When

October 4 - 5, 2024

Where

One University Avenue, Mechanicsburg,
PA 17055

HOMECOMING & Family Weekend 2023 / what's going on

Whether you are a current student, recent alum, Golden Grad or honorary member of the Messiah family, we hope that you are excited to reconnect, reminisce and renew your affinity towards Messiah University during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2024! On Friday, October 4th, we welcome back our Golden Grads and will honor the Class of 1974 at our Golden Grad Luncheon.

On Saturday, October 5th, we honor the classes of ’84, ’94, ’99, ’04, ’14 and ’2who will celebrate their milestone reunions on Saturday at Reunion Row. All are invited to enjoy Homecoming events such as the 5K, Miniature Golf, Cornhole, Varsity Athletic Competitions, the Whiteout March and our SAB Homecoming Coffeehouse, or check the schedule for new events for 2024!

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Early birds who register by September 13th will be entered into a drawing to receive Messiah gear, gift cards and more!

*Early registration helps us to ensure we are ready for your visit. There is no cost to register, but a few activities involve a registration fee. These items, along with a specific cost, will be listed on the registration page. All those who register by Sept. 13th will be placed in our early bird prize drawing. Prizes include Messiah gear, gift cards and more. Don’t miss out, register today!

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Event Schedule / don't forget it

Aughinbaugh Gallery

Climenhaga Fine Arts Center
Hope Revealed: A celebration of the life and art of Aimee West Cardoso '13
  • September 13th- October 18th
  • The Galleries at Messiah are honored to exhibit the work of alumna, Aimee West Cardoso '13, a beloved alumna who was tragically taken from us just last year.  Aimee was a gifted artist, loyal friend, and most of all a devoted follower of Christ.  Her life has left a bright hope in our hearts, knowing that she now basks in the glory of her Savior.  Even as we mourn her physical absence, we are joyful to celebrate the gift of her life, and the artwork she left us with.  Her final series of paintings helps us ponder anew the glory of our crucified and risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

Class of 1974 Reunion

Hostetter Chapel

Golden Grad Lunch Check-In

Martin Commons

Golden Grad Luncheon

Martin Commons

Class of 1974 Informal Reunion Gathering

Continuing in Hostetter Chapel following the luncheon

Campus Tour

Optional for Golden Grad guests

Art Faculty Reception, Sean Matthews: History

Glass Gallery, Climenhaga
  • The galleries at Messiah are excited to present the recent work of our very own professor and sculptor, Sean Matthews.  Join us for refreshments and a casual reception with the artist.

Family Fun Night, Drive-In Movie

Starry Parking
  • For parents and their students as well as alumni and their students.  Students can bring their chairs and sit in the student section. We will have speakers or you can tune into your car radio.  Bring your transistor radio to save your car battery.  Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for parking and concessions.  Movie will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Neumann University

Hitchcock Arena

Homecoming Check-In & Information

Eisenhower Campus Center

5K Run/ Walk

Sollenberger Sports Center, outside the doors under the canopy
  • The 5K Family Fun Run/ Walk will span the campus using both paved roads and the Stabler Fitness trail. While the course will be measured, marked, and participants timed, we encourage all interested, young and old, to participate.  At Messiah, we are part of one body with many parts (1 Corinthians 12:27). We also seek to recognize the whole person as well, including one’s body, mind, socio/cultural setting, and spirituality.  As you take part in this race, we hope you find joy in recognizing you are part of a larger family and consider all the elements that make you healthy and unique.
  • Check in at 8:00 a.m.

Men’s Club Soccer Alumni Match

Rec Field #1

Aughinbaugh Gallery

Climenhaga Fine Arts Center
  • Hope Revealed: A celebration of the life and art of Aimee West Cardoso '13
  • September 13th- October 18th
  • The Galleries at Messiah are honored to exhibit the work of alumna, Aimee West Cardoso '13, a beloved alumna who was tragically taken from us just last year.  Aimee was a gifted artist, loyal friend, and most of all a devoted follower of Christ.  Her life has left a bright hope in our hearts, knowing that she now basks in the glory of her Savior.  Even as we mourn her physical absence, we are joyful to celebrate the gift of her life, and the artwork she left us with.  Her final series of paintings helps us ponder anew the glory of our crucified and risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

40th Nursing Anniversary Celebration

Martin Commons
  • Brunch buffet begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • Program starts at 10:45 a.m.
  • Photos at 11:30 a.m.

Miniature Golf and Cornhole

Lower Starry Field (behind the softball field)

Pickle Ball

Public Tennis Courts (by the Yellow Breeches)

Alumni Women’s Field Hockey Pick-up

Anderson Field

Alumni Women’s Soccer Pick-up

Practice Fields

Alumni Wrestling Practice

Sollenberger Sports Center, Wrestling Room

Women & Men’s Alumni Tennis Match

Criste Courts

Archives Open House

Murray Library, Lower Level

Oakes Museum Open House & Storytime with Children’s Craft

Jordan Science Center, Oakes Museum
  • Story Time begins at 11:00 a.m.

“Earthkeepers” Nature Walk

Departs from Oakes Museum

Alumni Softball Pick-up

Starry Athletic Fields, Softball Field

Alumni Baseball Pick-up

Starry Athletic Fields, Baseball Field

Symphony Orchestra Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo

High Center

Powderpuff: Seniors vs. First Years

Rec Field #1

Alumni Men’s Soccer Pick-up

Practice Fields

Alumni Swim Meet

Swimming alumni race against current members of the team in the Natatorium.  Alumni and current members' families are invited to attend a picnic following the event. Questions?  Email Joshua at jclarke@messiah.edu

Collaboratory Open House

Fry- Lower Level

Occupational Therapy Program Gathering

Winding Hill Campus
  • We welcome all past and current students of the Messiah MOT program to stop by Winding Hill for lawn games, socializing, and learning about our community partnerships.

Prospective Student Pizza Reception

Boyer 137, Parmer Cinema – Tours follow reception at 1:00 p.m.

Alumni Women’s Lacrosse Pick-up

Lacrosse Turf

Li’l Falcon Zone

Eisenhower Campus Center; Sawyer Gym

Alumni Men’s Volleyball Match

Hitchcock Arena

Powderpuff: Juniors vs. Sophomores

Rec Field #1

Campus Tour- Prospective Students

Departs from Boyer 137, Parmer Cinema

Women’s Field Hockey vs. Montclaire State University

Anderson Field

Alumni Men & Women’s Ultimate Frisbee

Upper Baseball Field *please check with the team leaders about details closer to the event.

Computing, Mathematics & Physics Reunion

Frey 145

Writers Reception

Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall
  • The Language, Literature, and Writing Department invites you to a reception for Messiah's writers. Connect with alumni, faculty, and student writers of all genres as well as those working in editing, publishing, and related fields. If you have a book or other writing project you would like to share at the reception, please fill out the entry form when you register.

Powderpuff: Championship Game

Rec Field #1

Reunion Row Reception

Brubaker Auditorium
  • Reunion Row provides an opportunity for ALL ALUMNI, regardless of graduation year, to reconnect with classmates during Homecoming Weekend.  While we are extending an invitation to ALL ALUMNI to join us at Reunion Row, a special token will be provided to alumni celebrating milestone reunions (classes of '84, '94, '99, '04, '14, '24).  Reunion Row will take place in Brubaker Auditorium from 2:00-4:00pm on October 5th.
  • We warmly welcome the Class of 1999 for a special time to join their peers for a time of reminiscing, reconnecting and sharing about the exciting things that have taken place over the past twenty five years!  The 25th Reunion will begin at Reunion Row in Brubaker Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. and continue into a reception at Larsen Student Union.
  • Note: While registration is not required, it is requested, as it is our goal to provide refreshments for all guests.  This is a drop-in reception with no specific programming.

25th Reunion Reception

Kim Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center 310
  • Class of '99, reconnect with old friends and relive memories from those wonderful days as undergraduates!

Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. Eastern University

Shoemaker Field

Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Pick-up

Lacrosse Turf

Concert Choir & Alumni Reunion Concert

High Center, Parmer Hall

Restoration House 25th Year Reunion

The lawn of the Foreman House

Art Reception & Celebration, Hope Revealed, Aimee West Cardoso ’13

Aughinbaugh Art Gallery, Climenhaga Building
Hope Revealed: A celebration of the life and art of Aimee West Cardoso '13
  • The Galleries at Messiah are honored to exhibit the work of alumna, Aimee West Cardoso '13, a beloved alumna who was tragically taken from us just last year.  Aimee was a gifted artist, loyal friend, and most of all a devoted follower of Christ.  Her life has left a bright hope in our hearts, knowing that she now basks in the glory of her Savior.  Even as we mourn her physical absence, we are joyful to celebrate the gift of her life, and the artwork she left us with.  Her final series of paintings helps us ponder anew the glory of our crucified and risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

Biological Sciences Reunion

Jordan Atrium/ Hollinger Lounge J150/J152

White-Out March

Hostetter Chapel

Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Eastern University

Shoemaker Field

Jazz Ensembles Concert

High Center, Parmer Hall

“By the Bog of Cats” – Theater Performance

For tickets, please contact the box office at 717-691-6036 or visit www.messiah.edu/tickets. BY THE BOG OF CATS by Marina Carr "Loosely based on Euripides' tragedy Medea, this is the prophetic tale of Hester Swane, an Irish Traveler, who attempts to come to terms with a lifetime of abandonment in a world where all whom she has loved have discarded her. Set on the bleak, ghostly landscape of the Bog of Cats, this provocative drama discloses one woman's courageous attempts to lay claim to that which is hers, as her world is torn in two. Hester's long-term lover, Carthage Kilbride, with whom she has a seven-year-old daughter, is selling her "down the river" for the promise of land and wealth through a marriage with the local big farmer's daughter. In the final moments of the action, we witness a woman provoked beyond the limits of human endurance. By the Bog of Cats is a furious, uncompromising tale of greed and betrayal, of murder and profound self-sacrifice."--Publisher's description. This play is recommended for mature audiences.

SAB Homecoming Bingo

Brubaker Auditorium
  • Audience – parents, students & alumni and their student

Welcome Home

We are so excited to welcome you back to campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend and look forward to reconnecting and reminiscing with you!
One University Avenue,
Mechanicsburg,
PA 17055

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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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