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Homecoming 2016: September 30-October 2

We invite you to come back to campus the weekend of September 30–October 2 for Homecoming 2016! The weekend will be full of ways for you to reconnect with friends, places, professors, and groups that shaped you, and to celebrate the many ways Bethel has impacted your life. Join us for reunion events, Royal athletics games, a family movie night, our first-ever Alumni Tailgate Picnic, and more.

We can’t wait to see you at Homecoming 2016!

Homecoming 2016 Highlights

Homecoming Chapel
Friday, September 30 | 10:15-11 a.m.
Benson Great Hall
Worship with the Bethel community as we hear from Bethel University 2016 Alumnus of the Year Chad Schwitters ’95, executive director of the Minneapolis nonprofit Urban Homeworks.

Free Family Movie Night—"Finding Dory"
Friday, September 30 | Doors open 6 p.m., Movie at 6:30 p.m.
Benson Great Hall
Note: this movie is rated PG. Check out the online review from Focus on the Family's “Plugged In”.

Bethel Seminary Homecoming Events
Saturday, October 1 | 8:30-11 a.m.
Bethel Seminary St. Paul Campus
Join Bethel Seminary alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends for Bethel Seminary Homecoming events, including the Taste of Bethel Seminary breakfast and Bethel Seminary Celebration featuring 2016 Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year Nick Hall ’11.

Department Open Houses
Saturday, October 1 | 10-11 a.m.
Various locations on campus
A number of Bethel’s undergrad academic departments will host open house events on Saturday morning. Stop by to reconnect with faculty and other alumni and learn what’s new in your department!

Alumni Tailgate Picnic
Saturday, October 1 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Royal Stadium
Gather with the Bethel community for an alumni tailgate picnic at Royal Stadium before the big football game against Saint John’s! Registration includes a ticket for lunch and a ticket for the football game.

Homecoming Hymn Sing
Sunday, October 2 | 3 p.m.
Benson Great Hall
Enjoy a delightful afternoon of hymn singing with alumni from Bethel’s choirs and the Calvary Choir directed by Bethel alumna Tammie Junkans ’82, pastor of traditional worship at Calvary Church in Roseville.

Take a look at the full weekend schedule.

Register Today!

Many Homecoming events do not require tickets, or tickets can be purchased at the door. However, several events—including the Taste of Bethel Seminary, Alumni Tailgate Picnic, and class reunions—do require pre-registration. The registration deadline is Thursday, September 22, so register today!


Contact the Office of Alumni and Family Relations and let us know how we can help you. Wondering what other resources Bethel has for alumni? Check out the Alumni site or join the Alumni Facebook page.

Update Your Info

Don’t miss out on any of the fun! Update your info to make sure you get all the details on Homecoming 2016 events and reunions.

​​Class Reunions

The undergrad classes of 1966, ’76, ’86, ’96, ’06, and ’11 and the Bethel Seminary Class of 1966 will celebrate a reunion this year. We'll also hold a Platinum Alumni Brunch for the undergrad classes of 1941, ’46, ’51, ’56, and ’61. Find out what's being planned for class reunions.

Lodging Info

Wondering where to stay during Homecoming weekend? Bethel has secured discounted rates for campus guests at several area hotels. View a list of hotels and request their "Bethel rate."