The pandemic has presented challenges for each of us, and high on the list has been our inability to get together with many friends and loved ones during the last year. For us at Wilmington College, we always enjoy gathering with alumni throughout the year, but especially on those blue sky, autumn weekends at Homecoming. This Sept. 17 and 18, WC is presenting a Homecoming like no other and we want you to be a part of it. It will serve as the culmination of the College’s 150th anniversary observance, which will go out with a bang. Yes, there will be fireworks! Also, football, food trucks, music, pageantry, attractions on the mall for children young and old, special reunions and, best of all, this festive atmosphere will provide a backdrop for your reconnecting with friends and classmates.
The College continues to adhere to all established safety protocols regarding COVID-19. Recent changes are displayed in RED.
4 p.m. | Mud Volleyball (student sign up)
7:30 p.m., Elm Street | Pep Rally
9 p.m., Elm Street | Bonfire
This is a behind-the-scenes tour of the Quaker Heritage Center with Director Tanya Maus. With current COVID policies on campus, please RSVP to ensure that we can accommodate all guests.
5 to 10 p.m., Downtown Wilmington | Block Party & Food Trucks
WC alumni, the campus community and friends are invited to the 150th Celebration on Main St. in Downtown Wilmington. Grab food and drinks from food trucks or a local restaurant. Bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy the Laine Hardy concert with the WC Community!
5 to 10 p.m., Rome Jewelers Parking Lot | 150th Celebration Social (RSVP)
WC alumni, the campus community and friends are invited to the 150th Celebration Social in Downtown Wilmington. Connect with old classmates, grab a drink, enter raffles and pick up your 150th goody bag! Just for stopping by, you will receive a chance to win raffle prizes. For extra raffle tickets:
Location: Rome Jewelers Parking Lot, 64 W. Main Street, Wilmington, Ohio 45177
7:30 to 9 p.m., Downtown Wilmington | Concert feat. Laine Hardy in conjunction with CCCVB
The Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Wilmington College are hosting a concert featuring 2019 American Idol Winner Laine Hardy. The stage will be located on Main Street in downtown Wilmington. There are no tickets or reservations required for this event.
9 a.m., TENT B, located near RCC | Classes of 1970 & 1971 Emeriti Breakfast (INVITE ONLY)
This event will feature a breakfast and the presentation of Emeriti medallions to the classes of 1970 and 1971. Due to COVID policies on campus, please RSVP (instructions on invitation) to ensure that we can accommodate all guests.
9:30 a.m. Collett Mall, near Robinson Communication Center | Alumni Welcome Tent Open
Stop by the Alumni tent to receive WC swag during Homecoming & Alumni Weekend and enter for a chance to win raffle prizes. This area can also be used for seating to enjoy food from the food trucks.
9:30 a.m. WC Natatorium | Alumni Swim Meet
The annual Alumni Swim Meet hosted with WC Athletics will take place in the Natatorium in Hermann Court.
10:30 a.m. Withrow Circle | Greek Bed Races
Watch and cheer on fraternities and sororities at the annual Greek Bed Races as they take place on Withrow Circle.
11 a.m. Designated Parking Areas | Tailgating
Celebrate your WC Quaker Football team before they take on Ohio Northern at Townsend Field. Designated Tailgating areas will be identified on the Homecoming Map (available soon).
11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Collett Mall and Elm St. | Rockin’ the Mall & Family Day
Join other WC alumni and current students on the Mall for food, family fun and a place to enjoy before the Homecoming game.
Register for Family Day
11:30 a.m. | Out of the Classroom Session | Arboreturm Presidential Tree Tour with Brad Schwamberger (RSVP)
Join the Alumni Engagement Team and ’83 Alumnus Brad Schwamberger for the Presidential Tree Tour in the Hazard Arboretum. If you are interested in joining this educational walk, please meet at the Arboretum entrance or Alumni tent. Golf Carts will be available for a ride along tour – RSVP to reserve your spot.
Noon, Corner of Elm St. and College St. | Aggieville
Join Ag Alumni at the corner of Elm St. and College St. for smoked meat and conversation before the homecoming game.
1 p.m. | Alumni Gatherings (RSVP)
WC alumni, the campus community and friends are invited to the Alumni Gatherings hosted during homecoming weekend.
If you would like to reserve a table for a specific group, friends or class year please submit the Alumni Gathering RSVP Form. The Alumni Engagement Team will be coordinating this event to help keep reunion groups on campus to enjoy the concert and fireworks following the Homecoming game!
3 p.m., Townsend Field | Homecoming Football Game, Homecoming Court & Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Enjoy Quaker Football vs. Ohio Northern at Townsend Field. Homecoming Court and the Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be presented at Halftime.
5:30 to 7 p.m. TENT B, located near RCC | Reunion hosted by Black Student Initiative (BSI) (INVITE ONLY)
BSI and Alumni join in Boyd Culture Arts Center. Due to COVID policy on campus, this reunion may be moved to the landing in front of Boyd Culture Arts Center.
7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Elm St. | Concert feat. The Vinyl Countdown
A concert featuring The Vinyl Countdown to take place in front of Hermann Court. Please feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets and enjoy the music, food and fireworks!
POSTPONED TO A FUTURE EVENT | Fireworks
NOTE: The Celebration of Life ceremony in memory of Coach Bill Ramseyer originally planned for Sunday, Sept. 19, has been tentatively postponed until spring at the request of the family.