With 50 years between who they are today and their years as students at Tennessee Tech, members of the class of 1967 were inducted into the Golden Grad Society during 2017 homecoming festivities.
The group shared memories of their time at Tech, which included Public Programs in Memorial Gym, snowball fights on the Main Quad, dorm life with early curfews, pep rally bon fires, muscle cars, concerts, listening to WHUB, and long hours of studying.
“Tennessee tech gave us all many opportunities and those opportunities contributed to the success in our lives and in the communities in which we served and worked and in our careers,” said Linda Davis, ’67 secondary education.
Each year, members of the class celebrating 50 years since their graduation from Tech are welcomed back to campus with a reunion featuring campus tours, special events and the opportunity to connect with their former classmates.
“Overall my experience at Tech was just plain awesome,” said Bobby Gill, ’67 mathematics. “Campus life contributed to my maturity and who I am today. My math degree opened a door for me that resulted in a 47-year career in information technology.”
At the encouragement of his classmates, Gill ran for and was elected 1967 class president. He was surprised by the election results, as he felt most of the student body didn’t know who he was when the race began.
“It turned out to be a wonderful experience,” Gill said. “I got to get close to the administration with the Associated Student Body, and I made a lot of new friends.”
Jerry Cantrell, ’67 industrial engineering, was voted Mr. Tennessee Tech in 1967. At Tech’s 2017 homecoming game, Cantrell got to meet and congratulate this year’s Mr. Tennessee Tech, Mason Hilliard.
Each Golden Grad class contributes a class gift to the university. The class of 1967 class gift totaled more than $100,000. Of that, $5,535 were contributed specifically to support the Tech Alumni Legacy Scholarship, providing scholarships to the children, step-children, grandchildren or step-grandchildren of Tennessee Tech graduates.
In 2018, the Tennessee Tech Crawford Alumni Center plans to welcome back the class of 1968. For more information, visit http://ttualumni.org/.