MSU Homecoming Golden Reunion Festivities Oct 17-19

MURRAY - Beloved Murray State University alumna and former Board of Regents member Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, ’69, will return to campus once again as the honorary speaker for the Class of 1969 Golden Reunion Dinner October 18 at 6 pm. The dinner is part of Homecoming Weekend festivities, taking place Oct. 17–19.

“The reunion dinner will be an opportunity to see friends, to give hugs, shake hands and revisit some memories of the past, but also to deliver the message that Murray State is a great place to have graduated from and a great place to be,” Thornton said. 

Since graduating from Murray State with her bachelor’s degree in 1969, Thornton has excelled in her higher education career. She is currently the CEO of Dream Catcher Educational Services, advising new college and university presidents. She also serves on several boards and has worked with numerous organizations, such as the American Association of Community Colleges, to guide and set a vision for community colleges in the 21st century.
Thornton gives credit to Murray State as the launchpad from which she began her career. With Homecoming approaching, she has reflected on her time as a young student: the memories, the people, what she learned and how she grew.

“There were quality academic programs and excellent professors who really cared about you, beyond just student-teacher relationships,” Thornton said. “They cared about you personally and how you were doing — if you were too tired, if you were overworking.”

As she prepares for her upcoming return to her alma mater, Thornton looks forward to seeing the growth and development. She enjoys seeing new buildings, hearing of new academic programs and experiencing the vibrancy of university life — including Homecoming. For her, Homecoming Weekend brings back fond memories and reminds her of good times with friends and family.

Throughout her successes and endeavors beyond the gates of campus, Thornton continues to be a proud Racer alumna, giving back through the Jerry Sue and John Barlow Pritchett Minority Scholarship and her prior service on the Board of Regents.

For more information about the Golden Reunion or to register, please visit by October 10. A full Homecoming schedule is available at

Murray State University provides opportunities for students through a high-quality education with experiential learning, academic and personal growth and the ability to secure a lifetime of success. Since 1922, the true value of higher education has been found at Murray State University, where our commitment is to develop leaders in the community, the country and the world. The University’s main campus is located in Murray, Ky., and includes five regional campuses. For more information about Murray State University, please visit 

Published 09:18 PM, Tuesday Oct. 08, 2019
Updated 09:30 PM, Tuesday Oct. 08, 2019


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