Celebrate CWRU spirit at homecoming events

CWRU Spartan on football field
“Spartie” gets ready to rev up the crowd at the homecoming football game.

This weekend marks a perennial favorite for students, faculty, staff, alumni and families: homecoming. More than 100 events are scheduled throughout the week, from the Blue Block Party on Toby’s Plaza tonight to the football game vs. Geneva College on Saturday—and various educational and entertaining offerings throughout the four days of festivities.

After a night of entertainment at Thursday’s official kickoff party in Uptown, all members of the campus community are invited to the Alumni House Friday morning from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. for the Rise and Shine Breakfast. Then, after fueling up for the weekend, attendees can take part in a variety of educational programs developed by the schools and college as well as other university departments.

At 10:30 a.m., there will be official tours of the Tinkham Veale University Center (though the new center will be open all weekend for unofficial visits).

That evening, there are a number of specialized dinners and receptions; download the schedule to see what’s in store. To see the talent of the Case Western Reserve community, stop by the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the CWRU Showcase of the Stars, featuring everything from juggling to a cappella acts.

On Saturday morning, the day starts at 8:30 a.m. with the Stephanie Tubbs Jones 5K Race for Education and 1-Mile Fun Run (beginning in front of the Starbucks on East 115th Street) and a Lolly the Trolley Tour of University Circle. There also are a number of breakfasts with the deans taking place that morning (download the schedule).

CWRU cheerleaders and band in homecoming parade
The cheerleaders and band are among the many participants in Saturday morning’s homecoming parade.

Next, the homecoming parade begins at 10:30 a.m. throughout campus; the Alumni Association will host a watch party for all guests—including faculty and staff—in front of the Alumni House. The football game tailgate runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leutner Commons, and kickoff for the Spartans vs. Geneva Golden Tornadoes is at 1:30 p.m.

Not a football fan? There’s plenty more scheduled throughout the day, including tours of the Cleveland Museum of Art, University Circle (walking tour), think[ box ] and many of the schools.

On Sunday afternoon, all members of the campus community are invited to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration, beginning at 4:05 p.m. at John Hay High School.

For more information and a full list of the weekend’s events, visit case.edu/homecoming.