Homecoming and Family Weekend Schedule

The Homecoming and Family Weekend schedule includes events for guests of all ages. We hope you enjoy the chance to experience and relive all the best that Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary have to offer—corporate worship gatherings, extracurricular activities, reunions with friends and faculty, athletic events and alumni receptions.

As events continue to be finalized, we will add them to the Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018 schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Friday, Sept. 21

  • 9 a.m. | Registration Central, Christ Chapel
    Register, pick up a campus map and ask questions about the weekend. Registration will be available on Friday until 8 p.m. and reopen on Saturday at 9 a.m.

  • 10 a.m. | Chapel
    Join current students, fellow alumni and members of the campus community for worship in Christ Chapel. We're welcoming back Austin Lash (B.S. ’17), Breanna Chapman, Lauren Shear (B.S. ’14), Kris Shear (B.A. ’13), Kris Rolls (B.S. ’12), Jake Patridge (B.A. ’15), Drew Penfield (B.S. ’15), Tanasia Lovett (B.S. ’15), Johanna Mason (B.A. ’16), Benjamin Hoppe (B.M. ’15) and Brad Spead (B.S. ’11) to lead worship.

  • 3-7 p.m. | ArtPrize Shuttle and Alumni Reception at PNC Bank
    Shuttles will be available to transport guests to downtown Grand Rapids on the hour.

  • 5 p.m. | Women's Volleyball vs. Rochester College
    Bernice Hansen Athletic Center

  • 5 p.m. | Farm Meets Family Dinner, Dining Commons
    Come enjoy a complimentary meal provided by Professor Matt Bonzo, straight from his farm!

  • 7 p.m. | Men's Soccer Night of Nets Game vs. Concordia University
    Founded by CU Athletic Director Chip Huber, Night of Nets is a global campaign and partnership to help end malaria.

  • 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Family Board Game Night

  • 9 p.m. | Alumni Open Mic, Corum Student Union
    Hosted in the Corum Student Union, Open Mic Night is a chance to show your talent!

Saturday, Sept. 22

  • 8 a.m. | Alumni & Friends 5K*
    Run (or walk, we don't judge) 3.1 miles on campus with fellow alumni, friends and family. Registration is required to participate in the race.

  • 10 a.m. | Pancake Breakfast
    You know what tastes good after a run? Pancakes. Didn't run the 5k? Still, come eat some pancakes. Suggested Donation: $2.

  • 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Alumni Bog Walk with Professor Raymond Gates

  • 10:30 a.m. | Bookstore Opens
    Shop the latest CU gear until 2 p.m.

  • 10:30 a.m. | Men's and Women's Cross Country Meet in Caledonia, Mich.

  • 11 a.m. | Lifelong Learning Sessions
    Hear faculty share relevant information for navigating today's workplace.
    —"Addicted to Media: The Impact on Today's Generation and What Teachers Can Do About It" (Dr. Laurie Burgess)
    —"The Changing Place of Church: Implications for Pastors and Those Training to be Such" (Dr. Jim Dekker)
    —"Reflections from 'The CEO Next Door'" (Dr. Rachel Hammond)
    —"Speak So People Listen" (Prof. Kathy Sindorf)
    —"What Contemporary U.S. Politics Could Learn from the British" (Dr. Martin Spence)
    —"The Healing Power of Modern Irish Poetry in Calming that Country's Troubles" (Dr. Jason Stevens)
    —"Wendell Berry's Thumbprint on Our Campus Today" (Dr. Michael Stevens)

  • 11 a.m. | Family Game Center
    Bring your family and compete in giant yards games such as Connect Four, Guess Who, Dominoes and Tic-Tac-Toe.

  • Noon | Homecoming Luncheon and Java with Joe, Dining Commons
    Lunch tickets are available at the door for $8 per person.

  • 1 p.m. | Academic Division Receptions for Alumni and Current Students
    Network with students, alumni, staff and faculty from the Bible, Religion and Ministry Division; Business Division; Communication & Media Studies Division; Humanities Division; Music Division and Teacher Education Division.

  • 1-4 p.m. | University Archives Open House

  • 1-6 p.m. | ArtPrize Shuttle and Alumni Reception at PNC Bank

  • 1 p.m. | Women's Volleyball vs. Lawrence Tech
    Bernice Hansen Athletic Center

  • 2 p.m. | Beneath the Willows (Theatre Productions)
    Join CU Theatre alumni and current students for an afternoon of short scenes and monologues performed beneath the willow trees by the campus pond.

  • 2 p.m. | PGS Alumni Reception
    Network with Cornerstone University PGS alumni, members of your cohort, staff and faculty.

  • 2 p.m. | Campus Tour

  • 3-5 p.m. | Class Reunions
    Join fellow alumni from the classes of 1944-68, 1978, 1993, 2008 and 2013.

  • 4 p.m. | Theatre Open House

  • 4 p.m. | Cornerstone University Author Panel Discussion
    Six Cornerstone University alumni share about the books they've written, the writing process and getting published.
    —Noah Filipiak, Author of "Beyond the Battle: A Man's Guide to His Identity in Christ in an Oversexualized World"
    —Dominic Malual, Author of "Barefoot in the Boot"
    —Stephen Popp, Author of "A Revelation to the Church: A Call for the Endurance and Faith of the Saints"
    —Sunshine Somerville, Author of "The Kota"

  • 4:30 p.m. | Women's Soccer vs. Concordia University
    Soccer Complex

  • 8 p.m. | Pop Scholars Improv Show*
    Pop Scholars is a four-man, Grand Rapids-based, fast-paced improv team. Join us for a night of laughs in Matthews Performing Arts Center on campus. Use code CUFAM18 to buy tickets at the discounted rate of $5 per person.

*Requires ticket purchase and/or registration fee.