Donor Thank You BBQ & Summer Reunion

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Donor Thank You BBQ & Summer Reunion

Thursday, August 82024


This is an invite-only event for our alumni and friends who are donors and alumni from the Classes of 1984 and prior to come back to campus for a cookout on Mary Lyon Lawn. Special recognition for those celebrating their 50th Reunion - and other landmark years!


11:15am - Sing, dance, and be merry on Mary Lyon Lawn with Skip Whitmore '69 and his band, The Full Turn. They will perform classics, hits, and rock from all eras on stage until 2:00pm. Music pauses from 12:15-1pm.

11:30am - Check-in begins for the BBQ. Enjoy the live music and view the memorabilia from the Michael J. Spinelli '69 Archives (guests are also invited to bring their own photos or memorabilia they would like preserved).

Noon - BBQ on Mary Lyon Lawn

12:30pm - Welcome remarks

1:15pm - Campus tours available and offerings at Silver Center for the Arts* and Museum of the White Mountains**

2:00pm - Donor Thank You BBQ concludes


*Silver Center Lobby
Barbara Smith Dearborn: A Retrospective Exhibit and benefit auction
Closing Reception, August 8, 2pm

The art displayed is from the collection of Mitzi Dearborn. Barbara Smith Dearborn was a former professor of mathematics, artist and alumna from the class of 1960. The proceeds from this auction will be split between the Museum of the White Mountains and the Barbara S. Dearborn Art Scholarship at Plymouth State University.

The online auction is now open for bidding and closes August 8 at 4pm.

**MWM Hours on Thursday, August 8, 11am-6pm
Of Baskets and Borers: The Past, Present, and Future of Indigenous Basketry in the White Mountains
Dates: May 31 - September 14 

The exhibition will explore the past, present, and future of Indigenous basketry in the White Mountains region. As a museum about a place, our exhibitions seek to present stories about the people, plants, and animals of our region. In this case, we will be exploring the intersection between Indigenous basketry, brown ash trees, and the Emerald Ash Borer.

  • Current Plymouth State donors will be sent a postcard and email invitation with instructions to RSVP. If you're a donor and misplaced or did not receive the postcard or email, please reach out to us at
  • Alumni who are not yet donors, or who still need to renew this year, are invited to join our community of donors  with a registration of $50, which includes $20 for the BBQ and a $30 tax deductible gift to the Plymouth Opportunity Scholarship Angel Fund. Register Here.
  • Celebrate your Class Reunion as part of our Donor Thank You Barbecue. The Class of 1974 will be sent a letter and email invitation with instructions to RSVP.

Contact Assistant Director for Alumni Relations Lauren Wentworth at if you have any questions or need help with online registration, or call the Alumni Relations Office at (603) 535-2428.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is exclusive for our alumni and friends who are donors and the 50th Reunion Class (1974). If you have not yet made a gift this year, we invite you to join our community of donors at

We'll update this list for 2024 as the date approaches.

Submit update for Reunion Booklets and Plymouth Magazine

All updates, with special recognition for landmark Reunion years ('84, '79, '74,  '69, '64, and '59), will appear in the next issue of Plymouth Magazine

Reunion Update Form - What Have You Been Up To?

Please use the space above to update us on what you’ve been up to since your last Reunion. If this is your first Reunion, a summary of what you’ve been up to since graduation would be very welcome. Updates are appreciated, especially if you’re not able to attend in person. As a guide to writing your update, think about career or retirement updates, awards/honors received, family updates, hobbies, travel/adventures, etc. Please keep your updates to 5-6 sentences (maximum) and write it in the 3rd person. An example pulled from the Plymouth Magazine Winter 2022 edition: “Mary (McMullen) Thompson ’75 majored in elementary education and was part of Delta Zeta, Plymouth Players, Polyphonic Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. After graduating she was an elementary school teacher and married David G. Thompson ’77. The Thompsons have been married for 43 years, have five grandchildren, and are enjoying retirement in Harrisville, NH.”
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  • Alumni Relations office hours are 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Stop into the Holmes Alumni House to say hello! 
  • PSU offers free parking in our Silver Center lots to all Plymouth visitors during Main Street construction this Summer.
  • We also have a reserved space for all alumni and guests in the parking lot closest to Rounds Hall for our alumni and guests year-round.
  • Lamson Library and Learning Commons is open for all NH residents, with free access to book borrowing and other resources. 
  • We are always happy to provide recommendations for places to eat, shop, stay or things to do!

View photos from previous Summer Reunions

Volunteer to be a Class Agent and help us connect and invite your classmates. If interested please contact Lauren Wentworth, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at or call (603) 535-2227. Class Agent responsibilities include reaching out and inviting classmates via mail, phone, email, or social media. PSU will provide outreach materials.

Additional questions? Contact the Alumni Relations Office at (603) 535-2428 or