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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.
This year promises to be another great opportunity to connect with alma mater and current students.
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.

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.

Working Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 18

5:15 p.m. - Picker Art Gallery Exhibition Opening followed by Opening Reception
5:45 p.m. - Catered BBQ sponsored by the Presidents' Club, Academic Quad
7:00 p.m. - Emerging Leaders Keynote featuring Mark Divine '85, Founder, President and CEO of US Tactical and SEALFIT. The event will be held at the Memorial Chapel.
7:30 p.m. - Sixth Annual Schaehrer Memorial Lecture by Fredrik Logevall on "The Meaning of the Vietnam War", Love Auditorium

Friday, September 19

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Picker Art Gallery open
12:00-2:30 p.m.Career Connections: Conversations with Colgate Leaders, a luncheon reception that will provide an opportunity for students to connect with alumni and explore various career paths.
5:30 p.m. - Presidents' Club 50th Anniversary Celebration
7:00 p.m. - Men's Soccer v. Fairleigh Dickinson
7:00 p.m. - Catered BBQ and activities on Whitnall Field
8:30 p.m. - Pep Rally on Whitnall Field
9:00 p.m. - Fireworks and musical entertainment by Waiting for Henry on Whitnall Field

Saturday, September 20

9:00 a.m. - Athletic Volunteer Brunch, Colgate Inn
10:00 a.m. - Tailgate on Van Doren Field
11:00 a.m. - Field Hockey v. Holy Cross
Noon - 5 p.m. - Picker Art Gallery open
1:00 p.m. - Football v. Cornell

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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.

Tailgate Tents

A limited number of 20x20 tents are available for alumni and student groups to reserve. Alumni groups may secure a tent for a $200 fee; student groups without an existing alumni structure may secure a tent for a $50 fee. Tent reservation includes 2 tables, 10 chairs, and trash/recycling receptacles.

Request a Tent
To request a tent for your group or solicit more information, please email alumni@colgate.edu with:
  • Your name
  • Your class year
  • Group affiliation
  • Estimated group size
Every effort will be made to accommodate interested parties but a request does not guarantee a tent reservationRequests must be received no later than Friday, September 5 and will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be received by Monday, September 15.


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! Have questions about Raider Park? Direct them to alumni@colgate.edu.

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

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.