Cherish the memories of 50-Year Reunions

Last updated March 11, 2019

Celebrate your 50-year reunion from Emory with your former classmates and friends May 9-13, 2019 during Emory’s Commencement Weekend. Please check back often as celebration plans are confirmed.

For information on the Emory College and BBA Class of 1969 undergraduate reunion, contact Michele Obester. Scroll down to see the latest updates on the schedule of events and to find out how you can stay connected.

For information on the Oxford College Class of 1969 undergraduate reunion, contact Tammy Camfield, or visit the Oxford Alumni Reunions webpage for more details.

For information on the School of Nursing BSN Class of 1969 reunion, contact Megan Lennox.

Corpus Cordis Aureum

Members from the Class of 1969 are also invited to join Corpus Cordis Aureum, a special group comprised of alumni who graduated from Emory 50 or more years ago. At the induction ceremony during Emory Commencement Weekend, the Class of 1969 will be presented with specially commissioned medallions. Inductees can then participate in the Commencement procession and will be recognized during the ceremony.

Candlelight Crossover

Every year, graduating seniors commemorate their transition to the next stage of life with a candlelight procession. Emory alumni are invited to a reception at Miller-Ward Alumni house to honor these soon-to-be members of the Emory Alumni Association.

Emory College and BBA – Class of 1969 – Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 9

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Candlelight Crossover | Attire: Casual
Every year, graduating seniors commemorate their transition to alumni life with a candlelight procession. Emory alumni are invited for light refreshments and beverages during a reception at the Miller-Ward Alumni House to honor these newest graduates. The pre-Crossover reception will start at 7:00 p.m. The student Crossover will begin around 8:30 p.m., when reception guests will line up to welcome them as they cross the bridge to the alumni house.

Friday, May 10

Casual Gatherings with Classmates
Class of 1969 affinity groups (Chorale, fraternities, sororities, etc.) are encouraged to get together on their own for casual gatherings. This is a great opportunity to reconnect. Please contact mobeste@emory.edu if you would like to advertise a specific gathering on the class reunion website.

Saturday, May 11

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Classroom Experiences | Attire: Casual
Goizueta Business School

Meet fellow classmates on campus for presentations and discussion. Specific topics will be scheduled in these broad areas. Choose to attend one or both.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Campus Experience #1: Learn more about Emory's approach to brain health. | Speaker TBD
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Campus Experience #2: Class of 1969 will engage in an open discussion about their time at Emory. | Session facilitator TBD

11:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Casual Lunch | Attire: Casual
Miller-Ward Alumni House
$20 per person

Class of 1969 is invited to enjoy a casual lunch at the Alumni House.


1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Class of 1969 Memorial Service | Attire: Casual
Miller-Ward Alumni House


2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Campus Tour | Attire: Casual
Departs from Miller-Ward Alumni House

Take a shuttle bus tour through campus to see what’s changed and what’s stayed the same. There will be brief walking elements.


3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Break
The Miller-Ward Alumni House will be open all day if you’d like to meet with friends to reminisce or if you need a few minutes to relax between activities.


6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | 1969 50-Year Reunion Celebration | Attire: Cocktail
Miller-Ward Alumni House
$100 per person

You’ve waited fifty years for this party! Make it a night to remember as you reconnect with friends from the Class of 1969 and enjoy cocktails and dinner stations. A class photo will be taken.

Sunday, May 12

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Cherry Emerson Memorial Alumni Concert | Attire: Dressy Casual
Miller-Ward Alumni House

Some of Emory’s finest musical alumni return to campus to perform along with one of our most accomplished graduating seniors during Commencement weekend in this exciting annual concert. Hosted by Bradley Howard, Director of Vocal Studies.


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Corpus Cordis Aureum – Induction Ceremony and Judson C. Ward “Jake’s” Golden Heart Award Presentation | Attire: Dressy Casual
Miller-Ward Alumni House

Members from the Class of 1969 will be inducted into Corpus Cordis Aureum (CCA). Earlier classes can also be inducted if not previously. All returning members are welcome to participate. Presentation of the Judson C. Ward “Jake’s” Golden Heart Award will be included in the ceremony.

Monday, May 13

7:00 a.m. | Corpus Cordis Aureum – Breakfast, Robing, and Processional | Attire: Dressy Casual
Matheson Reading Room – Candler Library

Golden robes and caps will be distributed. Light breakfast will be available for alumni and their guests. Individual and group photos will be taken. Guest seating will be reserved near CCA participants on the Quad. CCA member procession begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Procession and Commencement Exercises of Emory University
Emory Quadrangle

Register Online

We hope you will consider registering online with the simple registration tool but paper registration is still an option….please print and return.

Print Registration

Book Your Hotel

Commencement Weekend is a busy time around Emory. To ensure your hotel accommodations book early! The Emory Alumni Association has secured room blocks at area hotels for alumni. Space is limited. Please book by the deadline listed to in order to receive the special Emory Alumni room rate.

Hotel Information

Submit Class Notes

Please let your classmates know what you have been up to the last fifty years by filling out the class notes form and mailing it back to the Office of Alumni Engagement, 815 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30329 or emailing it to mobeste@emory.edu. After the reunion, these notes will be available online to view. So please send it in even if you are not able to join us in May.

Download Class Notes Form

Class of 1969 – College and BBA Reunion Advisory Committee

J. Henry Ambrose 69C
James H. Bailey 67Ox 69C
Martha Pendergrast Coursey 69C 69G
Terry Connally Davis 69C
David Elizardi 69C
Margaret Hylton Jones 69C
Margaret Dee McGarity 69C
Pam Cheyenne Pryor 69C 70G
Beverly Charleston Reese 69C
Martha May Sapp 67Ox 69C
James Tallman 67Ox 69C 79FM
Carole King Yoho 69C

Stay Connected with Classmates

Have you fallen out of touch with a friend? The Emory alumni directory helps alumni search for old friends, former classmates, and other alumni around the world. If you haven't already, find out how you can register for the Emory Online Community. A current email address is required. And while you're there, please remember to update your contact information so your friends can get in touch.

Giving in honor of your 50-Year Reunion

Why give?

Your 50-year reunion is not only a chance to celebrate lifelong friendships, recognize the accomplishments of classmates, and commemorate an important milestone in your life with Emory, but also marks an occasion to give back to your alma mater and support current and future generations of talented Emory students. Our alumni take the lead in philanthropy, supporting amazing students, brilliant faculty, and incredible research and programs. We hope you will continue this tradition and consider making a celebratory gift in honor of your 50-year reunion to an area of Emory personally meaningful to you.

Emory College

Emory College Fund for Excellence
Alumni and friends who invest in Emory College create extraordinary opportunities for students, enable faculty members to complete transformative research and create pioneering academic programs, build sustainable spaces outfitted with the latest technology, and keep Emory College progressing.


50-Year Reunion Scholarship
Previous celebrating classes created the 50-Year Reunion Scholarship so that each class marking this milestone can assist talented current and future Emory College students in obtaining an accessible and exemplary education. We hope the Class of 1969 will carry on this spirit of philanthropy and support the scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student who meets the rigorous academic standards of Emory University. All gifts and pledges to the 50-year Reunion Scholarship are matched 1.5:1, meaning your support will be more than doubled and can make an even greater impact for students today.

Goizueta Business School

Goizueta Business School Fund for Excellence
Gifts to Goizueta’s Fund for Excellence help ensure the school remains competitive among the nation's leading business schools by helping us recruit the most promising students, attract and retain world-class faculty, broaden our research centers and capabilities and implement innovative curricula and programs.

How to give

If you would like to make a gift in honor of your 50-year reunion, please visit engage.emory.edu/give.

For questions and additional information, please contact Daniel Ledford 11Ox 13C, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at daniel.ledford@emory.edu or 404.712.9416.