See the full schedule of events for Homecoming 2018 here.
Centre College’s Homecoming weekend 2018, Oct. 25-27, is full of reunions, performances, sporting events and dedications.
“Homecoming weekend is a special time each year when the campus fills with energy from hundreds of Centre alumni returning to campus to spend time with friends and classmates, reconnect with professors and check out all the changes on campus,” said Director of Alumni & Family Engagement Megan Milby ‘03, who will be celebrating her 15th reunion.
Throughout the weekend, there will be several dedications taking place across campus. The Benefactors Plaza Unveiling will celebrate the members of Centre’s Lifetime Giving Societies and unveil the Plaza’s newest members on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m., behind Old Centre.
As part of the College’s diversity and inclusion efforts, the dedication of the new intercultural suite, located on the second floor of the Campus Center, will take place on Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first African-American graduate from Centre in 1968, and in commemoration of this new gathering place for the campus community, Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74 and Ché Rhodes ’95 have created a unique glass piece to be unveiled during the dedication.
In addition, there will be a tree dedication ceremony in memory of Tommy Thompson ’68, who is the only Centre alumnus to die during the war in Vietnam.
Homecoming also gives Centre the opportunity to salute its loyal alumni at events such as the Centre Associates Reception, the Donor Recognition Dinner and the Diversity Student Union Dinner & Dance.
The Alumni Recognition Ceremony will honor Distinguished Alumni Gail Mitchell Hoyt ’88, Michael Jackson ’85, Anthony S. Kurlas ’93, along with Young Alumna Karen Trowbridge Savitz ’04. Alumni being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame are Clay Curry ’98, John English ’60 David Epling ’53, Erin Grumley ’05 and Matthew Nestheide ’08.
This event, open to alumni, students, faculty and staff, will be held Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m. in Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts.
The fun-filled weekend also features a number of sights and sounds, including a display by Ché Rhodes titled “Survey of Works” in the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center. As part of the Homecoming Gala, the Norton Center for the Arts will welcome The Wizard of Oz on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
Alumni can cheer on the Colonels at the traditional Homecoming football game against Millsaps. During the game, the Homecoming king, queen and court will be announced.
Other don’t-miss events include the Alpha Phi Omega Halloween Party, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Chili Social, Resident Assistant Reunion and Jurassic Park Reunion with emeritus professors. This year, Centre graduating classes ending in ‘3 and ‘8 will hold reunions.
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 24, 2018