Anticipation is building: Grace College Homecoming will take place Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, 2017, on the Winona Lake, Ind. The weekend promises to provide time to reconnect with friends, tour campus, enjoy entertainment, competition and much more. For the complete event schedule and to register, visit the Grace College website.
“In celebration of our alumni, we have planned a weekend full of memorable events,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “We hope our friends, alumni, parents, and students will plan to participate in a variety of events, from chapel on Friday morning to the Nocturnal race on Saturday night.”
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Bill and Ella Male Hospitality Suite, located on the upper concourse. Alumni and parent award winners will be honored during Homecoming Chapel, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the MOCC. After chapel, alumni and friends can enjoy a bus tour of campus, guided by Dr. Terry White (BME 64).
Friday night, all are invited to unwind with an evening of comedy. At 8:30 p.m., Christian comedian Brad Stine will entertain in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake. Stine is referred to as one of “the funniest, most innovative, smartest and culturally relevant” comedians.
The Homecoming Parade will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Winona Lake Park, winding through the Village at Winona and ending at Westminster Hall. The homecoming court, alumni award winners and several student and community groups will take part in the parade. Afterward, all are invited to a tailgate lunch at Miller Athletic Complex. Beginning at noon, participants and their families can enjoy good food, a bounce house, face painting and more. At 2 p.m., Lancers can cheer on the Grace College men’s soccer team as they take on Taylor University.
A public open house at the new Worship Arts facility in the William Male Center, 999 Rupe Dr., Winona Lake, will take place Saturday evening from 4:45 – 6 p.m. A music reunion and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room. All alumni are welcome to attend this celebration of music through the years.
The weekend will conclude with a family-friendly Nocturnal 8 Adventure Race at 8 p.m. On this three-to-four-mile trip through Winona Lake, families will explore local fields and wooded areas while climbing around obstacles, all in complete darkness. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights, costumes, and reflective gear.
Many events require pre-registration. Visit grace.edu/alumni/events/homecoming to download a full event schedule and register for events. For questions, call the Grace College Alumni Office at 574-372-5100, ext. 6127.