Notre Dame College Celebrates Homecoming, Alumni Reunion 2017 in September

Notre Dame College is celebrating early this school year with its Homecoming and Alumni Reunion week in September.

The annual campus-wide commemoration of the Notre Dame circle of caring brings past and future graduates together on campus with the extended College and Northeast Ohio community for fellowship, reflection, student engagement and sporting events. The College’s Homecoming and Alumni Reunion festivities correspond with Notre Dame’s custom of Founders Week again this year. The trifecta of traditions for 2017 runs September 18-24.

This year, Homecoming and Alumni Reunion feature the return of the community clambake and the addition of a campus concert with the Cleveland band Cats on Holiday, as well as the recurring Homecoming tailgate and football game and Alumni Reunion Mass and brunch.

Also new to the festivities in 2017 are a football halftime presentation to the Notre Dame Alumna of the Year, a Performing Arts Student and Alumni Happy Hour and an Alumni Baseball Game.

Many activities are free and open to the public. Select athletic programs, like football, charge a regular admission fee at the gate. Main meals require food tickets or pay at point of purchase. Key special occasions generally require registration.

Details and registration for Homecoming and Alumni Reunion events are available on the College website at

Saturday Homecoming

Notre Dame’s traditional fall campus celebration peaks on Saturday, September 23, with the Homecoming and Alumni Reunion tailgate beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Regina Complex parking lot. The football game kicks off at noon on Mueller Field, when the Falcons take on Concord University from West Virginia.

The halftime ceremony of the football game this year will highlight the Notre Dame Alumna of the Year, Suzanne Gauchat Joseph, who graduated from the College in 1970.

After football, the College hosts a Clambake, which includes a chicken dinner and childrens’ meal options, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Quinlivan Circle. An outdoor concert with the Texas and Louisiana-inspired blues and Zydeco sounds of Cats on Holiday follows from 6:30-9:30 p.m., also on the College Administration Building lawn.

Homecoming and Alumni Reunion events on campus Saturday actually open with the Falcon Walk, beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Quinlivan Circle, where the marching band, cheer squad and football team lead fans across campus to the field and tailgate.

This year, the tailgate once again incorporates a Kids Zone with free games and storytelling as well as food trucks. A beer tent also is available for adults.

Notre Dame’s Art Department will host an open house—and opening reception for its new art faculty gallery—from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 23, in the newly refurbished art office space on the ground floor of the Administration Building across from the Performing Arts Center. The reception, with refreshments, is free and open to the public.

Alumni Reunion

The highlight of reunion weekend for Notre Dame graduates of all class years is the Alumni Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 24, in Christ the King Chapel of the Administration Building. The Catholic liturgy is followed by the Alumni Brunch at 10:30 a.m., which will be outside on Quinlivan Circle this year.

The reunion celebration in 2017 presents for the first time a Performing Arts Student and Alumni Happy Hour, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Tiki Time Bistro, 4285 Mayfield Road in South Euclid, and an Alumni Baseball Game at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 23, on campus at Mueller Field. Baseball leads off the day's tailgate and football festivities.

School Spirit

A pre-weekend spirit event is free and open to the public as well as the College community.

Notre Dame offers a stand-up comedy performance by Anthony "Chico" Bean at 10 p.m. in Regina Auditorium. Bean is a founding member of North Carolina Comics All-Stars and known for creating and staring in The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show. He is a recurring cast member of Wild 'N Out on MTV and MTV2.

Athletic Events

In addition to the football game, Falcon NCAA Division II athletics showcased during the week-long Homecoming and Alumni Reunion celebration are: women’s soccer against West Virginia Wesleyan College at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, on Mueller Field; women’s volleyball takes on Urbana University at 6 p.m. Friday, September 22; men’s rugby plays the Army U.S. Military Academy at noon Sunday, September 24, on Mueller Field followed by women’s soccer versus West Liberty University at 3 p.m. on Normandy Field.

The College and its Student Athletic Advisory Committee also are planning Make-A-Wish fundraising events for the week. Details are forthcoming.

Student Activities

Student engagement activities throughout Homecoming and Alumni Reunion 2017 include an Athletics Department-sponsored faculty and staff appreciation bagel and coffee breakfast event at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, in the Keller Center.

In addition, the College’s Student Affairs Department hosts an Open Mic Night in the Falcon Café from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19. This program is free and open to the public.

The week also features a residence hall room and office door decorating contest on Monday, September 18, and on-campus apparel decorating for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, September 20.

​Updated 7 September 2017
Originally posted 2 September 2017

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or



July 27
7:30 PM
Friday July 27, 7:30pm
Regina Auditorium
E.g., 07/23/18
E.g., 07/23/18