Homecoming puts spotlight on alums, community

Grove City College welcomes alumni, family and friends to enjoy a festive weekend celebrating Homecoming 2018 from Friday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 7.

The weekend is packed with events on campus and in Olde Town Grove City but the College begins celebrating Homecoming this week with a series of nightly on-campus events for students, including a Powder Puff football game, all-campus worship, coffee house and all-sports rally.

Alumni begin to return to campus on Friday for mini-reunions and to recognize this year’s Jack Kennedy Memorial Alumni Achievement Award winners at an evening banquet Honorees for 2018 are: Scott G. Bullock ’88, president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice; Timothy W. Coffindaffer ’81, Ph.D. retired research fellow with The Procter & Gamble Company; Eric C. “Rick” Newton ’86, an entrepreneur and business owner; and Bradley Scott ’69, Ph.D., a retired educator and community activist.

Saturday’s action begins early with reunion breakfasts and the dedication of the new Walters-Zbell tennis courts at 10:15 a.m.  

The Homecoming Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday on campus near the Physical Learning Center. The route proceeds down Pine Street and through Olde Town Grove City on Broad Street, where it concludes in front of Carnegie Alumni Center. New for 2018, the parade features the Pittsburgh Mounted Police Patrol. The procession will be accompanied by the Wolverine Marching Band, several marching bands from area high schools and returning Homecoming court members. This year’s parade theme “Around the World” will be showcased in artistic floats created by the College’s fraternities and sororities.

The excitement continues at 2 p.m. as the Grove City Wolverines compete against regional rivals the Titans of Westminster College on Thorn Field. Admission to the game is free. A pre-game show begins at 1:15 p.m. and includes parade float awards. The Wolverine Marching Band will perform at halftime, featuring a crowd-favorite rendition of “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars, and the Homecoming Queen and King will be announced

In addition to campus festivities, Olde Town Grove City hosts GroveFest  from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. GroveFest offers live musical performances, including the Grove City College Jazz Band at 5 p.m. in Joseph D. Monteleone Youth Festival Park. GroveFest also features food, art, and special offers from merchants and artisans of the community. Carnival games and a pumpkin patch make the event fun for all ages.

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Homecoming puts spotlight on alums, community

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