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Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

Oct. 17-20, 2024

We can’t wait to see you on campus next fall! Join us again for the Alumni-Student Connections Social, All-Alumni Bash, classroom experiences, home games, class reunions and so much more.

*Registering before September 23, 2024 gets you the best, early-bird discount!

The Homecoming Schedule

This schedule is constantly being updated as more events are confirmed. The last update to this schedule was made on July 15.

Please note, some events require registration and are specified below!

3 – 5 p.m.    Outdoor Education Gear Room Open House | Dennis Hall and Runyan Center, room 224

Come check-out our gear room space on the second floor of Dennis Hall! Make yourself some GORP, pinpoint your campsites on a map and browse our “field” library. Let the familiar smells of backpacks and sleeping bags take you back to your trip planning days at EC. It’s a nostalgic journey for all adventurers, offering a chance to reconnect with your Earlham outdoor experiences. Don’t miss this opportunity to reminisce and get inspired for future adventures!

 

4 – 7 p.m.    Welcome Center Open Hours | Runyan Center, Comstock Room

Make the Welcome Center your first stop when you arrive on campus! Here, you can pick up your name tag and weekend schedule. Enjoy a festive atmosphere with games, refreshments and fun Homecoming giveaways. It’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend and catch up with friends. Don’t miss this chance to start your Homecoming experience on a high note with activities and goodies that set the tone for a fantastic celebration. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

6 – 7:30 p.m.     Alumni Student Connections Social | Athletic & Wellness Center, Bailey Concourse

The Alumni-Student Connections Social is designed to connect alumni from across the decades with current EC students. As an alum, your guidance and expertise will be invaluable as they navigate life after Earlham. Enjoy refreshments while sharing your experiences and insights with the next generation of Earlhamites. This event is a wonderful opportunity to make meaningful connections, offer support and inspire students. Join us and help shape the paths of our talented students!

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.     Epic Expo | various campus locations

Discover the incredible research, internships and off-campus study experiences of Earlham students at this celebration of engaged learning. Join us to hear students present their exciting projects and accomplishments, showcasing the diverse and impactful work happening at Earlham. It’s a fantastic opportunity to support our students, gain insights into their academic journeys and be inspired by their dedication and innovation. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the amazing achievements of our talented students!

 

9 – 11 a.m.   Wilderness/Outdoor Education Service Project | The Old Ropes Course (east of Darrel Beane Stadium)

After 50 years, it is time for the old ropes course (first erected in 1974) to come down! Put on your boots, bring your work gloves and some water, and help us Leave No Trace on this overgrown area of campus. Service may include hauling scraps of old ropes course, removing invasive species, and helping to replant the area.

 

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.     Welcome Center Open Hours | Runyan Center, Comstock Room

Stop by the Welcome Center to pick up your name tag and weekend schedule! Enjoy games, refreshments, and Homecoming giveaways, setting the tone for a fantastic day ahead. Reconnect with friends and embrace the Earlham spirit as you start your Homecoming weekend. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.     On-campus Lunch Options | Runyan Center, Earlham Dining Hall and Café 1847

Looking for a spot to grab a bite on Friday while you’re on campus? Stop by the dining hall or Café 1847 to see the delicious options available to our students. No pre-payment required, just pay at the dining hall or café!

 

1 – 3 p.m.   Wilderness/Outdoor Education Service Project | The Old Ropes Course (east of Darrel Beane Stadium)

After 50 years, it is time for the old ropes course (first erected in 1974) to come down! Put on your boots, bring your work gloves and some water, and help us Leave No Trace on this overgrown area of campus. Service may include hauling scraps of old ropes course, removing invasive species, and helping to replant the area.

 

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.     Poet Leah Green ’05 | to be determined

Hear from Class of 2005 alum, Leah Green.

 

3 – 5 p.m.    Wilderness/Outdoor Ed Art Drop-off at Leeds Gallery | Runyan Center, Leeds Gallery

Do you have art inspired by your participation in Wilderness/Outdoor Ed at Earlham? Share it in Leeds Gallery as part of our exhibition! We’ll have sections dedicated to August Wilderness, Southwest Field Studies, Trips, Campus, and Nature. Paintings, poems, ceramics, photographs,etc., are all welcome. Hanging supplies and display tables provided. We’ll also have pens and paper to create an artist statement to go along with your piece. All items are left at your own risk and must be picked-up by Sunday, October 20th, at 5pm. Items left after this time will be donated to the college archives.

 

4 – 6 p.m.    Ethan Solomon Climbing Wall Open Climb | Athletic & Wellness Center

Whether you’re a regular at The Red or haven’t touch a belay device since graduation, come climb with us at the wall! We’ll show you the ropes and provide all the gear you need—shoes, harness and helmets. This is the perfect chance to relive your climbing days or try something new. Enjoy the thrill, camaraderie and a fantastic workout. Join fellow alumni and make new friends as you scale new heights together. You won’t want to miss this fun and exhilarating event!

 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.    Alumni Awards Reception | Landrum Bolling Center, Richmond Room

Honoring Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees, Outstanding Alumni Award, Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Join us for a reception with refreshments to celebrate our Alumni Awards winners and Hall of Fame inductees! Before the Alumni Awards Ceremony, mingle with fellow alumni and honor the exceptional Earlhamites recognized for their career success, volunteer service and athletic achievements. This special gathering is a wonderful opportunity to connect, enjoy refreshments and be inspired by the stories of excellence and service!

 

5 – 6:30 p.m.    Alumni Awards Ceremony | Carpenter Hall, Goddard Auditorium (registration required)

Honoring Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees, Outstanding Alumni Award, Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Honoring and celebrating our outstanding alumni for their career success, volunteer service and athletic achievements. This year’s award winners and Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized for their exceptional contributions to the Earlham community. It’s a night to remember as we come together to recognize the remarkable achievements of our fellow alumni. This year’s awards winners and Hall of Fame Inductees are:

 

Distinguished Service Award:

Margaret Lechner ’72

Outstanding Alumni Award:

Philip and Roberta Ballard ’61

Outstanding Young Alumni Award:

Team Magic Bus

Hall of Fame Inductees:

Brandon Miller ’06
Jacob Naegeli ’12
Women’s Soccer Teams ’10-’12
Men’s Tennis Teams ’11-’14

 

6:30 p.m.    Volleyball Alumni Watch Party | Athletics & Wellness Center, Observation Room

Don’t miss an exciting evening of camaraderie and Earlham pride during this Friday night match against Hanover College! Enjoy access to the Observation Room to watch pregame warm-ups—it’s a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with fellow alums, support the current team and relive your volleyball memories!

 

6:45 p.m.    Women’s Soccer Team Hall of Fame Celebration | Matlack-Messer Stadium

All Women’s Soccer Hall of Fame attendees and their guests are warmly invited to join us at a reception following the Alumni Awards Ceremony. This special occasion will be an opportunity to honor and celebrate the legacies of JoBeth Buckley ’11 and Martha Sanchez McCann ’14 with current coaches and players.

 

7 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball vs. Hanover College | Athletics & Wellness Center, Druley Performance Gym

Cheer on EC Volleyball as they face Hanover College! Join us for an exciting match filled with energy and team spirit—don’t miss out on the action!

 

7 – 10 p.m.     Homecoming Bash! | Eight to the Bar, 993 E Main St. Richmond, IN

Homecoming is for everyone! Let’s celebrate together at this can’t-miss party at the Eight to the Bar! Enjoy local Richmond food trucks, dance to music from the decades, sip Earlham-themed cocktails, play games and so much more! This inclusive event welcomes everyone to join in the festivities and create lasting memories. Whether you’re reconnecting with old friends or making new ones, it’s a night not to be missed. Come together with alumni, friends and the Earlham community for an unforgettable evening of fun and celebration!

 

8 p.m.     Alumni Home Run Derby | Randal R. Sadler Stadium

Come meet and play with current Earlham students and coaches in the Alumni Home Run Derby! Connect with friends old and new, and enjoy some baseball!

7 a.m.     Morning Bird Walk | Departing from Stout Meetinghouse

Join Wendy Tori, Associate Professor of Biology, for a campus bird walk! Discover the avian diversity right here at Earlham while enjoying coffee and pastries. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or just curious about local wildlife, this leisurely stroll is perfect for nature enthusiast of all levels. Don’t miss out on exploring our campus ecosystem and starting your day with a relaxing outdoor adventure!

 

8:30 a.m.    Golden and Emeriti Reunion Classes Breakfast | Runyan Center, Earlham Dining Hall (registration required)

Calling all Golden and Emeriti Reunion attendees! Be our guest for a special breakfast honoring alums from the classes of 1949 (or earlier) to 1974. Hear from Jenny Freed, Director of Special Collections and Archives, as she shares insights about your time at Earlham. It’s a wonderful chance to reconnect with old friends, reminisce about cherished memories and celebrate your Earlham experience. Join us for a morning of reflection, camaraderie and nostalgia!

 

9 a.m.    Dennis Hinkle ’64 Memorial Alumni Walk/Run | Check-in at Matlack-Messer Stadium (registration required)

Cost: $20

Join us for the Dennis Hinkle ’64 Memorial Alumni Walk/Run at Earlham! Reconnect with fellow alumni and support our cross country team in this special event. Whether you walk or run, it’s a great opportunity to engage with the Earlham community and honor Dennis Hinkle ’64. All proceeds support our cross country program. Don’t miss out on this chance to make a difference and connect with old friends in a memorable way!

 

9 – 10 a.m.    Earlham’s Hand Drum Ensemble at the Richmond Farmer’s Market | Jack Elstro Plaza, 47 N 6th St.

Visit the Richmond Farmer’s Market and join Earlham’s Hand Drum Ensemble for a lively, entertaining experience. No previous musical knowledge is needed—just bring your enthusiasm and enjoy the music with us! Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the market, connect with the community and let the rhythms carry you away. It’s a great way to start your day and be part of the Homecoming festivities.

 

9:45 a.m.     50th Class Reunion Photos | Earlham Hall’s front steps (rain location: Landrum Bolling Center, room 105)

Smile, Class of 1974! Come join your classmates on the steps of Earlham Hall for a special photo session while you’re on campus. It’s a perfect opportunity to capture memories and reconnect with friends. The photos will be mailed to attendees after Homecoming weekend, so you can cherish this moment forever.

 

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.    Welcome Center Open Hours | Runyan Center, Comstock Room

It’s your last chance to stop by the Welcome Center to pick up your name tag and weekend schedule! While you’re here, capture memories in our photo booth, enjoy refreshments and snag fun Homecoming giveaways!

 

10 a.m. – Noon     Wilderness/Outdoor Ed Art Drop-off at Leeds Gallery | Runyan Center, Leeds Gallery

Do you have art inspired by your participation in Wilderness/Outdoor Ed at Earlham? Share it in Leeds Gallery as part of our exhibition! We’ll have sections dedicated to August Wilderness, Southwest Field Studies, Trips, Campus, and Nature. Paintings, poems, ceramics, photographs, etc., are all welcome. Hanging supplies and display tables provided. We’ll also have pens and paper to create an artist statement to go along with your piece. All items are left at your own risk and must be picked-up by Sunday, October 20th, at 5 p.m. Items left after this time will be donated to the college archives.

 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.     Presidential Update | Carpenter Hall, Goddard Auditorium

Join us to hear the latest updates from Earlham’s 21st President, Paul Sniegowski. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the inside scoop on what’s happening at Earlham, and what the future holds for our community!  This is your chance to be inspired and informed!

 

11 a.m.    Earlham Softball vs. Georgetown College | Ellie Bewley Softball Stadium

Get ready to watch EC softball in action! Earlham takes on Georgetown College at our brand-new facility—the Ellie Bewley Softball Stadium. Grab your friends and cheer on the Quakers!

 

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.     Homecoming Lunch | Runyan Center, Earlham Dining Hall (registration required)

Cost: $12

Relive your days as a student and eat lunch in the dining hall! Lunch will be served buffet style.

 

Noon    Wilderness/Outdoor Education Art Display | Lilly Library, Ronald Gallery

Pop-up art exhibit created by current and past Wilderness/Outdoor Education participants.

 

1 – 3 p.m.    Ethan Solomon Climbing Wall Open Climb | Athletics & Wellness Center

Whether you’re a regular at The Red or haven’t touch a belay device since graduation, come climb with us at the wall! We’ll show you the ropes and provide all the gear you need—shoes, harness and helmets. This is the perfect chance to relive your climbing days or try something new. Enjoy the thrill, camaraderie and a fantastic workout. Join fellow alumni and make new friends as you scale new heights together. You won’t want to miss this fun and exhilarating event!

 

1 p.m.    Alumni Soccer Game | Matlack-Messer Stadium (registration required)

This isn’t just any pick-up game! Dust off your cleats and come out of retirement for friendly competition at the Alumni Soccer Game! Relive the thrill of the game by playing or cheering from the sidelines.

 

1 – 3 p.m.    Volleyball Reunion and Alumni Game | Athletics & Wellness Center, Druley Performance Gym and Observation Room (registration required)

ECVB alums! This is your time to celebrate! Reconnect with old friends, hear from Coach Lauren Horton, our amazing assistant coaches, and current players. Want to get in the action yourself and relive your glory days? You can also suit up and hit the court for the Volleyball Alumni game! Challenge your classmates and show your skills in this friendly, fun-filled competition.

 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.     In the Classroom Sessions | various campus locations

There’s a reason why Earlham is nationally ranked for its classroom experiences. Relive the magic of your Earlham experience by getting back in the classroom! Whether you want to relive your academic experience or explore something new, this is your chance to reconnect with Earlham’s enduring liberal arts tradition. More details about class offerings will be available in September.

 

2 p.m.     Men’s Lacrosse | Darrell Beane Stadium

Meet at Darrell Beane Stadium to see the men’s lacrosse team compete! Go Quakers!

 

2 – 4 p.m.    Multicultural Resource Center Open House | Runyan Center, Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) was created to advance Earlham’s commitment to fostering an environment that is inclusive, equitable, and diverse. Stop by to learn more about the exciting programs, services and activities offered at the MRC!

 

2:30 p.m.     Dedication of the Ellie Bewley Softball Stadium | Meeting at the corner of Earlham Drive and Gurney Drive

Join us to honor Eleanor (Ellie) Bewley, Class of 1969 and namesake of Earlham’s new softball facility.

 

3 p.m.     Ultimate Frisbee | Football Practice Field

Play a few rounds of ultimate while you’re back on campus! We’ll be meeting at the football practice field.

 

3 – 4 p.m.     In the Classroom Sessions | various campus locations

There’s a reason why Earlham is nationally ranked for its classroom experiences. Relive the magic of your Earlham experience by getting back in the classroom! Whether you want to relive your academic experience or explore something new, this is your chance to reconnect with Earlham’s enduring liberal arts tradition. More details about class offerings will be available in September.

 

4 – 6 p.m.     All Wilderness/Outdoor Education Alumni Gathering | Stout Meetinghouse (registration required)

Join us as we reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and share stories, memories, and reflections from our time with EC Wilderness/Outdoor Ed. This gathering will include messages from past and current directors, faculty, and students; ice-breaker games; a book signing of They Kindled a Fire: 50 Years of Wilderness at Earlham College; and a ribbon-cutting of the newly renovated Stout Meetinghouse fire pit. Refreshments, including a wiener roast (meat and vegan options available), sides, and s’mores, will follow.

 

6 p.m.     Class Reunion Dinners (regisration required)

Early Bird Cost: $45
After Sep. 23 Cost: $55
Alumni from 2009, 2014, 2019: $35

Class years ending in “4” and “9,” it’s time to celebrate! We’re excited to have you back for a fantastic reunion dinner to relive your time at Earlham. Let’s make your reunion one for the books!

 

Emeriti

Forest Hill Country Club-Dining Room
2169 S 23rd St, Richmond, IN 47374

 

Class of 1969


Forest Hills Country Club-Rose Room
2169 S 23rd St, Richmond, IN 47374

Class of 1974

Forest Hills Country Club-Ballroom
2169 S 23rd St, Richmond, IN 47374

Class of 1979

The Gennett Mansion
1829 E Main St, Richmond, IN 47374

Class of 1984

Cope Environmental Center
1730 Airport Rd, Centerville, IN 47330

 

Class of 1989

Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room
416 N 10th St, Richmond, IN 47374

 

Class of 1994

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
2200 E Main St. Richmond, IN 47374

 

Class of 1999

New Boswell Brewery
450 N 10th St, Richmond, IN 47374

Class of 2004

Lotus Hall and Events
185 Fort Wayne Ave, Richmond, IN 47374

Young Alumni Reunion for 2009, 2014, and 2019

Eight to the Bar
933 E Main St, Richmond, IN 47374

 

7:30 – 10 p.m.     Nicholson Farm Wilderness/Outdoor Ed After Party & Slideshow | 2344 Airport Rd. Centerville, IN

Rich ’77 and Marie Nicholson ’76 invite you to visit their farm, a traditional welcome back venue for August Wilderness groups! Relax by the pond, gaze at the stars, and enjoy a slideshow including photos from some of the many Nicholson family attended EC Wilderness/Outdoor Ed trips!

8:30 – 10 a.m.     Breakfast Buffet | Runyan Center, Earlham Dining Hall

Don’t miss your chance to squeeze in those last homecoming moments this year! Stop by SAGA for one final hurrah before the celebration wraps up.

 

9 a.m.     Class of 1974 Breakfast | Runyan Center, Earlham Dining Hall, Friends Rooms A & B

Class of 1974, you’re invited to the dining hall for one last chance to gather with your classmates. It will be a morning spent celebrating the momentous weekend of celebrating!

 

9 – 11 a.m.     Canoeing/Paddling Meet-Up (Weather permitting) | Middlefork Reservoir, 1750 Sylvan Nook Dr.

Wrap-up your weekend with a peaceful paddle at Middlefork Reservoir. No need to carry your watercraft—just bring yourself and your adventurous spirit. Our friendly students will be on hand to provide paddle stroke refreshers, ensuring you glide effortlessly across the water. Don’t have a canoe? No problem! Borrow one of our Old Town canoes and join fellow alumni and friends for an unforgettable outing. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

10 a.m.     Clear Creek Meeting for Worship | Stout Meetinghouse

 

1 p.m.     College Meeting for Worship | Stout Meetinghouse, featuring Jonathan Costello, Current Outdoor Education Student and Former August Wilderness Leader

College Meeting for worship combines quiet worship, readings, music, and a message from Jonathan Costello, a current Outdoor Education student. However you choose to worship, Earlham offers a welcoming community that’s ready to celebrate alongside you.

 

Until 5 p.m.     Wilderness/Outdoor Education Art Pick-Up | Lilly Library, Ronald Gallery

Did you display your art in the Wilderness/Outdoor exhibit? If so, don’t forget to pick it back up before you leave!

Learn more about reunion planning

In 2024, we will be celebrating class years ending in 4 and 9. Stay tuned for more information about your reunion. It’s not too early to start planning! If you’re interested in learning more about planning your class reunion, contact Amber Hall, assistant director of alumni engagement, at [email protected].

Looking further ahead? Save the date for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend on October 9-12, 2025.

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2023 Lavender Graduation

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Alumni-Student Connections Social

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Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception

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2023 NSO Hugs & See you soon

Golden and Emeriti Reunion Classes Breakfast

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Sadler Athletics Complex Dedication

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Make your reunion gift today!

Reunion classes are raising money for current and future Earlhamites. Consider donating to help every student lead lives of passion and purpose. Stay turned to this page to learn more about donating to the Earlham Fund, and show your support for future Earlhamites.

Questions?

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Alyssa Tegeler

Director of alumni engagement

For Homecoming questions

Amber Hall

Amber Hall

Assistant director of alumni engagement

For reunion questions

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