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All Hastings alumni invited to banquet

The Hastings High School class of 1949 has a unique graduation story. The 117 class members received their diplomas at Johnson Field, the first outdoor graduation. The outdoor venue was a necessity due to a fire at Central Auditorium two days prior to the scheduled graduation.

With no backup plan – since the field was the backup plan – the weather had to cooperate. And it did, almost. As if it were some sort of “fire and water” joke, rain fell – only during graduation ceremonies, causing administrators and students to rush through the ceremony and push decorum aside.

The class of 1949 will be honored at this year’s alumni banquet for its 70th anniversary reunion.

While other classes may not have had such dramatic elements, every class has special memories. Alumni are invited to relive those memories and reconnect with classmates and school mates at the Hastings High School all-grades reunion the Friday of Summerfest, Aug. 23.

The reunion, which includes dinner and plenty of time to visit, is open to all Hastings alumni.

Tickets for the banquet are now available for $25 per ticket and can be purchased at Hastings Public Library, the General Store or from alumni board members.

Nominations for Alumnus of the Year are due by July 15. Nominating letters may be sent to Lois Bowers, board president, 102 E. Clinton St., Hastings MI 49058.



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