Photos by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services
More than 270 WSU graduates and spouses from 1959 and 1949 are in Pullman for the annual Golden and Diamond Graduates Reunion through Friday.
This event marks the 60th anniversary of WSU’s first Golden Graduates reunion: in spring 1949, the WSU Alumni Association (WSUAA) invited back the class of 1899 as the university’s first Golden Graduates. Four of the nine graduates from the class returned to celebrate.
The reunion has grown over the years and is now one of the most celebrated events on campus. The WSUAA plans receptions, banquets and other activities, while colleges and units welcome alumni with luncheons, tours and presentations.
After optional campus tours Wednesday afternoon, graduates were welcomed by President Elson S. Floyd and others at a reception.
Today’s activities began with a bus tour of campus, followed by brunch and a slide presentation by WSU student leaders in the newly renovated Compton Union Building (CUB). This afternoon, alumni can take advantage of optional activities, including two “classes without quizzes:” Wine tasting with Carolyn Ross and global animal health with Bill Sischo.
The evening will conclude with a reception and banquet in the CUB, where Provost Warwick Bayly will give the keynote address. Class representatives Joe Matsen (’49) and Spud Hansen (’59) will reminisce.
On Friday, tee times have been reserved for alumni at Palouse Ridge Golf Club, WSU’s new 18-hole championship facility. Graduates also will meet with friends, stroll around campus, visit the Bookie in its new CUB location, or shop and lunch in downtown Pullman.
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