Homecoming 2021—All Alumni Schedule

The registration desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue will be open Thursday, 1–6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.– 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon.

Homecoming events are open to all registered guests. Class reunion events are included in the schedule.

Thursday, November 1

8 a.m. Rotary breakfast meeting at La Bella Pearls. For all alumni Rotarians—join the local club for their regular meeting.

8:30 a.m. Morning prayer at St. Augustine’s Chapel.

8–9:30 a.m. Campus tour and information session for high school students and families. As a Sewanee alumnus or alumna, you know a great deal about the University, but if you have college-bound children attending Homecoming with you, plan to attend one of the campus tours and information sessions sponsored by the Office of Admission. Save your space by visiting admission.sewanee.edu/visit/on-campus-visits.

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Office of Financial Aid open hours. Parents of high school students, are you struggling with the acronyms of financial aid as your students plan their college career? The Office of Financial Aid is open to answer your questions. We can explain the aid application process at Sewanee and share our knowledge of the process in general, in case you are looking at other colleges and universities. Fulford Hall.

9:30 and 11 a.m. Back to the classroom. Dust off your gown and join current Sewanee students as alumni are invited to sit in on one of the regularly scheduled academic classes. Class schedule will be available at McGriff Alumni House.

1–6 p.m. Registration at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue. Make this your first stop on the Domain for Homecoming and Reunion weekend. Pick up your registration packet with your nametag, a schedule of events, list of attendees, maps, and Homecoming and Reunion gift!

Noon–6 p.m. Hospitality center at McGriff Alumni House. Hang out between events or just drop in to relax during the day. We’ll have refreshments, restroom facilities, and a great atmosphere to make you feel right at home.

1:30 p.m. Nature journaling with Mary Patten Priestley, C’72. Meet in Spencer 151.

1:30–3 p.m. Campus tour and information session for high school students and families. As a Sewanee alumnus or alumna, you know a great deal about the University, but if you have college-bound children attending Homecoming with you, plan to attend one of the campus tours and information sessions sponsored by the Office of Admission. Save your space by visiting admission.sewanee.edu/visit/on-campus-visits.

4 p.m. Evening prayer at St. Augustine’s Chapel.

7 p.m.  Red Carpet Debut Screening of Sewanee 1899 Unrivaled. SEWANEE’S 1899 FOOTBALL TEAM IS THE ULTIMATE DAVID & GOLIATH STORY. In the 140 years of college football, nothing else comes close to this team and its season. But most Americans don’t know this story. Even most Sewanee devotees only vaguely and partially grasp its drama and significance. An effort is underway by a small team of filmmakers to remedy this. The goal is to produce a compelling, historically accurate, insightful, riveting documentary film on the team, the season, and the rare convergence of talent, personalities, and drive that made Sewanee’s 1899 season truly legendary. Blackman Auditorium.

8 p.m. Charles Lloyd Jazz Concert. For more than 60 years saxophonist Charles Lloyd has loomed large over the music world.  He and his quartet performed at rock festivals and venues like the Fillmore in San Francisco where they co-headlined bills with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, while Lloyd also collaborated with the likes of the Beach Boys, Grateful Dead, and The Doors. Lloyd’s life story was powerfully told in the 2014 documentary Arrows Into Infinity. He was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2015, and received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. In 2016, Lloyd was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and The Atlantic published the profile “The Re-Flowering: Charles Lloyd’s Second Golden Age,” proffering that “The jazz saxophonist went from 1960s pop stardom to years of self-imposed exile, but he’s now producing some of the best music of his career.  Guerry Auditorium.

8–10 p.m. The Cordell-Lorenz Observatory will be open for stargazing, weather permitting. Use the stairs on the third floor of Carnegie Hall to access the roof.

Friday, November 1

8 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue. Make this your first stop on the Domain for Homecoming and Reunion weekend. Pick up your registration packet with your nametag, a schedule of events, list of attendees, maps, and Homecoming and Reunion gift!

Gown library collection. The Order of the Gown has started a “gown library” for members who cannot afford the gowns sold at the bookstore. The OG is also looking for alumni willing to hand down their gowns and pass on one of Sewanee’s best traditions! If you want to put your old gown to good use, please donate it to the gown library. Feel free to include a note with your contact information or sharing what your gown means to you, so that the student who receives it will be able to thank you directly. Donation drop will be at the Homecoming registration desk all weekend in McGriff Alumni House.

8 a.m.–6 p.m. Hospitality center at McGriff Alumni House. Hang out between events or just drop in to relax during the day. We’ll have refreshments, restroom facilities, and a great atmosphere to make you feel right at home.

8, 9, 10, and 11 a.m. Back to the classroom. Dust off your gown and join current Sewanee students as alumni are invited to sit in on one of the regularly scheduled academic classes. Class schedule will be available at McGriff Alumni House.

9–10:30 a.m. Campus tour and information session for high school students and families. As a Sewanee alumnus or alumna, you know a great deal about the University, but if you have college-bound children attending Homecoming with you, plan to attend one of the campus tours and information sessions sponsored by the Office of Admission. Save your space by visiting admission.sewanee.edu/visit/on-campus-visits.

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Office of Financial Aid open hours. Parents of high school students, are you struggling with the acronyms of Financial Aid as your students plan their college career? The Office of Financial Aid is open to answer your questions. We can explain the aid application process at Sewanee and share our knowledge of the process in general, just in case you are looking at other colleges and universities. Fulford Hall.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. (closed noon–1 p.m.) Ralston Listening Room open house. Come listen to your favorite songs or let the curators surprise you. Enjoy the world’s finest audio components surrounded by thousands of LPs and CDs from the personal collections of Father William Ralston and Dr. Charles Harrison. Second floor, duPont Library.

1 p.m. The Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation with Dr. Woody Register, C’82, professor of history. Come learn about the project that seeks to understand the impact of slavery and slavery’s legacies on the University’s founding and first century of operation. Gailor Auditorium.

1–2:30 p.m. Alumni hike on the Caldwell Rim Trail along the upper reaches of Lost Cove. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Bob Stewman Road. (Turn left on Lake O’Donnell Road, turn right on Bob Stewman Road, and go to the end for parking). Guided by favorite professors.

1:30–3 p.m. Campus tour and information session for high school students and families. As a Sewanee alumnus or alumna, you know a great deal about the University, but if you have college-bound children attending Homecoming with you, plan to attend one of the campus tours and information sessions sponsored by the Office of Admission. Save your space by visiting admission.sewanee.edu/visit/on-campus-visits.

2–4 p.m. University and Sewanee cemeteries tour “Shoulders We Stand On,” led by James Gipson, C’66, Sewanee historian. Meet at the cemetery gate across from Stirling’s Coffee House on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Kennerly Lane.

3 p.m. Fifth annual Frisbee golf tournament. Meet at the 19th hole, McGriff Alumni House, to play the Manigault Park course. Tournament celebration to follow.

3:30 p.m. Department of Mathematics & Computer Science alumnae panel. Women math and computer science majors talk about their experiences and careers after Sewanee. Woods Labs, Room 121.

3:30–6 p.m. Wine and cheese reception for Snowden alumni, family, and friends. Snowden Hall atrium.

4 p.m. Carillon tour in historic Shapard Tower. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Sewanee campus with this informative tour.

4 p.m. Evening prayer at St. Augustine’s Chapel.

5:30 p.m. Welcome Home All Alumni reception. Come see friends and professors at this gathering that kicks off the weekend.

7 p.m. Class Reunion Parties.

8–10 p.m. The Cordell-Lorenz Observatory will be open for stargazing, weather permitting. Use the stairs on the third floor of Carnegie Hall to access the roof.

9 p.m.–midnight All alumni dance with live music at the alumni tent next to McGriff Alumni House. Dance the night away at this popular event! You won’t want to miss the brass section of this fantastic band!

Saturday, November 2

8 a.m. Fun run for alumni beginning at McGriff Alumni House. Start the day with a 5K to the Cross and back.

8 a.m.–noon Registration at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue. Make this your first stop on the Domain for Homecoming. Pick up your registration packet with your nametag, a schedule of events, list of attendees, maps, and Homecoming gift! Pick-up for pre-registered alumni will be self-serve after noon.

8 a.m.–9 p.m. Hospitality center at McGriff Alumni House. Hang out between events or just drop in to relax during the day. We’ll have refreshments, restroom facilities, and a great atmosphere to make you feel right at home. We’ll have the national football games showing, so hang out here between events.

8:30–10 a.m. Breakfast, McClurg Dining Hall. Join fellow alumni for breakfast. Your nametag serves as your ticket. Enjoy breakfast as the students do!

9 a.m. Mountain Goat Trail Parkrun. Come join new friends in a timed 5K event on the Mountain Goat Trail. Dogs are welcome. Please register at parkrun.us/register, print the barcode, and meet in Pearl’s parking lot, 15344 Sewanee Highway.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. (closed noon–1 p.m.) Ralston Listening Library open house. Come listen to your favorite songs or let the curators surprise you. Enjoy the world’s finest audio components surrounded by thousands of LPs and CDs from the personal collections of Father William Ralston and Dr. Charles Harrison. Second floor, duPont Library.

11:30 a.m. Pre-game tailgate party.  Come gather before the game for shrimp and grits, brunch food, and live music.  Alumni tent, Georgia Avenue.

1 p.m. Homecoming Parade. Join the walk with other alumni from the tailgate party to the football field. Line up by reunion class or group (banners provided for you) and join this tradition!  Follow the marching band in front of McGriff Alumni House.

1:30 p.m. Homecoming football game vs. Centre College. Hardee-McGee Field.

1:30 p.m. The concession stand at the football field is run by Housing Sewanee Inc.—Sewanee’s version of Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds go directly to purchase building materials for client homes. Please stop by during Homecoming and buy a delicious hot dog and drink.

1:30 p.m. YSR Club hospitality tent. Stop by the YSR Club tent during the football game and learn the exciting news about athletics at Sewanee.

2 p.m. Campus bike ride, led by Woody Deutsch, C’72. Enjoy a unique view of campus by bike. Woody, of Woody’s Bicycles, will lead the group. Bring your bike or contact Woody’s Bicycles at 931.598.9793 to rent one for this event. Meet at Woody’s Bike Shop, 90 Reed’s Lane (next to Shenanigan’s).

4 p.m. Alumni Choir rehearsal. Did you sing in the choir at Sewanee or sing at your home church? Or just want to sing? Join other alumni for a quick rehearsal for Sunday’s service in All Saints’ Chapel. All Saints’ Chapel.

4 p.m. Tour of Breslin Tower, hosted by the Sewanee Guild of Change Ringers. With a football win, you will be able to catch the bells ringing. This is a wonderful and unique part of Sewanee’s history and tradition.

4:30–7 p.m. All alumni post-game barbecue at McGriff Alumni House with live music. Alumni rate this as a highlight of the weekend.

5 p.m. Kappa Sigma alumni reunion. William R. Laurie Archives and Special Collections.

7 p.m. Class Reunion Parties.

8–10 p.m. The Cordell-Lorenz Observatory will be open for stargazing, weather permitting. Use the stairs on the third floor of Carnegie Hall to access the roof.

Sunday, Nov. 3

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist at All Saints’ Chapel.

9:30 a.m. Memorial service for alumni, faculty, staff, and community members in St. Augustine’s Chapel (within All Saints’).

11 a.m. Holy Eucharist at All Saints’ Chapel. Alumnae choir featured.

1:30 p.m. Carillon tour in historic Shapard Tower. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Sewanee campus with this informative tour.

2–5 p.m. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee admission open house. The open house is the perfect opportunity to learn more about SAS and the admission and financial aid process. The day will include a class sampler, campus tours, and an information session. Register today or contact the Admission Office for more information. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a private, co-educational, Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school serving 250 students in grades 6–12. We challenge our students to fulfill their greatest potential while helping them to cultivate lives of balance and joy.

6:30 p.m. Growing in Grace. All Saints’ contemporary worship service with an informal Eucharist in All Saints’ Chapel.