Reunion in the works for 1983 Bethune-Cookman class


It’s been 30 years since more than 200 students graduated from then Bethune-Cookman College.

Classmate Michael Matlock is searching for his fellow grads with hopes of a big reunion during Bethune-Cookman University’s Homecoming this year.

“We’re searching in Florida for the alumni of the Bethune-Cookman College class of 1983,” said Matlock, a member of the class of 1983 and class agent for the 30th reunion committee.

Matlock is spearheading the reunion efforts, which will culminate with a weekend-long event scheduled to be held in conjunction with the school’s annual Homecoming, planned for Oct. 25-27.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that my classmates who return for the reunion will be astonished at how much has been accomplished at Bethune-Cookman over the last 30 years. There’s a lot for us to be proud of,”  Matlock said.

Six doing research
According to Matlock, there were about 200 members of his class. He’s confident that he can locate a majority of the class members as statistics show that most Bethune-Cookman graduates return to their hometown and county to serve in both the workplace and community affairs in Florida.

“I’m looking for 1983 alumni in every corner of Florida so that they can reach out to their network of classmates they have stayed in touch with over these past 30 years,” he continued.

There are six committee members who are doing the research to locate classmates and get them involved.

Graduates of Bethune-Cookman class of 1983 can contact Matlock at 216-751-6001 or email him at



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