Coming Home

Games, ghosts, the gridiron and gratitude were all featured in a reimagined Homecoming.

Balloons, food, games and more greeted visitors to the block party outside the Lowry Center.

Balloons, food, games and more greeted visitors to the block party outside the Lowry Center.

Hundreds of alumni returned to the Hill, joining students and the Kenyon community, for multiple events during Homecoming on Sept. 29 and 30. 

There was something for everyone, with a haunted Kenyon tour, wine tasting, and career panels and networking sessions with alumni. Students flocked to two events hosted by Social Board — a bonfire with s'mores and a Saturday block party that featured mechanical pumpkin rides — as well as the Greek Council Philanth Fair.

The weekend also featured a field hockey game as well as the induction of five former standout student-athletes to the Kenyon Athletics Hall of Fame. On the football field, the Owls won 40-16 against Hiram College in front of packed stands. 

Several alumni volunteer groups were on campus for fall planning meetings, including Alumni Council, Alumni of Color Mentors, Kenyon Fund Executive Committee and Reunion Planners. It was the first on-campus event for President Julie Kornfeld and her husband Fred Silverman.

One of these was a Celebration of Gratitude dinner for invited volunteers and donors. In his remarks, then-Acting President Jeff Bowman noted the important role service and philanthropy have always played at Kenyon. President Kornfeld acknowledged this strong tradition of support and shared her gratitude for the warm welcome she had received throughout the weekend.

The group then heard from four alumni volunteer speakers, as well as Lee Nah '25, with each expressing their gratitude for the role Kenyon played in their lives and how it motivates them to give back.

Homecoming was put on by the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement, Department of Athletics and Student Affairs.