Christendom College welcomed over 300 alumni back to campus for homecoming weekend, held on October 7-9. With packed reunions, exciting sports games, and a special presentation on the college’s current $40 million campaign, the weekend proved to be enjoyable to all.
“After spending four incredibly formative years together at this place, it’s so important for alumni to return and reconnect back at Christendom. Seeing so many of them return for this year’s homecoming was both gratifying and exciting, as the college’s alumni base continues to strengthen and grow more impassioned going forward,” said assistant director of alumni and donor relations Vince Criste.
2016’s homecoming marked another highlight in an exciting year for the college’s alumni. This past summer, the alumni base experienced the incredible Alumni Grill’n and Chill’n Tour, which swept across America and Canada and strengthened alumni bonds in the process. With a new alumni advisory council formed earlier this year, the chances for alumni to reconnect and “restore all things” together are greater than ever before, making 2016 a watershed year for the alumni.
“Somehow equaling the excitement and joy that marked every stop of this year’s Grill’n and Chill’n tour was admittedly a tough task, but 2016’s homecoming definitely lived up to the task. Not even Hurricane Matthew could stop our alumni from making the journey home, causing this year’s homecoming to be a successful and enjoyable one for all,” said Criste.
The weekend began on Friday night, with the alumni taking on current students in the annual alumni basketball and volleyball games in Crusader Gymnasium (see pictures here). While the alumni came out on the losing end in both matches, they came together with the students for a special networking social in the college’s St. Kilian’s Café afterwards (see pictures here).
Saturday’s steady rainfall did not stop alumni from hitting the stands on Crusader Field and in Crusader Gymnasium for varsity soccer and volleyball matches. While the weather limited the amount of extra activities on Crusader Field, the gymnasium featured a moon bounce, face painting, and more family fun, encouraging alumni to bring out their whole families for the day (see pictures here).
As evening fell, the highlights of homecoming weekend hit campus. In St. John the Evangelist Library, the classes of 1986, 1996, and 2006 celebrated their 30, 20, and 10 year reunions (see pictures here), with private catered receptions, with all of the visiting alumni gathering together afterwards for the annual Warren H. Carroll Alumni reception (see pictures here).
The reception gave old classmates another opportunity to reconnect and relive old memories, while also giving them the chance to learn more about the college’s new Campaign for Christendom and the plans for the new Christ the King Chapel. College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell gave a special presentation on the campaign, while also providing sketches of the new chapel.
Following the presentation, many alumni closed out the exciting weekend by attending the homecoming dance, held in the newly renovated St. Lawrence Commons, with the live music of Yesterday’s Swing Orchestra (see pictures here).
Next year’s homecoming weekend is tentatively scheduled for October 6-8, 2017, with special 10, 20, and 30-year reunion celebrations planned for the classes of 2007,1997, and 1987 respectively. For more information, please contact Vince Criste at firstname.lastname@example.org.