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Golden Grad

Class of 1970 Golden Grad Reunion

It is a great honor to recognize our alumni who have reached the special milestone of celebrating their 50th anniversary since graduating from their alma mater, Tennessee Tech. We lovingly refer to these alumni as our Golden Grads. It has been a long-standing tradition for the University President to present a Golden Grad Medallion to each attendee during the 50th Reunion celebrations. The tradition is the official induction to the Golden Grad Society, consisting of all Tennessee Tech alumni who have celebrated their Golden Anniversary. As a memento, the Crawford Alumni Center publishes a memory book for the class celebrating its 50th reunion. This is a special keepsake documenting the years alumni were here at Tech. We look forward to celebrating your 50th with you.

 Golden Grad 2020 Packets

Class Gift

For nearly four decades, it has been a tradition for each Golden Grad Class to contribute towards a class gift. The total is a combination of all gifts given from everyone affiliated with the Golden Grad Class. Any gift to support any area of campus will count as a contribution towards the Class Gift. You may choose to make a gift online or mail a check to Tennessee Tech, Box 1915, Cookeville, TN 38505. 

As you think about your gift designation, please consider the recently established Eagle Assistance Grant. The Eagle Assistance Grant is an emergency grant that was established by a team of enrollment management professionals to help students facing unforeseen financial circumstances. When it was established in 2019, there was no way to know that it would become so vital, so quickly, but all are grateful this resource is available to Tech’s students.

No student in the world has experienced what Tennessee Tech students have experienced in 2020. Students barely had time to regain their balance after the March 3 tornadoes – one of the most devastating natural disasters in Cookeville’s history -  before COVID-19 changed the way the world works, learns and lives. The university has seen an increase in applications for emergency grants. Several students lost a tremendous amount in the tornadoes while others have lost employment from their restaurant and retail jobs due to COVID-19. Tech’s emergency grants are 100 percent donor-funded, and these grants are awarded to students who have exhausted all other scholarship and financial aid opportunities. In short, they keep students enrolled.

Though unforeseen financial challenges are a common part of college life, 2020 has presented college students with new challenges and has required colleges and departments across campus to draw from their emergency funds more than ever before. While operations on Tech’s campus have changed, its commitment to education has not. Tech is grateful to the generous donors who support these funds and provide for students. Having these resources ensures that a difficult year does not have to result in the loss of a college diploma.

Any gift to support any program, department, school, college or fund made at this time will be counted as part of the Class Gift and will enhance the college experience of a student at Tech today.

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Tennessee Tech Hymn - The quiet hills stand steadfast Round walls of russet brown On halls serene and campus green The smoky hills look down; And proudly may I cherish What thou hast giv'n to me, Oh Alma Mater, Tennessee Tech, God prosper thee.  Deep purple stand the mountains And golden sets the sun. We proudly wear these colors fair Until our goal is won; We pledge thee faithful service, Our love and loyalty, Oh Alma Mater, Tennessee Tech, God prosper thee. - Mrs. Joan Derryberry 1943


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