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A Celebratory Homecoming 2021

There were many celebrations during Homecoming Weekend, but perhaps the most meaningful was the joy of simply being together once again after a two-year hiatus from in-person events. More than 600 Colonels returned home on Oct. 1-3, and many kicked off the weekend by attending the Inauguration of Greg Cant on Friday afternoon. Sixty alumni delegates represented their classmates at the ceremony at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. They then joined the president, his family and guests at an outdoor luncheon by Weckesser Hall.

The warm early fall weather could not have been better, and set the stage for alumni gatherings including the “W Club” donor recognition reception in the Melberger Courtyard, the perennial favorite “Pints with Professors” on the Karambelas East Campus Gateway, and the 50th reunion cocktail party celebrating the Classes of ’70 and ’71. Events began early on Saturday morning with breakfast with the president, an opportunity for alumni to meet and mingle with Cant, and continued at the Homecoming game at Ralston Athletic Complex.

On the Monday following Homecoming, the 3rd Annual Ralston Memorial Golf Tournament began but was rescheduled to October 22nd due to heavy rain. The tournament raised more than $80,000 to benefit athletics at Wilkes and was sponsored by BSI Corporate Benefits.

Save the date for next year’s Homecoming: Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2!

Beautiful weather was the backdrop for the Homecoming game vs. Stevenson University at Ralston Field, where Wilkes was victorious (21-14). A great time was had by all at the Tailgate Tent.

A special highlight was the dedication of the new Stephens Plaza, a beautiful pavilion and tables that has quickly become the gathering place right inside the entrance to the Ralston Athletic Complex. The plaza was given by Dr. Panayiotis (Panos) Kalaritis ’77 and Deborah (Debi) Stephens Kalaritis ’78 and named in honor of Dr. Joseph Donald Stephens, DDS ’51: