Homecoming 2021

Sponsored by Myers Autoworld

alMark your calendars for our IN-PERSON Homecoming on October 8–9, 2021! You’ll see many Homecoming staples, with a continued commitment to the health and safety of our campus community, guests, and the pride of Anderson — that’s you! 

Get ready for the Helios reception, Luminaries, Cheap Thrills, Encore, the Homecoming Street Fair, Homecoming Breakfast (in the renovated Marketplace), athletic contests (including the new soccer stadium ribbon cutting), hot air balloon rides in the Valley, the alumni showcase concert, and more. See our full schedule of events below, and check back in for updates throughout the summer and to register for your Homecoming package. 

Please review Anderson University’s institution COVID-19 policies.


Thank you to our Gold-Level Homecoming Sponsors


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As we lead up to Homecoming Weekend, click on the orange links in the calendar below to get access to live and pre-recorded events and other information related to this special weekend.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
  • 11 a.m. — Coronation Chapel
Thursday, Oct. 7
  • 11 a.m. — Alumni Chapel with Rev. Erin Taylor BA ’04, MTS ’10
Friday, Oct. 8
  • 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. — Alumni Career Fair in Reardon Lobby, register here.
  • 1 p.m. — AU Soccer Golf Scramble (Anderson Country Club), please register your team here!
  • 1:30 p.m. — Homecoming Discovery Day, register here.
  • 5:30 p.m. — Department reunion/receptions (various campus locations)
  • 6 p.m. — Hot Air Balloon Rides (Hartung parking lot)
  • 7 p.m. — Helios Reception in the Valley (Helios) 

*Young Alumni Social, for alumni who graduated from 2016-2021, on the Decker Patio (Valley side)

  • Dusk — Campus Illumination (Valley)
  • 7:30 p.m. — School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Homecoming Concert (Park Place Church of God)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Cheap Thrills (Reardon Auditorium)
Saturday, Oct. 9
  • 8:30 a.m. — Homecoming Breakfast (Olt Student Center- Schield Dining Room)
  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m. — Booster’s Breakfast (Fine Arts Breezeway) Purchase tickets here.
  • 9:15 a.m. — President Pistole Book Signing (Nicholson Library)
  • 10:45 a.m. — Athletic Hall of Fame (York Performance Hall)
  • 10:30 a.m. — Street Fair (University Blvd)
  • 12 p.m. — Women’s Soccer vs Mt. St. Joseph (Soccer Field)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Football vs Rose Hulman (Macholtz Stadium)
  • 2 p.m. — Soccer Stadium ribbon cutting ceremony
  • 3 p.m. — Men’s Soccer vs Mt. St. Joseph (Soccer Field)
  • 4:30 p.m. — Alumni Awards Ceremony (York Performance Hall lobby)
  • 5:15 p.m. — Men’s Soccer alumni game (Soccer Field)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Homecoming Picnic in the Valley
  • 6 p.m. — Hot Air Balloon Rides (Hartung parking lot)
  • 7 p.m. — Alumni Showcase Concert featuring Cliff Ritchey ’00 (in the Valley outside of Byrum Hall)
  • 7 & 10 p.m. — Encore (Reardon Auditorium)

*Alumni audition videos can be submitted by email to avanti@anderson.edu. Please include your AU graduation year and the title and artist of your song by Sept. 13. Alumni may also audition on campus the week of Sept. 13.

Other exciting things to do at Homecoming:

  • Prayer Walk
  • “What’s new at AU” campus tours Saturday
  • Passports and Packages
  • Alumni makers at the Anderson City Market Saturday Oct 9, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. at Park Place Community Center parking lot
    Hello alumni makers,

    We want to invite you to be a part of the Anderson City Market at Park Place Church of God Community Center parking lot for the final market of the year here in Anderson that happens to also be Saturday of AU’s Called To Soar Homecoming! The market goes from 8am-12pm and 2007 alumna Kirsten (Streit) Harting, Park Place Community Center’s Executive Director, is excited to expand the market for this special occasion to you, our talented alumni, to sell your goods.

    Please see the attached contract and please email Kirsten at kstreit@ppchog.org for more info and questions.

    *It is worth noting that this is for alumni only and that food/drink are not to be sold. This is due to wanting to protect the student clubs and organizations at the AU Homecoming Street Fair, happening from 10:30-1 that Saturday, to get ample opportunity to fundraise by selling their lunch and snack items per homecoming tradition.