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Homecoming at Aquinas College
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    Homecoming

Homecoming 2021

Homecoming week is here, and we are looking forward to celebrating Aquinas College and her Saints!

Registration is closed for events. If you need assistance accessing an event that requires registration, please contact us at alumni@aquinas.edu, and we will do our best to make accommodations.

COVID-19 Safety

To keep our community safe, we are adopting the following safety protocols for Homecoming events:

  • Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status unless eating or drinking.
  • Masks are encouraged outdoors in large groups regardless of vaccination status.
  • Vaccinations are strongly encouraged.
  • Additional sanitizing stations will be placed in and around event spaces.

Events

Grand Opening of Albertus Magnus Hall of Science
Date: Thursday, September 16
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Albertus Magnus Hall of Science
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Join us for the grand opening and blessing of the newly renovated and expanded Albertus Magnus Hall of Science. Brief remarks will be followed by light refreshments and tours of this magnificent new building.


Welcome Home Reception & Awards Celebration
Date: Thursday, September 16
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center
Cost: $30
Registration: Required

Welcome Home! Let’s reconnect and reminisce over drinks and a strolling dinner. We will also honor our 2021 Alumni Award Recipients: Joellyn Cicciarelli ’87, Nkechy Ezeh, Ed.D. and Rachael Steil ’15 and Aquinas College Hall of Fame Inductees: Mary Clark-Kaiser, Sister Lillian Bockheim, O.P. and Sister Margaret Mary Birchmeier, O.P.


Contemporary Writers Series featuring Randy Ribay
Date: Thursday, September 16
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Wege Ballroom
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Randy Ribay is the author of the YA novels An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes, After the Shot Drops, and Patron Saints of Nothing, which was selected as a National Book Award finalist. Learn more at https://www.aquinas.edu/contemporary-writers-series.


Alumni Golf Outing
Date: Friday, September 17
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Location: The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe
Cost: $125 per golfer; early bird discount $400 per foursome (must register by August 20)
Registration: Required

Alumni, parents and friends of Aquinas College are invited to join us for the 6th Annual Alumni Golf Outing. Enjoy an 18-hole scramble while supporting the Aquinas College Alumni Scholarship Fund for students of alumni parents.


Inaugural Coach Terry Bocian Athletic Hall of Fame
Date: Friday, September 17
Start Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center
Cost: $50
Registration: Required

Be part of the first-ever Coach Terry Bocian Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring Ashley (Aspinall) Garrett ’09 (softball), Jackie (Braspenninx) Ehnis ’07 (women's basketball), Kurt Huizenga ’95 (baseball), Paul Lauer ’90 (men's basketball), Pedja Lazic ’11 (men's basketball), and Vicky (Sackett) McWilliams ’02 (women's track & field), along with the 1984-85 women’s basketball and 2004 men's cross country teams. This event will include a strolling dinner and silent auction hosted by the athletic teams.


All Class Reunion
Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: Holmdene Gardens
Cost: Free, cash bar
Registration: Requested

Because we missed 2020, this year’s all class reunion will be double the fun! We are celebrating the Classes of 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016. Enjoy a complimentary brunch, cash bar and live music from the AQ Jazz Band as you catch up with classmates.


Main Stage Tent & Future Saints Zone
Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: Noon - 5 p.m.
Location: Holmdene Lawn
Cost: Free, drink tickets $5 each or 5 for $20
Registration: Not required

Join us for live music, tailgate-style drinks, lawn games and food trucks! There will be a climbing wall, games and activities for our future little Saints. New this year: our Alumni Association Service Committee is collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the AQ student food cupboards. Have fun and help students who need our support!


AQ Art and Music Center Alumni Art Show
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Location: Art & Music Center
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Featuring alumni artists: Margaret Miller '15, Joyce Recker '88 and Alex Whiteley '16.


Master of Management Social
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Main Stage Tent
Cost: Free
Registration: Not Required

Gather with faculty, staff, current students and alumni of the Master of Management program at Aquinas College. Tables will be reserved in the main stage tent on Holmdene Lawn. Grab a drink and join us for networking and reminiscing.


School of Education Social
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Main Stage Tent
Cost: Free
Registration: Not Required

Gather with faculty, staff, current students and alumni of the Aquinas College School of Education. Tables will be reserved in the main stage tent on Holmdene Lawn. Grab a drink and join us for networking and reminiscing.


Campus Alley
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: Noon - 3 p.m.
Location: Community Garden Lawn between the Art and Music Center and Holmdene
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Hosted by various academic departments, stop by the Community Garden Lawn to connect with AQ faculty and enjoy activities for Future Saints.


Athletic Games
Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Location: Athletic Field
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required


Writing Center's 10th Anniversary Consultant Alumni Celebration
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Lobby of the Grace Hauenstein Library
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required


Multicultural Alumni Social
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: Holmdene Gardens
Cost: Free
Registration: Requested

Join us as we celebrate the diverse cultural, spiritual, personal and social identities that make up our Aquinas College alumni community. This event is hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Alumni Association Leadership Council. Enjoy food and drinks and be a part of imagining what the future of multicultural alumni groups, events and activities should look like for AQ.


Homecoming Mass
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required


51st Reunion Sponsored by the Class of ’70
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Cook Carriage House
Cost: $25
Registration: Requested

Come back to campus to celebrate your 51st class reunion during Homecoming Weekend! Enjoy a dinner buffet and cash bar while reminiscing with classmates from the Class of '70.


50th Reunion Sponsored by the Class of ’71
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Cook Carriage House
Cost: $25
Registration: Requested

Come back to campus to celebrate your golden class reunion during Homecoming Weekend! Enjoy a dinner buffet and cash bar while reconnecting with the community built together while at Aquinas and nurtured over the past 50 years.


Alumni Concert: A Down Home Homecoming
Date: Saturday, September 18
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Art & Music Center
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

Featuring an alumni choir and a string band composed of faculty and staff!


Golden Saints Mass
Date: Sunday, September 19
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required


Golden Saints Brunch
Date: Sunday, September 19
Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Cook Carriage House
Cost: Free
Registration: Requested

Alumni who have graduated 50 or more years ago are invited to celebrate after Mass with a complimentary brunch. Let's welcome the Classes of 1970 and 1971 to the Golden Saints Club!


For Saints traveling from out of town, a hotel block has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn East Grand Rapids. Use Aquinas College as the group name to receive a discounted rate.

Questions? Contact Alexa Carey at ajc004@aquinas.edu or (616) 632-2822.