• Plans are underway as we prepare for the 2023 homecoming weekend.   
  • Registration will open in July.
  • All weekend updates will be made to this page.
  • Check back often.


Please be aware that Hanover College is currently under construction. Areas near College Avenue from the Campus Safety Building (Stone House) to Hendricks may be unavailable for parking during this event. You may arrive on campus using the Main Entrance onto Scenic Drive or the entrance onto Madison Avenue to File Street.

City of Madison: road closure

Hanging Rock Hill, a portion of State Road 7, is closed thru October 31 to correct a hillside slide. Please use 421 or Michigan Road when traveling to Lower Madison.

special assistance & campus safety

Friday, October 13, 2023

  • 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: VIP EVENT
    Location: TBD: By Invitation Only
  • 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: CLASS OF 1973 GATHERING
    Location:  Fairfield Inn & Suites/Private Banquet Room
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.:  HOMECOMING KICKOFF PARTY!
    On Friday night, October 13, the Office of Alumni Relations will host its first Homecoming Kickoff Party in front of the Campus Center. Students, alums, faculty, staff, and friends of the College are all invited to ROCK THE CLOCK and enjoy an evening of live music with DJ Tonee and a cash bar. There will be a special appearance by the football team and more!
    • Location:  Collier Arena
  • 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: BINGO
    Join students, alums, faculty, and staff in the Withrow Activities Center (Campus Center) for a great bingo game!

Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • 8:00 a.m.:  TAILGATE LOT OPENS
    Any remaining spaces will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  WALKING CAMPUS TOUR (Campus Map)
    Take a self-guided tour and enjoy the beauty of Hanover College. Print the Campus Map and plan your route to see the buildings and landmarks that have arrived since your last visit. *A guided tour is TBD.
  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.:  ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE
    Join Rev. Dr. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Ph.D., Ball Family Chaplain, as we remember those we have lost. This peaceful morning ceremony will give you time to reflect and pay homage to those you love and miss.
  • 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:  SCIENCE CENTER SELF-GUIDED TOUR
    Take a ride on the science side! Take a self-guided tour and enjoy displays that include colorful minerals, rare & unusual fossils, art & cultural exhibits, a butterfly collection, and more. Stop by to see The Burning Tree Mastodon - the world's most-complete American mastodon on permanent display!
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  CAMPUS BOOKSTORE 
    The College Bookstore is on the lower level of the Campus Center and Alumni Stadium.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:  GOLDEN PANTHER REUNION BRUNCH
    We are celebrating 51+ years since graduating from Hanover College!
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  DUGGAN LIBRARY 50-YEAR CELEBRATION
    • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Hubbard Paintings & Discussion
      • Led by Jessica Whitehead '11
      • Reserved seating for the Class of 1974 (registration will be required)
    • 11:00 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.: 50th Birthday Party
      • Guest Speakers and Cake
    • Share your Stories
      • Time TBD
      • Library Location: TBD  
      • Lee Annis '78 has been commissioned to write about the last 100 years of Hanover College.
      • Jeff Studds '77 is leading a project for the 50-year remembrance of the 1974 tornado. 
      • Both will be available.
    • 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  Tailgating
      • See us in the tailgate lot! We're on the front row of Hanoverfest! 
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:  CLASS OF 1973 CAMPUS TOUR
    The Class of 1973 will gather in front of the Duggan Library and leave for a private campus tour. 
    • Please indicate on your registration if you will need assistance.
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:  BETA BROTHERS REUNION
    Meet in Cafe 1827 on the lower level of the Campus Center. Grab your favorite Starbucks coffee and catch up with friends. A few tables will be reserved.
  • 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: HANOVERFEST
    All guests are welcome to join in the fun at Hanoverfest! Located in the tailgate lot, alums and friends can enjoy the festive Hanover tailgating activities we love. Look for the white Hanover College tent behind visitor seating!
    • Inflatables
    • Give-A-Ways
    • Face Paint
    • Milestone Reunions & Department/Clubs
      Visit! Each club or department is responsible for its set-up.
      • Geology Club
      • Chemistry Department
      • International Alumni-Student Gathering
      • Multicultural Alumni-Student Gathering
      • HC Graduate Programs
      • Health Science Program Gathering
      • Volleyball Alumni-Student Gathering
      • Duggan Library: 50-Year Celebration!
      • Class of 2013: 10-Year Reunion!
      • Class of 1998: 25-Year Reunion!
      • Class of 1973:  50-Year Reunion!
        *Bring your food, coolers, and lawn chairs! It's tailgating time!
  • 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: LGBTQ+ CENTER OPEN HOUSE
    The Center serves as a safe and inclusive gathering space. In this place, people are given the encouragement and resources to build meaningful relationships across differences and open their minds and hearts to matters relating to race, gender, and sexual orientation. Join us inside Lynn Hall through the door on the right for some fun activities and good conversations.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.:  ALUMNI AWARDS LUNCHEON
    The Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) proudly invites you to the 2023 Alumni Awards. Join t trustees, faculty, staff, and students on the Campus Center patio, as we honor the 2023 Alumni Award recipients. Nominate a deserving alum today: https://our.hanover.edu/get-involved/alumni-awards-nomination-form
    • Alumni Achievement Award Honorees
      • Announced Spring 2023
    • Distinguished Young Alumni Award Honorees
      • Announced Spring 2023
    Come cheer on your HC Men's Soccer team. Go Panthers!
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: HC FOOTBALL
    Football tickets are available at the gate
    Are you attending the Homecoming football game on October 14, Champions Club members? If so, you are welcome to spend some time in the President's box with the President and other Champions Club members between 1:15 and the game's conclusion. Seatin in the box is minimal, so you may want to watch the game from the bleachers but feel free to stop by the box for a snack and say hi.
    Come cheer on your HC Men's Soccer team. Go Panthers!
  • 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: PROJECT COCOON BUTTERFLY GALA
    Join us in the Ogle Center to celebrate the Butterfly Gala, an event dedicated to honoring alums and current students who have generously supported the Project Cocoon Gift Fund. This fund provides financial aid to LGBTQ+ students to remove obstacles that hinder them from selecting housing environments that promote their well-being. Project Cocoon also offers professional resources such as internships and career opportunities to LGBTQ+ students. Come and enjoy some delicious food and refreshments while we acknowledge the valuable contributions of our alums and current students. (Backup location: Brown Chapel, if needed).
  • 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: 50-YEAR CLASS REUNION DINNER - 1973
    • Location: Science Center
    • Cost: $70 per person (all-inclusive food and drink)
    • Reception:
      • 5:00 p.m.:  Check in to receive nametags and a special gift from the Alumni Office (must be present). Enjoy
                           appetizers and a bar (beer and wine only).
      • 5:30 p.m.:  Class Photo for Class of 1973 members
      • 5:45 p.m.:  Dr. Thom Mayer '73, NFL Medical Director
      • 5:50 p.m.:  Special Guest!
      • 6:00 p.m.:  Welcome and Prayer from President Lake Lambert
    • Dinner Buffet
      • 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Social Time
      • 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

    Join President Lambert at the Hanover Presbyterian Church, located at 174 East Main Street, Hanover, IN 47243, as he leads the church services on Sunday, October 3. Rev. Dr. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Ph.D., will provide the Holy Communion.


We look forward to inviting all alums back for Homecoming Weekend 2024 on October 4-6! Reserve your stay early at one of the following area accommodations at https://our.hanover.edu/get-involved/hotel-information or go to https://visitmadison.org/

  • 10-Year Reunion:  Class of 2014
    • Reunion Chair: 
  • 25-Year Reunion:  Class of 1999
    • Reunion Chair:
  • 50-Year Dinner Reunion:  Class of 1974
    • Reunion Chair: Ken Gladish
  • Golden Panthers Brunch: 
    • All classes celebrating 51+ years

Are you interested in being a Reunion Chair? Contact Christy Hughes, Director of Alumni Relations, at alumni@hanover.edu.