Homecoming 2023 – October 27 & 28!

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RECAP: Homecoming 2022 – October 28 & 29

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus this year! We will have special reunions for the following:

“Vintage” Buffs (those who graduated 50 or more years ago), ECS alumni, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017.


Friday, October 28, 2022

Special Campus Preview Day

We are offering a special campus visit day to experience #BuffNation on Friday,
October 28. Join us for special sessions on admissions and financial aid, talk to
professors and current students, learn about our academic programs and student life,
and eat together in the dining center. Learn more and register »

Vintage Buffs Reception
3:00-4:30 p.m. | McMahan Student Union Building

This is an opportunity for alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago to get together to
enjoy light refreshments and reminisce about their Milligan days.

Celebrate Milligan Dinner
6:30 p.m. | McCormick Dining Center, Sutton Hall

Tickets $25, must be purchased in advance.
Special recognitions and a plated dinner.
Distinguished Alumni Award: Roger Babik ’79
Professional Excellence Award: Jason Derry ’96 and Suzanne Lake Nadell ’97
Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees: ’98-’99 Women’s Basketball Team
Heritage Award: Phillips and Magness Families

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde
October 27-29 at 7:30 p.m.
October 30 at 2 p.m. plus, a 30-minute talkback
McGlothlin-Street Theatre, Gregory Center

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at St. James’s Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play’s humor, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde’s artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play

All seats will be reserved and are $10. milligan.tix.com
*Advance tickets available to alumni online at Milligan.tix.com beginning September 1, with code Alumni.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Milligan Buffalo 5K Run/2.5K Walk
8 a.m.* | Upper Level of Lacy Fieldhouse

Registration: $20 | $10 ages 3-10; $25 | $15 at registration on the day of the race
Hosted by Associated Ladies for Milligan (ALM), proceeds benefit student scholarships.
*Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

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Mini Lectures
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Willis Room, Gregory Center

Get back in the classroom—with no homework and no exams! Q&A
will follow each lecture.

Jesus and the Arts | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Dr. Lee Magness, Professor Emeritus of Bible, and
Dr. Pat Magness, Professor Emerita of Humanities
Lee and Pat Magness will lead a discussion on images of Jesus in the arts and how these images speak to us and expand our understanding of Jesus.

For the Glory: Athletics as Connection | 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Dr. Rich Aubrey, Campus Minister
Campus minister and former women’s basketball coach Rich Aubrey will discuss the manner in which athletics provides a way to connect with God and others.

Photography Exhibit: “Houses of the Lord” by Amy Shumaker (’20)
11:00 a.m. reception | Milligan Art Gallery, Derthick Hall

In 2019, photographer Amy Shumaker began to document the aesthetic and geographical landscape of churches throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. This exhibition details the many architectural and theological styles of the Appalachian Christian subcultures.

Lunch Under the Tent
12 p.m. | Tent on Sword Commons

Tickets $15 | $10 for age 10 and under, must be purchased in advance
Join us under the tent for a BBQ lunch catered by Firehouse restaurant.

Coach Duard Walker Memorial Bridge Dedication
1 p.m. | Campus Entrance

Join us at the campus entrance for a special ceremony dedicating the bridge in memory of legendary coach, administrator, professor, and World War II veteran Duard Walker (’48), who passed away in 2020.

Homecoming Concert: All That Jazz
3:30 p.m. | Mary B. Martin Auditorium, Seeger Chapel

The Milligan Music Department will present a short, family-friendly concert that showcases the beloved jazz repertoire. The performance will feature iconic songs such as “Night and Day,” “At Last,” “High Hopes,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “What a Wonderful World.” Other great jazz selections will include the “Pink Panther Theme,” “I Wan’na Be Like You” from Disney’s Jungle Book, and “Georgia on My Mind” featuring a trombone solo by faculty member Dr. Hunter Mullins. These jazz standards and many more will be performed by Milligan’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Heritage, Guitar Ensemble, and Orchestra.

Pardee Reunion
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | P.H. Welshimer Library, Sesquicentennial Plaza

Past residents of the renowned Pardee Hall—both men and women—are invited to gather and reminisce about their time together in those hallowed halls.

Seeger's bell tower against a golden sunset