September 24, 2018 | Connor Bechler

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On September 27-30, Calvin College welcomes the community to "Come Home to Calvin" for a homecoming weekend full of exciting on-campus events. Most are free or low cost, and organizers say they've added many new events for the 2018 celebration.

“By offering a full slate of fun, family-friendly, and student-oriented events, Calvin’s homecoming festivities seek to cultivate a common Calvin identity among students, alumni, and friends,” said assistant director of alumni relations Paul Bylsma.

Saturday features several new and noteworthy events, including a "Donut Dash"—a 1.5 mile run during which participants will eat a total of six donuts—a tailgate dinner, and a soccer game between Calvin and Kalamazoo's women's soccer teams. After the soccer game, there will be a city-approved fireworks show sponsored by Celebration Cinema and an outdoor showing of “Incredibles 2.” The tailgate dinner, soccer game, fireworks show, and movie are all open to the public, while the "Donut Dash" requires online registration and costs $5.

Throughout the weekend Calvin is also providing opportunities for people who aren't as familiar with campus to check out the college. Calvin will have open hours at the Dice Mineralogical Museum, Center Art Gallery, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, and Ecosystem Preserve.

"Our hope is that the homecoming events this year will create and strengthen relationships among the broader Calvin community and inspire excitement about the years to come,” said Bylsma. “‘Come Home to Calvin’ is intended to do just that.”

Bringing the weekend’s celebration to a close, Calvin will host a worship service in the Covenant Fine Arts Center that is open to the public.

For a full schedule of Homecoming Weekend, and to register for events in advance, visit

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