“We’re extremely excited to welcome alumni back to campus and have planned an entire weekend of events to celebrate,” said Coordinator of External Relations Olivia Myers. “Obviously, the weekend centers around the football game, but we also have a number of events that will connect alumni with current students and give them a chance to relive their experiences on campus.”
The festivities begin on Thursday Oct. 4 when alumni will have a chance to mingle with current students at the alumni and student social in the Hoover Center. Key events from the weekend include an alumni and student lunch, an alumni pizza social and a Homecoming parade that will take participants from Quincy Green to the game at McAfee Field. The celebration will culminate in the Finlandia Lions football second home game of the season against Kalamazoo. While almost every homecoming activity is free to participate in, Myers requests that those interested in attending RSVP.
“This is a coordinated effort between student affairs, Student Senate, athletics and university relations and we want to make sure our first Homecoming is a successful one,” said Myers. “While not required to attend, an RSVP will help us plan our events accordingly to ensure everyone has a great time.”
You can view the full schedule of events and RSVP below.
Thursday Oct. 4
4pm – Alumni & Student Social: Join President Johnson at the Hoover Center for free snacks and to connect with current students
7pm – Mock Rock: Get a group together or rock a solo at the semi-annual student sponsored lip syncing competition. Or just watch others rock out!
Friday Oct. 5
10am – Campus Tour: Relive your days as a student and see what’s changed with a tour through campus
11:30am – Alumni/Student Lunch: Eat a free lunch at the Finlandia Hall Cafe and connect with current students
2pm – Alumni Update with Deans of Colleges: Hear from our four Dean’s about what’s happening in their programs this year
5:00pm – Spirits & Traditions: Celebrate the fall sports’ teams and get ready for the big game with a pep-rally at the Paavo Nurmi Center
6:30pm – 8pm – Alumni Social at Gino’s: Grab a slice of pizza on us and connect with other alumni
Saturday Oct. 6
7am – Breakfast Club (cost covered by individual): Alumni are invited to breakfast at the Kaleva Cafe before the festivities begin. Feel free to drop in at any time!
9am – Campus Tour: Relive your days as a student and see what’s changed with a tour through campus
11am – Bleed Blue Homecoming Parade: Show your Lion pride in the Homecoming parade that will feature alumni, student groups and athletic teams. The parade will go from Quincy Green to McAfee Field
11:30am – Tailgating: Join us at McAfee Field as we prepare for a Lion victory over Kalamazoo
1pm – Football Game vs. Kalamazoo ($5-8)Alumni, Alumni Relations, Finlandia, Homecoming, Olivia Myers