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Reunion & Alumni Weekend


We're excited to welcome back the classes of 1970 and 1971 for their 50th class reunion, the classes of 1980 and 1981 for their 40th class reunion and the classes of 1995 and 1996 for their 25th class reunion!

COVID Update
Lenoir-Rhyne University is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone and will follow state and local guidelines for COVID-19 safety for our events. As of August 27, we are planning to hold our Reunion events as outlined here. There is currently a mask requirement in place on campus. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask inside. People who are not vaccinated also should wear a mask outside. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that events can be held safely and will post any updates here.

Classes of 1970 & 1971


Alumni sit in classroom during back to school alumni weekend event

October 8-9, 2021

The classes of 1970 and 1971 will celebrate their 50th class reunion the weekend of Oct. 8-9, 2021. The two classes will join together for a reunion dinner on the Hickory campus Friday evening. There will be an opportunity on Saturday for both classes to gather before the home football game against Tusculum at 1 p.m.

  • Reunion Weekend Schedule
    Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

    Class of 1970 and 1971 Reunion Celebration | 6 p.m.
    Bears Club Pavilion

    The planning committees understand that many of their classmates may have concerns about gathering in person. As a result, the 1970 and 1971 reunion planning committees  have decided to hold a joint 50th reunion celebration in the Bears Club Pavilion. This open-air, spacious venue will provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor dining, mingling, and adequate air movement.

    The evening will begin with a cocktail hour with light appetizers and drinks. A buffet dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. This event is sure to take alumni back to their college years and help relive all their favorite memories! $40 per person includes, light appetizers, buffet dinner, and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Registration required.

    Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021

    Building Tour | 10 a.m.
    Alex and Lee George Hall

    A lot has changed on campus since the early 1970s. Alumni and their guests are invited to get an inside look at the new Alex and Lee George Hall that was completed in late 2017 and houses the School of Natural Sciences. Anyone wishing to take part in the tour should meet in front of Alex and Lee George Hall, across from Fritz Conrad. The tour will begin promptly at 10 a.m. No registration required.

    50th Reunion Tailgate Lunch | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Fritz Conrad Back Patio

    Continue your reunion celebration with a joint 50th reunion lunch with the classes of 1970 and 1971. This special event will take place on the newly renovated Fritz Conrad back patio and include a complimentary tailgate style lunch before the home football game. Drop in anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration required.

    Football Game vs. Tusculum | 2 p.m.
    Moretz Stadium

    Cheer on the Bears at the home football game against the Tusculum Pioneers. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the gate the day of the game.

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Classes of 1980 & 1981


Large group of alumni gather in Hollar Mill for event

October 22-23, 2021

The classes of 1980 and 1981 will celebrate their 40th class reunion with a joint reunion celebration the weekend of Oct. 22-23, 2021. Both classes with gather together on the Hickory campus for a reunion dinner on Friday, Oct. 22.

This is also Homecoming weekend so Saturday will bring more opportunities to reconnect with classmates. Enjoy the annual Homecoming parade, reserved tables at the alumni tailgate, and home football game against Limestone.

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Classes of 1995 & 1996


LR alumnus smiles when seeing classmates at alumni gathering

October 22-23, 2021

The classes of 1995 and 1996 will celebrate their 25th class reunion the weekend of Oct. 22-23, 2021. This is also Homecoming weekend so there will be many opportunities to reconnect with your classmates.

Enjoy reserved tables for your classes at the Friday night kick-off event. Saturday brings the traditional Homecoming events like the parade, alumni tailgate, and home football game against Limestone.

The two classes will celebrate together with a reunion event on Saturday evening.

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News & Events

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