Since 2016, EWC alumni have hosted an annual homecoming banquet to honor alums celebrating the 50th anniversary of their college graduation. While the banquet recognizes EWC’s “golden alumni,” it also raises scholarship funds for students.
This year, alumni honored members of the EWC Class of 1968. And new EWC President A. Zachary Faison, Jr. helped present the “Golden Alumni Award” to these 50-year graduates. Golden alum Richard Scott, a college math instructor, shares, “It was special having President Faison here to celebrate with us.”
Alums also recruited retired educator and coach Charles “Fox” Lee (EWC ’65) to get alums excited about giving. His efforts yielded more than $20,000 at the banquet for EWC.
Banquet co-chair Marguerite Warren (EWC ’65) adds, “Our programming has three goals: recognition of outstanding alums, fundraising and recruitment of students. Thanks to the dedication and support of EWC alumni, graduating seniors are able to complete their education, attain jobs and attend graduate school. That makes what we do worthwhile.”
Festivities also included featured local, state and national elected star power. Last weekend’s parade included rising political star U.S. Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey, who walked and greeted attendees. Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum led the annual homecoming parade.
Hundreds of students, faculty members, alumni and community members walked the parade route to celebrate homecoming and highlight the importance of voting in the November 6th election.
Also part of the parade and homecoming activities was current U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida running for re-election against Florida Gov. Rick Scott..
Gillum faces Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis, Reform Party nominee Darcy Richardson and a host of minor candidates on the ballot. EWC is a private college founded in 1866 as a school to educate former slaves. It was the first independent institution of higher education and the first historically black college in the State of Florida. It is currently in its 152nd year of operation.
Shown pictured below l-r: Golden Alum Richard Scott (EWC C/O ’68); EWC President A. Zachary Faison, Jr.; Event Co-Chair Marguerite Warren (EWC C/O ’65) and EWC National Alumni President and Event Co-Chair Lillie Vereen (EWC C/O ’69).