After 50 years of being in the business of education, Grayson College will be celebrating its golden anniversary with two days of recognition. The festivities will start Thursday and continue into Friday.

After 50 years of being in the business of education, Grayson College will be celebrating its golden anniversary with two days of recognition. The festivities will start Thursday and continue into Friday.


"It’s fun to reflect about the accomplishments of the college for the last 50 years, especially reminiscing about the shoulders we stand on," Grayson College President Jeremy McMillen said.


Cake and punch will be served for the first day of the celebration from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the South Campus in Van Alstyne. On Friday, there will be a variety of events from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the main campus in Denison.


Starting at 8 a.m., there will be a chili cook-off under the bridge, between the bookstore and library, where staff and faculty will be competing for the title of champion. From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be pool and ping pong tournaments in the Student Life Center. The award ceremony will follow at 2 p.m. under the bridge.


If you are not interested in games, there will be a welcoming ceremony at Cruce Stark Auditorium at 10 a.m.. The college president will welcome visitors and the theater department will follow with a performance titled "Working." There will also be campus tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour groups will meet at GC Perks on the second floor of the Student Life Center and leave every half hour.


Lunch and music will be provided under the bridge at noon. Following at 1 p.m., there will be a special presentation of Grayson County History in the Irma Blackburn Auditorium. The judging and award ceremony for the chili cook-off will follow at 2 p.m.


Later in the day, there will be a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the art gallery where art students will have their work on display. The final event will be 7:30 p.m. where McMillen will share some remarks and another performance of "Working" will take the stage in the Cruce Stark Auditorium.


"My tagline is onward," McMillen said. "What we’ve done in the past is viably important how we got here and what we’re capable of doing in the future. But what are we going to do next? And how are we going to move to the next level? Being able to talk about that and develop some energy around that is exciting."