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All alumni, families and friends are invited to return to campus September 28–30 to enjoy the festivities planned for Homecoming 2018.

Activities are planned for guests of all ages. No pre-registration required except for the Heritage Day luncheon and Athletics Hall of Honor banquet.

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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 and find out who’s coming back!

The Welcome Center will be located in the Dave and Ardie Sutphen Commons in Graham Annex,  Friday (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) and Saturday (8:30 a.m.–noon). 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. 28

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Café, ground floor of Geisler Library, open. Visit Central’s own coffee shop and enjoy a variety of beverages and pastries.
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Central Spirit Shoppe, first floor of the Maytag Student Center, open.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mills Gallery, open.
9:30 a.m. 10th Annual Schipper Memorial Golf Tournament. For more info contact Travis Thompson ’96, travis@heartlandtireandauto.com; or Chad Klein ’92, chad@verdught.com.
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. Professional attire is suggested.
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!
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 and 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: Adults ($12); children ages 5 – 12 ($6); children ages 0 – 4 and Central students with ID (free).
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 schuringj@central.edu.
7:30 p.m. Central College Vocal Ensemble and Alumni Talent, Douwstra Auditorium.

 

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: Adults ($7); children ages 5 – 12 ($5); children ages 0 – 4 and Central students with ID (free).
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Central Spirit Shoppe, first floor of the Maytag Student Center, open.
9 a.m. – noon Mills Gallery, open.
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.
11 a.m. Tailgate Under the Big Tent, grassy area behind H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse. Cost: Adults ($11); children ages 5 – 12 ($6); children ages 0 – 4 and Central students with ID (free).
1 p.m. Football, Central vs. Buena Vista, Schipper Stadium. $6 general admission.
Post-game – 6:30 p.m. Post-Game Party, Pacha Family Lower Lobby in P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Join us for Happy Hour! All are welcome to this festive party to renew friendships and celebrate Central. Enjoy heavy hors-d’oeuvres and more, prepared by Central’s excellent catering staff, while visiting with classmates and friends. Suggested attire is casual/business casual (you are free to wear what you’ve worn to the game). Cash bar with beer and wine will be available at this event.Cost: Adults ($15); children ages 5 – 12 ($6); children ages 0 – 4 and Central students with ID (free).

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.
7:30 p.m. Douwstra Renovation Celebration, Douwstra Auditorium. A Cappella Choir, Alumni Choir and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

 

Sunday, Sept. 30

11 a.m. Sunday Brunch, Central Market. Cost: $11.
1 p.m. 12th Annual Flying Pans Alumni Steel Band Concert, Douwstra Auditorium. All past Steel Pan members are invited and encouraged to participate in our 12th annual Homecoming alumni concert. Alumni, family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend! If you’re interested in playing, please contact Stan Dahl (dahls@central.edu or 641-628-7481) for more information. Free.