2020 Homecoming and Family Weekend was a huge success!
This past weekend, Carthage hosted its first ever, and hopefully only, all virtual, Stay-At-Homecoming and Family Weekend. Over 3,700 alumni, parents, and friends visited the Homecoming and Family Weekend content hub, and over $28,000 was raised to benefit The Bridge Fund, sorority scholarship funds, equity and inclusion efforts, and Carthage Athletics.
The weekend officially kicked off Thursday evening with a live State of the College Town Hall webinar, featuring President John Swallow and Carthage’s trustee board chair, Jeff Hamar ’80. They addressed the recent challenges Carthage has encountered and spoke about emerging opportunities.
Other virtual programming offered on Saturday included the Alumni and Family Brunch, in which Alumni Council President Aaron Tinjum ’09 shared his vision for the future of the council and Alumni Association Scholarship 2020 recipients were announced. Later that day, a webinar for parents and families of current Carthage students learned from a panel of campus experts on how to support their students in this unusual learning environment.
As Homecoming is also a time to gather for athletic events on campus, another live panel discussion featured Carthage’s new Athletic Director, Nate Stewart, and some of your favorite coaches. On Saturday evening, three of Carthage’s founding sororities celebrated 55 year anniversaries with virtual reunions. The weekend was capped off on Sunday with a special Homecoming Worship Service featuring Pastor Kara Baylor and the Stay at Home-coming Concert, with performances by the Carthage Wind Symphony and the Carthage Choir.
In the coming days, please visit the Virtual Homecoming and Family Weekend content hub to view recordings of these live webinars and view-on-demand programming curated in celebration of what it means to be a Carthaginian.
While we were happy to bring our alumni together in a digital space, we look forward to celebrating Carthage in-person at next year’s homecoming, Oct. 15-17, 2021.