Join us in celebrating 145 years of Brenau and the 95th anniversary of the Academy! This year marks a significant milestone, and I am thrilled to extend a warm invitation to our reunion weekend at the Gainesville Historic and Downtown campuses. It’s a perfect opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and make new connections with fellow alumni and current students.

One highlight you won’t want to miss is the 145 Celebration Dinner & Alumni Awards Presentation on Friday evening, where we will honor reunion classes ending in 4 and 9.

The Alumni Reunion Weekend promises to be filled with beloved events and traditions. This year, we’re excited to add the Innovation, Inquiry & Creativity Symposium on Friday, showcasing innovations in teaching and learning. We encourage you to seize the opportunity to earn continuing education credits and explore the diverse offerings at the business and author expo. Whether you aim to showcase your achievements or discover something new and intriguing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Brenau owes its excellence to the dedication of alumni like you, who pay it forward for future generations. This spring, we continue our tradition of the “Golden Decades Giving Competition,” recognizing the decade with the highest participation and most donations. Join the 1878 Club by making a gift in honor of your reunion, a favorite professor, or cherished memories at Brenau. Every contribution, regardless of size, makes a meaningful impact on our students’ lives. I look forward to meeting you and celebrating together!

Emily K. Reid, MBA
Director of Alumni Engagement

Schedule

Thursday, April 11

Alumni raising a glass
  • REGISTRATION & SILENT AUCTION
    • 3-5 p.m., Yonah Lobby
    • This year, the silent auction will be available online, with the option to view items in person, ensuring everyone stays connected and informed about all the exciting action!
  • AFTERNOON TEA
  • GALLERIES OPEN HOUSE
Alumni drinking tea
  • ARCHIVES ROOM OPEN HOUSE
    • 3 – 5 p.m., Trustee Library
    • Look through old pictures and reminisce about your time at Brenau. There will be a special exhibit on display highlighting pieces from our scrapbook collection, including alumnae scrapbooks!
  • 50TH REUNION DINNER FOR CLASSES 1973-1975, 24K CLUB, & GOLDEN ROSES CLUB WITH PRESIDENT DAVID BARNETT
    • 5:30 p.m., Thomas Atrium, Brenau Downtown Center
    • The graduates of 1973, 1974 and 1975 and current members of the 24K Club and the Golden Roses Club are invited to dinner and celebration. Enjoy catching up with friends and reminiscing about your time at Brenau. A special ceremony will be held recognizing each member of these classes.
  • BRENAU COLLABORATIVE: FASHION SHOW
  • BRENAU DANCE SENIOR THESIS & GUEST ARTIST CONCERT

Friday, April 12

Alumni in the fountain
Woman cheering from the crows nest
  • SESSION BLOCK 3 – IIC SYMPOSIUM
    • 2 – 2:45 pm
    • The Innovation, Inquiry & Creativity Symposium sessions are currently under review and selection by a faculty committee. Stay tuned as we’ll be adding them to the schedule soon!
  • SESSION BLOCK 4 – IIC SYMPOSIUM
    • 3 – 3:45 pm
    • The Innovation, Inquiry & Creativity Symposium sessions are currently under review and selection by a faculty committee. Stay tuned as we’ll be adding them to the schedule soon!
  • IIC SYMPOSIUM CLOSING CEREMONY
  • BUSINESS & AUTHOR EXPO
    • 4:30 – 6 pm,  Brenau Downtown Center
    • Alumni are encouraged to promote their businesses, the companies they represent, and/or their books. We eagerly anticipate showcasing the best of Brenau! Limited space available, apply for space today!
  • PRESIDENT’S CLUB RECEPTION
    • 5 -6 pm, Renaissance Gallery
    • The President’s Club is all donors who give $1,000+ annually to Brenau. Please join us for a reception with President David Barnett. Separate invitation to follow.
  • ALUMNI & FRIENDS HAPPY HOUR
  • JUNE MOORE-RICHARDS PORTRAIT UNVEILING
  • 145 CELEBRATION: ALUMNI AWARDS CEREMONY, REUNION DINNER & PINNING
    • 6:30 pm, Brenau Downtown Center Ballroom
    • Open to everyone, this event celebrates the classes that end in a 4 and 9. Each reunion class member will receive their pin during a special ceremony. Enjoy music, dinner and drinks while you catch up with friends. We also will celebrate our annual alumni award winners.
  • BRENAU DANCE SENIOR THESIS & GUEST ARTIST CONCERT
  • GAINESVILLE THEATRE ALLIANCE (GTA) PRESENTS: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Saturday, April 13

Women's College underclassmen carry an ivy and daisy chain while paying homage to the senior class on May Day. (Photo Barry Williams)
  • REGISTRATION
  • SILENT AUCTION
    • This year, the silent auction will be available online, with the option to view items in person, ensuring everyone stays connected and informed about all the exciting action!
    • Silent Auction items will be available to view in the Upper Dining Room until 3 p.m.
  • CLASS DAY
    • 9 – 10 am, Pearce Auditorium & The Crow’s Nest
    • Presented by Brenau’s Office of Student Development & Engagement
  • CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH
  • CLASS PHOTOS
    • 11 am: ’50s, ‘60s, Academy
    • 11:15 am: 50th anniversary classes of 1972 – 74, ’70s
    • 11:30 am: ’80s, ’90s, 2000s
    • 11:45 am: 2010s & 2020s
  • BRENAU PAINT & SIP
    • 1 – 2 pm,  Wilkes Porch & Lawn
    • Leading our inaugural Brenau Paint & Sip event is none other than Gena Robbins, Brenau’s Director of Galleries! Come join the excitement and unleash your creativity in a Brenau-themed painting session!
  • 25TH CELEBRATION OF THE WRITING CENTER
    • 1 – 2 pm, Trustee Library, Writing Center
    • All tutors and friends of the writing center are invited to come celebrate this milestone!
  • MAY COURT PRESENTATION
    • 2 – 3 p.m., Front lawn by the Crow’s Nest
    • Brenau’s Office of Student Development and Engagement presents this timeless tradition crowning the May Queen and wrapping the Maypole.
ZTA house

Hotel Accommodations

Staying in town past ARW? Check out the Gainesville Square and use your Brenau Alumni Discount Card!
Need a card? Fill out this form!


Register for Alumni Reunion Weekend

  • Friday: Alum $30, Guest $20*
  • Saturday: Alum $30, Guest $20*
  • Both days: Alum $50, Guest $30*
  • Sorority Open House: $5 – Donated directly to your sorority
  • 50th Cluster, 24K Club, and Golden Roses Club Reunion Dinner (Thursday): Alum $25, Guest $15
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner (Saturday): $25
  • Brenau Academy & Brenau University t-shirts can be ordered through the registration form through Thurs., March 23, 2023

*For day-of registration add $5 for a single day or $10 for both days. We encourage you to pre-register. Gifts/name tags/packets are not guaranteed for day-of registrants.

Extras:

  • Business & Author Expo space reservations can be made through the registration form.
  • Brenau Academy & Brenau University t-shirts can be ordered through the registration form!
Register for Alumni Reunion Weekend

Golden Decades Giving Challenge

Show your school spirit and prove that your decade is the best ever by participating in the Golden Decades Giving Challenge! Make a gift to Brenau before Friday, April 12, 2024 to contribute to your decade’s goal. Every contribution, regardless of size, makes a meaningful impact on our students’ lives.
Recognition will be given to the decade with the highest participation rate (greatest number of alumni donors) and to the decade with the most dollars donated between July 1, 2023 and April 12, 2024. A silver trophy engraved with the winning class decade(s) will be displayed in Walters Alumni House.

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50th Cluster Reunion

Classes of 1973, 1974, & 1975

We are so excited to welcome you all back to Brenau for your 50th Class Cluster reunion! First, we want to hear from you and about your favorite experiences at Brenau and life beyond! Complete the memory book submission form and attach any photos you’d like for us to include in your 50th class reunion memory book. Everyone who attends the reunion and/or submits a reflection will receive a FREE hard-copy of the memory book!

Don’t miss the 50th Reunion Dinner for Classes 1973-1975 & 24K Club with President David Barnett on Thursday, April 11th at 5:30 pm in the Thomas Atrium, Brenau Downtown Center.

Memory Book Form

Academy 95th Anniversary Reunion

We are so excited to welcome you all back to Brenau to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Academy! We have so many surprises planned for your gathering but first, we want to hear from you and about your favorite experiences at Brenau and life beyond! Complete the memory book submission form and attach any photos you’d like for us to include in your 95th-anniversary memory book. Everyone who attends the reunion and/or submits a reflection will receive a FREE hard-copy of the memory book!

Academy Specific Events:

  • Academy Events: Golden Roses Club Dinner with President David Barnett on Thursday, April 11th at 5:30 pm in the Thomas Atrium, Brenau Downtown Center.
  • Brenau Academy Dinner & 95th Celebration on Saturday, April 13th at 5:30 pm at the Northeast Georgia History Center
Memory Book Form