HomecomingThe Great Gustie Gathering
September 23, 2023

Gustavus Homecoming hoopla is for families and alumni alike!

The Alumni & Parent Engagement Office invites our fabulous alumni community, parents, and families back to campus to celebrate Homecoming 2023! 

Our Gustavus Homecoming celebration offers fun and engagement for each and every member of our Gustavus community. Families make memories together while playing and learning on the Hill, recent grads visit their home away from home, alumni receive updates on what’s buzzing on campus, and someone new is exposed to our incomparable Gustie spirit.

View our final program here.

A family lays on the grass watching the Gustavus football game

Homecoming day event schedule 2023
8 a.m.

Registration opens

Information Desk, Lower lever of the Jackson Campus Center

8-10 a.m. 


Evelyn Young Dining Room

Complimentary Pancake Breakfast will be hosted by the Alumni Board of Directors from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Dining Room. Volunteers will be flipping pancakes and serving up all the toppings for your dining pleasure! All are welcome to grab some flapjacks and then head into the Market Place for your other breakfast foods. 

8:45 a.m.

Alumni Choir food and fellowship time

Warm-up and rehearsal begins at 9 a.m.

Christ Chapel

9 a.m. - 12 noon

Baseball Alumni BBQ and Scrimmage

Gustavus Baseball Field

9:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Softball Alumni Scrimmage

Gustavus Softball Field

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

 Homecoming Hayride and Arboretum Fun!

Arboretum at Gustavus

10 a.m.

Homecoming Service of Remembrance 

Campus Tour

Christ Chapel

You can view the livestream of the service here. The link will go live at 10 a.m. on 9.23.23

Depart from lower level of Jackson Campus Center

10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Simply Science! Hands-on Science Experiments for families with Gustie Science Clubs 

STEAMery Lobby

10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Tri Sigma 25th Anniversary Gathering 

Beck Hall Atrium

11 a.m.

Campus Tours

Depart from lower level of Jackson Campus Center

11 a.m.

50 Year Club Football Lunch

Three Crowns Banquet Room -- Jackson Campus Center

11 a.m. - 12 noon

Instrument Petting Zoo with Gustie Musicians

12 p.m. Sociology / Anthropology Department Celebrates 115 Years

Gardner Laboratory Theatre, Nobel Hall of Science

Beck Hall 111

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Gustavus Mentoring Program Pre-Game Networking

Courtyard Cafe

Learn about the Mentoring Program and meet other partcipants. Previous, current, or prospective mentors or mentees, check in and pick up a goodie bag!

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Gustavus Recent Alumni Homecoming Gathering

Center for Inclusive Excellence

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All Gustie Lunch

Evelyn Young Dining Room

Join comedy troupe LineUs at 12:15 p.m. for a special Homecoming performance!

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Homecoming Gustie Pub and Family Fun Zone

Petting zoo, inflatables, crafts, and much more! Enjoy beer from Gustie-owned breweries, Chankaska Creek wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks in the Homecoming tent and patio.

Homecoming tent - grassy field next to College View Apartments

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn a Line Dance with Gustavus Swing Dance Club

Alumni Hall

Kids, families, students, and alumni are invited to kick off your shoes with the Gustavus Swing Dance Club as they teach you the basics of popular line dances! Refreshments and sweet treats available. 

1:00 p.m.

Gustavus Football v. Augsburg

Hollingsworth Field

5:30 p.m.

Baumgartner Memorial Concert

Christ Chapel 

This recital is free and open to the public. If you are interested in supporting the newly established Paul and Helen Baumgartner Memorial Piano Scholarship please contact annpeterson@gustavus.edu. All gifts of all sizes are gratefully received. 

We at Gustavus are closely monitoring the local and national status of the COVID-19 virus. We are currently planning for a fully in-person Homecoming celebration while following guidance from the CDC, MN Department of Health, and the Gustavus COVID Response Team. In the event we must dramatically change our plans and cancel this event, refunds will be issued.

Homecoming Service of Remembrance Livestream- 10 a.m. CDT - CLICK HERE