Homecoming Schedule

Including Reunions for the Classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012.

Download the MBU All-Alumni Homecoming app today to stay informed about updates such as additional details about specific activities, location changes due to inclement weather, and more.

Staunton Downtown Discount Card Registration
We are happy to offer Downtown Discount Cards when you are here for Reunion. By signing up for the card, you are giving the SDDA permission to add your email address to the weekly Downtown Lowdown e-news list and your mailing address to its Sparkles & Sweets postcard list. Your information will be confidential and will not be shared. Don’t forget to find the full list of offers and exclusions at stauntondowntown.org/discountcard.

Check out these merchants offering extended hours on Friday evening and/or Sunday: Antique 17, By & By Café, Cherish Every Moment, Cocoa Mill, Crown Jewelers, Design @ Nine Women’s Boutique, H.L Lang and Company Jewelers, Latitudes, Redwood and Company, Staunton Olive Oil Company, Heifetz Store, Queen City Market Antiques, Sacred Circle Books, Virginia Accents

Be sure to shop at the following locations downtown for entries into the gift basket giveaway to be announced at the tent crawl Saturday night: By & By Café, Cherish Every Moment, Crown Jewelers, Design @ Nine, Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares, H. L. Lang & Company Jewelers, Latitudes, Lewis Creek Market, Pampered Palate, Shenandoah Pizza, Staunton Olive Oil Company, Sunspots, The Emporium, The Wine Cellar

Thursday, April 20

A special day for members of the Class of 1967, honoring their 50th Reunion

2:30 p.m. Class of 1967: Tour of Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
Fishersville, VA
5:30–6:15 p.m. Check-In for the Class of 1967
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Colonnade Ballroom | 24 S. Market St.
6:30–8:30 p.m. Class of 1967: Reception with Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Colonnade Ballroom | 24 S. Market St.

Friday, April 21

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Check-In for All Attendees
Alumnae HousePlease bring canned goods to the Alumnae House to support MBU’s campaign to complete 175 community service projects.
To benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Check-in also available at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
10–11 a.m. The History of Mary Baldwin
Presented by Dr. Rick Potter, assistant professor of history
Flora McElwee Miller Chapel
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Check-In for All Attendees

Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Colonnade Ballroom | 24 S. Market St.


12–2 p.m.
Grafton Society Luncheon and Class of 1967 Induction Ceremony
The Grafton Society is Mary Baldwin’s exclusive club for alumnae who graduated 50 or more years ago. This Reunion year, we induct members of the Class of 1967.
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Colonnade Ballroom | 24 S. Market St.
2–3 p.m. Art Exhibit by Dixie Epes Hoggan ‘67 and Pat Forbes ’67: Opening Reception
Lyda B. Hunt Gallery
3 p.m. Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership
Scholarship Ceremony and Parade
Physical Activities Center
Rain Location: Indoors at Physical Activities Center
4–5 p.m. Back to the Classroom
Lecture featuring Jennifer Hancock, assistant professor of helath sciences
Flora McElwee Miller Chapel
5–6:30 p.m. Mary Baldwin 175th Anniversary Archival Exhibit: Opening Reception
R.R. Smith Center for History and Art
20 S. New St.
6–9 p.m. Downtown Staunton Celebrates Mary Baldwin’s 175th Anniversary
Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Shenandoah Ballroom and Various Downtown Shops
7-9 p.m. Reunion Class Dinners
1967 – Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
1977 – Emilio’s (Dutch treat dinner)
9–10:30 p.m. Informal Conversations at the Fire Pit
William G. Pannill Student Center Lawn

Saturday, April 22

8 a.m.–12 p.m. Check-In for All Attendees
Alumnae House
Please bring canned goods to the Alumnae House to support MBU’s campaign to complete 175 community service projects.
To benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
8 a.m. Brenda Bryant 5K Memorial Run/Walk
Held rain or shine
T-shirt included. Proceeds benefit the Brenda Bryant VWIL Scholarship Fund.
Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
Fishersville VA
8–9 a.m. Self-Guided Tours
Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
Fishersville VA
9:15–10:15 a.m. Bloody Mary Reception
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall
10:30 a.m. All-Alumni Parade of Classes
Meet in Francis Auditorium foyer and parade through hallway of Francis/Pearce Science Center.
10:45 a.m.–12 p.m. Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebration and President’s Address
James D. Francis Auditorium
12:15–2 p.m. All-Alumni Lunch
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall
12:15 p.m.–2 p.m. Class Photos
Hunt Dining Hall inside on the stairs.

  • 12:15 p.m.: Class of 1972
  • 12;25 p.m.: Class of 1977
  • 12:40 p.m.: Class of 1982
  • 12:50 p.m.: Class of 1987
  • 1 p.m.: Class of 1992
  • 1:10 p.m.: Class of 1997
  • 1:20 p.m.: Class of 2002
  • 1:30 p.m.: Class of 2007
  • 1:40 p.m.: Class of 2012
12:15 p.m. Alumni Fun Photos
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, Nuthouse
2–3:30 p.m. Shakespeare Student Performance by members of the Compass Shakespeare Ensemble, Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare and Performance Master of Fine Arts company
Bertie Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center
Fletcher Collins, Jr. Theatre
2–4 p.m. Select from a Variety of Activities
Mary Baldwin 175th Anniversary Community Service Project
Choose from three service-related activities:

  • Project Grows farm visit and planting: Meet at Spencer Center
  • Page Garden beautification: Meet at Page Garden on the side of William G. Pannill Student Center
  • MBU civic engagement overview: Spencer Center
Residence Hall Guided Tour
Spencer Residence Hall, front porch
175th Historical Anniversary Archival Exhibit
R.R. Smith Center for History and Art
20 S. New St.
 2–5 p.m. Round-Robin Tennis Tournament
Tennis Courts
3–4 p.m. Back to the Classroom
Lecture featuring a Louise Freeman, professor of psychology
James D. Francis Auditorium
5–6:30 p.m. Grand Re-opening and Dedication of the Alumnae House
Alumnae House
6:30–8:30 p.m. All-Alumni Tent Crawl
Mingle in the University Cafe and Student Activities center while enjoying an informal meal. Food and beverage stations:

  • Local gourmet cheese w/ artisan bread, jam, nuts and antipasto, local wine tasting
  • Sushi, sake, Sapporo
  • Ice cream and dessert, fresh fruit, chocolate fountain
  • Starbucks coffee
  • Beef, crabcake, and portobello mushroom sliders
8:30–9 p.m. 175th Anniversary Candle Lighting Ceremony
William G. Pannill Student Center Lawn
Fire Pit
9–10:30 p.m. Informal Conversations at the Fire Pit
William G. Pannill Student Center Lawn
9:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Theatre Reunion
RSVP required on Registration Form
Home of Terry Koogler Southerington ’72
156 North Coalter St.

Sunday, April 23

10:30–11 a.m. Chapel and Memorial Service
Flora McElwee Miller Chapel
11 a.m.–1 p.m. Farewell Brunch
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall

 

Additional Weekend Activities:

Alumni art display in Hunt Gallery featuring Dixie Hoggan ’67 and Pat Forbes ’67:  Lyda B. Hunt Gallery, 2–3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. –5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. –1 p.m.

Shuttle service available on campus and to Stonewall Jackson Hotel: Friday 5–9 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. –9 p.m.

MBU Campus Store:  Hunt Dining Hall, ground floor, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

VWIL/SMA Museum: 1–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Physical Activities Center: Thursday 8 a.m.– 4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday 12–4 p.m.

Hospitality Suites (snacks and beverages available) 2–4 p.m. Saturday:

  • Spencer Center: Threads of History documentary showing, featuring MBU Artist-in-Residence Claudia Bernardi, art history professor (retired) Marlena Hobson, and film professor Allan Moyé
  • Administration Building Parlor and Media Room: MBU through the years slideshow
  • University Café (in the William G. Pannill Student Center): Question and answer session to discuss alumni chapters

Make sure to check out these community events and attractions in Staunton, and find even more at visitstaunton.com. 

American Shakespeare Center
americanshakespearecenter.com • 877-682-4236
10 S. Market Street
Our Town, Romeo and Juliet, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be featured on the Blackfriars Playhouse stage during the weekend.

Barren Ridge Vineyards
barrenridgevineyardsva.com • 540-248-3300
984 Barren Ridge Road, Fishersville, VA
Small, family-owned vineyard and winery in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, featuring Mary Baldwin University chardonnay and merlot.

Frontier Culture Museum
frontiermuseum.org • 540-332-7850
1290 Richmond Road
Living history museum that tells the story of the people who migrated from the Old World to America and the life they created in the Shenandoah Valley.

Staunton Farmers’ Market
stauntonfarmersmarket.org
Wharf Parking Lot on Johnson Street
Saturday, 7 a.m.–12 p.m.

Staunton Trolley Tours
stauntonguidedtours.com • 540-885-2430
Trolley leaves the Visitor’s Center on New Street. Call in advance to request a guide. Enjoy a lovely overview of Staunton, including five historic districts, attractions, and stories.
Saturday and Sunday only

Sunspots Studios
sunspots.com • 540-885-0678
202 South Lewis Street
Open seven days a week with free glassblowing demonstrations until 4 p.m. most days.
Call ahead to ensure the artists are working on the day of your visit.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library
woodrowwilson.org • 540-885-0897
20 N. Coalter Street
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum offers a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages. Retrace the journey of our 28th president as you take a self-guided tour through seven galleries which explore Wilson’s early years, his eventful presidency, suffrage, prohibition and WWI. (Discount rate $7 with nametag)
9–5 Monday to Saturday, 12–5 Sunday

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