College to celebrate campus traditions at Homecoming Weekend 2023

Fall 2022 community day - families eat at a picnic table with bouncy houses in the background

Hesston College is gearing up for its annual Homecoming Weekend September 21 to 24. Early bird registration for the weekend’s events with special discount pricing ends September 1.

Homecoming Weekend 2023 will feature long-standing Hesston College programs and traditions and what they look like in 2023. The weekend’s activities will offer events and entertainment for alumni, supporters, the campus community and the wider community. Visit for the full weekend schedule and registration form.

“We are excited to bring alumni and community together for a great weekend of homecoming at Hesston College,” says Jen Lehman, alumni coordinator. “It’s always a joy to see everyone gathering for the events. A lot of effort has gone into making sure there is something for everyone over the weekend.”

A highlight of the weekend will be an alumni and Bel Canto Singers choir in celebration of 40 years of Bel Canto Singers that will culminate in a concert on Saturday, September 23 at 3:30 p.m., in Hesston Mennonite Church. Alumni who would like to be part of the choir should register early so music can be distributed ahead of time.

Events kick off on Thursday, September 21, with a Cultures Fair in the Hesston Mennonite Church community center. The event is come-and-go from 6 to 9 p.m., and will feature students representing the 23 countries and U.S. territories from which they hail through music, dance and food samples.

On Friday, September 22, formation gathering at 11 a.m. will feature 2000 alumnus Jeremy Kempf leading a praise and worship time for the campus community and guests. The Golden Gables Luncheon for alumni celebrating 50 year or greater reunions will include a presentation on the History of Music at Hesston College by music faculty member Ken Rodgers. Registration for the Golden Gables Luncheon is required.

Friday afternoon presentations in the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary include “New Faces Rooted in Tradition” at 2 p.m., featuring longtime and new faculty and staff members sharing how Hesston College traditions continue even as new employees join the community. At 3:30 p.m., Bible faculty members Michele Hershberger and Nick Ladd will present “Biblical Literature in a Modern World,” highlighting the impact of the Hesston College staple course on students in today’s world.

An international dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Bontrager Student Center will start the evening’s activities, with a menu featuring campus favorites tikka masala and options for the whole family. Payment will be accepted at the door. Other evening activities will be a Larks volleyball game at 6:30 p.m. in Yost Center and alumni softball game and intrasquad baseball game at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, September 23, activities will include class reunions, a disc golf tournament, Athletic Hall of Fame induction for several athletes, coaches and administrators, and more. In the evening, the annual Homecoming Family Festival will feature food trucks, kids activities and Lark soccer. The day will wrap up with campus worship led by Kempf at 10 p.m. in the Campus Activities Center.

The weekend will culminate on Sunday, September 24, with a 10:30 a.m. service at Hesston Mennonite Church and a softball doubleheader at Bess Mullet Field beginning at 1 p.m.