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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Advance registration is closed. We look forward to welcoming you once you arrive on campus at the Welcome Center located in the Dave and Ardie Sutphen Common Room of the Graham Annex on Friday from 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.–noon. Tickets for any paid events may be purchased in advance at the Welcome Center or at the event. 

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.
8:30 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.
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
1 – 5 p.m. Geisler Library Open House Come and see the renovated spaces and learn about the expanded services offered.
2 p.m. "Understanding U.S. Immigration: Policy and Politics" — van Emmerik Theatre. Lecture by Dr. Gordon De Jong '57. Sponsored by the Sociology and Anthropology departments.
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. 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. 
7:30 p.m. Volleyball — Central vs. Loras, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, $6 general admission
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 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.
9 a.m. Lifelong Learning Class, Vermeer Science Center 143.
Faculty Led Study Abroad Classes– Hear from Professors Russ Benedict & Oscar Reynaga, along with some of their students, who traveled to Costa Rica, Belize & Peru.
10 a.m. Lifelong Learning Class, Vermeer Science Center 143.
Join Central’s Coordinator of Sustainability Education, Giselle Bruskewitz and learn about the Central College Garden, how students are involved and how the food is used that is grown there.
10 – Noon Carnival. Inflatable fun for everyone. 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 a.m. Women's Tennis — Central vs. Dubuque, Tennis courts west of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, free admission
10:30 a.m. Alumni Award Presentation and 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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10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Intercultural Educators and Friends Reception — Maytag Student Center Second Floor Gallery/Hinga Room. Join current Intercultural Educators to share stories of our past and learn about current programs and  initiatives related to Inclusivity and Central’s Welcoming community. If you were involved with any diversity/inclusion groups or on the Intercultural staff while a student, please join us. The event will be hosted by Intercultural Educators and T. Todd Masman, Assistant Dean of Students. Snacks will be provided.
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.
noon Volleyball — Central vs. Dubuque, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, $6 general admission
1 p.m. Football — Central vs. Dubuque, Schipper Stadium. $7 reserved/$6 general admission
halftime Upward Bound reunion — Meet fellow Upward Bounders at halftime under the tailgate tent located north of H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse.
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: $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 2016: 4:30 p.m.
  • Class of 2011: 4:38 p.m.
  • Class of 2006: 4:46 p.m.
  • Class of 2001: 4:54 p.m.
  • Class of 1996: 5:02 p.m.
  • Class of 1991: 5:10 p.m.
  • Class of 1986: 5:18 p.m.
  • Class of 1981: 5:26 p.m.
  • Class of 1976: 5:34 p.m.
  • Class of 1971: 5:42 p.m.
  • Class of 1966: 5:50 p.m.
  • Classes of '55, '56 and '57: 5:58 p.m.
  • Upward Bound: after 5:55 p.m.
2 p.m. Women's Tennis — Central vs. Loras, Tennis courts west of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, free admission
7 p.m. Reunion Gathering – Central Market. All are welcome to celebrate Central, reunions and connections. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Sunday, Oct. 2

10 a.m. Upward Bound Reunion Brunch  — Dave and Ardie Sutphen Room, Graham Annex.
11 a.m. Sunday Brunch Central Market. $8
Noon Ninth Annual Flying Pans Alumni Steel Band Concert. Douwstra Auditorium. All past Pan members are invited and encouraged to participate in our 10th 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