Homecoming and Reunion 2024


We are excited to welcome alumni and friends back to campus for Homecoming and Reunion in November! The below schedule of events offers a variety of activities for everyone. The schedule of events will be updated with events through out the year. Please see event details below for the date, time, location and registration information. E-mail alumni@winthrop.edu with questions.

(R) denotes registration required and ($) denotes cost associated with the event.


Register for Homecoming and Reunion activities


Schedule of Events for Nov. 4-9, 2024

 

Winthrop Spirit Check Video  

Do you have Winthrop Spirit? Check out the Winthrop Alumni Association Facebook page or Instagram (@winthropalumni) to learn the Winthrop Spirit Check so you can join us as we show our Eagle Pride all week long.


Tuesday, Nov. 5

Faculty and Staff Alumni Lunch (R)
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center

As a thank you for their service to the university, all 200+ Winthrop faculty and staff who are also Winthrop alumni are invited to a Faculty and Staff Alumni Luncheon, courtesy of the Winthrop Alumni AssociationRegister before Friday, Oct. 25. We will take a group photo at 12:30 p.m. If you have any dietary restrictions, e-mail Brittany Neely ’14, alumni engagement coordinator.

If you’ve attended the lunch in the past, please wear your “Proud to Work for my Alma Mater” T-shirt that you received. If you do not have a T-shirt or are a new faculty or staff alumnus, please e-mail Brittany Neely '14, alumni engagement coordinator.

 

Thursday, Nov. 7

Official Winthrop Ring Table
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby

If you are a degree-holding alumnus, a current student who has completed 54 credit hours, achieving Junior or Senior status, or a graduate student who has completed at least 18 hours at Winthrop University, you can purchase the Official Winthrop Ring and other Winthrop jewelry. Stop by the Jostens table to get sized, learn about your options and place your order.

 

2024 Alumni Awards Dinner (R)
Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union

6 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center

The 2024 Alumni Award recipients will be honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner. This event is invitation only. Thanks to the event sponsor, Founders Federal Credit Union!

Founders Federal Credit Union

Friday, Nov. 8

Official Winthrop Ring Table
2 - 5 p.m. | DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby

If you are a degree-holding alumnus, a current student who has completed 54 credit hours, achieving Junior or Senior status, or a graduate student who has completed at least 18 hours at Winthrop University, you can purchase the Official Winthrop Ring and other Winthrop jewelry. Stop by the Jostens table to get sized, learn about your options and place your order.

 

College of Arts and Sciences Encore Distinguished Lectures (R) 
2:15 p.m. | Kinard Hall Auditorium

College of Arts and Sciences' emeritus professors will speak on topics of contemporary cultural significance to current students, faculty, staff and alumni. More information about the lecture topics will be shared this fall. E-mail the College of Arts and Sciences at casga@winthrop.edu to register.

 

Campus Art Tour (R) 

3 p.m. | Front Steps of Rutledge

Meet at the front steps to the Rutledge Building for a 45-minute walk around campus led by the College of Visual and Performing Arts to view sculptures and student art on campus. Register before Tuesday, Oct. 29. For accessibility tours, call 803/323-2145 or e-mail alumni@winthrop.edu.


Campus Tours with Student Ambassador (R)

3 p.m. and 3:30  p.m. | Joynes Hall

Enjoy a 45-minute walking tour of campus with a student ambassador. Register with the office of undergraduate admissions and let them know if you need a golf cart for the tour..

"Day by Day" 1919 Film Viewing (R)

3 p.m. | Dina’s Place

A special screening of the 1919 silent film of Winthrop, which was used as a recruitment video, will be shown during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Gina Price White ’83, director of Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, will narrate the movie. Watch a preview of the movie on the Alumni Association Facebook page here.

 

President's Circle Fall Reception (R)

5-7 p.m.  | The Shack

The President’s Circle recognizes annual donors whose total giving reaches $1,000 or more each fiscal year. Members lead the Winthrop community in promoting a culture of giving to have a profound impact on the university and its students. Membership in the President’s Circle is based on qualifying gifts to the Winthrop University Foundation between July 1 and June 30 of the preceding year and renewable annually. This event is invitation only for members of the President’s Circle.

 

Homecoming Happy Hour ($) (R)

6 p.m. | Slow Play Brewing

Raise a glass to your Winthrop friends at the Homecoming Happy Hour at Slow Play Brewing! Grab some delicious grub from the Twisted Eats food truck from 4-9 p.m. The brewery will be open until 11 p.m.

The Department of Political Science, Philosophy, Religion and Legal Studies, Department of Social Work, Department of Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology, the Department of World Languages and Cultures will gather from 6-8 p.m. Slow Play Brewing is owned by three Winthrop alumni, Ben Lee ’05, Matt Poston ’11 and Ron Fasick ’02. Mention you are an alumnus to get 15% off your bar tab.

 

Class of 1974 50-Year Reunion Reception and Class Dinner (R)

6 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center

The Class of 1974 will celebrate its 50-year golden reunion with a wine and cheese reception followed by a class dinner in Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

 

Reunion Welcome Reception (R)

6-9 p.m. | Morgan-Holcombe Alumni Center at the Stewart House

The Classes of 2019, 2014, 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954 and 1949 are invited to the Class Reunion Welcome Reception at the Morgan-Holcombe Alumni Center at the Stewart House to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with fellow alumni celebrating a reunion. 

25-Year Anniversary of Close Scholars Program

6 p.m. | Founders Dairy Barn at the Anne Springs Close Greenway

This year the Close Scholars Program is celebrating 25 years of awarded student support with an invitation only event.

Established in 1998 with generous gifts from the Springs Close Foundation, the Close Scholars Program supports the commitment of the Springs Close Foundation to give back to the communities of York, Lancaster, and Chester counties, as well as Winthrop's vision of enrolling "an achievement-oriented, culturally diverse and socially responsible student body." For more information about the Close Scholars Program e-mail Miguel Caldwell, program manager for Close Scholars at closescholars@winthrop.edu.

 

Women’s Volleyball Game vs. USC Upstate
6 p.m. | Coliseum
The women’s volleyball team will host USC Upstate at the Coliseum at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 1 at winthropeagles.com.

 

Saturday, Nov. 9

Alumni Reunion Brunch (R)

9 a.m. | McBryde Hall

The Classes of 2019, 2014, 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954 and 1949 are invited to the Alumni Reunion Brunch to celebrate their milestone reunion! We will gather in McBryde Hall for coffee, cocktails and a walk down memory lane with Winthrop memorabilia from the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections. Each reunion class will take a commemorative photo that will be mailed as a keepsake. Each class photo time is noted in your class letter. The brunch buffet opens at 11 a.m. followed by the brunch program. You can pick up your nametag and reunion souvenir if you did not receive it on Friday.

 

Official Winthrop Ring Table
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | McBryde Hall

If you are a degree-holding alumnus, a current student who has completed 54 credit hours, achieving Junior or Senior status, or a graduate student who has completed at least 18 hours at Winthrop University, you can purchase the Official Winthrop Ring and other Winthrop jewelry. Stop by the Jostens table to get sized, learn about your options and place your order.

 

Alumni Choir Concert
10 a.m. | Barnes Recital Hall

The Winthrop Alumni Choir and the Winthrop University Chorale will present a Homecoming concert in Barnes Recital Hall on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. The concert is free, open to the public and will include pieces sung by the Winthrop Alumni Choir and Winthrop Chorale. Alumni who would like to participate in the Winthrop Alumni Choir can register by e-mailing Jeremy Mims, director of choral activities, at mimsj@winthrop.edu. Rehearsal will be at 8:30 a.m. followed by the concert at 10 a.m. E-mail Jeremy Mims, director of choral activities, at mimsj@winthrop.edu for more information. Follow Winthrop University Choirs on Facebook for more updates. 

 

Homecoming Tailgate ($)
TBD | Coliseum

Celebrate Homecoming at tailgate with alumni, family and friends! The tailgating time will be shared this fall. Visit the Homecoming Tailgate website for more information.

Visit the Alumni Association tailgate for an inflatable bounce house for kids, inflatable basketball, inflatable skee ball, Winthrop coloring books, corn hole, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4 and alumni swag. Thanks to our tailgate sponsor, Founders Federal Credit Union! Be sure to visit their tailgate tent, located next to the Alumni Association tent.
Founders Federal Credit Union

Women’s Volleyball Game vs. UNC Asheville
Time TBD | Coliseum
The women’s volleyball team will host USC Asheville at the Coliseum. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 1 at winthropeagles.com.

 

Men's Basketball Game vs. TBD  
Time TBD | Coliseum
The men's basketball team will host the Homecoming basketball game at the Coliseum. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 1 at winthropeagles.com.

 

Sunday, Nov. 10

Women's Basketball Game vs. Paine College ($)

2 p.m. | Winthrop Coliseum

The women’s basketball team will host Paine College at the Coliseum. Tickets are available for purchase beginning Nov. 1 at winthropeagles.com.


Bookstore Hours

The Winthrop University Bookstore is located inside the DiGiorgio Campus Center on the first floor and will be open during the following times. For additional information, call 803/323-3800.

Monday-Friday | 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday | 12 p.m.-5 p.m.


Rock Hill Partnerships

Celebrate Homecoming and Reunion by supporting local Rock Hill businesses! Mention you are a Winthrop alumnus at these establishments to enjoy discounts during Homecoming and Reunion week.

 

Knowledge PerkKnowledge Perk ($)

Receive 15% off your check at Rock Hill and Fort Mill’s full coffee immersion coffee shop Monday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 10.

 

MercantileThe Mercantile ($)

Take 15% off your purchase at Rock Hill’s community-minded retailer Monday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 10.

 

Middle James BrewingMiddle James Brewing ($)

Mention you are a Winthrop alumnus to receive 15% off your tab Monday, Nov. 4 - Sunday, Nov. 10. Middle James Brewing is Rock Hill’s only sports-themed brewery. Go Eagles!

 

 

Power HousePower House Food Hall and Brewery ($)

Take 15% off your bill, or other special menu items provided from our six unique vendors, at   The Power House Food Hall, where the history of Rock Hill rallies with the present and future.

 

 

Slow Play BrewingSlow Play Brewing ($)

Receive 15% off your tab Monday, Nov. 4 – Friday, Nov. 8. Slow Play Brewing is owned by three Winthrop alumni, Ben Lee ’05, Matt Poston ’11 and Ron Fasick ’02.