Homecoming Reunions a Success

Dr. Julian with Bobby Osborne

140th Celebration of the Pride of the Southland Band

On Friday, Nov. 6, a tradition of excellence was honored.

Alumni from eight states attended the 140th Celebration of the Pride of the Southland Band. They came together to celebrate a great legacy and to share their own perspective on how the Pride of the Southland has so positively impacted their lives.

Attendees enjoyed the remembrances via photographs provided by band alumna Betty Myers, the band video history, and touching comments by Bill Williams, David Keith, Bob Kesling, and Bruce Pearl.

After paying tribute to Bobby Osborne and the origin of “Rocky Top,” the grand finale—a performance by the current Pride of the Southland Band—blew everyone way.

“The tuba floral arrangement displayed as band alumni, friends, and guests descended the steps was beautiful and set the atmosphere for the evening, similar to the ambiance found in honoring royalty,” said one celebration attendee who traveled all the way from Seattle, Wash.

The evening was an ideal way for alumni and friends to celebrate past memories and look forward to an exciting future for the Pride. Alumni are already anticipating the next celebration!

Pictured above are Dr. W.J. Julian and Bobby Osborne

Black Alumni Reunion

Alumni from various cities and states returned to recognize sororities, fraternities, and lines celebrating milestones. Many activities throughout the city entertained alumni, including the Knoxville Wine Down and the Black Alumni Reunion presented by the Black Alumni Council.

Collegiate Reunions

The College of Engineering, College of Law, and College of Communication and Information entertained alumni with pregame tailgate parties at their colleges. The weather was perfect for tailgating with fellow alumni and friends.

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