Hanoverians, friends and families will gather on campus Oct. 4-6 for Hanover College's 92nd-annual Homecoming. This year’s celebration - Cirque De Hanover - features activities for all ages, including friends, food, football, live music and more.
Homecoming 2019 features 13 gatherings for class years ending in 4s and 9s, including milestone reunions for the classes of 1969 (50 years), 1979 (40 years) and 1994 (25 years). This year’s celebration also features a Golden Panthers Reunion for the classes of 1954, 1959 and 1964.
Activities begin Friday, Oct. 4, including campus tours, welcome reception and live music.
A day-long chance to return to the classroom begins at 9 a.m. Professors Valerie Young (communication), Kent Gregory (business) and Deborah Hanson (education) will open their courses to “guest” students throughout the day.
A welcome reception for alumni, friends and families, will be held in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center from 6-8 p.m. The alt-pop band Brighton Boys will perform live in the Withrow Activities Center from 8-10 p.m.
Homecoming will offer a full slate of events and activities Saturday, Oct. 5.
The Scenic: A 5K with a View, an annual run/walk, starts at 8:30 a.m. at Alumni Stadium (7:30 a.m. registration).
Linda Cunningham Morice '70 will share her experience and research about Long College for Women's connection to Hanover history from 9-10 a.m. in the Duggan Library. Kimm Hollis and Madlen Batchvarova, two staples in the College’s music and choral departments, will perform a special four-hand recital at 10 a.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.
Note: On-campus registration will be available for Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the red tent at the tailgate lot.
The tailgate lot adjacent to the stadium will thrive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as HanoverFest connects alumni, families and football fans with food and fun for all ages. Current professors Bill Bettler (communication) and Craig Philipp (chemistry) will perform with their band, The Men’s Room, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Reunions for the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 will be held at various locations on campus throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Greek houses, meanwhile, will offer a wide range of social activities throughout the day. [Greek events]
Hanover’s football squad will battle Anderson University in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt. The opening kick is slated for 1:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
In addition to class reunions and Greek gatherings, a concert by musician John Rush will highlight the evening events. Rush will take the stage at 8 p.m. for a live performance in the Withrow Center.
Homecoming events continue Sunday, Oct. 6, with a worship service at the Hanover Presbyterian Church. President Lake Lambert will present the sermon during the 10 a.m. service. Batchvarova, along with voice studio students Arianna Harris-Kawano '22 and Ty Allen '21, will perform. Rev. Catherine Knott will officially be installed as the Ball Family Chaplain during the service.
A celebration of the endowment of the College's chaplaincy will follow the service. Dr. Gary Ball and his wife, Allyson, will receive recognition for the establishment of the Ball Family Chaplaincy during an 11:30 a.m. event at the Brown Memorial Chapel.