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Homecoming Schedule

Wednesday, October 3

Homecoming Chapel - 2018 Seminary Alumna of the Year

10:15–11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC)

Worship with the Bethel community and hear an encouraging message from our 2018 Seminary Alumna of the Year (to be announced).

Friday, October 5

Homecoming Check-in/Information Central

9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. | Community Life Center (CLC) Level 1

Stop by to ask questions, pick up a schedule of events for the weekend, and check in for reunions.

Bethel Campus Store Open (closed during chapel)

9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Find Bethel apparel, books by Bethel authors, and so much more! Stop by and enjoy a special 20% alumni discount on Bethel apparel and emblematic merchandise during Homecoming weekend.

Homecoming Chapel - 2018 CAS Alumnus of the Year

10:15–11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC)

Worship with the Bethel community and hear an encouraging message from our 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Alumnus of the Year (to be announced).

Homecoming Lunch

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

Experience lunch on campus, and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel’s delicious buffet-style dining. Special Homecoming price: $8.50 for adults; $4 for children ages 4–11. Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Seminary Class of 1968 Reunion Dinner

5:30–7 p.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center (CLC) Level 2

Members of the Bethel Seminary Class of 1968 and their guests are invited to attend a special dinner to reunite, reminisce, and celebrate 50 years of ministry since their graduation from Bethel Seminary. Be sure to submit your entry for your class's memory book, too! Registration for this event is coming soon.

Family Movie Night— "Incredibles 2"

6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC)

Gather with other Bethel alumni and their families for a free movie night open to all. Please note: this movie is rated PG.

Volleyball vs. the College of Saint Benedict

7 p.m | Robertson Center (RC) Gym

Watch the Bethel team in action as they take on St. Ben's. During the break between sets two and three, volleyball alumni will be recognized.

Undergrad Class of 1968 Dessert Reception

7–10 p.m. | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 4

Members of the Bethel College Class of 1968 and their guests are invited to enjoy a time of visiting, laughing, and getting reacquainted. Dessert will be served. This event is included in the Class of 1968 reunion package. Be sure to submit your entry for your class's memory book, too! Registration for this event is coming soon.

Saturday, October 6

Alumni Football Game and Breakfast

Game 7:30 a.m. | Breakfast 9:30 a.m. | Royal Stadium - Practice Field

Join alumni football players in a pickup game (plan to arrive between 7 and 7:30 a.m.), and stay for a light breakfast. Following the pickup game, football alumni are invited to join the Royals for their team meeting in CC313 (locker room and showers are available to those that need it).

Homecoming Check-in/Information Central

8 a.m.–2 p.m. | Community Life Center (CLC) Level 1

Stop by to ask questions, pick up a schedule of events for the weekend, and check in for reunions.

Platinum Alumni Brunch

9–11 a.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center (CLC) Level 2

A special breakfast and program to honor our Platinum Alumni from the undergrad classes of 1943, '48, '53, '58, and '63. Sponsored by the Royal Heritage Society. Registration for this event is coming soon.

Volleyball Alumni vs. Alumni Game

9:30 a.m. | Robertson Center (RC) Gym

Join other volleyball alumni for a fun, competitive alumni versus alumni game. T-shirts will be available for all participants. Coach Hunt will divide you into Navy and White teams, and then it's game on! Family and friends encouraged to attend.

Live PoliSci Podcast - “Live from AC2nd: Election Shock Therapy"

9:30-10:30 a.m. | Bethel Library

Join three Bethel political scientists and one Bethel historian as they record a live podcast from the Bethel Library.

Baseball Alumni vs. Alumni Scrimmage

10 a.m.–noon | Hargis Ballpark

Baseball alumni of all ages and abilities are invited to play in a fun, friendly competition of alums vs. alums. If there are not enough alums for a game, we'll still hold an alumni batting practice.

Department Open Houses

10–11 a.m. | Various locations on campus

A few 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! Come back soon to see a list of participating departments.

Agua Viva Reunion

10 a.m–noon | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 4

The Agua Viva staff invite you to reconnect with other alumni of the Agua Viva mission trip. You'll hear updates on projects, hear from leaders in Honduras and the U.S., and reminisce on your time together as a team, all while enjoying morning snacks.

Bethel Campus Store Open

10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Find Bethel apparel, books by Bethel authors, and so much more! Stop by and enjoy a special 20% alumni discount on Bethel apparel and emblematic merchandise during Homecoming weekend.

BUYA Tailgate at Lake Johanna

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Tony Schmidt Regional Park, Lake Johanna

Alumni 10 years out and less are invited to join the Bethel University Young Alumni (BUYA) group for a tailgate by Lake Johanna, featuring Natedogs (Nathan Beck ‘96)—“2017 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year” and lawn game tournaments. Cost is $5/person for alumni and families; $7/person for non-alumni guests. Payment online or at the door. Registration for this event is coming soon.

Homecoming Lunch

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

For those who prefer to eat inside (rather than at the Alumni and Family Tailgate Picnic), lunch will be available in Monson Dining Center at a special Homecoming price: $8.50 for adults; $4 for children ages 4–11. Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Women's Soccer vs. Gustavus Adolphus College

1 p.m. | Ona Orth Athletic Complex

Cheer on the Bethel Royals Women's Soccer team as they take on Gustavus. Purchase tickets at the gate.

Football vs. Saint John's University

1–4 p.m. | Royal Stadium (Bethel Campus)

Cheer on the Royals as they face Saint John's, and join us in congratulating our alumni of the year at half-time. Please note admission to the football game is not included as a part of other Homecoming event registration costs. Cost: $3 for all alumni and immediate family; free for children 4 and under. Purchase tickets at the gate.

Alumni Tent

1–4 p.m. | Royal StadiumWest End Zone

Stop by the Alumni Tent to connect with members of your National Alumni Board, pick up an alumni gift, and update your information. Bring your kids over for some free, fun activities, as well!

Business and Economics Department Tent

1–4 p.m. | Royal Stadium—West End Zone

Join the movement! Bethel’s Department of Business and Economics will be hosting a tent and invites everyone to stop by. Faculty, staff, current students, BethelBiz, and alumni are especially encouraged to visit and connect. Take this opportunity to meet employees from organizations from the metro area and around the world. It will be great to see you there!  

Education Department Tent

1–4 p.m. | Royal StadiumWest End Zone

Bethel’s Education Department will be hosting a tent during the Homecoming football game for education alumni, students, and faculty. Stop by to connect with alums in your field, learn about what current students are doing, visit with faculty, and find out what’s new and exciting in the Education Department!

Men's Soccer vs. Gustavus Adolphus College

3:30 p.m. | Ona Orth Athletic Complex

Cheer on the Bethel Royals Men's Soccer team as they take on Gustavus. Purchase tickets at the gate.

Baseball Recent Alumni vs. Current Royals Game

4–6 p.m. (immediately following the football game) | Hargis Park

Play a competitive game against the current Bethel Royals in a nine-inning game on their new turf infield! Stay afterwards to connect with players and coaches.

Homecoming Reunion Check-in

4–7 p.m. | Community Life Center Lobby (CLC) Level 1

Stop by to ask questions and check in for the All-Class Reunion Reception, as well as the other specific class reunion gatherings: 1968, 1973, 1993, and more.

Nelson Hall’s 50th Birthday Bash

4:30–6 p.m. | Nelson Hall

Join together with other Nelson Hall alumni and students to take a walk down memory lane, find your old room, and share stories of your time as a Nelson resident.

All-Class Reunion Reception

5:30–9 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

Gather together with alumni from all classes to celebrate Homecoming together! Whether you're the class of 1975 or '91, 2000 or '14,  all alumni are invited to enjoy an evening reconnecting with old friends. Enjoy delicious food, take photos as a memoir, and tell stories of your time here at Bethel. Registration for this event is coming soon.

From 7-9 p.m. some classes will gather together in a separate space for a special reunion planned by peers. Find the location of your class's gathering at the Reunion Check-in beforehand:

  • Undergrad Class of 1973 45-Year Reunion

Undergrad Class of 1968 50-year Reunion Dinner and Party

6–9 p.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center (CLC) Level 2

Gather with fellow alums from the Class of 1968 as together you enjoy dinner, hear from several special guests, and spend plenty of time reminiscing and reconnecting in celebration of your 50-year reunion. This event is included in the Class of 1968 reunion package. Be sure to submit your entry for your class's memory book, too! Registration for this event is coming soon.

Undergrad Class of 1993 25-year Reunion Party

7–9 p.m. | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 4

Gather with fellow alums from the Class of 1993 for an evening of laughter, encouragement, and reconnecting as you celebrate your 25-year reunion. Dessert will be served. Cost is included in the price for the All-Class Reunion Reception, which you are welcome to attend prior to our class's gathering. Pre-registration is required. Registration is coming soon.

Sunday, October 7

Homecoming Hymn Sing

3 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC)

Join Bethel alumni, families and friends for a delightful afternoon of hymn singing. This event is free, but a free-will offering will be taken at the event.

Student-led Vespers Service

8 and 10 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC)

Experience this special time of worship that has grown from a small residence hall gathering to a weekly service drawing thousands of young people from across the Twin Cities.