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Homecoming/Family Weekend

Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 5

Please contact Leeanne Kale-Hoke (Homecoming) or Dr. Momodu Taylor (Family Weekend) if you have additional questions.

Homecoming Schedule

Friday, October 4

31st Annual Hanley H. Painter Bear Memorial Golf Tournament
Show your stuff on the links at the annual golf outing. Details and registration are available here.

18th Annual Bears Club Homecoming Gala and Silent Auction
Details and registration are available here.

Homecoming Kickoff Party
Registration for this event is closed. There will be limited walk up space available.
Join us to start your Homecoming weekend off right! All alumni and friends are invited to Blowing Rock Draft House & Brewery for a fun and casual party. We’ll be there from 7 pm to 9 pm with free appetizers and a cash bar. Tell all your friends and make this your meeting spot.

Saturday, October 5

Homecoming Parade
The annual Homecoming parade starts at 10 am and will march along Stasavich Place. Don’t miss this fun tradition!

2019 Senior Class Gift Dedication
LR class of 2019 raised money for two swings to be added to LR’s Front Porch. This special place in front of Shuford Gymnasium has become a meeting place for students, alumni, and community members. Meet at the Front Porch following the parade for a few words from 2019 senior class president, Matt Cannon, and a dedication of the senior class gift.

Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The 2019 class will be inducted at 11 am in PE Monroe Auditorium.

Annual Homecoming Tailgate
Registration for this event is closed. There will be limited walk up space available.
Get ready for the football game with traditional barbecue, family-friendly games, music and lots of LR spirit! The tailgate will be held on Shaw Plaza (rain location: Cromer Center). The tailgate is from 11 am until 1 pm and is free.

Homecoming Football Game vs. University of Virginia-Wise
Cheer on the Bears as they take to the field against our newest South Atlantic Conference member. Game tickets are available from Athletics.

100 Years of Football Celebration
Registration for this event is closed. There will be limited walk up space available.
All former LR football players and their guests are invited to this fun, free reception to celebrate 100 years of LR football. This event will be held at the spectacular new Neill McGeachy Sports Performance Center, and refreshments will be provided. The event starts immediately following the football game.

Theta Chi Alumni Reunion
Registration for this event is closed. There will be limited walk up space for $25 a person.
Theta Chi alumni will gather at Warehouse 18 in Hickory for conversation, stories and reminiscing. University President Dr. Fred Whitt will provide brief remarks. The evening starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and includes a buffet dinner. A cash bar will be available.

Sunday, October 6

Homecoming Worship at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
St. Andrew’s is excited to host LR alumni and friends for Homecoming Worship on October 6. On this day, we welcome special alumnae at our 11 am service:

The Rev. Dr. Jane Mitcham ’61 will preach. Dr. Mitcham served for many years in the North Carolina Synod as a pastor and member of the bishop’s staff. She retired to South Carolina where she assists the synod as an interim pastor.

Ms. Jane Taubert ’89 will serve as guest choir director. A native of Salisbury, Jane majored in vocal performance at LR. She has lived and worked as a professional singer in Germany since 1990. She resides with her husband Frank in the small village Sacka near Dresden where she conducts a community women’s chorus, SACKA SINGT! which she initiated in 2013.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend Schedule

In addition to the Homecoming events planned, Lenoir-Rhyne offers special events for students and families.

Friday, October 4
Family Weekend Check-In
4 pm - 5 pm

George Hall Lobby

Reception with Dr. Fred Whitt
5 pm - 6 pm
George Hall Lobby

Broseph Band
7 pm - 9 pm
Russell House Lawn

Saturday, October 5
Family Weekend Tailgate
*This is a free event but registration is required to attend.

11 am - 1 pm
Shaw Plaza
Rain Location: Cromer Center

Western Piedmont Symphony Performance
Purchase Tickets
7:30 pm
PE Monroe Auditorium

Register for Family Weekend

Registration for family weekend is closed, however, we would love to see you on campus. If you would like to attend the event on Friday, October 4, please contact Momodu Taylor at Momodu.Taylor@lr.edu. We also invite you to join us on Saturday for the annual Homecoming Parade and to watch the Bears take on VA Wise at 2 pm.

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn
1320 17th St. Dr. SE
Hickory, 28602
Rates starting at $173 per night.

Hampton Inn
1956 13th Ave. Dr. SE
Hickory, 28602
Rates starting at $149 per night.

Courtyard by Marriott
1946 13th Ave. Dr. SE
Hickory, 28602
Rates starting at $149 per night.

Crowne Plaza
1385 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd SE
Hickory, 28602
Rates starting at $111 per night