Christendom College celebrated Homecoming Weekend on October 9-11, drawing over three hundred alumni back to its Front Royal, Va. campus for one of the most successful Homecoming Weekends in the history of the college.
“Homecoming 2015 was a great event for several reasons,” stated Vince Criste, assistant director of alumni & donor relations. “We had great participation from reunion class representatives, an increase in family-friendly activities during the afternoon hours and a focused effort to improve the quality of each and every event over the three day period. Mix those key ingredients and you have a recipe for a successful and enjoyable Homecoming for all.”
Beginning on Friday, one hundred and four golfers gave back to Christendom in the sixth annual Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Golf Tournament. Held at Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Course, the golfers and over twenty sponsors, including Pricewaterhousecoopers and Petrine Construction, helped raise $20,000 for Christendom’s athletic scholarship, the Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholarship. Phil Daniel, Josh Daniel, Joseph Daniel and Dave Lussier came up the victors in the tournament, making it possible for the next great scholar-athletes to study at Christendom. (Find more photos from this event here)
On Friday night, the alumni of the college took on current students in basketball and volleyball games in Crusader Gymnasium. While the alumnae would take a loss in the first annual volleyball game, the alumni men came up victorious in their basketball game, a first for alumni in many years. (Find more photos from the volleyball game here, and the basketball game here)
Following the games, over two hundred alumni and senior students socialized and networked in St. Kilian’s Café, taking the opportunity to build connections within Christendom’s vast alumni network. (Find more photos from this event here)
On Saturday, Crusader Fields hosted back-to-back soccer games, including a 4-0 rout of Patrick Henry College by the men’s soccer team.
As the games went on, Christendom provided moon bounces, pony rides, and more for fans, encouraging alumni to bring their whole family out to campus for the day. The senior class provided food and beverages as well, with all money raised going towards the annual senior class gift. (Find more photos from this event here)
As the soccer games were played, fifty members of the class of 2005, along with their spouses, faculty, and staff of the college enjoyed a catered 10-year reunion luncheon, provided by philosophy professor Mike Brown, in St. Kilian’s Café. (Find more photos from this event here)
That afternoon, alumni were invited to partake in an important moment for the college: the groundbreaking of St. Clare Hall, the first new residence hall on the Front Royal, Va. campus in fifteen years. Expected to be finished by next fall, the hall will house ninety-six new beds for the women of campus, featuring large suites and living room spaces for occupants. (Find more photos from this event here)
Later that evening, the classes of 1995 and 1985 held private reunion events on campus, with thirty-two members of the class of 1995 celebrating their 20-year reunion in the Chester-Belloc Room of Regina Coeli Hall. On the other side of campus, a record-setting one hundred and ten alumni attended the all 80’s reunion in the lower level of St. John the Evangelist Library. Staff and faculty of the college especially celebrated the achievements of the class of 1985, enjoying their 30-year reunion this year. (Find photos from the class of 1995 reunion here, and all 80’s reunion here)
Approximately two hundred and thirty alumni took part in the main event of the weekend celebrations, the Warren H. Carroll Alumni Reception in the Crypt of the Chapel of Christ the King, another opportunity to reconnect with old classmates while meeting and networking with other ones as well. Many walked over to the Homecoming Dance, held in St. Lawrence Commons, to dance and listen to the live music of Yesterday’s Swing Orchestra. (Find more photos from the reception here, and the dance here)
Closing the weekend, over one hundred and thirty alumni joined the Christendom community for the 36th annual East vs. West football game, which featured activities for family members during the game, in addition to food and beverages. All proceeds raised from the East vs. West game went towards the Mission Trips program, which will send over a hundred students across North and South America in the spring to help the poor and homeless. (Find more photos from this event here)
Next year’s Homecoming Weekend is scheduled for October 7-9, 2016 with special 10, 20, and 30-year reunion celebrations planned for the classes of 2006, 1996, and 1986 respectively. For more information, please contact Vince Criste at email@example.com.