Homecoming: November 5-6, 2021

Homecoming is more than just an event. It’s an occasion to celebrate everything that’s unique and incredible about Belhaven University. Join us back on campus November 5-6th to enjoy special events, share memories, build new traditions, and reunite. Take a sneak peek at some of the fun events planned for Homecoming Weekend!

At this time, we are planning on gathering in person to celebrate Homecoming 2021. We will continue to evaluate the situation and will adjust for the health and safety of our campus community as needed. 

Continue to check back frequently for details and updates surrounding our schedule of events. Additional information will also be shared via e-mail and Facebook.

Be sure to reserve your hotel by Oct. 22 to receive a discounted rate.  For more information about where to eat and exciting things to do in the area, check out Visit Jackson.

If you’re unable to join us we hope to see you next year!

Questions? Email alumni@belhaven.edu or call 601-968-8719.

Homecoming Schedule

Friday, November 5, 2021
12:00 - 1:30 pm Alumni Panel (Irby 200)
Current students and parents are invited to attend and hear from successful alumni in the marketplace.
3:30 - 5:00 pm Belhaven Impact Group (McCravey Triplett Student Center, Joy Lackey)
Alumni Networking Event – Alumni are invited to attend by invitation.
4:00 pm Greg Long Choir Reunion Practice (Center for the Arts, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall)
Co-hosted by JD Longmire and Greg Long.  Come back and be prepared for fellowship, choir practice, and performance.  The choir will perform during the Alumni Awards Dinner and lead in the National Anthem at the football game.  We can’t wait to see and hear you.   ♫♪♫♪
5:30 pm Alumni Awards Dinner (Dr. Billy Kim International Center)
This will be a great time of fellowship and celebration. We will also celebrate the life and legacy of Bettye Quinn. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm.
Tickets are $25, seats are limited. Register here.
7:00 - 10:00 pm 50 Year Class Reunion (McCravey Triplett Student Center, Lobby)
The Class of 1971 will gather together immediately following the Alumni Awards Dinner.
Dinner will be served.  Tickets are $12 in advance.  Register here.
Immediately following Alumni Awards Dinner 7:30 pm Greg Long Choir Reunion (McCravey-Triplett Student Center, Joy Lackey)
Choir members who sang under Greg Long’s direction are gathering for a performance / Reunion. We have several alumni traveling home to Belhaven from out of state, even out of country. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to reconnect!  Performances will be at the Alumni Awards Dinner and during the pre-game football performance.  RSVP here.
Immediately following Alumni Awards Dinner 7:30 pm Class of 1991 Dessert Fellowship (McCravey-Triplett Student Center, Joy Lackey)
The class of ’91 also welcomes everyone to our 30 year reunion and extends the invitation to our classmates from the late 80’s through 1992.  We have several alumni traveling home to Belhaven from out of state, even out of country.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to reconnect! RSVP here.
7:00 pm Fall Dance Concert (Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre)
Showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists, presented by the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and members of DOXA. Styles include classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance.
General Admission $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm. 
Email dancetickets@belhaven.edu to reserve tickets.
7:00 - 9:00 pm Pep Rally (Belhaven Bowl)
Join us for a pep rally celebration, beginning at 7:00pm, to celebrate our Blazer football team as they prepare to take on McMurry University. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families are welcome!
Saturday, November 6, 2021
9:00 am Praying Belhaven (Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Room 200)
Join us for a time of worship and prayer. Come pray with some of your favorite Belhaven Faculty. Everyone is welcome, an RSVP is appreciated.
10:00 am 50 Year Club (Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Room 202)
All alumni from the classes of 1971 and earlier are invited to attend and reminisce. We will induct the Classes of 1970 and 1971 into the 50 Year Club.
Special attention will be given to the life and legacy of the late Betty Quinn. Brunch will be served and a gift given. RSVP here.
11:00 am Alumni Homecoming Tailgate (Alumni Hospitality Tent, Belhaven Bowl)
Join us in the alumni hospitality tent, next to the press box, to watch the game and fellowship. Food trucks will be available.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Alumni Tour of Campus (Meet under the Alumni Tailgate Tent)
Join the Alumni Office for a guided 1-hour tour of campus.  Everyone is welcome, an RSVP is appreciated.
1:00 pm Blazers vs. McMurry University (Belhaven Bowl)
Watch the game under the oaks in the alumni hospitality tent or from the Belhaven Bowl.  Free admission.
2:00 - 4:00 pm Senior Art Exhibition Opening Reception (Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & Dance Center, Art Gallery)
The Senior Exhibition is the culminating experience for our BFA candidates.  These students have worked hard to develop their own voices as artists throughout their coursework in the Art and Design Department.  This exhibit serves as a launching point for professional practice and allows the students to gain practical knowledge of museum work through the curating and installing of their exhibit.
4:00 pm 50 Year Class Reunion (Polk’s Home located in the Belhaven neighborhood)
Drop by the home of Weezie and Eddie Polk for a final gathering.  A shuttle from Belhaven will be available at 4 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7 pm.  Meet in the circle of the parking lot by the Student Center. Light Refreshments will be offered.
CANCELED 40 Year Class Reunion (Dr. Billy Kim Center, Room 200)
The Class of 1980 will gather together at 6 pm.  The classes around 1980 are welcome to join them.  Dinner will be served.  Tickets are $15 in advance.  Register here.
Immediately following the football game 30 Year Class Reunion and Greg Long Choir (TBD)
Check back often for updates
7:00 pm Fall Dance Concert (Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre)
Showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists, presented by the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and members of DOXA. Styles include classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance.
General Admission $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Email dancetickets@belhaven.edu to reserve tickets.

 

Class Reunions

If you would like to help plan your class reunion, please contact Frank Laws, Associate Vice President for Advancement, at flaws@belhaven.edu or 601-968-8978.

Also, take a look at past Belhaven Yearbooks.

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn - Jackson/Madison
320 New Mannsdale Road
Madison, MS 39110
T: 601-420-0442 or toll-free at 877-782-9444
Rate: $89
Group Code: BEL
The last day to book at this special group rate is October 22, 2021.

Homewood Suites by Hilton – Jackson Fondren Medical District
2815 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
T: 601-398-9500
Rate: $109-$149 depending on room
You must open the link in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to get the discounted rate

Residence Inn - The District at Eastover
1248 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
T: 601-362-8003
Rate: $129
Group Code: Belhaven Homecoming
The last day to book at this special group rate is October 15, 2021.

For more information about where to eat and exciting things to do in the area, check out Visit Jackson.

Great Places to Eat

Here is a list of some of our favorite places to eat, right near campus.

Campus Map / Parking

To avoid JSU football traffic, we recommend coming to campus from the I-55 and Fortification exit.

  • Parking is available in the lot at the intersection of Poplar Blvd and Olive Street.
  • Additionally, parking is available in the lot behind the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Studio.
    • Turn into campus at the Peachtree and Euclid gate.
    • The entrance to the lot is just past Bitsy Irby to the left.

Good news!  A parking garage is coming in the summer of 2022.

Belhaven Bookstore

The Belhaven Bookstore Hours Homecoming Weekend:

  • Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Plus, shop Belhaven University apparel, merchandise, and gifts anytime at the Belhaven Bookstore online.

Alumni Award Recipients

Maxie Gordon, ‘83 Alumnus of the Year
Javanté Ingram, ‘12 Young Alumnus of the Year
Mandy Lanier Bailey, ‘01 Bettye Quinn Education Award
Brad Bailey, ‘00 Bettye Quinn Education Award
Heath Jordan, ‘98 Business Success Award
J.D. Longmire, ‘90 STEM Distinction Award
Wade Wicht, ‘97 Entrepreneurial Award
Haddon McKinney, ‘07 Arts Excellence Award
Tanya Abadia Weaver, ‘91 World Service Award
James R. Carter, ‘83 Church Service Award
Brian Benn, ’16, ‘18 Community Service Award