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Cumberlands Holds Fourth Annual Golden March


Williamsburg, KY- University of the Cumberlands (UC) celebrated its 50 year graduates during its May 10, 2014 commencement ceremony. Graduates from the class of 1964 were honored at UC’s annual 50th Class Reunion breakfast before the ceremony. During the graduation processional, the ’64 graduates walked to their seats in the Golden March Tradition.

“The Golden Reunion is always a great time to mingle with fellow classmates and friends,” expressed UC President, Dr. Jim Taylor. “I’m so glad everyone could make it here this morning. You are all a part of the history of this university and I hope we can continue to keep in touch and keep those memories alive.”

The Golden Reunion began in 2011 to present an opportunity to recognize 50 year graduates in the spring on commencement day. This year, participating members of the class of ’64, along with other UC faculty, staff, alumni, and family, gathered at the Boswell Campus Center on UC’s campus before the 2014 graduation ceremony for a complimentary breakfast and a moment of reminiscing and recognition.

The classmates who attended the Golden Reunion included:

Ginger (Miller) Brashear – Williamsburg, KY , Charles Cameron – Alcoa, TN , Ernest Hughes – Florence, KY , Bruce Kirby – London, KY , Chester “Mac” Gibson – Pioneer, TN , Helen (Hensley) Hollingsworth – Louisville, KY , Reba (Taylor) Morse – Lorton, VA , Jimmie Lou (Manning) Rice – Lexington, KY , Betty (Dodson) York – Monticello, KY, Wendell Wilson – Helton, KY, Jerry Kersey – Harlan, KY, Gerald Wilson – Stearns, KY, L.C. Madron – Lake City, TN, Edgar Bryant – Williamsburg, KY, Glenn Worley – Corryton, TN, Wiley Brown – Barbourville, KY , Charles & Ruth (Byrd) Peace – Williamsburg, KY, R. Darrell Burton – Monticello, KY, David Aker – Somerset, KY and Ed Sears- Williamsburg, KY.

As classmates ate their breakfast, stories began to fill the room as they shared their fondest memories of Cumberlands. Edgar Bryant (Williamsburg, KY) attended Cumberlands in 1964 and claims his college career to be some of the highlights of his life. “I enjoyed the college life,” said Bryant. “Every morning, I drove to Cumberlands on my tractor. I am being dead serious; that was my way of transportation. It was fine with me because it got me back and forth and it was a great way to meet new people and have something to talk about.”

Two other members of the 1964 graduating class who attended the reunion were Charles and Ruth Peace (Williamsburg, KY). They were accompanied by two of their four children, Melanie and Becky, who are both Cumberlands graduates as well. Charles and his wife Ruth met and fell in love while attending college and Charles says she “forever changed his life.”

“Charles and I were both in the Art Club here at Cumberlands,” said Ruth. “That year, in 1964, the World’s Fair was in New York City and several of us wanted to go but it cost more than what we had. So, to raise money to travel to the ’64 World’s Fair, Cumberlands’ Art Club created and sold Christmas cards to people on campus and around the community. It was a good idea and we had fun doing it. We raised the money and got to go. That is one of my fondest memories of Cumberlands.”

Charles Peace also shared his memories of starting one of the college’s newspapers called The Independent Review. He enjoyed writing stories and telling his peers about around campus events, current events, and he even had a cartoon column. “It was a great experience to have a campus newspaper for the students, by the students,” said Peace. “Not only was it enjoyable, but my classmates and I were able to put our journalistic skills to the test. It was good practice to see if that is the path we wanted to take in life or not. Unfortunately, The Independent Review only lasted three years but the college soon adopted another school paper and they even have one today.”

After breakfast, William Reed Bryant (Williamsburg, KY, ‘62) and Paul Steely (Williamsburg, KY, ’49) recognized the alumni, presented them with their pins and medallions, and then proceeded to take a group picture of the class. The class of ’64 were robed and walked ahead of the 2014 graduates during the annual commencement ceremony that shortly followed the Golden Reunion. Cumberlands recognized the class of ’64 for their 50 year journey after college and were grateful for their loyalty, pride, and their welcoming return to their alma mater.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit