This year, Grove City College is promising “The Best. Homecoming. Ever.”
From Oct. 8 to 10, the campus will welcome alumni, friends and family for a double-size celebration that will honor alumni and Greek groups that are marking milestone reunions this year and those who missed out last year when the pandemic put big gatherings like homecoming on hold.
The College will recognize both the Class of 1971’s 50th reunion and the Class of 1970’s 51st with equal fervor, as it will the 25th and 26th reunions for 1996 and 1995 graduates and fraternities and sororities that reached significant anniversaries in 2021 or 2020.
“We are looking forward to seeing our alumni, parents and friends again. And we know they are looking forward to seeing each other! With 24 class reunions and seven Greek reunions, it’s a celebration like no other,” said Melissa (Trifaro ’96) MacLeod, senior director of Alumni and College Relations.
Homecoming 2021 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.
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 by Chaplain and Senior Director of Christian Formation Donald D. Opitz will close out the celebration.
Homecoming 2021 highlights include:
“The Best. Homecoming. Ever.” Parade. Featuring the Homecoming Court, reunion groups, student housing and Greek group floats, 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 to town at www.gcc.edu/livestream.
The big game. The Wolverine football team takes on Geneva College’s squad 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 at www.gcc.edu/livestream.
The Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony. The College’s Alumni Association will present the awards to three notable alumni who have achieved success in their fields and brought honor to their alma mater. This year’s awardees are: A. Christopher Bakken III '82; Dr. Brian Pall '94; and Christine (Bittler '97) Keener. Winners from 2020 are also returning to experience an in-person ceremony. The ceremony, which is open to the public, is at 6:30 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: Pan Sophic 110th anniversary; Delta Iota Kappa 105th; Sigma Delta Phi 101st; Theta Alpha Pi 100th; Sigma Theta Chi 76th; Kappa Alpha Phi 65th; and Phi Tau Alpha 55th.
For a complete homecoming schedule visit alumni.gcc.edu/homecoming