Case Western Reserve University’s homecoming weekend officially kicks off today (Oct. 5) and continues through Sunday, Oct. 8, with a schedule full of events.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and families can join the celebration by participating in tours, attending lectures, getting involved in spirited events and more.

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Event overviews

Student events

Homecoming kicked off for students last weekend with a “CWRU’s Greatest Hits” theme. But as the official homecoming celebration gets underway, there will be plenty of other opportunities for students to get involved.

Learn more about the homecoming events for students.


In addition to the traditional homecoming events, the university community will recognize many milestones, including the 125th anniversaries of the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Law.

In addition, the LGBT community will mark 30 years of LGBT activism on campus and WRUW-FM 91.1 will celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary.

Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity’s events

The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host two events for homecoming this weekend: a Diversity Think Forum titled “Diversity, Health Equity and the Politics of Healthcare” and the Trailblazer Project Unveiling Ceremony.

The Diversity Think Forum will be held Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Adelbert Hall’s Toepfer Room. The Trailblazer Project Unveiling Ceremony will honor six distinguished alumni of color. This event will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library.

Read more about these events.

Campus and Cleveland tours

Take in the campus and Cleveland with tours of the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, Sears think[box], campus and the Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as sightseeing around University Circle and the City of Cleveland aboard Lolly the Trolley.

Learn more about the tours and all homecoming events.

Greek Life

The Order of Omega Greek Alumni Reception and Greek Sing will headline the Greek community’s offerings during homecoming. Delta Tau Delta, Theta Chi and Kappa Alpha Theta also will celebrate milestone years.

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Kelvin Smith Library

Visit Kelvin Smith Library this weekend for networking opportunities, publishing insights and more.

Recognize alumni authors at the Alumni Authors Showcase & Reception Friday Oct. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library’s O’Neill Reading Room.

Hear from Tom Bachtell (WRC ’80), caricaturist for The New Yorker, Saturday, Oct. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the library’s O’Neill Reading Room.

See the reveal of the subjects of a portrait initiative aimed at showcasing the contributions of Case Western Reserve University alumni of color and women at the Trailblazer Project Unveiling Ceremony Saturday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. on the library’s first floor.

Find out more about the library’s homecoming events.

Featured events

Blue Block Party

Thursday, Oct. 5
7 to 9 p.m.
Toby’s Plaza

Kick off homecoming weekend with this dynamic street festival, featuring food, entertainment, music and more.

At the Blue Block Party, the community can play outdoor games, visit Uptown establishments, listen to music by DJ Rachel Hunt (CWR ’12), meet with alumni and friends, and more.

The event is free and open to all. Creative blue attire encouraged.

Homecoming Luncheon

Friday, Oct. 6
11:30 a.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom

Hear about the state of the university and recognize the 2017 Alumni Association Award winners at the Homecoming Luncheon.

Register for this event.

Homecoming parade

Saturday, Oct. 7
11 a.m.

Join your friends and families to grab a spot along the parade route and show off your CWRU pride.

The parade will proceed east on Bellflower, then turn left at Ford Road and head north to Juniper, where it will turn right and pass the Alumni House. From there, the parade will turn left onto E. 115th and end Nobby’s Ballpark the on E. 115th.

Spartan Tailgate

Satuday, Oct. 7
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Leutner Commons dining hall

Grab a BBQ lunch before heading to the football game.

There also will be temporary tattoos, a photo booth and more.

Football game

Saturday, Oct. 7
1 p.m.
DiSanto Field

Cheer on the Spartans (4-0, 3-0 PAC, 0-0 UAA) as they take on the Bethany College (0-5, 0-3 PAC) for this year’s homecoming football game. Read the game preview.

At halftime, this year’s Spartan Club Hall of Fame inductees will be honored.

Read more about the game and the Spartan Club Hall of Fame inductees.