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MC to host Golden Scots Celebration May 31 -- June 3

Monmouth College will host its annual Golden Scots Celebration May 31 – June 3. The event is specifically tailored to members of the 45-year graduating class and earlier.

“Many of the alumni in this age group are retired, so we designed the event with a more leisurely pace and the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars,” explained Lucy Thompson, MC’s director of alumni engagement.

Alumni are invited back as early as May 31, when they can register from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and check in to their air-conditioned rooms on campus. Alumni arriving that day will have the opportunity to play golf, tour campus, learn more about MC’s Hewes Library and explore the sites of Monmouth. A campus progressive dinner and an evening social will conclude the schedule for the day.

On June 1, there will be a Q&A session with MC president Mauri Ditzler and other administrative officers, as well as presentations about Greek life on campus and MC’s educational garden. Guy Welch, a member of the 50-year class of 1962 who worked at Northrop Grumman Space Technologies, will discuss some of the latest developments in satellite cameras. There will also be a picnic lunch on the Dunlap Terrace, another campus tour and a Golden Scots Celebration Dinner featuring an update about the college by President Ditzler.

Also on June 1, a reception will be held in MC’s Everett Gallery at 5 p.m. for two other members of the class of 1962 – Deeks Carroll and John Vellenga – and their art professor from their college years, professor emeritus Harlow Blum. Titled “Golden 60s & Beyond,” the exhibit will include Carroll’s ceramics, Vellenga’s photography and art works by Blum, who taught at Monmouth from 1959 – 1999. A gallery talk will be held several days after the Golden Scots Celebration on June 13 at 10 a.m. in the Everett Gallery, which is located on the upper level of Hewes Library.

Recent Golden Scots Celebrations have included day trips to Springfield, Nauvoo and the Quad Cities. This year’s destination on June 2 is the Aledo Rhubarb Festival, featuring live music, craft fairs and, of course, pie. Alumni staying in Monmouth that day will have another opportunity to tour campus or the sites of Monmouth, including lunch at Olivia’s Cookie Jar. They can also attend open houses for Holt House, Stewart House, the new Alpha Xi Delta house, Marshall Hall and others. The day’s schedule will end with reunion dinners for the classes of 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967, followed by an evening social.

The celebration will conclude June 3 with a memorial service based on a traditional MC chapel service and a closing breakfast.

Monmouth College alumni wanting to register for the celebration can call 1-888-827-8268, e-mail or go online at