All alumni, families and friends are invited to return to campus to enjoy the festivities planned for Homecoming 2016. Activities are planned for guests of all ages.

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2016 Schedule

Please stop by the Welcome Center when you arrive on campus to check in and pick up your registration packets, meal and event tickets, special Central gift and find out who’s coming back!

The Welcome Center is in the Dave and Ardie Sutphen Commons located in the Graham Annex. The Annex is located on University St – across the drive from the Graham Conference Center and Central Hall. Parking is available in the large lot on University St.

Friday, Sept. 30 9 a.m.– 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 8:30 a.m.– noon

 Friday, Sept. 30

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Café at Geisler Library open. Visit Central’s own coffee shop and enjoy a variety of beverages and pastries. The café is located on the ground floor of the Geisler Library.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mills Gallery open.
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Central Spirit Shoppe is located on the 1st floor of the Maytag Student Center.
10 a.m. Heritage Day Reception. Lower Chapel Courtyard.
11 a.m. Heritage Day Worship, Chapel.
noon Heritage Day Luncheon. Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall, Graham Conference Center. This luncheon celebrates members of the Heritage Roll of Honor and Cornerstone Society and recognizes our special Homecoming guests. By invitation only. Suggested attire: professional
6 p.m. Lemming Race, Peace Mall. A Central tradition since 1977. Come watch the fun (but stay back so you don’t take a swim!)
6 - 7:30 p.m. Street Festival: Alumni & Family Barbecue, Pep Rally, Coronation, street party – Graham Hall Lawn by Broadway Street. Enjoy casual family dining while meeting and greeting friends and classmates. AND  celebrate students, athletics, and homecoming. This event is designed to promote community and celebrate Central. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children 5-12, free children 0-4 and Central students with ID.
6:30 p.m. Athletics Hall of Honor banquet, Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall, Graham Conference Center. Open to all alumni, friends and fans. Cost is $20. Reservations are required. Call 800-447-0287.
7:30 p.m. Central Theatre Production: “Boeing Boeing”. Kruidenier. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival, Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti is a farce/comedy set in 1966 and features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent "layovers." He keeps "one up, one down and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time.  It is an evening of sheer silly, comic pleasure that will give audiences a knee-slapping good time. 
8 p.m. Central College Vocal Combos. Douwstra Auditorium. Under the direction of Gabriel Espinosa. All seats $ 5.00. Free with Central College ID. 

Saturday, Oct. 1

8 - 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, Maytag Student Center – Atrium & Fred’s Enjoy pancakes and sausage cooked and served by members of Central’s Parent Council. Cost: $5 Adults; $3 Children 5-12; free Children 0-4 and Central students with ID.
8 a.m. - Noon Mills Gallery open.
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Spirit Shoppe open.
10 - Noon Carnival. Inflatable fun for everyone. Weller Lawn.
10 a.m. Athletics Hall of Honor induction ceremony, Schipper Fitness Center lobby. Help celebrate the induction of the Central Athletics Hall of Honor’s newest members.
10:30 a.m. Alumni Award Presentation & Lunch – Maytag Student Center Boat, Moore, Weller Rooms. Alumni and friends are invited to attend the 2016 Alumni Award presentation followed by special luncheon that will honor our 2016 Alumni Award recipients. This luncheon is an alternative to the tailgate lunch. Cost: $12 adults; $6 for children 5 – 12. Reservations are required.
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11 a.m. Tailgate Under the Big Tent on the corner of Independence & West 3rd, by Weller. $6.50
1 p.m. Football — Central vs. Dubuque, Schipper Stadium. $7 reserved/$6 general admission
post-game - 6:30 p.m. Post-Game Party. Join us for Happy Hour in the Graham Conference Center! All are welcome to this festive party to renew friendships and celebrate Central. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Central’s excellent catering staff and more while visiting with classmates and friends. Happy Hour will take place in Graham Conference Center. Suggested attire: casual/business casual (you are free to wear what you’ve worn to the game!) Beer and wine (cash bar) will be available at this event. Cost: $7 adults; $3 children 5-12 and Central students with ID; free children 0-4.Class pictures will be taken during this event. All those who are present for their class picture will receive a coupon for a free drink from the bar.
  • Class of 2016: 4:30 pm
  • Class of 2011: 4:38 pm
  • Class of 2006: 4:46 pm
  • Class of 2001: 4:54 pm
  • Class of 1996: 5:02 pm
  • Class of 1991: 5:10 pm
  • Class of 1986: 5:18 pm
  • Class of 1981: 5:26 pm
  • Class of 1976: 5:34 pm
  • Class of 1971: 5:42 pm
  • Class of 1966: 5:50 pm
  • Class of 1961: 5:58 pm
7 p.m. Reunion Gathering Bos Landen Golf Club. All are welcome to celebrate Central, reunions and connections. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Sunday, Oct. 2

9 a.m. A Cappella Choir assisting in worship. A Cappella Choir alumni are invited to sing with the A Cappella Choir during 9:45 a.m. worship at Second Reformed Church, 612 Broadway. Rehearsal begins 9 a.m. at the church.
11 a.m. Sunday Brunch Central Market. $7.50
Noon Ninth Annual Flying Pans Alumni Steel Band Concert. Douwstra Auditorium. All past Pan members are invited and encouraged to participate in our 9th annual Homecoming alumni concert. Alums, family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend! If you’re interested in playing, please contact Stan Dahl – or 641-628-7481 for more information. Free.
1 p.m. A Cappella Choir. Free. The Chapel
1:35 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Free. Douwstra Auditorium