Once a Bear, Always a Bear


In 2023, the Office of Alumni Engagement will help several classes celebrate milestone reunions. The Class of 1973 will celebrate its 50th reunion, the Class of 1983 will celebrate its 40th reunion, the Class of 1998 will celebrate its 25th reunion and the Class of 2013 will celebrate its 10th reunion.

Make sure to save the date for these special reunion events! The 50th, 40th, 25th, and 10th reunions will all take place over Homecoming weekend, Oct. 13-14, 2023, in Hickory.

Commemorate your milestone reunion year by purchasing a brick to be added on the Walk of Honor. With a gift of $250 to The Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne, you can personalize a brick that will be your connection to campus forever. Gifts made to the Walk of Honor will be celebrated in the sum total of the reunion class gift.

Order a Walk of Honor Brick Today

Golden Bear Reunion

Saturday, April 15, 2023
Alumni who have celebrated their 50th class reunions are invited back to campus to celebrate being a Golden Bear. Whether you’re on campus all the time, or it’s been a while, this will be a wonderful day full of Bear Pride. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Online registration is available below. If you’d like to register over the phone, please call Leeanne Kale-Hoke at 828.328.7108.

  • Golden Bear Reunion Schedule

    8:30-9 a.m. - Light Breakfast
    Belk Centrum
    Alumni and their guests are invited to for coffee and pastries in the lobby of Belk Centrum. Drop in to mingle and reconnect with fellow Golden Bears. Registration is requested.

    9-10 a.m. - A Day in the Life of a Bear
    Belk Centrum
    After breakfast, you’re invited to a session that highlights a day in the life of an average bear. Learn about LR clubs, teams, classes, and general campus life of a typical Lenoir-Rhyne student. There will be a panel discussion which will feature current students and their insights on student life and how it enriches the Lenoir-Rhyne experience.

    10:30 a.m. - Golden Bear Brunch
    Cromer Center Banquet Room
    Golden Bears and their guests are invited to have brunch together in the Cromer Center Banquet Room. Enjoy a buffet while sharing memories and creating new ones. Registration is requested.

    12 p.m. - Spring Football Game
    Moretz Stadium, Southwest Corner Suite
    Round out the reunion with the spring football game. Golden Bears and their guests are invited to watch this scrimmage from the southwest corner suite which is located near the main entrance. This will be a great opportunity to see what the Bears football team will look like in the fall. Registration is requested.

A Cappella Choir Reunion

Friday, April 21, 2023 - Saturday, April 22, 2023
A Cappella Choir alumni are invited back to campus to celebrate the choir’s legacy through music. The weekend will feature a banquet on Friday evening, which will be a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow choir alumni. There will be a reunion concert on Saturday afternoon in Grace Chapel, followed by a reception. In addition to celebrating the choir, there will be a celebration for Judith Burbank, DMA, who is retiring from full-time vocal instruction and a time to remember Professors E. Ray McNeely, Thelma Rast and Angela Vanstory Ward.

Alumni can choose to participate in the reunion choir only or participate in all the weekend events.

  • A Cappella Choir Reunion Schedule

    Friday, April 21, 2023
    3:30-4 p.m. Registration – Mauney Music Building
    4-5:30 p.m. Rehearsal I – Mauney Music Building
    5:30-7:30 p.m. Banquet – Cromer Center Banquet Room
    7:30-8:30 p.m. Rehearsal II – Grace Chapel

    Saturday, April 22, 2023
    8:45-9:15 a.m. Morning Prayer/Devotion
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Rehearsal III – Grace Chapel
    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
    1:15-2:30 p.m. Rehearsal with A Cappella Choir – Grace Chapel
    3 p.m. Concert – Grace Chapel
    4:30 p.m. Reception – Grace Chapel

Reconnect with Classmates

Reconnect with classmates, join LR Raftr today! LR Raftr is an exclusive online community for LR alumni and the perfect place to connect with fellow classmates before your reunion. Open an LR Raftr account today and use the code LRH-2023 to get started. Once on LR Raftr, join your class channel and begin connecting with each other.

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