New This Year, Tailgating & Event Highlights
New This Year!
- Class Reunion Dinner
- Friday night Bonfire Party
- Legends of Olivet Ghost Stories and Walking Ghost Tour
- Class Captains’ Breakfast
- Homecoming Fair at the Festival Grounds
- OC Art Workshop
- Alumni Swim Meet
- Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition
- Building Display Art Competition
- Hosford History Center and Lawrence Archives Open
Planning to tailgate? Please note some changes to the tailgate areas and events this year.
Private tailgating will continue to take place in the field across the street from the Cutler football field. The charge to park and/or tailgate in that field is $5, and is a fundraiser for the Olivet College Congregational Church.
The Red and White Tailgate event will be held in the Event Tent at the Festival Grounds. A two-ticket cover charge will get you into the Event Tent, where you’ll enjoy access to lawn games, warm, dry seating, a private place to hang with friends, music, beer and wine, and a remarkable meal available only to Red and White Tailgate attendees. Drinks and food are sold a la carte. Enjoy a gourmet onsite cookout by Whitetail Farm Fresh Market. Come in to hang out with friends; spend only what you want to!
Legends of Olivet: An Uncommon Experience
With 175 years of history, a place like Olivet College has hundreds of interesting stories, intriguing occurrences and unexplained mysteries. Join us for an exclusive storytelling experience, where guests will be treated to an insider’s look at a sampling of the peculiar happenings over the years. The tour begins in Klock Commons in Dole Hall, which was built on the site of one of the termination points of the Underground Railroad. Dr. John Homer will share mystifying events he’s witnessed or heard of firsthand during his 40 years on campus. Then, join Dr. Art Williams for a 75-minute narrated walking tour of sites on campus where some of the most haunting encounters have happened. The walking tour concludes back at Dole Hall, where you can share your own experiences with fellow guests while warming up and enjoying refreshments. For those unable to complete the walking tour, an alternate ghost story experience will take place in Klock Commons during the tour time. As Dr. Homer says, “There’s a dual population in Olivet; those who go home to sleep at night and those who never sleep.” Fact or legend? Come and decide for yourself.
Class Reunion Dinner
Classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.
This year, we’ve added a reunion celebration to the traditional Friday-night celebration dinner. All classes celebrating reunions “on the fives” will be honored at the dinner. Those celebrating their 50th class reunion will join Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., president of Olivet College, on stage to personally receive their 50-year pin. Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to connect with alumni from your graduating year and the surrounding years. Stand and be recognized!
Friday Night Bonfire Party
You’ve been asking for something new on Friday night … something a little more laid-back. Join us for the Friday night Bonfire Party. Taking place in the Homecoming Event Tent at Festival Grounds, you can connect with fellow alumni while you enjoy music, dancing, a custom s’mores bar and lots of bonfire pits for making your s’mores. Attending the Alumni Awards Celebration and Reunion Dinner? No problem! That event ends at 9 p.m. and the Bonfire Party runs 8-11 p.m., so you can enjoy both!
The Olivet Experience
Join us Saturday morning to experience everything that’s special about Olivet College. We begin with a Comet community breakfast and then break up into small groups for your morning experience. Enjoy hands-on experiences in the sciences and arts, join facilitated conversations on compelling current topics, hear some of the little-known stories of Olivet and Olivet College and connect with remarkable Olivetians. Stay tuned for the custom lineup and reserve your spot soon, as each experience has limited openings.
Class Captains Breakfast
We’re introducing a reinvigorated Class Captains program! Are you interested in serving as a Class Captain for your graduating class? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the benefits and responsibilities of this role.
All active Class Captains will receive an invitation to this exclusive event. Breakfast will be held in the Oakview Room of the Kirk Center and you will be treated to a “State of the Union” address by Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., president of Olivet College.
Art is an integral and important part of the history of Olivet College. Connect with Art@Olivet while you’re on campus. Experience the alumni art exhibit in the Riethmiller Blackman Art Building and attend the Art Talk & Reception Saturday evening. You can also view student art and vote for the winners of the Building Display Contest, taking place in all the buildings around campus, or the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, taking place on surfaces in the Square and around main campus.
Hosford History Center and Lawrence Archives Open House
Visit the completely-renovated Hosford House, now the Hosford History Center and Lawrence Archives. After an 18-month, $1.5M renovation, this historic home (the oldest in Olivet) has been returned to its former glory. A new archives building connects by way of skywalk to the original historic structure and houses 175 years of history at Olivet College. Visit one of the open houses on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and experience the history of Olivet College as you’ve never done before.