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BC Spotlight: Hooray for Homecoming

Winter 2019

A collage of photos: Clockwise from top left. A person rock climbing. Two people standing under a balloon arch. Four people standing together for a photo. Cheerleaders cheering in front of stands of people. Three people talking together in front of a table. Two cheerleaders smiling at the camera.

If smiling faces are indicators of happiness, Bridgewater College’s campus on Homecoming weekend might have been the happiest place on Earth (sorry, Disney World). The four-day-long affair from Oct. 11-14, 2018, attracted thousands of people back to their alma mater, the place where lifelong friendships were formed and countless memories made.

Undoubtedly, new memories were made over the course of the weekend as the classes of 1968 and 1993 celebrated their 50th and 25th reunions, respectively; the Ripples Society inducted new members; the class of ’68 presented a record-setting class gift to the College; and several athletic teams hosted Homecoming games and matches.

The BC spirit was palpable during Saturday’s festival on the campus mall, from the archway of crimson and gold balloons with a sparkling gold “BC” in the center, to homemade cookies decorated with red and yellow icing for sale from one of the student groups. Hugs and waves from Ernie the Eagle were returned eagerly.

One popular stop for attendees was the departmental reception tent, where alumni of all ages gathered to chat with professors from their area of study. And everyone couldn’t help but visit the petting zoo to pat the miniature ponies on the nose or clap along as the pep band marched through campus just before kickoff of the football game against Hampden-Sydney College.

But, perhaps most importantly, Homecoming gives alumni the chance to witness the transformation Bridgewater’s campus and programs have undergone since their days, which reinforces the College’s unwavering dedication to preparing students well for the next stage in their lives.

One person remarked that this Homecoming weekend was “the best reunion in history.” Let’s try to top that next year, shall we? See you there!

Homecoming by the numbers. 12 animals in the petting zoo. 99 tailgating spots at Mapp Field. 53 Ripples medallions given to the class of 68. 2,394 people who attended the football game. 42 participants in the 5K. 64 32 crimson and 32 gold mum decorated the decade tent. $1,056,340 class of 68's record-setting gift to help support engaged learning. 15 gallons of crimson crunch popcorn consumed. 6 athletic homecoming events for all teams. 142 crimson and gold balloons used to make the BC archway

Saxophonists play outsideCheerleaders stand in front of crowded standsA young girl climbs up a rock wall

Man sitting down draws photo of woman sitting down

four people stand togetherOne person stands in front of a table while two people talk behind hertwo people stand in the middle of an arch made of balloons holding gold B and C balloons

Questions? Contact us!

Jessica Luck
Editor & Director of Media Relations
Office: 540-828-5720
Mobile: 573-529-3862
jluck@bridgewater.edu

Mary Kay Heatwole
Media Relations Assistant
Office: 540-828-5486
mheatwol@bridgewater.edu

Abbie Parkhurst
Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications/College Spokeswoman
Office: 540-828-5782
Mobile: 540-294-1441
aparkhur@bridgewater.edu