He noted that all of the events were mask mandatory, as is anything held on the ASU campus, and that social distancing protocols were also in force.
ONE GREAT EVENT AFTER ANOTHER TO HONOR THE 1971 GOLDEN CLASS ALUMNI
It all began on Wednesday (May 5) at an evening 'Sons and Daughters' Love for ASU ' Welcome Reception that was held at the ASU John Garrick Hardy Student Center's Ballroom, and it continued on the next day with a special 'Every Heart Beats True' Golden Celebration Brunch. However, the day's show-stopper occurred at Thursday evening's opulent and elegant 'Crowned with Glowing Fame' Golden Gala, which was held in the glittering black and gold decorated Hardy Student Center Ballroom that was complete with special greetings by President Ross and accompanied by numerous special tributes to the class of 1971.
"Needless to say, it was choked-full of food, fun, music and Hornet Nation fellowship," Handy said.
GOLDEN CLASS ALUMNI GIVE BACK TO ASU
Noted historian Dr. Richard Bailey (ASU Class of 1971) of Montgomery, is the chairman of the steering committee of the 1971 ASU Golden Class. He explained that there is alot more than just fun and frolicking at this year's Golden Class events.
"While we do have a wonderful time getting together over food and refreshments, I am proud to say that we have come here to also give back something to our O Mother Dear," Bailey said, after the Golden Celebration Brunch.
"Our 1971 Golden Class has come together and raised $70,700 that will be presented to the University at Thursday's evening gala. We raised that money through individual donations from 46 members of our class, plus the sale of ads in our souvenir program and the purchasing of brick-pavers to be placed near the Hardy Student Center."
Bailey, an acclaimed civil rights expert historian and published author, said that the events that occur for the class of 1971 bring to mind the pinnacle of his love and affection for the Hornet Nation.
"All of the events, and certainly participating in ASU's commencement ceremony brings forth to me the pinnacle of my feelings toward my revered alma mater," Bailey stated.
"ASU personifies everything that I care for and cherish in an educational institution - it is rich in history, known nationwide for its tradition of providing an excellent education for its students, and most certainly it reflects a commitment to improve the lives of the African-American community, as well as the nation as a whole."
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