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Make the most of your return to campus by enjoying the many exciting events offered all weekend long with your classmates and friends.
Alumni, register online to let us know you'll plan to join us, or contact Alumni Relations at 315-228-7439.

Free registration ensures: a FREE Homecoming T-shirt for alumni, complimentary football tickets for alumni and their guests*, weekend programming, and some meals as noted below.

*NCAA regulations prohibit distribution of complimentary game tickets to high school aged children/guests of alumni. General admission tickets can be purchased for $10 at Andy Kerr Stadium gates or by calling the Ticket Office at 315-228-7600.

If you are planning on some golf at Seven Oaks, visit this website for more information:

Welcome Center

Alumni T-shirts and Colgate v. Cornell game tickets can be picked up at the welcome center located in Donovan's Pub (James C. Colgate Student Union) on Friday, September 19 between 11:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the welcome center will relocate to the tailgate on Van Doren Field (look for the Alumni Relations pop tent in the center of the tent circle) and will operate from 10 a.m. until halftime.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 18

5:15 p.m. - Picker Art Gallery Exhibition Opening followed by Opening Reception
Golden Auditorium (105 Little Hall)

5:45 p.m. - Free BBQ
Academic quad in front of Memorial Chapel

6:45 p.m. - Picker Art Gallery Opening Reception
Picker Art Gallery (Dana Arts Center)

7:00 p.m. - Emerging Leaders keynote featuring Mark Divine ’85, Founder, President and CEO of US Tactical and SEALFIT
Memorial Chapel
E-mail questions to jstone@colgate.edu

7:30 p.m. - Sixth Annual Schaehrer Memorial Lecture: “The Meaning of the Vietnam War” by Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University’s Anbinder Professor of History
Love Auditorium

9:00 p.m. - Senior Night, sponsored by Konosioni, senior class gift committee, and senior class council
Palace Theater

Friday, September 19

11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Welcome Center open at Donovan’s Pub 

12:30 p.m. - Career Connections: Conversations with Colgate Leaders*
A networking luncheon reception powered by Colgate Professional Networks
Hall of Presidents (James C. Colgate Student Union)
E-mail questions to jarnault@colgate.edu

2:30 p.m. - Mock interviews*
Spear House

5:30 p.m. - Presidents’ Club 50th Anniversary Celebration*
Taylor Lake tent
E-mail questions to jstone@colgate.edu

7:00 p.m. - Men’s Soccer v. Fairleigh Dickinson
Beyer-Small ‘76 Field

7:00 p.m. - Free Holy Smokes BBQ and entertainment
Cash bar available with proper I.D.
Whitnall Field

~8:30 p.m. - Bonfire and Pep Rally featuring Colgate Football and Field Hockey teams, cheerleaders, dance team, and Colgate pep band
Whitnall Field

~9:00 p.m. - Live music by Waiting for Henry and Fireworks
Whitnall Field

*Invitation only

Saturday, September 20

9:00 a.m. - Colgate Athletic Volunteer Brunch
Colgate Inn 

10:00 a.m. - Football halftime: Welcome center open
Center of Van Doren Field tailgate

10:00 a.m. Dedication of the campus band rehearsal room
Basement of Drake Hall

10:00 a.m. Homecoming Tailgate
Under the tents on Van Doren Field

11:00 a.m. - Field Hockey v. Holy Cross
Tyler’s Field

1:00 p.m. - Football v. Cornell
Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium

Tailgate Activities

The following groups will have designated tents at the Van Doren Tailgate:


Additional Activities

6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
- Fitness Center hours

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and 7:00-8:00 p.m. Open Swim
Lineberry Pool

3:00—6:00 p.m. - Angert Rock Wall
Huntington Gym

6:15 p.m.
— Dynamic Earth
Ho Tung Visualization Lab – Robert Ho Science Center

7:15 p.m. — Dinosaurs at Dusk
Ho Tung Visualization Lab – Robert Ho Science Center

7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
- Fitness Center hours

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Village of Hamilton Farmers’ Market
Village Green

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Hamilton Chocolate Festival

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Raider Kid Zone
Raider bounce house, giveaways, games, face painting

3:00-6:00 p.m. - Angert Rock Wall
Huntington Gym

Noon-3:00 p.m. - Open swim
Lineberry Pool

9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
- Fitness Center hours

Noon-3:00 p.m. - Open swim
Lineberry Pool

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Picker Art Gallery

The Picker Art Gallery celebrates its reopening by presenting exhibitions of photographs by Diane Arbus and the Venice Notebook suite of etchings by Richard Serra, on view beginning September 18.

Keynote Lecture: Mark Divine ’85

Mark Divine is founder, president and CEO at US Tactical and SEALFIT.

Full biography

Divine is from upstate New York with a degree in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Mark’s first career was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) as a Certified Public Accountant. Clients included luminous financial firms such as Solomon Brothers and Paine Weber.

Four years after joining Coopers, Mark left behind the corporate world to pursue his vision to become an elite Navy SEAL officer. At 26 he graduated as honor-man (#1 ranked trainee) of his SEAL BUD/s class number 170. Mark served for nine years total on Active Duty and eleven as a Reserve SEAL, retiring as Commander in 2011.

Mark embarked on his third career as an entrepreneur in 1996 by co-founding the successful Coronado Brewing Company (CBC) and founding the web e-commerce site navyseals.com. He later sold his interest in CBC, but continues to run NavySEALs.com as the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs. In 2006 he launched US Tactical, a government contracting business where he gained contracts with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for training support and with the Navy Recruiting Command for a nationwide mentoring program for SEAL trainees. This latter program was credited with increasing the quality of Navy SEAL candidates and reducing the attrition rate at BUD/s by up to 5% and was the inspiration for SEALFIT.

Mark was an adjunct professor of leadership at the University of San Diego, where he left a PHD program due to the Iraq war Reserve call up. In Baghdad with the SEALs again in 2004, he conducted a special study for the DOD on the role of the USMC in the Special Operations Community. Upon return home he decided to focus fully on his business and family.

Mark is an accomplished martial artist with black belts in Seido and Goju Ryu Karate, a military hand to hand combat certification in SCARS and senior ranking in Saito Nijutsu. He is teacher trained in Ashtanga Yoga, and created the innovative Unbeatable Warrior Yoga program taught to his students.

After working with thousands of special ops candidates and professionals developing mental toughness, Mark self-published his first book Unbeatable Mind in 2011 and launched the at-home study program unbeatablemind.com. He is also the author of The Way of the SEAL published by Readers Digest and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT published by St. Martins Press.

SEALFIT is uniquely effective at developing elite level physical fitness and mental toughness. The program has helped thousands to operate at an entirely new level in their personal and professional lives, and is used by military, first responders and sheepdog-like professionals of all stripes worldwide.

Mark is a highly sought after speaker for corporations where his Unbeatable Mind program is helping to forge mental toughness among business leaders. He lives in Encinitas, CA., several blocks from the SEALFIT Training Center, the 20,000 square foot facility where he enjoys training with his family and team.


Check here for a list of area accommodations or check out hamiltonnyhomes.com to view short-term rentals. 

Have a tent or an RV? Camp out in Raider Park on Whitnall Field for FREE! View the Raider Park Agreement and indicate your plan to camp when you register below! Be sure to check in at the Welcome Center when you arrive on campus to sign the agreement and receive your site assignment!

Take a look at this fun website that will help enhance your visit to Colgate and the Village of Hamilton!

Internet Access

Alumni can access Colgate wifi by connecting to "ColgateGuest" SSID.

Homecoming Weekend is a collaborative Colgate University signature weekend sponsored by: the Office of Alumni Relations; the Annual Fund; the Athletics Department; the Presidents' Club; the Center for Career Services; Special Events; and the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement.