Alumni Homecoming Canceled
After much consideration of the current landscape and alumni feedback, we have decided to cancel Homecoming this fall. We look forward each year to welcoming our alumni back “home,” and we regret that we will not have that opportunity this fall.
We discussed and researched at length, and we determined it would be very difficult to host an event like Homecoming—which is centered around mingling and reconnecting with peers all across campus—in a way that sufficiently protects the campus community and keeps guests safe.
In light of COVID-19, we had many alumni and alumni groups let us know early on that they did not plan to attend Homecoming this year. Attendance is key to a thriving and rewarding Homecoming weekend, and we want to ensure our time together is as friendly as ever. We could not have done that well this fall.
The football game was canceled by the conference, and we have also had to cancel most of the events that surround Homecoming. We do still plan to host the Tom Klix Memorial Sporting Clays Classic—an outdoor, registration-only, stand-alone event—on September 11-12, 2020. If you’re interested in participating this year, please visit the Tom Klix Memorial Sporting Clays Classic page for more information.
We are currently in discussions about the possibility of a spring reunion or Homecoming event, and I will keep you all posted as soon as we know more.
We welcomed returning students and the Class of 2024 to campus this past weekend. All students and parents wore masks, and temperature checks were required. All went well. For the first two weeks (and possibly longer), students are required to wear masks wherever they go and undergo daily health and temperature checks. While epidemiologists and scientists indicate the risk for their age group is extremely low, it is a priority to protect all of our campus and the surrounding Hillsdale community, including our faculty and staff.
It is also our priority to educate the graduate and undergraduate students on campus. We are committed to on-campus learning and the friendships and intellectual and moral development that arise from it. I am sure you remember those years on campus and how the friendships with your professors and fellow students shaped your life and your character. We will do everything we can to ensure the same experience for this year’s students.
We are always grateful for the support, involvement, and service of our alumni, and for all the wonderful ways in which you stay connected to the College and radiate its mission in your families and communities. We are certainly sad not to see you in September.
All my best,