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B-CU Names Grand Marshals for Homecoming Parade

Today, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) announced that Mr. and Mrs. John Bryan, long-time supporters of the University, will lead this year’s homecoming parade as grand marshals.  The parade will start at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24 before the B-CU Wildcats take on Winston-Salem State in the annual homecoming football game.

Mrs. Lee Bryan graduated from then-Bethune-Cookman College in 1964.  She received a master’s degree from Florida Technological University, now University of Central Florida, and went on to become a counselor in the Orange County public schools.  She is now retired and Mr. John Bryan is retired from United Parcel Service.  Two of their three children attended B-CU.

Together, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan have supported B-CU over the years through generous contributions of both dollars and time.  They frequently recruit students from the area to attend B-CU and have provided financial and moral support to a number of worthy students, including four current Wildcats.  Mrs. Bryan has served as alumni representative to the B-CU board of trustees and is active in the Orange County alumni chapter.

Mrs. Bryan was also co-chair of the Athletic Training Center steering committee which organized the successful $4.6 million fundraising effort to build the new facility.  A gala and blessing ceremony for the Dr. Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center will be held following the homecoming football game at the B-CU Center for Civic Engagement.

 “We support B-CU to the hilt,” said Mrs. Bryan. “We share what we have been blessed with to bless the college.”

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan are also very active in the community.  Much of their volunteer efforts are focused on raising funds and awareness about sickle cell disease through the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Orange County.  Mrs. Bryan is the group’s president and Mr. Bryan serves as financial secretary.  They are currently organizing a walkathon to raise money to help local families pay for medication, and they look forward to welcoming the annual conference of the National Sickle Cell Disease Association to Orlando later this month.

B-CU Homecoming Events

Alumni, students and friends of Bethune-Cookman University will celebrate Homecoming with a week of special events.  A full schedule will be released in early Oct.  Highlights include:

Greek Step Show
Oct. 22, 8 pm
Ocean Center
101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
$12 for students; $15 for non-students

Pep Rally
Oct. 23, 7 pm
Ocean Center
101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
Free for students; $4 for non-students

Homecoming Parade
Oct. 24, 9 am
Starts at Daytona Mall (Nova Road between International Speedway and Mary McLeod Bethune Blvds) and ends at B-CU campus

Homecoming Football Game – B-CU vs. Winston-Salem State University
Oct. 24, 4 pm
Municipal Stadium
3777 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach
$30 for all seats

Dr. Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center Gala and Blessing Ceremony
Oct. 24, 7 pm
Center for Civic Engagement
 740 W. International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach
$40 advance / $50 at the door

Office of Institutional Advancement

Liz Poston

PH: 386-481-2990

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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