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Reunion Schedule Of Events

GPGC 60th Anniversary Reunion

Schedule of Events

July 19-22, 2018

Revised June 21, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

3:00 p.m. Drama, Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who Is Part T-Rex, Tritico Theatre (formerly Shearman Fine Arts Center Theater, where you may remember seeing The Frogs last reunion)

7:00-9:30 p.m. Alumni sign-in/meetup at Rikenjaks Brewing Company, 3716 Ryan Street

Buy your own dinner and drinks at this alumnus-owned local eatery. Walk-in reunion sign-ups will be available at the restaurant.

7:00 p.m. Musical, Brigadoon (local-area performance), Tritico Theatre

If you hate crowds, you can catch the musical on Thursday night. This performance aimed at locals might be a bit less crowded than the Friday performance.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Breakfast on your own

10:00 a.m. Alumni sign-in and games, Parra Ballroom

Bring your cards, Risk game, chess board, or whatever you liked to play "back then" and relive the glory in a pick-up game with other gifties. Or just pick up your registration packet and hang out with your pals.

Lunch on your own

Feeling particularly nostalgic? Eat local in the NcNeese cafeteria.

1:00-2:30 p.m.Alumni Spotlight highlighting the accomplishments of many of our GPGC graduates featuring:

  • Karen Joseph Adcock (Class of 2007)
  • Gabriella Runnels (Class of 2008)
  • Alice Green (Class of 2000)
  • Susan Yager (Class of 1969)
  • Amanda LaFleur (Class of 1969)
Located in Parra Ballroom. If you are interested in having a spot in the showcase - please reach out to

3:00 p.m. Drama, Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who Is Part T-Rex, Tritico Theatre

5:00 p.m. Dinner on your own

Get your friends together and explore some of the fine dining possibilities of Lake Charles. Or try the cafeteria if you missed out on lunch there....

7:00 p.m. Musical, Brigadoon (final performance), Tritico Theatre

8:30 p.m.-midnight Alumni Welcome Reception. Join us to officially kick off the 60th Reunion celebration, as well as to hear alumni and current Program Director Josh Brown (Class of 1986) speak on the current status and future of the program. Location: Parra Ballroom

A cash bar will be available for alumni and guests 21+. Snacks will also be available but this is not a dinner.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m. Graduation for current GPGC students, Tritico Theatre

9:30 a.m. Graduation Reception, Tritico Theatre Lobby

Get-together for current gifties, parents, and all alumni to meet, greet, socialize, network, and get to know one another.

10:00 a.m. Alumni speaker: Dr. Robert Svoboda (Class of 1967), Parra Ballroom

Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India.

11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch from Mellow Mushroom, Parra Ballroom

1:30 p.m. One-Man Show by Ron Ehmke (Class of 1974), Location: Baker Auditorium, Farrar Hall. "The Dark Times, Parts 2 and 3: In the City of the Dead" continues the saga of Life After the Program for several of his contemporaries in a (mostly) comic monologue that he began telling during the 55th-year reunion. This section is self-contained, so you don't have to have seen (or remember) Part 1. However, if you want to check it out, Part 1 can be seen here in a slightly echoey video of the actual performance.

Note: The language and subject matter of this performance are for adults only. Please, no children.

3:00 p.m. Final Performances: Large Ensemble & Choral Concerts, Tritico Theatre, McNeese

Don't miss out on the large ensemble concert program, choral concert program, and the necessity as alumni to join the chorus on stage to sing "Stopping By Woods" and "The Impossible Dream"

6:00 p.m. Alumni Dinner with Alumni speaker: Joe Barnes (Class of 1969), Location: Parra Ballroom, McNeese

A cash bar will be available for alumni and guests 21+; dinner is provided.)

7:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.Alumni Dance featuring karaoke and Alumni DJ Ryan Domingue (Class of 2006), Parra Ballroom

Join one of our local alumni showing off his skills at the turntables--and the option of karaoke. Cash bar available for alumni and guests 21+.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

9:30 a.m.Breakfast and in-person Alumni Meeting, McNeese Cafeteria. Say your good-bye to the old Ranch, which will be torn down in the near future for new construction.

Breakfast will be provided and this meeting is open to all alumni. We will brainstorm ideas for the future growth of the GPGC.

NOTE:There will be several performances of both the Drama and the Musical during the Reunion. Alumni are welcome to attend any or all performances as they wish. If space is limited at any time, we ask that alumni defer to the families of current students. There is also a dress rehearsal performance of the Musical for the general public on Wednesday night (July 18) before the reunion, if folks nearby would prefer to attend that evening.