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UC holds Inaugural Silver Reunion


Williamsburg, KY. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) held its Inaugural Silver Reunion breakfast for the class of 1989 who celebrated their 25th year anniversary on May 10th in the Boswell Campus Center before the UC’s 2014 commencement ceremony. The Golden Reunion, class of 1964, joined them for a morning of reflection and visitation.

“It is always nice to have UC alumni back at their alma mater, reminiscing, and discussing their fondest college memories,” said UC Alumni Director and ’89 graduate, Dave Bergman. “This year, we are celebrating the unforgettable years of the Diamond Jubilee and the Centennial, which were milestones in which the class of 1989 and class of 1964 were fortunate enough to experience while at Cumberlands.”

The classmates who attended the Silver Reunion included:

Dave Bergman (Williamsburg, KY), Donnie Grimes (Williamsburg, KY), Cathy Sue Smith (Barbourville, KY), and Angela (Vance) Whitaker (Neon, KY).

The students of ’89 experienced many milestones and accomplishments that they will never forget. That year, the basketball team was number one, the football team had an undefeated season, the college celebrated its bicentennial year, and the class of ’89 was the very last class to graduate in the old Gatliff gym, or as it is called today, the Intramural Gym (IM gym). The class of ’89 consider themselves to have been a close group and they credit the lack of technology for that relationship. More face-to-face interaction was needed whereas today, students are constantly texting, emailing, or using social media to contact their friends.

“The campus has changed so much over the years,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, President of UC. “Every time alumni return to campus after they have spent time away, they always tell me how beautiful our campus is and how much things have improved. Our landscaping, buildings, cleanliness, and overall atmosphere are things in which we are proud.”

The University of the Cumberlands and the Alumni Services Department are constantly on the move to try to bring alumni back home to Cumberlands to keep the memories and possibly the best days of their lives, alive. Angela Whitaker, class of 1989, passed down her Cumberlands experience to her son, Solomon Whitaker, who she proudly watched walk across the stage that morning at commencement just as she had done 25 years prior.

“The goal of an education should be a lifelong career that you have prepared for and with that, should come success to remember the fond memories of your days spent on campus as a student,” said Bergman. “We hope these events and reunions bring alumni back to campus year after year with heartfelt memories for their alma mater and a willingness to give back.”

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