After more than five decades of Forming Champions for Christ, Liberty University will once again welcome graduates and their loved ones for Homecoming, October 14-15. It is a celebration of community and faith for alumni, their families, and all current students.
“This weekend we will probably have about 10,000 people and our student body of over 15,000 current students in total, and they will all have a passion for Jesus Christ in common,” Cort Comfort (’13) said, director of Liberty’s student activities department, which organizes all Homecoming events. “It’s three days where we can come together and celebrate.”
Actress and Christian media personality Priscilla Shirer will kick off the festivities at Convocation at 10.30am on Friday. Afterwards, guests will have multiple opportunities to connect with different facets of the university and meet fellow alumni, including a throwback lunch (12-1:15 p.m.) with Flames Football head coach Hugh Freeze, a carnival (3-7 p.m.) with food and fun in the LaHaye parking lot and Family Fun Friday at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center (5-10 p.m.).
“The Office of Alumni Relations looks forward to reconnecting when you return home for this homecoming,” said Dr. Greg Tilley (’92), Director of Alumni Engagement.. “At Liberty, alma mater = alumni case.”
Friday night will bring together alumni from every decade of Liberty’s history for the Alumni Reunion in the Montview Alumni Ballroom. This gathering of graduates of all generations began last year and has been so popular that it has been scheduled again this year, with tickets selling out early.
“We want alumni of all 50 and over to be able to come together and talk about their Liberty stories,” Comfort said. “Depending on what era they belong to, our alumni have experienced very different versions of freedom, but the heart and devotion to Christ has always been there.”
The event will lead directly into the annual Homecoming Concert, titled “The Story of God’s Passion for His People” in the Center for Music and Worship Arts Concert Hall from 7:30-9 p.m. Taking guests “on a journey from creation to resurrection,” the concert will feature a Homecoming 2022 alumni choir, Liberty University worship choirs, the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra, and soloists Charles Billingsley, Mindy Damon , Daryl Duff, Jason Schonfelder and Jason Nichols.
Friday’s festivities will culminate in a bonfire at the east campus satellite parking lot from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with live music and s’mores. The bonfire is open to all former students, faculty, staff, and current students.
The annual Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5K, held at the Hydaway Outdoor Center, will kick off events Saturday at 8 a.m. at 3:30 p.m. Fans with tickets to the game will have access to the Alumni Tailgate (outdoor soccer training ground) and Flames Fan Fest (indoor soccer training ground) from 1 p.m. register for Homecoming can receive discounted tickets) .
Campus visitors can also catch DII men’s hockey games (4:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday) and performances of the Department of Theater Arts musical “Curtains” with sessions at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Liberty’s longstanding October tradition, Scaremare, will also be open Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Registration/Registration: Reunion taping will take place in the LaHaye event space from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Elders are encouraged to Register and buy event tickets online (discounts are available). Registration is also available at check-in for those who miss the online deadline.