Homecoming and Inauguration Weekend – September 22 to 24, 2017

Homecoming and Inauguration Weekend, September 21 to 24, 2017

A Hesston College Homecoming 2017 and inauguration of the college’s ninth president, Dr. Jospeh Manickam ’87, celebrates Grounded in Community, Globally Engaged. The event provides the opportunity to remember Hesston’s values, enjoy the Hesston Experience, and see a vision of Hesston’s future. Join the campus community, wider Home Sweet Hesston community and alumni/friends from around the world for this important legacy transition. Annual homecoming activities will fill the campus, including alumni presenters, events for the whole family and classes gathering for reunion anniversaries.

The weekend includes: International alumni and past president events, parade, golf benefit, Golden Gables Luncheon, varsity sports, community/college art exhibit, international-themed student performances, inauguration luncheon and ceremony, festival/picnic and alumni variety concert, and Sunday worship culmination.

Watch for the July Hesston College Today alumni magazine for an event schedule, list of alumni presenters and registration information. Bring your high school-aged children and grandchildren (and their friends!) for a special legacy student campus visit.

Is it your class reunion year?
Academy classes: ’47, ’52, ’57 and ’62
College classes: ’57, ’62, ’67, ’77, ’92, ’97, ’02, ’07 and ’12.
A special ’86/’87/’88 classes reunion to honor Joe ’87 and Wanda (Wyse) ’88 Manickam.

Invitation letter for international guests

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, September 20

6:30 p.m. – Home Sweet Hesston Homecoming Parade, Main Street

Thursday, September 21

1:30 p.m. – Hesston College Golf Benefit, Hesston Golf Park, 520 Yost Drive
Sponsored by Excel

Friday, September 22

11 a.m. – Forum (speaker tbd), Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church (HMC)
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Golden Gables Luncheon, Community Center, HMC
Featuring Hesston College historian John Sharp ’72 and former Hesston College presidents
4 to 5:30 p.m. – Alumni  and Community Art Showcase and Reception, Friesen Center
Meet former Hesston College presidents at a come and go reception.
5 p.m. – Men’s soccer match, Soccer Field
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Picnic meal, Campus Activities Center
7 p.m. – International themed concert and international student program, Sanctuary, HMC
9 p.m. – Campus Activities Board BUNCO, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center (BSC)

Saturday, September 23

a.m. – 2 mile run/walk
8 to 8:45 a.m. – Pancake and sausage breakfast, Community Center, HMC
9 to 11:30 a.m. – Class reunions, campus locations
Academy classes of 1952, 1957 and 1962 and college classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1977, 1987 (along with ’86 and ’88), 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012
9 a.m. – Be Greater Campaign presentation, Lambright Hall, Lemons Center
10 a.m. – Volleyball match, Yost Center
Noon to 2 p.m. – Inaugural and Partner Luncheon, Dining Hall, BSC
3 p.m. – Inauguration of Dr. Joseph Manickam, Sanctuary, HMC
Reception following
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Family festival
Games and events for families, kids, the community
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Home Sweet Hesston picnic
7:30 p.m. – College and community concert, Sanctuary, HMC

Sunday, September 24

7 to 9 a.m. – Alumni Advisory Council meeting, Community Center, HMC
9 to 9:45 a.m. – Coffee and cinnamon rolls, Dining Hall, BSC
10:30 a.m. – Homecoming and inauguration weekend worship service, Sanctuary, HMC
Featuring a guest speaker and Bel Canto Singers. Pre-worship music begins at 10:15.
Noon to 12:45 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, BSC

Reunion classes