Spring Hill College Magazine
By Hallet Graham ’17
Beautiful weather and familiar faces welcomed Badgers back to The Hill with more than 550 alumni, family and friends attending Homecoming on The Hill 2017.
On Friday, March 31, 2017, the weekend began with the annual Seniors with Seniors Lunch at Stewartfield. Members of the class of 1967 joined graduating seniors from the class of 2017 for shrimp and grits and fellowship. As always, priceless stories, memories and many laughs were shared. As the afternoon continued, alumni enjoyed Mass, socials and campus tours. Before dinner, faculty, staff and alumni gathered for the honoring of the Murphy family and the dedication of the Murphy Fine Arts Center. At dusk, the annual Badger Bay Boil was held under beautiful string lights on Library Field. Attendees enjoyed local seafood, great music and beach volleyball games.
On Saturday, the fun continued with early morning tee times and a new event, Brunch at Stewartfield. Throughout the day, Badgers had a chance to attend plenty of sporting events, including softball, rugby and basketball scrimmages. The Carnival at Murray Field was the place to be with local food trucks, carnival games and balloon animals for Badgers of all ages.
A special Commemorative Commencement was held for the class of 1967 who were unable to walk down the Avenue of the Oaks to have their degrees conferred due to rain. On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the sun was shining and the class was finally able to enjoy a graduation ceremony, complete with diplomas. After the commencement, the class gathered in Byrne Memorial Hall to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Golden Badger Dinner.
Saturday evening, the celebrations continued in the Barter Student Center as alumni joined for a casual night of festive fare, live music and dancing at the Badger Ball. On Sunday, guests gathered with the Jesuits at Einstein’s for coffee and doughnuts before attending Mass at St. Joseph Chapel. Mark your calendars for April 13-15, 2018, for Homecoming on The Hill 2018.