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BHSU to host All-School Reunion June 27-29 celebrating 125th Anniversary of the Alumni Association

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, May 31, 2019/Categories: Events, Students, Alumni, Campus Currents, Campus Transformations, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Events, Home News, Staff, 2019

Black Hills State University is hosting an All-School Reunion June 27-29 in Spearfish. The event celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Alumni Association and the more than 24,000 alums who have attended BHSU.

Alumni are invited to register for the Reunion by June 14 at Events throughout the weekend include get-togethers with friends, activities that highlight all the outdoor recreation the Black Hills have to offer, as well as tours of local attractions and great new innovations on campus and in the region. BHSU alums Williams & Ree and Gary Mule Deer will perform at the June 28 Downtown Friday Nights in Spearfish as part of the reunion weekend festivities.

“Bring your kids, grandkids, your spouse or friend to show them your college stomping grounds. We have family-friendly events planned for all ages during the Reunion,” said Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations at BHSU. “It’s been 18 years since the University’s last All-School Reunion, and we’re looking forward to seeing our alumni back on campus. Whether you live in the Hills or far away, we hope you’ll get reacquainted with your alma mater and classmates you may not have seen for some time.”

The All-School Reunion commemorates the first meeting of the Alumni Association, which was held June 14, 1894. Kate Kemper, Class of 1887 (the first class to graduate from the institution that became BHSU), was elected President and Lynn McCain, Class of 1892, was elected Vice President.

Today, the BHSU Alumni Association is a non-dues organization with the mission of providing leadership, organization and planning for alumni activities contributing to the goals and objectives of BHSU.

For information on All-School Reunion events, accommodations, and to register, visit or contact Wheaton at 605-642-6446 or with questions.

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