All alumni, families and friends are invited to return to campus to enjoy the festivities planned for Homecoming 2018. Activities are planned for guests of all ages.


Lodging information

2018 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 will be located Friday, Sept. 28 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.

Saturday, September 29, the Welcome Center will be at the M. Joan Kuyper Farver Atrium, located in the upper level of the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.

Friday, Sept. 28

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.
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Central Spirit Shoppe is located on the first floor of the Maytag Student Center.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mills Gallery open.
9:30 a.m. 10th Annual Schipper Memorial Golf Tournament. Read more and register now.
For more info contact Travis Thompson ’96,; or Chad Klein ’92,
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
4:30 – 6 p.m. Happy Hour on the Patio, Maytag Student Center. Pull up a chair and join us for drinks on the Maytag Student Center patio – a perfect location to watch the Lemming Race!
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 and 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 with payment in advance. Call 641-628-5226 or email
8 p.m. Central College Vocal Combos. Douwstra Auditorium. Under the direction of Gabriel Espinosa. All seats $5. Free with Central College ID.

Saturday, Sept. 29

8 – 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, Maytag Student Center – Atrium and Fred’s. Enjoy pancakes and sausage cooked and served by members of Central’s Parent Council. Cost: $6 Adults; $4 Children 5–12; free Children 0–4 and Central students with ID.
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Spirit Shoppe open.
9 a.m. – Noon Mills Gallery open.
10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Carnival. Inflatable fun for everyone, and balloon animals. Grassy area behind H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse
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 and Lunch – Maytag Student Center Boat, Moore, Weller Rooms. Alumni and friends are invited to attend the 2018 Alumni Award presentation followed by special luncheon that will honor our 2018 Alumni Award recipients. This luncheon is an alternative to the tailgate lunch. Cost: $12 adults; $6 for children 5–12. Reservations are required.
View past alumni award winners
11 a.m. Tailgate Under the Big Tent on the grassy area behind H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse. Cost: $10 Adults; $5 Children 5–12; free Children 0–4 and Central students with ID.
1 p.m. Football — Central vs. Buena Vista, Schipper Stadium. $6 general admission
post-game – 6:30 p.m. Post-Game Party, outside the Ron Schipper Fitness Center entrance. Join us for Happy Hour! 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. 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: $10 adults; $5 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 2018, 4:30 p.m.
  • Class of 2013, 4:38 p.m.
  • Class of 2008, 4:46 p.m.
  • Class of 2003, 4:54 p.m.
  • Class of 1998, 5:02 p.m.
  • Class of 1993, 5:10 p.m.
  • Class of 1988, 5:18 p.m.
  • Class of 1983, 5:26 p.m.
  • Class of 1978, 5:34 p.m.
  • Class of 1973, 5:42 p.m.
  • Class of 1968, 5:50 p.m.
  • Class of 1963, 5:58 p.m.
  • Class of 1958, 6:06 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30

11 a.m. Sunday Brunch Central Market. $8
Noon 12th Annual Flying Pans Alumni Steel Band Concert. Douwstra Auditorium. All past Pan members are invited and encouraged to participate in our 11th 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