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 welcome you back to campus! Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center at the Dave & Ardie Sutphen Common Room, located in the Graham Annex, Friday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The Welcome Center is the perfect meeting place for you and your classmates. Be sure to pick up your special Central gift while you’re here and discover who’s coming. If you registered in advance, pick up your registration packets. If not, purchase your meal and event tickets at the Welcome Center or at each meal and event.

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Homecoming 2020 Schedule of Events

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

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! Later on, catch a performance by ALMA or join us for a family movie night.

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
Experience what it’s like to be a Central student all over again as a special guest in one of our pre-selected courses.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Homecoming Welcome Center
Dave & Ardie Sutphen Common Room, Graham Annex
11 a.m. Peace Mall Celebration: History Garden and Veterans Memorial Marker
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Central Spirit Day, Maytag Student Center
3 p.m. Class of 1970 Reception, home of Mark & Tammy Putnam
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—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 Banquet, Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall, Graham Conference Center
7:30 p.m. Family Movie Night, Cox-Snow Recital Hall


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 in the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex. Support one of our student activities or teams by visiting our food stands at the pre-game tailgate.

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 in the Pacha Family Lobby located in the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Enjoy appetizers, class photos and a cash bar as you reconnect with your Central family. Enjoy a musical performance featuring the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, A Capella Choir and Flying Pans.

8–10 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Fred’s, Maytag Student Center.
8:30 a.m. – noon Homecoming Welcome Center
Dave & Ardie Sutphen Common Room, Graham Annex
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, Pacha Family Lobby, lower level of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium
Celebrate the induction of the Central Athletics Hall of Honor’s newest members
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tailgate Lunch Under the Big Tent, behind H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse
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, Pacha Family Lobby, lower level of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium

Class reunion photos will be taken during the Post-game party, as well as appetizers and a cash bar.

  • 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