Register for Homecoming!

Homecoming 2019 is on September 16-22, 2019.


Homecoming Schedule

  • Women’s Tennis v. North Central
    River Park
    3:30 pm
  • Men’s Soccer v. IIT
    Hedstrand Field, Holmgren Athletic Complex
    7:00 pm
  • Alumni Art Exhibit
    Art Gallery, Carlson Tower
    4:30 pm-7:00 pm
    The annual Alumni Art Exhibit will include an artists’ talk at 6:00pm.
  • Faculty Music Showcase
    Anderson Chapel
    7:30 pm
    The multi-talented music faculty present something for everyone, ranging from classical to jazz, and instruments to voice. Join us for this beloved campus performance, which will be followed with a reception hosted by the Alumni Association.
  • Campus Tours
    Meet in the lobby of Old Main
    Three identical tours at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 2:15 pm
    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.
  • Memorial Service for Dr. John R. Hjelm
    Anderson Chapel
    2:00 pm
    We invite you to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. John R. Hjelm C’75 who passed away unexpectedly on August 31. A third generation North Parker, John served on faculty at North Park until the time of his death.
  • Viking Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reception
    Helwig Boardroom, Johnson Center
    5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    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. The 2019 induction class will be announced soon.
  • Women’s Soccer v. Lake Forest
    Hedstrand Field, Holmgren Athletic Complex
    7:00 pm
  • Alumni Row
    WMS Boathouse, Clark Park (3400 N. Rockwell St. Chicago, IL 60618)
    8:00 am-11:00 am
    Rowing Alumni are invited for a fun row followed by coffee and light snacks. To participate, contact Elizabeth Scarlatos, head rowing coach, at (773) 244-6207 or erscarlatos@northpark.edu.
  • River Run 5K
    Check-in at the entrance to Holmgren Athletic Complex, located at Foster and Albany Avenues
    8:30 am: Check-in begins
    9:00 am: Race begins
    $20 ($30 on race day as space is available)
    Lace up your running shoes and participate in the River Run, a 5K race open to North Park alumni and their families. All runners will receive a T-shirt, and are encouraged to dress with North Park spirit (Viking helmets welcome!). Children ages 5-9 who enjoy running are encouraged to participate in a Kids’ Dash that will take place at 11:15 am during the Homecoming Fest (a parent/guardian must be present). Advance registration is highly encouraged.
  • Reunion & Awards Brunch
    Gymnasium (located in Carlson Tower)
    10:30 am-12:30 pm
    Celebrate by donning your best blue and gold and reuniting with friends at the annual Reunion and Awards Breakfast! All alumni are welcome to join members of the Academy, Junior College, University, and Seminary reunion classes of 1934, ’39, ’44, ’49, ’54, ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, 2004, and ‘09, and ’14 for this special event, which includes the opportunity for each class to participate in a reunion photo. Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our 2019 alumni award recipients:
    Donn Engebretson A’69 C’73 S’78
    Shanna Horner O’Hea C’94
    An Tran C’14
  • Homecoming Fest
    Hamming Hall (outdoors weather permitting)
    11:00 am-2:00 pm
    Suggested donation: $5
    This annual tradition, allows the entire North Park community to celebrate Homecoming and includes games, food, music and more. Alumni and their families, faculty, staff, and students are all welcome to participate. A Kids’ Dash will take place at 11:15 am for children ages 5-9 (a parent/guardian must be present).
  • Campus Tour
    Meet in the lobby of Old Main
    12:00 pm
  • Football v. Millikin
    Hedstrand Field, Holmgren Athletic Complex
    2:00 pm
  • GOLD Reunion
    The Grafton (4530 N. Lincoln, Chicago)
    7:00 pm
    Graduates of the Last Decade are invited to the Annual Homecoming GOLD Reunion for food, drinks, and a chance to reconnect with friends.
  • Sunday Worship
    We invite you to worship at a local congregation as our students do throughout the school year.
  • Women’s Soccer v. Blackburn College
    Hedstrand Field, Holmgren Athletic Complex
    1:00 pm
  • 12th Annual Viking Alumni Baseball Classic
    Holmgren Athletic Complex
    Batting Practice begins at 1:00 pm
    Game begins at 2:00 pm
    Viking baseball alumni are invited to play in the 12th Annual Viking Baseball Classic. Didn’t play baseball at North Park? This game is still for you! Join the fun by cheering from the bleachers. To play, RSVP to Luke Johnson, head baseball coach, at (773) 244-5675 or ljohnson6@northpark.edu. All participants receive a free North Park Baseball Alumni T-shirt.

Planning a Reunion?

If you are interested in hosting a reunion or already in the process of planning one, the Office of Alumni Relations will be happy to assist you by listing your event on this page. We can also recommend venues in the Chicagoland area, help spread the word about your reunion, and provide the host with an event kit that includes name tags and giveaway items for attendees.


Homecoming 2019 Reunions

Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel (933 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook)
RSVP and Questions: Contact Janet (Hanson) Sirabian

Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Location: SPIN (344 N. State St. Chicago, IL)
Cost: $75 per person. Ticket includes appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, and reserved ping-pong tables for our group. Cash bar available.
RSVP via Eventbrite by Monday, September 16. Spouses, partners, and friends are welcome. 21 and over.
Questions: Contact Sara Jenkins-Sutton

Date: Saturday, September 21
7:30 pm-10:30 pm
Bricks Pizza & Barbecue (3832 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL)
RSVP via Eventbrite
Tickets will be available at the door for $10 more.
Questions: Contact your NPU Class of 1999 Reunion Committee: Carolyn (Poterek) Dallas, Lindsay Mitchell, Erin (Murakami) Oleniczak, Krist Werling and Laura (Knipp) Werling.

Alumni Awards

Every year, North Park recognizes alumni who lead lives representing the mission and spirit of the University. Selection of award recipients is daunting due to the high caliber of our alums. We welcome recommendations for these Distinguished Alumni Awards throughout the year, which may be submitted using our nomination form. All nominations will be carefully considered.