Homecoming is an opportunity for Case Western Reserve University alumni, students, faculty and staff to show their Spartan spirit. And while the COVID-19 pandemic prevents large in-person gatherings this year, the university community will still have the chance to celebrate homecoming.
“Canceling homecoming was never a consideration,” said Brad Crews, associate vice president of alumni relations. Our office and our campus partners have worked diligently the past several years to create a unified approach to Homecoming Weekend. We don’t want to lose any momentum. Our goal is to connect alumni to the university and each other.”
Held as a series of virtual events, homecoming will begin tomorrow (Oct. 8) and continue through Sunday, Oct. 11. From prominent alumni speakers to panels exploring various topics, members of the community will have the chance to learn something new and connect with each other, no matter if they’re on campus or across the globe.
Individuals can register to participate in more than 80 free events, which will be offered through Zoom, on social media and via livestream.
Recognizing that many individuals are experiencing “Zoom fatigue,” homecoming organizers have put together a schedule they hope is diverse, relevant and impactful.
“When it comes to virtual events, it’s very difficult to effectively have a social gathering in which all guests have an opportunity to mingle,” said Elisse Corrigan, director of homecoming, events and special programming. “Instead, this year’s events have more speakers, panels and learning opportunities featuring impressive alumni and innovative faculty and community members.”
To make the event a reality, staff in The Alumni Association collaborated with MediaVision and University Technology.
“We are so grateful for the work they do to make things run smoothly,” Corrigan said. “This entire year has been a crash course in learning how to use Zoom settings effectively, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we learn more about this tool.”