September 26- October 1. Homecoming week is a celebration of all that Grove City is. There is so much more to the week than just the stereotypical football game. If sports just aren’t your thing, that is okay–there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the phenomenal school we attend.
Personally, my two favorite parts of homecoming are the parade and the homecoming court. This past year’s parade theme was “Fairytales” and the various Greek groups around campus worked hard to come up with creative ideas to dazzle the judges. And as the parade passed by students are able to cheer on some of their favorite seniors and honor the student leaders at the school. There is so much value in a close-knit community on campus– it is a much more personal campus life when you know students and faculty.
Truly, a lot of work goes into making homecoming week great. A group of about 75 students return to campus early in August to plan for the week of Homecoming. Every aspect of the student activities–from the Powder-puff Football game to the Java Jam Coffee House–are thought through by students. This committee’s overall purpose is to plan engaging activities that are memorable for the whole student body as well as provide a way for graduates of the school to look back in remembrance of their college years.
As the past Vice President of homecoming committee, I considered it an honor to take part in planning an event that had over 100 years of history attached to it. The homecoming committee not only preserves the history, but every year has the opportunity to add in some innovation as well.
Every year it is difficult to gauge the amount of student participation in any of the events thrown by the committee during the week, but as a whole the events never disappoint. At every event, you can expect food, prizes, and fun. Every homecoming week is jammed pack with events, not only encourages student participation around campus, but also to encourage the local Grove City community to get involved. In the parade alone, there are current students, local businesses and community groups, including Sweet Jeannie’s, as well as high school marching bands, and reunion classes walking with the current students. Homecoming is a week to remember at Grove City College!
Check out a glimpse of the events below!
Video credits: Joshua Kuiper, Homecoming Publicity Committee, 2016