Time to celebrate! Hanover’s 95th-annual Homecoming set for Oct. 7-9
Generations of alumni, families and friends are encouraged to visit campus Oct. 7-9 for Hanover College’s 95th-annual Homecoming celebration.
Hanover’s largest alumni gathering of the year will feature a wide range of events for all ages, highlighted by the Class of 1972’s 50-year anniversary, 25-year gathering for the Class of 1997, 10-year reunion for the Class of 2012, Golden Panthers Reunion, presentation of the Alumni Achievement Awards and Distinguished Young Alumni Awards, Hanoverfest and – new this year – an All-Alumni Reunion Dinner.
Activities kick off Friday, Oct. 7, with the presentation of the Alumni Achievement Awards and Distinguished Young Alumni Awards. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center, honors Deby Grosskopf Dihoff ’73, Charles Stewart ’63, Adam Clevenger ‘05, Devon Sharpe ‘13 and Okletey Wilson-Tei ’09.
The evening will also feature a fun-filled evening of “Bingo” in the Withrow Activities Center. Alumni are invited to participate with current students and members of the campus community. The games start at 8 p.m.
A festive day brimming with a unique assortment of events and activities for all Hanoverians begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.
Take a self-guided tour of the Science Center to see its museum collection, including Tinker and Sandy, or update your Hanover apparel at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Both open at 9 a.m.
Suzanne Doerge ’76 will share poetry from, “Footfall: Poems of the Camino Poetry Reading,” a recently published book about her pilgrimage while on the Camino de Santiago. The presentation will be held at 9 a.m. in the Duggan Library.
The Underground (once the “Hub”) will be the site for Hanover’s COACH Mentoring Program. Join alumni and current students at 10 a.m. to learn more about becoming an alumni mentor.
The Golden Panthers Reunion, a gathering off all alumni celebrating more than 50 years as a Hanover graduate, will begin at 11 a.m. The event will be held in the employee dining room on the first floor of the Brown Campus Center.
Also starting at 11 a.m., members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity are invited to reconnect in the Underground and, for those who want to see campus, a current student ambassador will guide an hour-long walking tour. The tour will depart from the campus clock, which is located at the corner of Ball Drive and Scenic Drive, adjacent to the Brown Campus Center.
The Panther Athletic Complex will be the center of activity for the afternoon. HanoverFest will kick off at 11 a.m. in the tailgate lot. Always a hit with alumni, the lively festivities will again feature class reunions and gatherings, giveaways and fun activities for all ages. Be sure to visit the local food trucks!
Beginning at 11 a.m., the Class of 1997 (25 years) and the Class of 2012 (10 years) will celebrate landmark reunions and multicultural and LGBTQ+ gatherings will be held in the tailgate lot. Bring a lawn chair and look for banners denoting these special gatherings.
Hanover’s football squad will square off against Bluffton University in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt. The opening kick is set for 1:30 p.m. During the contest, members of the Champions Club will watch the game from the President’s Box.
The Class of 1972 will celebrate their 50-year anniversary throughout the weekend, highlighted by an evening reunion at the Ogle Center. The gathering, which begins at 5 p.m., will feature a buffet dinner, guest speakers and a class photo.
This year’s Homecoming celebration marks the debut of the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., is open to all alumni and their families. The gathering features hors d’oeuvres, dinner and live music from local band ROman TOast, featuring Geoff Walburn ’92.
Hanover’s 95th-annual Homecoming and Reunion Weekend concludes Sunday, Oct. 9.
President Lake Lambert will present the sermon during a special Homecoming worship service at the Hanover Presbyterian Church. Rev. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Ph.D., Ball Family Chaplain, will provide the Holy Communion during the service, which begins at 10 a.m.