All roads lead home to Grove City College this weekend as the campus community celebrates Homecoming 2022 with its alumni.
From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, the campus will welcome alumni, friends and family for an extravaganza honoring all alumni along with classes and Greek groups that are marking milestone reunions. Returning Grovers will have a chance to renew the ties that bind ’mid the pines. Families of current students are also encouraged to return.
“We’re excited to see our alumni and friends coming back to campus for Homecoming 2022. For so many, Grove City College is home, no matter how far away their lives have taken them. This weekend will be an amazing opportunity for everyone to see the people and the College that we love so well,” said Melissa (Trifaro ’96) MacLeod, senior director of Alumni and College Relations.
Homecoming 2022 will highlight the strong community that the College fosters on and off campus with traditions like the homecoming court, parade and big game, class reunions, Greek Village and tents on the Quad, and opportunities for alumni and current students to interact and enjoy their shared Grove City College experience, from alumni soccer, lacrosse and softball games to the student research showcase.
Homecoming highlights include:
“All Roads Lead Home” parade. Featuring the Homecoming Court, reunion groups, student housing and Greek group floats featuring the beloved characters and stories of Pixar Films, the Wolverine Marching Band and much, much more, the parade from the PLC through Grove City to the Carnegie Alumni Center has something for everyone. It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and will be livestreamed for those who can’t make it in person at www.gcc.edu/livestream.
The big game. The Wolverine football team takes on Case Western Reserve in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference matchup. The Homecoming Queen and King will be announced at halftime. Concessions are available from the College Outing Club and food trucks on Lower Campus. The game starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at Robert E. Thorn field. Fans can watch online here.
The awards ceremony. The College’s Alumni Association will present the Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Awards to notable alumni who have achieved success in their fields, and brought honor to their alma mater This year’s awardees are: Dr. K. James Evans Jr. ’70, Dr. Stephen “Andy” Sems ’95, and Barbara (Bentz ’83) Staniscia. The College will also honor Philip Gasiewicz and Dr. Bruce Smith ’58 with Distinguished Service Awards in recognition of their commitment to Grove City College. The ceremony, which is open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Friday in in Harbison Chapel and will be livestreamed at www.gcc.edu/livestream.
Milestone Greek reunions. Fraternities and sororities marking their first years on campus this year are: Zeta Zeta Zeta 105th; Beta Sigma 100th; Alpha Beta Tau 75th; and Omicron Xi 75th.
Grove City College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 will kick off Homecoming 2021 with a welcome address at 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the Breen Student Union. A worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday in Harbison Chapel with a message from Dave DiDonato '05, lead pastor of The Bible Chapel, McMurray, Pa. will close out the weekend’s events.
For a complete schedule of events, visit alumni.gcc.edu.