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Shepherd celebrates homecoming Oct.31-Nov. 1

ISSUED: 22 October 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University will welcome former students back, recognize the longevity of two of its academic programs, and celebrate the school’s history during homecoming October 31-November 1.

Highlights include Founder’s Day festivities with remarks about the 100th anniversary of family and consumer sciences and the 40th anniversary of the social work programs, a parade, the introduction of the homecoming court, and a football game against Glenville State College. Game day will include tailgating behind the library, where reunion groups like fraterinities, sororities and alumni groups have already reserved parking.

“We try to make this the time when we welcome them back on campus and help them remember why they love Shepherd so much,” Alexis Reed, director of alumni affairs, said.

Reed said home football games at Shepherd are always exciting but there’s even more energy during homecoming weekend.

“It’s very energized, people are excited, the temperature is cool, and people are with their friends who they shared this special time with so they’re coming back and reliving their days at Shepherd. So it’s just that kind of feeling and tradition that you get that day. People always want to tell you their stories about their time here. That’s something that I love because they start smiling when they talk about it, and you can immediately tell they have good memories.”

Reed pointed out homecoming allows current students the opportunity to network with alumni, find mentors, and make contacts in the business world.

“We want our students to see what Shepherd alumni are doing, that they are successful, that Shepherd was good to them, and that they love and respect Shepherd because it has given them the opportunities they have now.”

Activities that are planned Friday and Saturday include:

Friday, October 31

Saturday, November 1

Listen to Alexis Reed’s interview HERE.

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