CWRU spirit: Get ready for homecoming festivities next week

Cheerleaders participate in homecoming festivitiesThough Homecoming and Reunion Weekend—a four-day event for students, faculty, staff, families and alumni—officially kicks off Oct. 8, on-campus activities actually begin Saturday, Oct. 3, extending the celebration of Spartan spirit throughout the week.

The entire Case Western Reserve University community—including surrounding neighbors—is invited to participate in more than 100 events hosted by The Alumni Association and campus partners throughout the week, and for the official Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Oct. 8-11.

The homecoming celebration is the result of faculty and staff’s yearlong investment to work with alumni and students to create events that appeal to a broad audience. Careful thought has gone into choosing lecture topics, speakers, decorations and even the best time, day and place for events to take place.

Last year’s event yielded more than 3,000 attendees who networked, watched the traditional parade, enjoyed educational lectures and cheered on the football team. This year, organizers hope to welcome an even larger crowd.

The week begins with a homecoming kickoff Saturday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. on Freiberger Field. Hosted by the University Program Board, Class Officer Collective and Case Association of Student Athletes, the event will feature the annual junior/senior flag football game and the FreshMore (first/second year) pushball game. This year’s homecoming court will be announced between the flag football and pushball games. Then, on Oct. 6 from noon to 1 p.m., students can stop by Thwing Center for a special homecoming edition of Thwing Tuesdays.

The official Homecoming and Reunion Weekend launches Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. with Blue Block Party: a dynamic street festival in Uptown’s Toby’s Plaza to celebrate the innovation and talents of students and alumni with food, music, entertainment and more.

On Friday, take a tour of areas of campus old and new, or hear from the bright minds of our students, faculty and staff during a number of lectures and events.  Then, head to the Showcase of Stars, held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom, to see a snapshot of the talent across campus.

Saturday’s schedule will feature energy-filled events, including the Stephanie Tubbs Jones 5K race and 1-mile fun run, followed by a parade, tailgating, soccer matches and a football game. That night, stop by the “Meet Up at Uptown,” which will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Corner Alley (11409 Euclid Ave.). All CWRU attendees will receive complimentary bowling, shoe rental, appetizers and select beverages. The night caps off for students with the “Tinkerball Homecoming Dance,” featuring the EDM duo Super 8 & Tab, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Tink ballroom.

For more music opportunities, attend the 10th annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospel Fest Concert Celebration—the final event of homecoming weekend—Sunday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at John Hay High School.

There are more than 100 events scheduled throughout the weekend, so visit the homecoming page at to view all events for the weekend and to register. Registration closes today for select events.

For a list of student-organized events, visit

Parking is free in designated lots this weekend to all who register. Homecoming events will take place, rain or shine.