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Register for Homecoming & All-Academy Reunion!

Homecoming 2018 is on October 12-14, 2018.

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Homecoming & All-Academy Reunion Schedule

  • Men’s Soccer V. Elmhurst
    Hedstrand Field, Holmgren Athletic Complex
    7:00 pm
  • Faculty Music Showcase
    Anderson Chapel
    7:30 pm
    Free
    Contact Karen Dickelman for tickets.
    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
    Free
    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.
  • All Academy Reunion
    10:00 am-12:00 pm: Fika and Campus Tour
    12:00 pm-2:00 pm: Luncheon and Program
    $25
    Please join us for a very special reunion that will highlight the legacy of North Park Academy. There will be an opportunity to reconnect with fellow Academy alumni, tour campus (and reminisce about what it looked like during Academy days), and most especially, participate in a luncheon where Betty Nelson C’44 will receive the North Park Academy Award for Distinguished Service. Together, we will celebrate “Miss Betty” and her years of service to North Park.
  • Welcome Reception
    Peterson Balcony (Second Floor), Johnson Center for Science and Community Life
    4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Free
    Visit with fellow alumni, and enjoy refreshments at the Welcome Reception, which helps to kick off the weekend’s festivities on Friday evening.
  • Alumni Art Exhibit
    Art Gallery, Carlson Tower
    4:30 pm-7:00 pm
    Free
    The annual Alumni Art Exhibit will include an artists’ talk at 6:00pm.
  • Viking Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reception
    Anderson Chapel
    5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    $20
    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. Names of the 2018 induction class will be posted online at
    www.northpark.edu/athletics.
  • River Run 5K
    Check-in at the entrance to Holmgren Athletic Complex, located at Foster and Albany Avenues
    7:30 am: Check-in begins
    8:00 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 11:00 am during the Homecoming Fest (a parent/guardian must be present). Advance registration is highly encouraged.
  • Women’s Tennis v. Elmhurst
    River Park
    9:00 am
  • Reunion & Awards Breakfast
    Gymnasium (located in Carlson Tower)
    9:30 am-11:30 am
    $15
    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 1933, ’38, ’43, ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, 2003, and ‘08, and ’13 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 2018 alumni award recipients:
    NORTH PARK ACADEMY DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD:
    Betty Nelson C’44
    NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD:
    Roy Applequist C’68
    NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD:
    Mari Andrew C’08
  • Homecoming Fest
    Hamming Hall (outdoors weather permitting)
    11:00 am-1:00 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 11:00 am for children ages 5-9 (a parent/guardian must be present).
  • Campus Tour
    Meet in the lobby of Old Main
    12:00 pm-12:45 pm
  • Football v. Augustana
    Hedstrand Field, Holmgren Athletic Complex
    1:00 pm
  • Chamber Singers 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion
    Hanson Hall
    4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Free
    Join us in celebrating 50 years of chamber music with a special reunion that will include refreshments and music in Balsam Performance Hall in the beautifully refurbished Hanson Hall. Former directors Gregory Athnos, Dr. Karen Bauer, and Wayland Rogers, as well as Dr. Julia Davids, Stephen J. Hendrickson Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, will be in attendance and directing a time of singing for the group.
  • Men’s Soccer v. St. Thomas
    Hedstrand Field, Holmgren Athletic Complex
    5:00 pm
  • Golden Circle Reception
    Helwig Boardroom, Johnson Center
    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    $20
    All Golden Circle alumni (graduates of North Park Academy, College, and Seminary who have celebrated their 50th Reunion) are invited to a special reception on campus. Join us for a delicious appetizer buffet and a chance to reconnect with alumni from the Classes of 1968, 1967, 1966…and beyond!
  • GOLD Reunion
    The Grafton (4530 N. Lincoln, Chicago)
    7:00 pm
    $15
    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.
  • 11th 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 11th 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.

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Homecoming 2018 Reunions

October 12-14, 2018
Save the weekend for a 25th Year Reunion and help spread the word! More details to come.

Planning Committee: David Youngberg, Craig Jenkins-Sutton, Ingrid Tenglin, Shari Nordstrom, and Karl Clifton-Soderstrom.

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.

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