A Message from the Chair
Janine Smith '84

Good Afternoon Alumni!

Seeing the many alumni returning to campus for Reunion Weekend and Commencement was a joy. As always, spending time with fellow Fiskites was uplifting. If you use social media, you can see many photos of the festivities that alumni shared. We also provide links to many of the events in today’s newsletter’s “I Am Fisk” section.  Be sure to check them out. Thanks to all who contributed to creating a spectacular event.

The reunion gala continues to reach new heights. Twenty-eight new GAAFU life members were acknowledged during the event, and we celebrate the growth of our alumni association. Over  $1,000,000 was presented by reunion classes at the gala, with the class of 1958 contributing more than $540,000!  Alumni donations will help the university in its ongoing efforts to serve its extraordinary students. The fiscal year continues through June 30th, so you can still donate here.

Almost two hundred graduates received their Fisk degrees during the commencement exercises. They were also energized by the commencement address delivered by Grant Hill, the celebrated athlete, businessman, and philanthropist. We congratulate them and welcome their involvement with the alumni association.

If you know of any Fiskite that did not complete their Fisk degree, please suggest they contact the university to learn about the “Finish with Fisk” program that offers options to complete their degree at Fisk. The program has been in place since 2019 and has seen many successful completions of degrees at Fisk by our friends and classmates. We look forward to celebrating even more!

We also salute those who achieved Golden or Silver Sons & Daughters alumni status and were celebrated during special luncheons. In a unique ceremony, the Golden Class of 1973 and the graduates of 2023 partnered to create a time capsule that will be opened in 2073, when this year’s graduates celebrate becoming Golden Sons & Daughters. Read more about the time capsule in our feature article.

Please take the time to review the entirety of our newsletter. The Membership Section of the newsletter conveys how members make a difference. We invite you to join GAAFU and become active in the recruitment and social activities of your local GAAFU constituent association. Our “I Am Fisk” section features photos of reunion and commencement activities that will brighten your day.  In “For the Culture,” we highlight the Fisk Gallery exhibition on African Modernism in America” which is now on tour following a successful run at the Carl Van Vechten Gallery. 

We strive to bring you information about many of the positive things occurring at the university, alumni achievements, and reflection pieces about Fisk that will reinforce your pride in being a Fiskite.  We welcome your ideas and suggestions at goodafternoonalumni@gmail.com.

Fisk Forever!




See You At Reunion 2024

May 3-6!


Fisk University All Class Reunion
   April 28-May 1     2023! It's FISK Time!

It is your Anniversary Reunion Year – 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958,1963, 1968, 1973 (NEW GOLDENS), 1978, 1983, 1988, 1992, 1998 (Silvers), 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018!

We welcome the Class of 2023!


Registration is open: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Friday, April 28, 2023

  • Swag Bag Pickup & Name Tag, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Richardson House - $30 [480]"D
  • Nashville Fisk Alumni Association Fish Fry –

           11 am – 4 pm – Richardson House Lawn

  • "An Evening en Blanc on The Yard" - 6-10 p.m. - All White Attire
    • General Admission - $50
    • Reserved Round Table of 10 - $600
    • Reserved Rectangle Table of 8 - $480


Saturday, April 29, 2023

  • Breakfast, 9 a.m., Adam K. Spence Hall  $15
  • Bulldog Madness Sale, 10 a.m. – 12 Noon, University Bookstore – Adam K. Spence Hall (Lower Level)
  • Silver Sons & Daughters Luncheon, 12 noon, Adam K. Spence Hall (Class of 1998 and their guests)  $30
  • Class of 1961 Memorial Service – 1 p.m. – Fisk Memorial Chapel
  • Golden Class of 1973 Class Meeting – 2:30 p.m. – The Little Theatre
  • Golden Classes Photos & Class Meetings (except for Class of 1973) – 9 am-12noon - Jubilee Hall First Floor (Appleton Room, Blue Room, Gold Room, Lobby)
  • Anniversary Class Photos 2-3:30 p.m. Steps in front of John Hope and Aurelia Elizabeth Franklin Library (Rain Location: Fisk Memorial Gym)

 (All Anniversary Classes except Goldens)
1978 at 2 p.m.
1983 at 2:15 p.m.
1988 at 2:25 p.m.
1993 at 2:35 p.m.
1998 at 2:45 p.m
2003 at 2:55 p.m.
2008 at 3:10 p.m.
2013 at 3:20 p.m.
2018 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Golden Class of 1973 Group Photo – 3:45 p.m.  –  Steps on the west side of Cravath (Meharry side, between Talley-Brady and The Little Theatre)
    • NON-Anniversary Class Photo Locations (Class Agents will sign-up online via Sign-up Genius)
      • Behind Cravath
      • Steps of Jubilee
      • In front of Chapel
      • Steps of the Van Vechten
    • All Class PHOTOS -  $30 
  • Anniversary Class Meetings, 3-5 p.m. (all classes except Goldens)
  • Pre-Gala Social, 7:30 p.m.;  Gala Banquet and After Party 8:30pm.,  Renaissance Nashville (Cocktail Attire) - $150 | $175 (April 21 thru April 25th) Last day to purchase Gala Banquet ticket is April 25th!
  • After Party - 10 p.m.-12 a.m. (Renaissance Hotel) $40


Sunday, April 30, 2023

  • Baccalaureate, 10 a.m., Fisk Memorial Chapel (Reserved seating for Class of ’98 and All Goldens)
  • Golden Sons and Daughters Luncheon, 12 Noon, Appleton Room - Jubilee Hall   $50 
    • All Goldens and Guests. New Golden Class of 1973 will be inducted into the Society of Golden Sons and Daughters
  • Golden Class of 1973 Memorial Service, 2 p.m., Fisk Memorial Chapel
  • Hallelujah Chorus Practice, 3 -4:30 p.m., Appleton Room - Jubilee Hall
  • Golden Class of 1973 Time Capsule – 4 p.m. – John Hope and Aurelia Elizabeth Franklin Library
  • Concert Fisk Jubilee Singers, 7:30 p.m., Fisk Memorial Chapel

Monday, May 1, 2023

  • Commencement, 9 a.m. (Reserved seating for Class of 1998 and All Goldens) - Campus Grove  


Questions? Email the Office of Alumni Affairs at alumni@fisk.edu or call 615-329-8632

  • Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Adam K. Spence   $15  [2]

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