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Milligan Homecoming, Oct. 25-26

The annual homecoming parade takes place on Blowers Blvd.

Milligan cheerleaders celebrate during the parade.

Members of the Class of 1969 will celebrate their 50th reunion at Milligan's 2019 Homecoming.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Oct. 3, 2019) — Milligan College will welcome alumni and friends back to campus for its annual Homecoming celebration, Oct. 25-26. Milligan celebrates each year with several public events including a parade, 5k run/walk, concert and theatre production.

“We look forward to the connections and memories made at Homecoming every year,” said Theresa Garbe, Milligan’s director of alumni relations and development. “It’s an exciting opportunity for parents, students, and alumni and their families to come together and enjoy our beautiful campus.”

The Milligan community reconnects through various festivities including class reunions, lunch under the big tent and inflatables for children. The college also offers lectures aimed at engaging learners of all ages.

“Milligan spotlights our faculty’s areas of expertise in ways that appeal to both adults and  kids,” said Garbe. “We hope to engage the mind through mini-lectures for adults and fun science labs for kids.”

On Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., the annual “Celebrate Milligan” dinner will honor several Milligan alumni and friends for their achievements and contributions. The Distinguished Alumnus Award will go to Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan graduate Ben Cachiaras (MDiv ’92). Autumn Hardy Pruitt (’09) and Terence Gadsden (’03) will receive the Professional Excellence Award. The Athletics Hall of Fame inductees include Heather Mandela Gomez (BS ’11, MSOT ’13) and Grayson Patton (’08), and the George W. Hardin “Spirit of Milligan” Award will be presented to Wendy Hanselman Patrick (’71).

The musical theatre area will perform “Songs for a New World” on Oct. 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the college’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the Gregory Center. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, the show follows a captain of a ship in 1492, a flag maker suffering loss, a mother deciding to create a new life and a man choosing to take his basketball future into his own hands. Tickets can be purchased in advance at milligan.tix.com.

Saturday morning begins with the Associated Ladies for Milligan’s annual Buffalo 5K Run/2.5K walk, sponsored by Workspace Interiors. The race starts at 8 a.m. at the Steve Lacy Fieldhouse, and all proceeds from the race will benefit student scholarships.

An art exhibit, “Fighting for Recognition,” by alumnus William Major (’15) will open at 11 a.m. in the Milligan Art Gallery located in Derthick Hall and run through Nov. 20. This photographic and multimedia series explores southern independent wrestling and contact sports and decodes the fundamental traits associated with viewing a spectacle.

The annual Homecoming parade will make its way down Blowers Boulevard at 1:30 p.m. and lead into the festival on Derthick lawn, which includes kettle corn and inflatables for kids of all ages.

The college’s area of music will perform a short, family-friendly concert titled “An Afternoon at the Movies” at 3:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel. The concert will showcase the wonderful world of music in film. The performance will feature iconic songs such as “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” and “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman.”

Milligan’s soccer teams will compete against Bryan College on Milligan’s Anglin Field. The women compete at 5 p.m. and the men’s game begins at 7 p.m.

All meal events, theatre performances and the walk/run are ticketed events. The remaining events are free and open to the public.

For more events and info, visit milligan.edu/homecoming.


MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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