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Come celebrate Lyon College's Sesquicentennial!

We have planned a week of 150th Anniversary Celebrations to honor Lyon College's perseverance and legacy. The events will kick off with ScotsFest (Homecoming & Annual Arkansas Scottish Festival) on Oct. 14-16, with daily activities throughout the following week. Founder's Week celebrations will culminate on Oct. 22 with the inaguration of Lyon College's 19th President, Dr. Melissa Taverner, and a Black Tie Gala.

You only get to celebrate your 150th anniversary once!
Be sure to register for the events you want to attend!




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Schedule of Events**


Friday-Sunday, October 14-16

42nd Annual Arkansas Scottish Festival and Homecoming Events


Monday, October 17

6 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Parade, Downtown


Tuesday, October 18

6-8 p.m.
Poetry in Motion: 1800's Poetry to RAP, Student Center, Edward Commons


Wednesday, October 19

11 a.m.
Opening of the Time Capsule (Couch Garden)

Followed by the Recognition of Former Faculty & Staff

12-1 p.m.

Entertainment provided by the Lyon Marching Band, Scottish Pipers, and Jazz Band

12-1:30 p.m.
Picnic Lunch with our Students*

6-8 p.m.
Brooks Blevins Lecture (Nucor Auditorium)


Thursday, October 20

5-8 p.m.
Board Reception Cocktail Hour* (Bradley Manor)

4-5 p.m.
Historic Bus Tour led by Dr. Brooks Blevins

5:30-7 p.m.
VIP Pre-Show Reception (Bevens Music Room) *

7-9 p.m.

Gravel Yard Benefit Concert with special guest Grace Stormont (Sloan Auditorium, Brown Chapel) *


Friday, October 21

Board of Trustees & Board of Visitors Meetings*

11-11:45 a.m.
Founders' Day Convocation (Brown Chapel)

12 p.m.
Capsule Seal & Dedication

12-1:30 p.m.
Picnic Lunch with our Students (Couch Garden) *

5-8 p.m.
Highland House Social, "Faculty/Staff Appreciation"*

6 p.m.
Student's Outdoor Concert


Saturday, Oct. 22

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Alumni Choir Reunion* (Brown Chapel)*

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
President's Community Brunch* (Bradley Manor)

1:30-3 p.m.
Inauguration of Dr. Melissa Taverner, 19th President of Lyon College* (Couch Garden)

5-9 p.m.
Lyon College: A Better World Starting in Arkansas Black Tie Gala* (Batesville Community Center)



*By invitation or pre-paid tickets only.

**More events will be added as the Sesquicentennial schedule is finalized.


Use the links below to register and reserve your room for Founder's Week! Be sure not to miss out! Click below to get started now. 



Reservation Limit: 50 Rooms                                                                                    

Hampon Inn's cut off date for registration is September 23!             

To reserve a room between October 14-16: Click here!               

To reserve a room between October 20-23: Click here!                           


Reservation Limit: 35 Rooms

Holiday Inn's cut off date for registration is October 1!

To reserve a room call (870) 698-2700, and use the codes below!                                                                                                                             

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