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Central Homecoming Set for Oct. 7-9

Featured: Central Homecoming Set for Oct. 7-9

August 4, 2022

UPDATE: Women’s tennis match on Saturday, Oct. 8, will be played in Waverly, Iowa. 

Central College will welcome alumni, family and friends back to campus for Homecoming 2022 from Oct. 7-9.

The Dutch football team will face Wartburg College at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in its Homecoming matchup at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium. Admission to the game is free. According to the D3football.com preseason poll, Central is ranked No. 14 nationally.

Central’s Homecoming weekend will feature beloved traditions and new events to entertain alumni, family and community members. The Lemming Race will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7. For this event, students dress in costumes, race to the campus pond, jump in and sing the fight song on the island.

Attendees will also have the chance to participate in many other events on Friday, including:

  • The Dutch Masters Golf Tournament, registration begins at 8 a.m., Pella Golf & Country Club.
  • Happy Hour, 4:30-6 p.m., Fred’s Patio outside Maytag Student Center.
  • Athletics Hall of Honor Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall, Graham Conference Center.
  • Performance of “Lend Me A Tenor,” 7 p.m., Kruidenier Theatre.
  • All Alumni gathering, 7 p.m., The Hideaway at Smash Park.

Saturday will begin with a new faculty-led program. Professor Emeritus Jann Freed, a 1977 Central graduate, will present “Course Syllabus for Living a New Life Worth Remembering” at 10 a.m., Room 104, Helen Jean Hislop Center. Freed will share from her forthcoming book what she has learned about legacy based on interviews, research and life experience. All are welcome.

Central sports fans will have multiple competitions to enjoy on Saturday, in addition to the football game:

  • Central women’s tennis will face Wartburg, 9:30 a.m., Kuyper Athletics Complex tennis courts.
  • Central men’s soccer team will take on Wartburg, noon, Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer fields.
  • Women’s soccer will take the field against Coe College, 2:30 p.m., Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer fields.
  • Women’s volleyball team will play Coe, 5 p.m., P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium

The new “Red Zone” will be located on the east side of the Kuyper Athletics Complex parking lot. Fun in the Red Zone begins at 10 a.m. for kids and family activities. Tailgate in the Red Zone begins at 11 a.m. and the postgame party will begin shortly after the game.

The Class of 1972 50-year Reunion Dinner will be 6-8 p.m. in Boat/Moore/Weller rooms, Maytag Student Center. The Central College Theatre will present “Lend Me A Tenor” at 7 p.m., Kruidenier Theatre.

Homecoming weekend wraps up Sunday, starting with brunch at 11 a.m. in Central Market. The Flying Pans Steel Band will celebrate its 20th anniversary with their “Led Pans” reunion concert beginning at 1 p.m. The Central College Theatre will present its final performance of “Lend Me A Tenor” at 2 p.m., Kruidenier Theatre.

For more information, a detailed schedule or to register to attend, visit central.edu/alumni/homecoming.