balcony
A reunion tent will be available all day on the lawn. Bring your chairs!

5: 30 p.m.
Reunion Dinner (Classes of 1965-1970)
Rollins Campus Center, Admissions Balcony
$25 per person, registration required.

6 – 8 p.m.
Alumni Social

Crane Creek Vineyards
Reminisce about your days at YHC while enjoying the beauty of the vineyards.  All alumni are invited. Each registered guest will receive two (2) complimentary glasses of wine along with light hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a food truck! Everything Crane Creek has to offer will be available for purchase. Visit cranecreekvineyards.com for additional information. Food truck will be on site.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested.

Reunions

Come mingle with your classmates!

Complimentary snacks and adult beverages will be provided by YHC for all the Tailgate Reunions. Feel free to BYOTS (bring your own tailgate supplies) including, but not limited to, chairs, blankets, tents, snacks, stocked coolers, etc. Every tent will have a class year sign to help you find your crew and will be available all day Saturday.

1959 (1958-1960)
Lunch together in Suber Banquet Hall
Tent on the lawn Saturday afternoon

1969 (1965-1970) – Details in above schedule

1974 (1973-1975) – Details in above schedule

 

Tailgate Reunions

3 – 5 p.m.

1964 (1963-1965)
YHC Gazebo Saturday afternoon
and the Social at Crane Creek Vineyards

1979 (1978-1980)
Campus Plaza
and the Social at Crane Creek Vineyards
We will also eat lunch together at the round tables in front of the library!

1984 (1983-1985)
Lawn next to Susan B. Harris Chapel
and the Social at Crane Creek Vineyards

1994 (1993-1995)
Tent close to the plaza
and the Social at Crane Creek Vineyards

1999 (1997-1999) Tailgate Social
Patio of Appleby Center
and the Social at Crane Creek Vineyards

2014 (2013-2015) Tailgate Social
Lawn adjacent to Susan B. Harris Chapel
and the Social at Crane Creek Vineyards

Highlights from 2023

We had a great turnout for Alumni Weekend 2023! A special thanks to the volunteers, alumni, and families who did their part to support Young Harris College.