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Carthage Events

Schedule of Events

Celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend with us at fun events including Casino Night, Alumni and Family Brunch, a Firebird football game, an outdoor family movie, and more!

In addition to this line-up of fun events, several reunions will also be held this year. Visit our reunion page to learn more.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, some events will require guests to reserve tickets in advance. Please make sure to reserve your tickets using the links provided.

Unable to make it in person? Carthaginians can come together regardless of location by attending many of the weekend’s programs virtually. Livestream our events at www.carthage.edu/multimedia.

Questions? Contact the Alumni and Family Engagement Office at alumnioffice@carthage.edu

Homecoming Kick-Off Events


October 11-14

Each year, the Office of Student Involvement sponsors an exciting calendar of events for students. Alumni and parents are invited to virtually join in the fun by watching Facebook Live streams and engaging with Carthage’s social media channels throughout the week. Student events include:

  • Comedy Show
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Homecoming Court Ceremony
  • Banner Decoration

Stay tuned for more information about these events! Information will be shared on The Bridge and the Homecoming website.

Homecoming Schedule


Friday, Oct. 15

4 P.M.

Belonging: An Examination of Career Networking Through a JEDI Lens
Campbell Student Union Auditorium, General admission
Join us for a panel discussion with alumni talking about strategies for starting your career and life path incorporating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) priorities. The conversation will be moderated by Black Student Union president Phillip Hunter ’24 and treasurer Kierra Coleman ’22.
Register for this event

6:30 p.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame
N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center
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The Carthage Athletic Department will recognize the newest Hall of Fame class featuring ten former student-athletes and administrators. These inductees were selected for their dedication to Carthage in competition, the classroom, the community, or a leader. In addition, the Carthage Flame will be awarded to Bob and Michele Bonn for their contributions to Carthage. Livestream will be available for this event.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee8 p.m.

150 Years of Carthage Women Closing Celebration with Jackie Joyner Kersee
N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center
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Join us for the much-anticipated closing celebration featuring keynote remarks from six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee. The 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration paid tribute to the important role of women at Carthage since 1870. Armed with strengthened academic programs and scholarship opportunities, a robust career readiness program, and exceptional women’s athletics, Carthage women are ready and set to go and bring positive change to themselves and the wider world. Livestream will be available for this event.

9 p.m.-Midnight

Homecoming & Family Weekend Casino Night
N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center
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This family-friendly event includes casino-type games for all ages, including the student favorite Bingo, blackjack, craps, and more. No experience is necessary to win — all participants are entered in the Grand Prize drawing! Use your winnings to enter raffles for electronics, gift cards, local favorites, and the famous cheese ball barrel. Enjoy live music from Throwback Stereo while you play. This event is co-sponsored by the Carthage Activities Board and the Alumni and Family Engagement Office.

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Saturday, Oct. 16

Check-in at 7:30 a.m., Run begins at 8:30 a.m.

Firebird 5k Run & Walk
Kissing Rock
Register to run or walk
Get #fiREDup to run! Join the Carthage men’s and women’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams for the inaugural Firebird 5K. The route will begin at Kissing Rock and extend to the Pennoyer Park Band Shell south of campus, looping back to finish at Carthage’s Learning Moments statue featuring former college trustee President Lincoln. Registration includes a free Firebird tee.
Can’t join us on campus? Run wherever you are! Learn more, register, and submit your time

9 a.m.

Road to Graduation: How parents and families can support their students
Todd Wehr Center 
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Parents and families are invited to a panel discussion about how families can support their student’s academic studies, campus involvement, and mental health. The discussion will be followed by small group breakout sessions hosted by alumni facilitators. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Student Success and the Alumni and Family Engagement Office. Attendees will receive complimentary tickets ($15 value) to the Alumni and Family Brunch immediately following the session.

Family members and alumni attend the Alumni and Family Brunch and Homecoming and Family Weekend.10 a.m.

Alumni and Family Brunch
N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center
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Join fellow Carthaginians for a fun and relaxed brunch featuring made-to-order omelets and chef stations, mimosas, and a Bloody Mary bar. President John Swallow and Alumni Council President Aaron Tinjum will provide important updates about institutional initiatives, celebrate 75 Years of Black Excellence, and announce the 2021 alumni scholarship recipients.

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Firebird Biergarten
South Upper Parking Lot, General admission
Carthage spirit comes alive in the festival grounds! Tailgate area and food available for purchase. New for 2021, a Biergarten overlooking both the festival grounds and Art Keller field will offer beer, wine tasting, and seasonal food pairings.

Carthaginians tailgate before the football game during Homecoming 2019.9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Forever Red Tailgate
Between South Lower and Augie Schmidt Field, General admission
Carthage spirit comes alive at the Forever Red Tailgate! Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Augie Schmidt Field concession and pavilion. Government-issued ID required for 21+ area access.

9:30 a.m.

Alumni Soccer Match 
Art Keller Field 
Interested in playing? Contact Steve Domin at sdomin@carthage.edu. A post-match gathering will be held at Waterfront Warehouse at 11:30 a.m. Check-in for the event begins at 9:30 a.m., and the match begins at 10 a.m. 

11:30 a.m.

Homecoming Parade and Mascot Debut
Alford Park Drive, General admission
Be the first to see the new Carthage Firebird Mascot debut at the parade! Also featuring entries by reunion groups, Alumni Council, student organizations, sororities, fraternities, music, and more.

1 p.m.

Football Game vs. North Park University
Art Keller Field
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Cheer on the Firebirds in the Homecoming game against the North Park University Vikings! Livestream will be available for this event. See more about Carthage athletics

4 p.m.

Centrique: Celebrating 50 Years
Niemann Theater, General admission
Celebrate 50 years of Centrique, Carthage’s annual art and literature magazine. Enjoy a short presentation, gallery exhibition, and reception.

6 p.m.

75 Years of Black Excellence: Evening of Elegance
Kenosha Public Museum 
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All are invited to an elevated affair at the Kenosha Public Museum celebrating Black alumni and honoring the first Black Carthage graduate, Lorraine Wiggan ʼ46. Semi-formal/elegant attire is recommended.
Learn more about 75 Years of Black Excellence at Carthage.

7 p.m.

Family Movie Night: ‘The Breakfast Club’
Art Keller Field *
Bundle up and enjoy an 80s misfit classic under the stars. Hot cocoa and s’mores will be available throughout the movie. * In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held inside the Campbell Student Union Auditorium.

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Sunday, Oct. 17

Pastor Kara leads Homecoming Worship10 a.m.

Homecoming Chapel Service
A. F. Siebert Chapel, General Admission
Alumni, families, and friends are invited to a worship service with Pastor Kara Baylor.

11 a.m.

Meet the President
South Upper Lot, General Admission
Enjoy complimentary breakfast offerings from local food trucks in a casual outdoor atmosphere. Meet Carthage President Swallow and presidential spouse Cameron Swallow. Attendees will also be able to have their picture taken with the new Firebird mascot!

3 p.m.

Homecoming Concert
A. F. Siebert Chapel
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An annual favorite, the Music Department brings the Carthage community together through a concert that features performances by Carthage Choir, the Carthage Wind Orchestra and Concert Band, and distinguished alumni soloists.