Preview of the 2017 Elizabethtown College Homecoming Celebration

Open to alumni, faculty, students and their families, the 2017 Elizabethtown College Homecoming and Family Weekend takes place on the weekend of Oct. 20-22.

The weekend activities are highlighted by the homecoming parade on Saturday. Following 23 years of college tradition, the 11 a.m. parade will carry along Hickory Lane, Willow Street, Spruce Street and College Avenue. College senior Andrew Smith, who will be working on the ECTV-40 production bus under Director of Broadcasting Andy Williams said, “The homecoming parade is always at the beginning of the day. I get to see my friends, get to rekindle relationships. It should be great! I look forward to coming back to the college as an alum.”

Different social opportunities are available on and off of campus throughout the weekend. A family opportunity will take place on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Gibble Auditorium with the Mad Cow Improv show.

The Saturday schedule is packed with more than 17 hours of action. Following the parade, Etown President Carl J. Strikwerda will open the events of the day. Alumni games are available for most sports teams, beginning with the women’s lacrosse game at 9 a.m. at Wolf Field. Senior lacrosse player Kyle Coats said, “Definitely one of my favorite parts of homecoming is how we always have our alumni game on it and we get to see everyone that we have played with and battled with from classes before.” Direct alumni game information for all sports is available at 717-361-1137. Registration forms can be found at

Brinser Field serves as the location of the Fourteenth Annual Oktoberfest Party and Class Reunions Extravaganza, which begins at noon. Sponsored by Lancaster Brewing Co., the event welcomes faculty, alumni and their families. The gathering will feature delicious all-you-care-to-eat food and drink along with live music. Oktoberfest will feature the classes for every five years from 2012 to 1972.

Throughout the day, individual department reunions will be held in their respective buildings. These reunions will take place in the early evening on Saturday. Prior to department reunions, the entire college family has the opportunity to attend the Brethren Heritage Festival in the Academic Quad at noon. This event will offer a look at the past and what homemade ice cream and apple butter look like in person.

The Seventh Annual Homecoming Melica, Vocalign and Phalanx Spectacular will take place in the Leffler Chapel at 8 p.m. The a cappella sounds are available for people of all ages. After the busy day, Munchie Madness will take place from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Brinser Field. This event is open to current students.

  The Leffler Chapel and Performance Center is pictured above.

The Sunday schedule is family-oriented and open to all members of the College, both past and present. The fifth edition of the Blue Jay 5K Run/Walk begins on Brinser Field. The event benefits the Etown Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Chuck Wells ’90 can be messaged for a discount at

Different worship services and masses will be open between the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren and the Leffler Chapel. The Catholic Mass will take place at 7 p.m. in the Chapel following the campus worship service at 5:30 p.m.

The college store in the Brossman Commons will be open on Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


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