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Homecoming 2015

Return to campus, starting September 17, to enjoy the many exciting events offered all weekend long with your classmates and friends.
Make plans to celebrate Colgate spirit at home in Hamilton. Cheer on Colgate football, men's and women's soccer, and rugby. Meet with current students in both networking and casual settings. Most importantly, enjoy a weekend back at alma mater! 

Festivities kick off on Thursday, September 17 with a Presidents' Club sponsored BBQ on the Academic Quad and keynote address by Adonal Foyle '98, retired NBA center, author, and founder of both Democracy Matters and the Kerosene Lamp Foundation. On Friday, enjoy a Colgate Professional Networks networking reception* with current students, as well as a pep rally and bonfire on Whitnall Field. Be sure to stop by Saturday's tailgate, located between Andy Kerr Stadium and Beyer-Small '76 Field, and join Colgate Athletics for the Hall of Honor banquet* on Saturday evening as 13 Colgate greats are added to the list of past honorees.

View the rest of the working schedule below.

*Separate registration required

Register Today!

REGISTER NOWLet us know you'll plan to join us for the weekend and take advantage of discounted Football vs. Yale game tickets at just $5 each. The first 500 alumni to check in at Friday's pep rally and Saturday's tailgate will also get a complimentary Homecoming t-shirt.

Returning with a Group?

Consider sponsoring a tent at Saturday's tailgate! Alumni groups may reserve a tent for $200. Available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Fee includes tent and two tables only; groups must coordinate their own catering, etc. Please contact Kate Hollerbush '09, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at khollerbush@colgate.edu to express interest.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 17

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Picker Art Gallery Open

5:30-8:00 p.m.
Grand Opening of Fall Exhibition - Reception
Picker Art Gallery

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

7:00 p.m.
Emerging Leaders keynote featuring Adonal Foyle '98

Memorial Chapel

Friday, September 18

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Picker Art Gallery Open

10:30 a.m.

Mock interviews*
Spear House

11:30 a.m.
Mock interviews*
Spear House

1:00 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
**Separate registration requested.

3:15 p.m.
Mock interviews*
Spear House

Whitnall Field

7:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Air Force
Beyer-Small ‘76 Field

7:30 p.m.
Bonfire and Pep Rally
Whitnall Field

8:00 p.m.
Giants of Science
Whitnall Field

*Invitation Only

 Additional details forthcoming

Saturday, September 19

8:00 a.m.
Alumni Volunteer Breakfast
Colgate Inn

10:00 a.m.
Homecoming Tailgate
Between Andy Kerr Stadium and Beyer-Small '76 Field

11:00 a.m.
College and Professional Sports Panel

Tent at Tailgate

12:00-5:00 p.m.
Picker Art Gallery Open

1:00 p.m.
Football vs. Yale
Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium

1:00 p.m.
Women's Rugby vs. TBA

Academy Field

4:00 p.m.
Men's Rugby vs. Binghamton University
Academy Field

4:30 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. American
Beyer-Small '76 Field

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Shabbat Services & Dinner
Saperstein Jewish Center

6:00 p.m.
Hall of Honor Banquet**
**Separate registration required.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Reception for
Friends of Dan Streeter '81
Colgate Inn - Rathskeller (lower level)
Light fare and cash bar; $30 pp

Additional details forthcoming

Sunday, September 20

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Bagel Brunch
Saperstein Jewish Center

12:00-5:00 p.m.
Picker Art Gallery Open

12:00-1:00 p.m.
University Church Service

2:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Duquense
Beyer-Small '76 Field

Athletic Group Gatherings/Activities

Men's Basketball
Football - tailgate only
Men's Lacrosse - Registration Required
Women's Lacrosse - tailgate only
Men's and Women's Rugby
Women's Soccer
Softball - tailgate only
Swimming & Diving

Additional details forthcoming

Reserved Tailgate Tents

In addition to a general welcome tent, the affinity groups listed below have reserved tailgate space:


Men's Basketball

Class of 2016
DKE Alumni
Football/Maroon Council
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Men's Lacrosse/Crease Club
Women's Lacrosse
Phi Delta Theta
Post-50th Classes
Presidents' Club
Women's Soccer/Upper 90 Club
Theta Chi

Additional details forthcoming

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

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

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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Keynote Speaker

A photo of Adonal Foyle ’98 playing for the Golden State Warriors.

Adonal Foyle is a retired veteran NBA player, who was the eighth overall NBA draft pick in 1997. He played a total of 13 NBA seasons, the first ten with the Golden State Warriors and last three with the Orlando Magic. Upon his retirement from playing professional basketball, Adonal served for 2 NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic as their Director of Player Development. Adonal currently operates two consulting practices – Foyle Consulting and Foyle Sports Performance. He is also the Founder & President of Kerosene Lamp Foundation and Democracy Matters.


Picker Art Gallery

Fall Show and Opening Reception

Contemporary multimedia artist Jaye Rhee embraces a myriad of disciplines within the visual and performing arts, including photography, film, dance, and music, to address themes concerning the body’s movement through space, the relationship between aural and visual perception, and the role of memory in recreating the past. The artist’s solo exhibition at the Picker Art Gallery features a selection of video installations and photography from key points in her career and debuts a new two-channel video created specifically for the Picker’s presentation.
More Information

The artist will be present at the opening reception held at the Picker Art Gallery on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Jaye Rhee is supported in part by generous funds from the AHL Foundation.


Click 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. You'll receive an email from Alumni Relations prior to your arrival on campus that will provide check-in. Note: accommodation of RVs is for parking only - no hookups are available on Whitnall Field.

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.