All alumni, families and friends are invited to return to campus September 25–26, 2020, to enjoy the festivities planned for Homecoming 2020. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Homecoming 2020 Schedule of Events

Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Central College continues to take measures to protect the health and well-being of the campus community.

Friday, Sept. 25

Join us as we celebrate the installation of the Peace Mall History Garden and honor our lead donors as well as the Central alumni who served in the US armed services. Reconnect with classmates and friends at our Happy Hour on Fred’s Patio outside the Maytag Student Center. You won’t want to miss the Lemming Race or our Dinner Around the Pond!

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Global Café at Geisler is open
Visit Central’s coffee shop on the ground floor of Geisler Library and enjoy a variety of beverages and pastries
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Central Spirit Shoppe, first floor of the Maytag Student Center, is open
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mills Gallery is  open
9 a.m. – noon Visit Classes
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Homecoming Welcome
11 a.m. Peace Mall Celebration: History Garden and Veterans Memorial Marker
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Central Spirit Day
3 p.m. Class of 1970 Reception
4:30–6 p.m. Happy Hour
Pull up a chair on the Maytag Student Center patio—the perfect location to watch the Lemming Race!
5–7 p.m. Dinner Around the Pond
6 p.m. Lemming Race
A Central tradition since 1977. Come watch the fun—but stay back so you don’t take a swim!
6:30 p.m. Athletics Hall of Honor
7:30 p.m. Family Movie Night


Saturday, Sept. 26

Visit the Central Spirit Shoppe to add some more red to your wardrobe, then cheer on women’s tennis, men’s & women’s soccer and football.

Experience all that Pella has to offer! Stop into our local boutiques and shops or pick up your favorites from our famous bakeries and meat markets. Explore our historic downtown or take a stroll through our growing and beautiful campus, either way it will be time well-spent!

Join us for the Post-game Party and reconnect with your Central family. Enjoy a musical performance featuring the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and A Capella Choir.

8–10 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – noon Homecoming Welcome
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Central Spirit Shoppe, first floor of the Maytag Student Center, is open
9 a.m. – noon Mills Gallery is open
9 a.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Loras, Kuyper Athletics Complex tennis courts
10 a.m. Athletics Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony
Celebrate the induction of the Central Athletics Hall of Honor’s newest members
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tailgate Lunch
Noon Women’s Soccer vs. Coe, Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field
1 p.m. Football vs. Coe, Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium
1 p.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Dubuque, Kuyper Athletics Complex tennis courts
2:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Coe, Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field
Postgame – 7 p.m. Post-Game Party

Class reunion photos will be taken during the post-game party.

  • Class of 1960, 4:30 p.m.
  • Class of 1965, 4:38 p.m.
  • Class of 2020, 4:46 p.m.
  • Class of 2015, 4:54 p.m.
  • Class of 2010, 5:02 p.m.
  • Class of 2005, 5:10 p.m.
  • Class of 2000, 5:18 p.m.
  • Class of 1995, 5:26 p.m.
  • Class of 1990, 5:34 p.m.
  • Class of 1985, 5:42 p.m.
  • Class of 1980, 6:15 p.m.
  • Class of 1975, 6:23 p.m.
  • Class of 1970, (at your dinner)
7:30 p.m. Central Parties
Join alumni and friends for evening celebrations. Locations TBD.


More Things to Do in Pella

Friday & Saturday Shop in Pella
Boutiques, bakeries, meat markets and more


Photos from Homecoming 2019