HOMECOMING SCHEDULE | See the full schedule of events for Homecoming 2019 here.
Centre College will celebrate its Bicentennial Homecoming weekend, Oct. 10-13, with a packed schedule of reunions, performances, sporting events and dedications.
“It’s the College’s 200th year, and Homecoming is the icing on that great big birthday cake,” said Megan Milby ’03, director of alumni & family engagement. “We celebrate our past by hosting alumni, families and friends on campus, but we can also look to the future and see that Centre remains a place where students learn, grow and succeed.
“Homecoming is a special time for all of us; it’s one weekend each year when the energy level is just a bit higher, the atmosphere is extra warm and happiness abounds,” she added.
Throughout the weekend, there will be a number of dedications and recognitions 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. 12 at 10:30 a.m., behind Old Centre.
A dedication will be held for Centre’s new Northside Residence Hall on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m.
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.
Centre will also recognize its distinguished alumni and athletic hall of fame recipients at the Alumni Recognition Ceremony. The event is open to alumni, students, faculty and staff, and will be held Oct. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Weisiger Theatre in the College’s Norton Center for the Arts.
The fun-filled weekend also features the LUX on the Lawn Music Festival, which will take place on the festival lawn in front of the Campus Center on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. Inspired by Centre’s motto, “Doctrina Lux Mentis,” the LUX concert schedule is lined with performances on the Festival Lawn by Centre alumni, students and professors who are all successful musicians, and will conclude with a headliner concert by country music artist Walker Hayes. This festival is free for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Danville–Boyle County community, to help commemorate and celebrate the College’s 200th anniversary.
In addition, “Stephen Rolfe Powell: A Retrospective” will be on display in the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center. The exhibit showcases artwork spanning the long career of beloved Centre alumnus, professor and renowned glassmaker Stephen Rolfe Powell ‘74.
On Saturday, alumni can cheer on the Colonels at the traditional Homecoming football game against Sewanee. During the game, the Homecoming king, queen and court will be announced.
The Norton Center for the Arts will also welcome STYX to the Newlin Hall stage that evening at 7:30 p.m.
Other alumni events include the 50th anniversary alumni swim meet and celebration, Resident Assistant Reunion and Jurassic Park Reunion with emeritus professors. This year, Centre graduating classes ending in ‘4 and ‘9 will hold reunions. Returning alumni can also stop by the Alumni House for a commemorative gift.
“This year, in particular, I hope everyone on-and-off campus really looks at the Homecoming schedule and finds something fun and interesting to attend or an activity to participate in,” Milby added. “I promise, they won’t be disappointed.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 7, 2019