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

One Response to Reunion in the works for 1983 Bethune-Cookman class

  1. Good Luck Michael, I commend you! GO “83!

    Brings me to our story…

    Several Alumni from 1973 – 1976 Football Team also got together to plan an unique event for ALL Alumni, Family and Friends this year – “The 1st Annual Wildcat KickOff Cruise Weekend” leaving out of Centrally located Port Canaveral on August 14 – 18, 2013. It seemed perfect for BCU Alumni – Within an hour or two for most BCU Alumni.

    The plan was to have something different and fun to keep in touch with fellow Alumni friends. In addition to donation event for scholarships or our Athletic teams needs.

    We had similar issues gathering data of past Alumni of all years. No help from BCU and not as much help as expected from Local Alumni Associations for a proposed Fundraising Activity. Hmmm….

    However we will not give up. The cruise will be the first of many to come. Karen Miles, Class of “77 of Expedia CruiseShipCenters is coordinating all travel arrangements. She can be reached at: for this Cruise and any upcoming Alumni cruise events.

    I’m Class of 1972 by the way…

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