Homecoming Events

Paint the Town Blue and GoldJoin us to celebrate and Paint the Town Blue and Gold with a wide range of events throughout the week. Events that require registration and/or a registration cost to participate are noted as such.

Scheduled events are subject to change.


Tuesday, October 13

Viking Volleyball vs. Wheaton College

7:00 pm | North Park Gymnasium

Come cheer on the Vikings for a Homecoming week match versus CCIW rival Wheaton College.

Cost: $5; $3 for non-North Park students; $1 for children under age 14; Free for North Park University students with valid ID

Wednesday, October 14

Women's Soccer players

Viking Soccer vs. Illinois Wesleyan University

5:00 and 7:30 pm | Holmgren Athletic Complex

Our Vikings take on Illinois Wesleyan for Homecoming pride. The women's soccer match is at 5:00 pm, followed by the men's match at 7:30 pm.

Cost: $5; $3 for non-North Park students; $1 for children under age 14; Free for North Park University students with valid ID

Thursday, October 15

GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumni Night

6:00–8:00 pm | Gideon Welles (4500 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago)

Alumni from the undergraduate classes of 2005–15 are invited to the annual Homecoming GOLD Reunion. This year we'll gather at Gideon Welles in Lincoln Square. Enjoy great food and drinks (cash bar) and a chance to catch up with friends.

Cost: $20 (includes appetizer buffet and one drink); RSVP

Sheet of Music

School of Music Faculty Showcase

7:30 pm | Anderson Chapel

The multi-talented School of Music faculty present something for everyone, ranging from classical to jazz, and instrumental to voice. Join us for this favorite annual performance, to be followed by a reception hosted by the Alumni Association.

This is a free event; contact the School of Music with questions.

Friday, October 16

Students walking in front of the sign

North Park Campus Tour

9:00 or 11:00 am; 2:15 pm | Meet in Old Main Lobby

Everyone has their own unique memories of their time on North Park’s campus. Relive your days as a student on a guided tour that highlights the school’s history as well as its future. Prospective students are warmly welcomed. Reserve a tour spot by contacting the Visit Desk at (773) 244-5500 or visit@northpark.edu.

Painting Party

2:00–4:00 pm | Hawkinson Conference Room (Johnson Center 155)

Create your own Homecoming keepsake with the staff from Chicago's renowned Bottle and Bottega painting studio. Cost: $40

Registration and Details

Welcome Reception

4:00–6:00 pm | Johnson Center for Science and Community Life

Pick up your Homecoming welcome packet, visit with fellow alumni, and enjoy refreshments in the beautiful Johnson Center to kick off the weekend's festivities.

Register Online

Betsy Birkey and Laura Wennstrom

Alumni Art Exhibit Reception

5:00–7:00 pm (Artists’ talk at 6:00 pm) | Carlson Tower Art Gallery

Laura (Prentice) Wennstrom C’09, right, will discuss her interactive sculpture “mass” in the Carlson Tower Art Gallery before progressing to Brandel Library, where her piece “It’s Heavy on this Side” will be on display. Discussion in Brandel Library will also include the work of Betsy Birkey C’03, whose folded page book sculptures will be on display. RSVP

Viking Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

5:00–7:00 pm | Anderson Chapel

Join Viking coaches, players, and special guests in honoring the newest inductees to the Viking Hall of Fame at this meaningful and fun celebration. An hors d’oeuvres reception will precede the induction ceremony, including presentations of each honoree. Cost: $20

Details and Registration

Golden Circle Teaser HC

Golden Circle Reception

6:00–8:00 pm | Hamming Hall

Members of the Academy, College, and Seminary Classes of 1965, 1960, 1955, 1950, or beyond are invited to a special celebration in honor of their Golden Circle status. Join your fellow Golden Circle alumni to enjoy an appetizer buffet, live music, and a chance to catch up with classmates and friends. Cost: $20   Registration and Details


Viking Men's Soccer vs. University of California, Santa Cruz

7:00 pm | Holmgren Athletic Complex

Catch the second Homecoming match for our men's soccer team as they take on visitors from UC Santa Cruz.

Cost: $5; $3 for non-North Park students; $1 for children under age 14; Free for North Park University students with valid ID

Saturday, October 17

River Run Helmets

River Run 5K

7:30 am (check-in), 8:00 am (race) | Holmgren Athletic Complex

Lace up your running shoes and join our annual River Run 5K run/walk event, open to North Park students, alumni, and their families. (Children ages 5–9 are invited to participate in a Kid's Dash at 11:00 am during the Homecoming Fest.) Cost: $20

Details and Registration

Reunion and Awards Breakfast

8:30 am | Campus Gymnasium

All alumni are welcome to join members of the Academy, Junior College, University, and Seminary classes of 1930, '35, ’40, ’45, ’50, ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, 2000, and '05 at the annual reunion and awards breakfast. Cost: $15

Details and Registration

Viking Volleyball at Illinois Institute of Technology

10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Travel across town to cheer on the Vikings for a second set of Homecoming week matches. They'll take on host Illinois Institute of Technology at 10:00 am, followed by a 2:00 pm match versus Robert Morris University (Springfield).

Homecoming Fest

10:30 am–1:00 pm | Hamming Hall

This annual tradition, formerly known as the Homecoming Block Party, welcomes the entire North Park community—alumni, faculty, staff, students, and families—to celebrate and includes games, food, music, and more. A Kids’ Dash will take place at 11:00 am for children ages 5–9. Suggested donation: $5; Free for North Park students with valid ID

Office of Diversity Tailgate Party

11:30 am–1:00 pm

Whether you were an active member of an Office of Diversity student organization, want to learn more about the Office's programs and initiatives, or simply want to catch up with other alumni, please join us for tailgate fare and soft drinks before cheering on the Vikings at the football game. Free; RSVP required

Viking Football vs. Elmhurst College

1:00 pm | Holmgren Athletic Complex

Our Vikings are taking the field against Elmhurst for Homecoming, with a special Viking Hall of Fame recognition ceremony schedule during halftime.

Cost: $5; $3 for non-North Park students; $1 for children under age 14; Free for North Park University students with valid ID

Sunday, October 18

Gospel Choir 2014

Sunday Worship

Various times and locations

We invite you to worship at a local congregation as our students do throughout the school year.

Church Locations

Viking Baseball

Alumni Baseball Classic

Batting practice at 11:00 am; Game begins at Noon | Holmgren Athletic Complex

If you played baseball at North Park, dust off your glove and lace up your spikes once again to participate in the 8th Annual Viking Alumni Baseball Classic. If you're not a player, you're welcome to join us in the stands to cheer for your classmates or current students. Details

Register Online

RSVP for Homecoming 2015 events online through North Park Connect using the button below. If you are attending events that require payment, you will be able to pay online with a credit card during the registration process.


Any questions about Homecoming 2015 or the registration process should be directed to the Alumni Office.