Homecoming 2019 did not disappoint. Greek Life celebrated its 150th anniversary on campus. The Emory Wheel celebrated its 100th year of independent journalism. And Goizueta Business School marked its centennial of excellence. Just a few blocks away, the classes of 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2009 came together for a multiyear reunion on The Rooftop at Ponce City Market. Saturday Spirit Day carried on despite the drizzle. More than 3,000 guests and their families swarmed McDonough Field, celebrating, dancing, and enjoying their families and old friends.
Emory alumnus Kristian Bush 92C, the prolific artist and half of the multiplatinum, award-winning, pop-country duo Sugarland, took the Homecoming stage to sing some of Sugarland’s hits and debut music from his newest band, Dark Water. It was a great weekend. If you made it back to campus, we loved seeing you. If you didn’t, we missed you.
The undergraduate classes of 2014 and 2009 from both Emory College and Goizueta Business School gathered at SweetWater Brewery. With exclusive access to The Woodlands Project, SweetWater Brewery's new barrel aging space, graduates sipped and selfied.
The sold-out event packed The Rooftop at Ponce City Market. With the city lights spread out below, the classes of 1989, 1994, and 1999 connected (and reconnected) and then hit the dance floor.
It's been almost half a century since members of the class of 1979 have been students on campus, and they packed the Miller Ward Alumni House to catch up, laugh about how much has changed, and talk about how the Emory spirit is just the same as it was four decades ago.
In 1869, Emory’s first national fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, got its start. In the century and half that followed, the four councils came to be: the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Emory Panhellenic Council, and Multicultural Greek Council. The celebration, hosted by co-chairs Ginger Hicks Smith 77C 82G and Danny Shoy Jr. 95C, touched on connections, social aspects, and commitment to service.
The Emory Wheel brought together some of its outstanding alumni for a panel discussion on journalism, the fate of the independent press, and The Wheel's plans for the future.
Saturday on campus was a sea of gold and blue. The day kicked off with the Homecoming and Family Weekend 5K Run through Lullwater Park. Crowds poured through the newly completed Campus Life Center. And even though the forecast threatened rain, the sun came out just in time for the festival and concert on McDonough Field.
After a set by the REMakes, which took us all back to the mid-80s with some REM deep cuts and early favorites, Kristian Bush 92C took the stage. The prolific artist and half of the multiplatinum, award-winning, pop-country duo Sugarland played the best of Sugarland and debuted music from his most recent side project, Dark Water.
Over the course of the afternoon, the crowd went through almost 20 kegs of beer, 1,500 hotdogs, 1,300 pretzels, 1,000 servings of cotton candy, and 1,500 servings of popcorn. We lost count of the face painting and balloon animals, but it was a good time.