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Homecoming Weekend 2022

Schedule: Oct. 7-9, 2022

See the schedule breakdown for each day below or info on lodging, dining and other information under general information.


Schedule of activities

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Homecoming Open House, Welcome Center, Union Building

Attend classes, tour campus, interact with a student panel of current students and stay overnight in a residence hall (optional). Registration required at

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Meet and greet for prospective students, grandparents, parents and siblings of current students, Welcome Center, Union Building
Registration required at

10 a.m.
Homecoming Convocation, Church-Chapel
This special convocation will feature 2022 alumni award recipients.

Culture for Service Awards
Evelyn Dueck ’81, Berlin, Massachusetts
Dan Miller ’61, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Young Alumni Servant Leadership Award
Stefon Luckey ’15, Cassopolis, Michigan
Champions of Character Awards
Katie Sowers ’09, Overland Park, Kansas
Jason Potsander ’01, Goshen, Indiana

10:45 a.m.
Reception for Alumni Award Recipients, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall

11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch, Westlawn Dining Hall

Leaf Raker Cafe is also open until 3 p.m. in the Union Building.

12 – 1 p.m.
Student Music Recitals, Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall

1 p.m.
Alumni and Family Bicycle Ride, Meet at Schrock Plaza fountain

Ride Goshen’s Pumpkinvine Bike Trail with other alumni, friends and families. Choose rides from a few miles to up to 35 miles. Groups will form going different speeds and distances. Registration encouraged.

1 – 4 p.m.
Attend Class

Parents and grandparents may choose to attend a class with your current student during this time. As a courtesy to professors and to ensure there is room for visitors, your student will need to speak with the professor about your classroom visit ahead of time or you can connect with the admissions office to see a list of available classes.

1 – 3:30 p.m.
Campus Tours, Welcome Center

New to campus or just want to see what has changed? Join up with one of our students for a walking tour of campus. Tours leave the Welcome Center at 1 p.m. (40 minutes), 2 p.m. (40 minutes) and 3 p.m. (30 minutes). Need a lift? Request a golf cart ride on the registration form.
Registration encouraged.

2 – 5 p.m.
Road Trip to Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Welcome Center, South end of the Union Building

Ride in a GC bus to Merry Lea and tour some of the Merry Lea facilities and learn more about all of the amazing programs that are part of this GC gem. Bus will leave from campus at 2 p.m. and return by 5 p.m. or you can drive on your own, if you’d prefer.
Registration required. Limited space.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Special Faculty & Student Presentations 
Choose from the following options:

Nyai Oyer Gamelan Demonstration, Union building, Gamelan Room

Marcia Yost, director of the arts, will provide an introduction to our Indonesian gamelan. This beautiful set of instruments was gifted to the college in memory of Duane Gingerich ‘69 and in honor of Dr. Mary Oyer ‘45. Come learn more about the journey that brought this gift to Goshen, the instruments, and GC’s plans for it. You will even have a chance to play it.

Global Engagement Update, Newcomer Center, Room 14

Jan Bender Shetler ’78, director of global engagement, will provide an update on Study-Service Term (SST) and all the other exciting opportunities students have for exploring and learning about our amazing world.

Maple Scholars Update, Science Building, Room 107

Come hear faculty and students talk about their summer research projects from GC’s iconic Maple Scholars program.

4:30 p.m.
Class of 1972 – 50th Anniversary Dinner, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall
Cost: $25, Registration required

Celebrate 50 golden years! We will be taking your class photo at 4:45 pm, so come in time for that. This is a chance to connect with your classmates over dinner and a short program. President Stoltzfus will be there to welcome you.

5 – 6:30 p.m.
DinnerWestlawn Dining Hall

5 – 10 p.m.
Goshen First Friday, Downtown Goshen

Stroll the streets of Downtown Goshen and visit shops, restaurants and art galleries at this monthly celebration of all that is good about Goshen. Learn more:

6 and 7:15 p.m.
Lavender Jazz Big Band Concert, Downtown Goshen, Goshen Theater

Come see GC’s big band in the beautifully restored auditorium of the historic Goshen Theater. There will be two sets, but feel free to come and go as you enjoy First Friday. The concession stand will be open.

7:30 p.m.
‘The Day Goshen College Got the Blues’, Downtown Goshen, Ignition Music Garage

Critically acclaimed Indie recording artist and songwriter, Fred Hostetler ’67, returns for a new edition of his 2017 SOLD OUT show. It will be an evening “crossing the great genre divide” from folk to blues to rock brought to life by many of the artist’s original songs and reflections. Tickets can be purchased from the Ignition Music Garage (574) 971-8282.

8 p.m. Peace Play
The Fledgling by Brigid Amos, Umble Center

A dog, a cat, and a baby bird uneasily share a fire escape in this witty modern fable.

Cost: $5
Ticket window will open at 7 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Free Time
Opportunity for parents and grandparents to spend time with your college student. Leaf Raker Cafe will open at 10 a.m.

9:15 – 11:30 a.m.
K-6th Grade Activities, Rec-Fitness Center, Lobby

A variety of age-appropriate activities are planned, including a chance to learn about and play GC’s gamelan. Please pick up your children by 11:45 a.m. No fee, but registration required. Snack provided. Mark Daniels ’00 will be here to draw caricatures for interested children. Registration required.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Middle and High School Students Activities, Union Building, Leaf Raker Cafe 

Admissions staff and students will meet you there for a time to hang out and play board and card games. You can also order some breakfast food and a drink from the snack shop. An optional campus tour will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Registration encouraged.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Alumni Class Reunions

Baked goods, coffee and tea will be served at 9 a.m. in the College Mennonite Fellowship Hall and the Music Center Lobby. We will not be holding 5th or 15th year class reunions (classes of 2017 and 2007) in 2022.

  • 65th – Class of 1957 and older – Church Chapel, Room 110
  • 60th – Class of 1962 – Church Chapel, Room 112
  • 55th – Class of 1967 – Church Chapel, Koinonia Room
  • 50th – Class of 1972 – Church Chapel, North Fellowship Hall
  • 45th – Class of 1977 – Music Center, Room 100
  • 40th – Class of 1982 – Newcomer Center, Room 19
  • 35th – Class of 1987 – Newcomer Center, Room 17
  • 30th – Class of 1992 – Music Center, Room 150
  • 25th – Class of 1997 – Music Center, Room 153
  • 20th – Class of 2002 Church Chapel, Room 141-42
  • 10th – Class of 2012 – Church Chapel, Room 143-44

10:30 a.m.
Campus Tour, Welcome Center

11 a.m.
Intersquad Men’s Basketball Game, Recreation-Fitness Center, Gunden Gymnasium

12 p.m.
Lunch: Food Trucks, Parking lot North of the Union

Enjoy lunch from local food trucks. No registration required, food can be purchased directly from the vendors. Mark Daniels ’00 will be available in the Welcome Center lobby to draw caricatures for children and the young at heart.

12 – 1 p.m.
Champions of Character Reception, Church-Chapel,  Fellowship Hall
2022 Champions of Character:

Katie Sowers ’09, Overland Park, Kansas
Jason Potsander ’01, Goshen, Indiana

1 – 2 p.m.
Biological Sciences Reception, Science Building, Room 107

All are invited to learn more about what is happening in the Biology department. Join us for a dessert buffet and good conversation.

1 – 2 p.m.
State of the College Chat with President Stoltzfus, Church Chapel Gathering Rooms, Rooms 141-142

Join President Stoltzfus for an update on the college and a chance to ask her questions. 

1 – 3 p.m.
Alumni Book Signing, Hunsberger Commons, The Union Building

Join the following authors for an opportunity to learn more about and purchase their recent publications:

Evie Yoder Miller `66. Passages: Book III (Scruples on the Line). Resource Publications, 2021.

Dan Shenk `75. You Are More Than Your Score: On Sports and Spirituality. Author Academy Elite, 2022.

2 p.m.
Men’s Soccer Game vs. Bethel University (Mishawaka), Soccer Field

Come see your 2022 GC Men’s soccer team in action. At half-time, we will thank the donors who helped fund the upgrades to the soccer complex, including new dugouts.

2 p.m.
Men’s Alumni Basketball Game, Recreation-Fitness Center, Gunden Gymnasium

2 – 3 p.m.
Homecoming Hymn Sing, Church-Chapel, Sanctuary

Led by Dr. Scott Hochstetler ’97, professor of music, and H. Roz Woll, assistant professor of music. The hymn sing will feature hymns related to the original artwork in the new Voices Together hymnal and a chance to request your favorites. You can see the artwork from the hymnal in an exhibit in the Good Library Gallery (basement of the library). Come sing some favorite old hymns and learn some new ones.

3 p.m.
Tour of the Center for Communication Studies, West end of Newcomer Center

Jason Samuel, WGCS general manager and assistant professor of communication, and student leaders will guide you through the new center.

3 p.m.
Tour of the Goshen Printmakers Guild, 213 S. Main Street, Goshen

Meet the owners of Goshen’s new Printmakers Guild, learn about the old-school presses and other equipment, and see the English Department’s Vandercook press in action! As time allows, attendees will be able to print simple designs of their own. More info. at Join us on location or catch a ride at the South end of the Union in a GC van at 2:45 p.m.

3:15 p.m. 
Exhibit Gallery Talk: Voices Together Hymnal, Good Library Gallery (basement)

Randy Horst ’83, retired professor of art, and others, will present a gallery talk on the exhibit of the original artwork published in the Voices Together hymnal. Five GC alumni are represented in the display.

4 p.m.
Demonstration of the Nyai Oyer Gamelan, 
East end of Union Building

You are invited to the Union room where the Nyai Oyer Gamelan is on display. Marcia Yost, director of the arts, will give a brief introduction to the instrument and you may even have a chance to play it.

4 p.m. Peace Play

The Fledgling by Brigid Amos, Umble Center

A dog, a cat, and a baby bird uneasily share a fire escape in this witty modern fable.

Cost: $5
Ticket window will open at 3 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.

5 p.m.
Women’s Alumni Basketball Game, Recreation-Fitness Center, Gunden Gymnasium

5:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Homecoming Indoor Picnic, 
Westlawn Dining Hall
Costs: $15 for adults
$7 for children ages 5-11
FREE for children under 5

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Art Exhibit Reception, Music Center, Hershberger Art Gallery

Come see an exhibit of work from Sue Hershberger Yoder ’91 and Jon Yoder ’91. There will be sharing from the artists at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome.

7:30 p.m.
Homecoming Music Gala, Music Center, Sauder Concert Hall
Cost: $8, GC students free

The music department presents its annual showcase of student and faculty musicians. For those who are not able to join us in person, you can stream the concert at this website.
Ticket window will open at 6:30 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.

8:45 p.m.
Bring Your Own Flannel, Kratz-Miller Courtyard

This Campus Activity Council favorite never disappoints. There will be a hayride, hot cider, caramel apples and live music. All are welcome! Don’t forget your flannel 🙂

9:30 a.m.
Worship at College Mennonite Church, Church-Chapel, Sanctuary

Join us for worship. President Rebecca Stoltzfus ’83 will be preaching. Pre-service singing starts at 9:15 a.m. Coffee is served in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the service. Other local churches will also warmly welcome you back. For a complete list of local congregations, visit:

12 – 1 p.m.
Brunch, Westlawn Dining Hall

2 p.m. Peace Play
The Fledgling by Brigid Amos, Umble Center

A dog, a cat, and a baby bird uneasily share a fire escape in this witty modern fable.

Cost: $5
Ticket window will open at 1 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.


Tickets will not be mailed. Electronic tickets for Peace Play and Music Gala will be sent to your email address. Please print your tickets or bring your electronic device so the ticket may be scanned at the door. Paper tickets will also be available in the Music Center at the box office. Tickets are available one hour prior to the event at each venue. Box office is open Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

General Information

Hotels & Lodging: A block of rooms has been reserved during homecoming weekend. To get the group rate, identify yourself as a GC Homecoming participant.

Comfort Inn
($99 double; $94 king) 574.533.0200. Make your
reservations by Sept. 16, when rooms will be released.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
($149 double; $129 King) 574.538.2027. Make your
reservations by Sept. 7, when rooms will be released.

Welcome Center | Information and Lost & Found
Union Building
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Box Office | Performance ticket purchase and will call
Music Center, Lobby
Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hershberger Art Gallery
Music Center
Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday: 2 – 4 p.m.

Library Art Gallery 
Harold and Wilma Good Library, Basement
Friday 8 a.m – 5 p.m., Saturday 1 – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – midnight

Westlawn Dining Hall
Dining hall prices. Pay at the door. Prices don’t include tax. Child rate for ages 11 and younger.

Java Junction
Kratz-Miller-Yoder Connector
Hang out with old friends and enjoy your favorite milkshake, mocha or muffin!

Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: 3 – 10:30 p.m.

Leaf Raker Cafe
Union Building

Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Call 574.535.7564 for more information or email