2017 Homecoming - A Day to Remember!

2017 Homecoming - A Day to Remember!

Nearly 500 participants arrived on Ohio Christian University’s main campus to celebrate homecoming. This year's event was the biggest gathering of alumni, family, and friends ever—a day to remember!

Warm, sunny weather cooperated for this special time to reconnect with favorite professors and staff, and to catch up with classmates.  While the Homecoming King and Queen roamed the lawns and visited with the crowd lounging in the shade of tall trees, newly-appointed president Jon Kulaga greeted attendees, introducing himself and getting acquainted with many alumni and their families.  Buffalo Wild Wings catered lunch, and home-made ice cream quenched appetites.

Decade reunions provided opportunities to reconnect with classmates. While campus tours showed off the campus’ newer buildings and facilities, some alumni stretched their legs on the Josias Rodriquez 5K Glow Run. Kids wore themselves out in the Bounce Houses and played glow-in-the-dark laser tag.  Most participated in the alumni-led worship service.  At day’s end, many relaxed together, swapping stories, around the bonfire!

Anastasia Beavers, a 2005 OCU graduate, described her experience this way: “At the gathering I embraced the sight of older generations mingling with younger generations of alumni. It stirred in us joy for what has been and hope for what is to come.”

Another alumna exclaimed: “I loved it!  It’s one of the ways to bring the alumni and campus together.  It’s available for everyone to participate. In a world where face-to-face interaction can be far and in-between, this homecoming is an easy way to build community."

Starting Thursday evening, students took part in a spirit rally on campus with games and face-painting. Later that night, they ran the Torch Run Parade where a group of students jogged a torch through Circleville with a line of students' cars following them.

After returning to campus, everyone was invited to attend a bonfire made with a large stack of pallets. Kiirsten Truex, a junior at OCU explained, “The Torch Run and Bonfire are one of my favorite traditions here at OCU! It brings the entire student body together for a very memorable experience every year.” 

Friday evening, students traveled to Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio for a corn maze ending with S’mores and a bonfire.

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