Schedule of Events

Join the Furman Family for an incredible weekend of fun, festivities, and reconnection. We look forward to seeing you October 19-21 for Homecoming 2018. Registration will go live on August 1, 2018.

Weekend Overview

Friday Night

Join the fun Friday night on the Furman Mall for floats, a carnival, a bonfire, and the Homecoming pep rally.

Saturday

Return Saturday for the Homecoming Tailgate and Reunion Village on the Furman Mall. Then head over to the stadium to cheer on the Paladins as they take on the Samford Bulldogs.

Saturday Night

After the game, head to Greenville's award winning downtown. Class Reunions will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for all classes ending '3 and '8. Top of your weekend at the Official Homecoming After-Party.


General Schedule

Thursday, October 18

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Horseplay Skits
Sponsored by Student Alumni Council (SAC)
McAlister Auditorium

7 - 11 p.m.

Float-building
Presented by FUSAB and SAC
Furman Mall    
                               
                                                                

Friday, October 19

8 a.m. -
7 p.m.

Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore Open
Visit the Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore to pick up your new Furman Paladin gear!
Trone Student Center

9 a.m. -
5 p.m.

Special Collections and Archives Exhibition
“Furman’s Legacy of Slavery: An Exhibition Based on the Work of the Slavery and Justice Task Force.” This exhibition, curated by History Professor Stephen O’Neill and Special Collections Librarian Jeffrey Makala, documents the nineteenth-century history of Furman and its founders’ ties to slavery based on documentary evidence from the University Archives and new research undertaken over the past year by the university’s Slavery and Justice Task Force.
2nd floor, James B. Duke Library

10 a.m. -
3 p.m.

Paladin Prep: College Search and Application Workshop

“Paladin Prep” is a program offered for high school-aged Furman legacy students – students who have a sibling, parent, or grandparent (or step-sibling, step-parent, or step-grandparent) who have attended Furman University. The program offers students and their families a window into the world of college admissions. We hope you can join us and experience our newest addition to The Furman Advantage! To register please visit  https://admission.furman.edu/register/PaladinPrep2018
Hartness Welcome Center

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

60th and 65th Reunion Luncheon
Class of 1958 and 1953
Garden Room, Daniel Chapel

2 p.m.

7th Annual Chris Keen '87 Scholarship Golf Tournament – Open to All, Come Support Furman Students

Chris Keen was a beloved member of the Class of ’87, a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, and the men’s basketball team. In celebration of his life, the 7th annual golf tournament to benefit the Chris Keen '87 Endowed Scholarship Fund at Furman will take place on Friday, October 19. The Keen Scholarship Fund provides need-based scholarships to Furman legacy students and in seven years has already awarded more than $55,000 to support Furman students. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. at the Furman University Golf Course. You don’t have to be a member of the Class of ’87, Sigma Nu, or the men’s basketball team to play. This is a great opportunity to gather a group of friends and start Homecoming with a beautiful day on the Furman University Golf Course. To register, or if you have questions, please email Shon Herrick, Associate Vice President for Development or call 864-294-3436.

3 - 5 p.m.

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Check-in
To pick up all football and/or lunch tickets as well as an Alumni sticker, stop by the lobby of McAlister Auditorium. Please note that the Tailgate Lunch and the football game are the only "ticketed events." Check-in will continue Saturday morning on the Furman Mall.
McAlister Auditorium


3 - 5 p.m.

Golden Paladin Drop-In
Open to alumni who graduated fifty or more years ago.
Herring Center for Continuing Education

4 p.m. -
5 p.m.

“Behind the Scenes in Special Collections and Archives.”
See (and touch!) highlights from Furman’s rare book and archival collections, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary book art and historical Furman documents, in this one-hour program. Learn how materials are acquired and preserved, and how they are being used by students and faculty for teaching and research.
2nd floor, James B. Duke Library

5:30 -
7 p.m.

50th Reunion Reception at White Oaks (Home of Furman's President)
President Elizabeth Davis invites the Class of 1968 to her home at White Oaks. Attire is dressy casual.
Transportation provided to White Oaks from the Herring Center for Continuing Education

5:30 -
7 p.m.

"RESISTANCE, PERSISTANCE & TENACITY" Art Exhibition Opening Reception
A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s debut featuring original works of Undergraduate Evening Studies students, alumni, instructors, and staff. Presented by Undergraduate Evening Studies.
Baiden Gallery, Herring Center for Continuing Education

6 - 8 p.m.

Reception for Art Exhibition, Lineage: Tom Flowers and Family
Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m.
Thompson Gallery, Roe Art Building

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Quaternion Meeting and Social
Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served for Quaternion members and family. Special presentation about Furman's history and the Quaternion first-generation scholarship.
Old College

7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball vs. Samford
Alley Gym

7 - 11 p.m.

Homecoming Carnival and Float-building
Presented by FUSAB and SAC
Furman Mall

8 p.m.

Pep Rally & Bonfire
Led by the Furman cheerleaders with an appearance by Head Football Coach Clay Hendrix '86 and the football team captains.
Furman Mall in front of Daniel Chapel

8 p.m.

Guest Artist Recital: Ivano Ascari, Trumpet
Ascari is an internationally-known musician, co-founder of the Verona Brass Ensemble and of the Verona Brass Festival. He has held the position of Professor of Trumpet and Trombone at the Conservatorio in Riva del Garda (Italy) and then in the Conservatorio di Musica di Trento (Trent, Italy). He has recorded nearly 100 CD’s with the Bolzano Symphony Orchestra and other European orchestras, including some of his own compositions. Admission is free.
Daniel Recital Hall

 

 

Saturday, October 20

9 a.m. -
1 p.m.

Special Collections and Archives Open House
Stop by Special Collections and Archives to see materials related to your class, including yearbooks, newspapers, photographs, and more.
2nd floor, James B. Duke Library

9 a.m. -
5 p.m.

Special Collections and Archives Exhibition
“Furman’s Legacy of Slavery: An Exhibition Based on the Work of the Slavery and Justice Task Force.” This exhibition, curated by History Professor Stephen O’Neill and Special Collections Librarian Jeffrey Makala, documents the nineteenth-century history of Furman and its founders’ ties to slavery based on documentary evidence from the University Archives and new research undertaken over the past year by the university’s Slavery and Justice Task Force.
2nd floor, James B. Duke Library

9 a.m. -

1:30 p.m.

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Check-in & Information Tent
To pick up all football and/or lunch tickets as well as an Alumni sticker, stop by the Check-in tent located on the Furman Mall near the front gate fountain. At 1 p.m., all remaining football tickets will be taken to the Paladin Stadium Will Call. Please note that the Tailgate Lunch and the football game are the only "ticketed events." 
Furman Mall (Near the front gate fountain)

9 a.m. -

6 p.m.

Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore Open
Visit the Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore to pick up your new Furman Paladin gear!
Trone Student Center

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Alumni Author Book Signing
Meet alumni authors and see their latest publications.
Featured authors:
Alex '03 and Ken '02 Wiltberger - Ninja Potty Break
Leigh Callan '68 - Here's My Heart, A Legacy of Love and War
Monte Dutton '80 - Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Katie Lester '96 - Picky Pig Pete
Tonya Woods '97 - Under The Tree
Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore, Trone Student Center

9:30 -
11 a.m.

Mingle & Mimosas - Black Alumni and Student Drop-in

The Black Alumni Committee and the Center for Inclusive Communities, cordially invite you to an alumni drop-in and meet and greet. The event will kick-off tailgating and Furman football vs. Samford, and is meant to foster a strengthened sense of community amongst Black alumni, students, faculty and staff. Brunch hors d'oeuvres will be served along with mimosas. One drink ticket will be provided to each guest. Click here to register. 
Trustees Dining Room, Charles E. Daniel Dining Hall (Lower Level - Rose Garden side)

 9:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion - Slavery and Justice
Join members of the University's Task Force on Slavery and Justice to learn more about their research and findings.

Pitts Room - 2nd Floor, James B. Duke Library

10 a.m.

Furman Baseball Reunion
Join fellow baseball alumni for the 3rd Annual Baseball Alumni game at Latham Stadium. Help build new traditions with head coach Brett Harker. Food will be provided for baseball alumni and their families on the Paladin Porch at the Masters Baseball Complex. To reserve a spot in the alumni game, contact Brett Harker.
Latham Stadium

10 a.m. -
1:30 p.m.

Herff Jones - Furman Class Ring Sale
Don’t miss this opportunity to order your Furman Class Ring. Special Homecoming discounts will be offered: $150 off 18kt gold rings, $100 off 14kt gold rings, $50 off 10kt gold rings, and $30 off any other ring type.
Trone Student Center, Outside the Barnes & Noble Bookstore

10 a.m. -
12 p.m.

Mere Christianity Forum / Vista House Alumni Drop-in Brunch
Vista House, 751 Old Buncombe Road, Travelers Rest

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Homecoming Tailgate and Reunion Village 
Join all alumni for the annual Homecoming Tailgate lunch. All classes celebrating a reunion will have reserved tents as well as Furman Singers, Black Alumni, and Senior Order. Lunch tickets may be purchased in advance or day-of based on availability. $20.00 (No charge for children 12 and under.)  
Furman Mall (Rain location: Trone Student Center) 

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Department and Organization Drop-ins
Individual departments and organizations will host drop-in tents adjacent to the Homecoming Tailgate. All of your favorite Furman people will be in one location! 
Furman Mall (Rain location: Trone Student Center)

11 a.m. -
1 p.m.

Greek Life Tailgates on the Furman Mall
Times may vary based upon organization. Please check with your organization or the Office of Student Involvement and Inclusion if you have any questions.

1 p.m.

Football Ticket Pick-Up
Football tickets that have not been picked up at Check-in will be available at the Paladin Stadium Will Call.

2 p.m.

Furman Paladins vs. Samford Bulldogs
Cheer on the Paladins as we take on Samford. 
Paladin Stadium 

6:30 -
8:30 p.m. 

Class Reunion Celebrations (2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968, 1963)
Individual class reunion celebrations hosted by the Furman Alumni Association. $25 per person (please note - there is no charge for the 5th, 10th, and 15th reunions), please register in advance.
Hyatt Regency, Downtown Greenville

7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball vs. Chattanooga
Alley Gym

9 - 11 p.m.

The Official Furman Homecoming After-Party 
Following Homecoming and Reunion events, join alumni and friends for an after–party event downtown. ALL alumni welcome. $10 per person, please register in advance (includes appetizers and two drink tickets).
Ink N Ivy, Downtown Greenville


Sunday, October 21

10 a.m. -
3 p.m.

Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore Open
Visit the Barnes & Noble at Furman Bookstore to pick up your new Furman Paladin gear!
Trone Student Center

8 p.m.  Furman Percussion Ensemble Concert
Omar Carmenates, director. Admission is $5 at the door.
Daniel Recital Hall