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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. Founders' Week celebrations will culminate on Oct. 22 with the inauguration 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

ScotsFest: 42nd Annual Arkansas Scottish Festival and Lyon Homecoming Events


Monday, October 17

4-6 p.m.
Unveiling of the 150th Traveling Mural & Reception (Kresge Gallery, Alphin Building)


Tuesday, October 18

6-8 p.m.
Poetry Slam ( Student Center, Edward Commons)
All are welcome to come.
Click here to register to slam: https://alumni.lyon.edu/events/150th-anniversary-poetry-slam/tickets


Wednesday, October 19

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


Thursday, October 20

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

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

The Gravel Yard Concert has been postponed.
(New date and time to be announced.)


Friday, October 21

Board of Trustees & Board of Visitors Meetings*

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

11:45 a.m.
Opening & Sealing Dedication of the Time Capsule

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

3 p.m.
Ceremony in Honor of Rev. Isaac Long, First and Founding President of Lyon College
(Isaac Long Gravesite, Oaklawn Cemetery, Batesville)

4-5 p.m.
Alumni Council Meeting (Alphin Board Room, Alphin)

5-8 p.m.
Highland House Social
Past & Present Staff/Faculty Appreciation


Saturday, October 22

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Alumni Choir Reunion* (Sloan Auditorium, Brown Chapel)*

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Inauguration of Dr. Melissa P. Taverner, 19th President of Lyon College (Couch Garden)

12 p.m.-2 p.m.
President's Community Brunch* (Bradley Manor)

5-9 p.m.
Lyon College: A Better World Starting in Arkansas Celebration Gala* (Becknell Gym)



*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 Founders' Week! Be sure not to miss out! Click below to get started now. 



Reservation Limit: 50 Rooms                                                                                    

Hampton 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!                                                                                                                             

Double Queen: #48777747 | Single King: #22979720

Single King Suites w/ Pullout Couch: #49146505 


Reservation Limit: 15 King Rooms and 20 Double Bed Rooms

Ramada Inn's cutoff date for registration is: October 1!

To reserve a room call (870) 698-1800 and ask for the 2022 Lyon College Sesquicentennial block!


Reservation Limit: 15 King Bed Rooms

Comfort Inn's cutoff date for registration is: October 3!

To reserve a room call (870) 698-1900 and ask for the 2022 Lyon College Sesquicentennial block!