Homecoming

Celebrating 125 Years

Together Again…
October 15-17, 2021

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We were thrilled to welcome alumni and friends back to campus for Graceland’s 2021 Homecoming festivities. Alumni and friends enjoyed a weekend of food, fellowship and fun in Lamoni. Please check back soon for images of this exciting weekend!

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Honor Classes

1960  |  1970  |  1980  |  1985  |  1990  |  1995  |  2000  |  2010

1961  |  1971  |  1981  |  1986  |  1991  |  1996  |  2001  |  2011

Schedule of Homecoming Events

Check out all the activities that took place during Homecoming 2021.

  • Thursday, October 14
    TIME EVENT LOCATION
    7:30 p.m. Homecoming Production: The Great American Trailer Park Musical
    Directed by Todd Davison ’87

    This production is an all-American musical odyssey, exploring the relationships between the tenants of the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida. At its center is a love triangle between an agoraphobe, a highway toll collector, and an exotic dancer with an unhinged ex-boyfriend.

    Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling the Shaw Ticket Office at 641.784.5296.

    Shaw Center/Shaw Family Auditorium
  • Friday, October 15
    TIME EVENT LOCATION
    8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Alumni Board Meeting Higdon Administration Building/G04
    Noon Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

    Putting contest followed by four-person best shot tournament.The $40 entry fee supports the Graceland Golf program

    Lamoni Municipal Golf Course
    1 p.m. Homecoming Check In

    Let your classmates know you are here by signing in and leaving your cell phone number to make connections. Make a name tag. Frontline Workers can pick up their buttons here.

    Newcom Student Union/Great Room
    3 – 6 p.m. Softball Home Run Derby North Park
    4 p.m. Baseball Alumni Game North Park
    5 p.m. Alumni and Friends Awards Banquet ($30/person)

    With your health and safety in mind, seating will be limited at this event.

    Please make your reservations for dinner before September 30.

    Shaw Center Lobby
    5 p.m. Women’s JV Volleyball vs Clarke

    Online tickets with a valid ID are required for entrance.

    Get your tickets at www.gujackets.com/ticketing. Tickets will not be sold at the entrance gate.

    TBD – Lamoni High School
    7 p.m. Art Show and Reception – /sȲde//əˈfekts/
    by Visiting Artist and Instructor of Art Evan D’Orazio

    Side effects are secondary or undesirable outcomes to the ones originally intended. We experience side effects from medication, and our lived experience in the world. These works are side effects of the uncontrolled nature of the kiln; alchemical experiments in clay, glaze and the painted surface.

    Helene Center/Constance Art Gallery
    7 p.m. Women’s Varsity Volleyball vs Clarke

    Online tickets with a valid ID are required for entrance.

    Get your tickets at www.gujackets.com/ticketing. Tickets will not be sold at the entrance gate.

    Lamoni High School
    7:30 p.m. Homecoming Production: The Great American Trailer Park Musical
    Directed by Todd Davison ’87

    This production is an all-American musical odyssey, exploring the relationships between the tenants of the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida. At its center is a love triangle between an agoraphobe, a highway toll collector, and an exotic dancer with an unhinged ex-boyfriend.

    Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling the Shaw Ticket Office at 641.784.5296.

    Shaw Center/Shaw Family Auditorium
    9 – 11 p.m. Food Trucks and Music

    Three food trucks will be parked in the circle drive on Friday night and music will be playing throughout the campus. Gather with your friends for food and fun!

    Campus Quad / Circle Drive
  • Saturday, October 16
    TIME EVENT LOCATION
    8 a.m.-2 p.m. Homecoming Check In

    Let your classmates know you are here by signing in and leaving your cell phone number to make connections.  Make a nametag.  Frontline Workers can pick up their buttons here.

    Newcom Student Union/Great Room
    8:30-10:30 a.m. Floyd McDowell Commons Open House

    Check out the newly renovated Commons with a cup of coffee and a donut on us

    Floyd M. McDowell Commons (east side)
    10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch in the Commons

    From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can get brunch in the newly renovated Commons

    Floyd M. McDowell Commons (east side)
    9-10:30 a.m. Seminary and Campus Ministries Reception Cheville Chapel
    9:30-10:30 a.m. Ackerley Computer Science Program Open House

    Student demonstrations along with robotics, gaming and more. Former CS, CE, CIS, IT and CSIT majors are encouraged to stop by.

    Resch Science and Technology Hall #130
    9:30-10:30 a.m. Science Club Student-Alumni Reception Resch Science and Technology Hall #104
    9:30-11 a.m. Agape Pastry Reception Gunsolley Hall/Dan B. Kelley Lounge
    10 a.m. Annual Alumni Association Forum

    Get updates from the Alumni Board and meet this years’ recipients of the Alumni Endowed Scholarship.

    Shaw Center Amphitheatre
    (In case of rain, location will be moved to the Shaw Center Lobby.)
    10 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Soccer vs Alumni Training Pitch
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. International Club Silent Auction Campus Quad (In case of rain, location will be moved to Newcom Student Union/Great Room.)
    10 a.m. Future Student Campus Tours Higdon Administration Building/Lobby
    11 a.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Mount Mercy

    Online tickets with a valid ID are required for entrance.

    Get your tickets at www.gujackets.com/ticketing. Tickets will not be sold at the entrance gate

    Lamoni High School
    11 a.m. Morden Center Dedication Outside Morden Center
    (In case of rain, location will be the Shaw Family Auditorium.)
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Yellowjacket Tailgate Party

    Hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, cookies and a drink.  $6 per person paid at the event – credit card only.

    Campus Quad (In case of rain, lunch will be available in the Commons or The Swarm.)
    Noon-1:30 p.m. Hall of Fame Luncheon

    Current and new inductees along with their families are invited to this luncheon.  $10 per person.

    Please make your reservations before September 30.

    Frederick Madison Smith Library
    12:15 p.m. Future Student Sub and Pizza Party West Entrance, Huntsman Football Field (In case of rain, location will be moved to Resch Science and Technology Hall #106.)
    1:35 p.m. Freeman Awards Presentation

    Tom ’55 and Terry Moore ’56 Freeman present medals to the top scholar-athletes in each sport.

    Huntsman Field (In case of rain, location will be moved to Morden Center.)
    2-4 p.m. Hoop House Garden Open House east of Water Tower
    2 p.m. Homecoming Football Game vs. Culver-Stockton

    Half-time: Hall of Fame Inductions

    Online tickets with a valid ID are required for entrance.Get your tickets at www.gujackets.com/ticketing. Tickets will not be sold at the entrance gate.

    Huntsman Field
    2 p.m. Homecoming Production: The Great American Trailer Park Musical
    Directed by Todd Davison ’87

    This production is an all-American musical odyssey, exploring the relationships between the tenants of the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida. At its center is a love triangle between an agoraphobe, a highway toll collector, and an exotic dancer with an unhinged ex-boyfriend.

    Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling the Shaw Ticket Office at 641.784.5296.

    Shaw Center/Shaw Family Auditorium
    3-5 p.m. Harmony & SAGE Reception

    An LGBTQIA2S+ celebration.

    Resch Science and Technology Hall #106
    5 p.m. Summer Reps. Reunion Shaw Center Amphitheatre (In case of rain, location will be Cheville Chapel.)
    5 p.m. 50-year Honor Class Dinner ($30/person)

    With your health and safety in mind, seating will be limited at this event.

    Please make your reservations for dinner before September 30.

    Newcom Student Union/Great Room
    5 p.m. Honor Class Dinner ($30/person)

    With your health and safety in mind, seating will be limited at this event.

    Please make your reservations for dinner before September 30.

    Shaw Center Lobby
    6 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Central Methodist University

    Online tickets with a valid ID are required for entrance.

    Get your tickets at www.gujackets.com/ticketing  Tickets will not be sold at the entrance gate.

    “The Razz” Soccer Facility
    6 p.m. Softball vs Alumni North Park
    7:30 p.m. Music Showcase

    Performances by Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Harmonium, and the Orchestra; finishing with a joint performance of Eric Whitacre’s Sleep and Peter Wilhousky’s Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Online tickets with a valid ID are required for entrance.

    Get your tickets at www.graceland.edu/TicketOffice.

    Shaw Center/Shaw Family Auditorium
    8:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Central Methodist University

    Online tickets with a valid ID are required for entrance.

    Get your tickets at www.gujackets.com/ticketing  Tickets will not be sold at the entrance gate.

    “The Razz” Soccer Facility
  • Sunday, October 17
    TIME EVENT LOCATION
    10:30 a.m. Homecoming Worship Service

    “Infinite Mystery” with speaker Jennifer Killpack ’96, Director of Communications at Community of Christ International Headquarters and co-director of Spectacular.

    Shaw Center/Shaw Family Auditorium
    11:30 a.m. The President’s Brunch

    This “invitation only” event salutes Presidential Society members and Heritage Club inductees. With your health and safety in mind, seating will be limited at this event. Please RSVP by September 30.

    Newcom Student Union/Great Room
    2 p.m. Homecoming Production: The Great American Trailer Park Musical
    Directed by Todd Davison ’87

    This production is an all-American musical odyssey, exploring the relationships between the tenants of the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida. At its center is a love triangle between an agoraphobe, a highway toll collector, and an exotic dancer with an unhinged ex-boyfriend.

    Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling the Shaw Ticket Office at 641.784.5296.

    Shaw Center/Shaw Family Auditorium

 

All Weekend

Art Show– /sȲde//əˈfekts/ by Visiting Artist and Instructor of Art Evan D’Orazio
Side effects are secondary or undesirable outcomes to the ones originally intended. We experience side effects from medication, and our lived experience in the world. These works are side effects of the uncontrolled nature of the kiln; alchemical experiments in clay, glaze and the painted surface.

Hours and Prices

LOCATION FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Spirit Shop (Bookstore) 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Shaw Center Ticket Office
Theatre Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 641.784.5296.
6:30–7:30 p.m. 1–2 p.m. 1–2 p.m.
Floyd M. McDowell Commons

The Commons is only accepting credit cards (no cash or checks).

Breakfast
7–9 a.m.
$8Lunch
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
$8.25Dinner
5–7:30 p.m.
$8.50
Brunch
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
$8.50Dinner
4:30–6:30 p.m.
$8.50
Brunch
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
$8.50Dinner
4:30–6:30 p.m.
$8.50
The Swarm 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. 6–11:30 p.m.

Athletic Event Tickets must be purchased online at www.gujackets.com/ticketing. Tickets will be available beginning October 1.

Music Showcase Tickets must be reserved online at www.graceland.edu/TicketOffice. Tickets will be available beginning October 1.

Contact Alumni Programs

Email our alumni programs team at alumni@graceland.edu or call us toll-free at 866.GU4.EVER tel:866.484.3837