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King University to Kick-off Sesquicentennial Celebration during 90th Annual Dogwood Weekend April 8-10

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 21, 2016 – During April 8-10, King University will celebrate the School’s 90th Annual Dogwood Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the kick-off of the University’s sesquicentennial celebration – 150 years strong. In addition to alumni returning to reunite, reminisce, and reconnect, King University invites the community to join in the upcoming celebrations.

“Dogwood 2016 is going to be a special event,” said Michael Webb, director of alumni relations at King. “This Dogwood will include many of the favorite events including the 50+/Math & Science Breakfast and the luncheon. We have also added a few new events including a faculty panel about the value of liberal arts, as well as a free community concert. We are excited to see many familiar faces on campus. It is going to be fun for the whole family.”

During the week leading up to Dogwood, King University will be celebrating its third annual Student Spirit Week April 4-9, which will include daily activities and games such as mudball, Unplugged, and Gatsby Gala & Casino Night. The pinnacle of Spirit Week will be the presentation of the Dogwood Court and the coronation of the King and Queen, followed by the Dogwood Ball. Former Dogwood Kings and Queens are encouraged to attend the coronation ceremony at 5 p.m. on the Student Center Complex lawn.

Athletic activities during Dogwood include a women’s alumni volleyball match; men’s volleyball versus both Barton College and the University of Mount Olive; women’s and men’s alumni soccer matches; along with Yoga on the Oval. The Athletic Hall of Fame Member Reception followed by the induction ceremony and banquet will take place Saturday, April 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Alumni will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of other events including the alumni luncheon; the picnic on the lawn at the Student Center Complex; an undergraduate research poster session with current King students; the Dr. Jack Snider & Dr. Ed Burke, Jr., Breakfast Club; Nursing alumni dinner; Digital Media Art & Design (DMAD) Gallery; and Catch & Release Fish Tourney. The Sign of the George Press & Gallery, which began operations in 1974 and has seen a recent resurgence, will host an Open House on Saturday, April 9.

King’s Class of 1966 will hold their 50th reunion during Dogwood Weekend. Members of the Class of 1966 will meet on April 9 at Athens Steak House at 5 p.m. for a social hour followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Additionally, there will be reunion gatherings for King Classes of 1976, 1991, and 2006.

King University’s Theatre Department will present “As You Like It” on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 9 at 2 p.m. The play continues the department’s homage to William Shakespeare. Throughout the year 2015/2016, Shakespearean celebrations have been taking place around the globe to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright in history.

“We are excited to present the wonderful Shakespearean play “As You Like It,” says Kiara Pipino, assistant professor of Theatre at King University. “Throughout the 2015/16 season, we have performed a variety of plays by the master playwright as well as enjoyed a theatrical production of “Comedy of Errors” along with several workshops by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company. This final play of the season is one of my personal favorites. My hope is everyone will enjoy our production of this fantastical play.”

The full schedule of events for King University’s Dogwood Weekend is available online at Contact Michael Webb for additional information at 800.621.5464 or send an email to


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