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Brenau alums celebrate May Day festivities
Brenau University May Queen Eleanor Kahn waits for her introduction as the May Court lines up Saturday for their entrance during the university’s May Day celebration. - photo by Tom Reed

Brenau University celebrated alumni weekend, continuing the tradition of honoring the “May Day” court as part of the festivities Saturday afternoon on campus.

More than 300 Brenau Women’s College and Brenau Academy alumnae, their families and friends were on campus Friday through today for the annual weekend of class reunions.

The “May Day” celebration for current students is one of the university’s older traditions.

“We are always glad to welcome our alumnae back to the Brenau campus,” said Jenny Dell, alumni director at the university. “But the reunion weekend, coupled with the May Day’ activities for students, provides a unique opportunity for members of the Brenau family to connect across generations. One of the great advantages of the Women’s College is that women thrown together here as students form lifetime bonds and this each a chance to nurture old friendships and form new ones.”

Distinguished students, including sorority presidents, scholarship students and peer advisers, have the honor of representing their class on the May Court.

In the day’s ceremony, one by one members of the May Court walked from the campus pagoda, to the front stage.

Wearing matching teal chiffon dresses — with the exception of the court princess, prince and queen — each woman was accompanied by an escort. For many, it was their fathers. For some, a sweetheart or sibling.

Many of the women spoke to those bonds in statements read by an alumnus at the podium as the women took their place in court.

May Court honoree Cassandra Thomas’s favorite memory was realizing early on that “she and found her future bridesmaids at Brenau,” and what it was like “having 27 sisters.”

Finally, it was time for the May Queen to take her throne, wearing a wedding gown her sorority sister had lent for the occasion.

After each of the women was introduced, the ladies could kick their heels off and ring brightly colored strands around the maypole in the lush grass on the campus quad.

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