Hanover’s 94th-annual Homecoming
A dynamic, smile-filled day continued into a vibrant, memory-filled evening as Hanover College celebrated its 94th-annual Homecoming.
More than 2,000 Hanoverians – covering more than six decades – gathered on campus Oct. 2 for Homecoming 2021. The festivities featured 28 class reunions, an array of special gatherings, Hanoverfest, football and live music. The celebration was capped by a special fireworks presentation viewable from all across campus.
“This is an exciting weekend for us, to be able to resume the great Homecoming tradition of Hanover College,” said President Lake Lambert. “I know that many people have been wanting to get back to campus.”
After missing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classmates spanning 1955 to 2021 returned for official reunions this fall. Homecoming 2021 was headlined by 50-year anniversary reunions for the classes of 1970 and 1971, the Golden Panther Luncheon for 55-, 60- and 65-year graduates, and Reunion Zero for members of the classes of 2020 and 2021. Special events were also held to commemorate Sigma Chi fraternity’s 150th-anniversary, Benjamin Templeton Scholars and the College’s LGBTQIA+ and multicultural communities.
“This has really been great. It’s reconnecting with people. That’s what’s been so special about it,” said Curt Silvers ’85, who traveled to campus from Virginia for the Sigma Chi celebration and Class of 1985 reunion. “Especially with the Sigma Chi 150th anniversary. There’s just so many old friends, and new friends, that I have been able to catch up with and see again. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Hanover’s traditional party in the tailgate lot – Hanoverfest – was pulsating with reunions, friends, families, food and fun activities for all ages. Colorful tents, smoking grills and inflatables blended with laughter and loud music to cover the acreage adjacent to Alumni Stadium throughout the day. Following Hanover’s 49-0 gridiron victory against Anderson University, local music artist Rusty Bladen performed live to keep the festivities moving until the fireworks show.
As daylight faded into evening, Hanover’s classes of 1970 and 1971 each held 50th-anniversary reunions with side-by-side celebrations on the Point. More than 150 Hanoverians returned to campus for the headline gatherings.
“This has made me feel happily alive for the first time in all these months,” said Pat Beer-Shryock ’70, who journeyed from Cincinnati for her 50th(+1)-anniversary reunion. “I feel the camaraderie of a group who came together so many years and have had very different life experiences, but when you are sitting in front of Parker Auditorium you have a commonality that I don’t think will ever go away.”