Homecoming 2019

Each year, GV alumni and friends gather on campus for Homecoming. You're invited to return to reconnect with your classmates, professors, and friends September 23-29!

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Rediscover your favorite things about Grand View and Des Moines:

  • Tour new buildings and residence halls since your time as a student
  • Meet friends at the Friday evening Homecoming Festival
  • Cheer on the Vikings at a football, volleyball or soccer game
  • Pick up a new Grand View sweatshirt at the bookstore
  • Visit the Des Moines Farmers' Market and other Des Moines favorites

Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 22
  • Paint the Rock
    Time TBD | Humphrey Center

    Alumni are invited to join Grand View students for a Homecoming themed rock painting. Supplies provided.
Wednesday, September 25
  • Drinks & Hymns
    Start Time TBD | Student Center, Speed Lyceum

    A gathering for spirited singing of sacred songs. Local brew from Confluence and root beer on tap. Hosted by Campus Ministry and Luther Memorial Church. Bring your voice, and bring your friends!
Thursday, September 26
  • 1896 Club Dinner
    6:00 p.m. Cocktails | 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program | Student Center

    This annual event celebrates the 2019 alumni award recipients, 1896 Club donors, and gives a special welcome to 50-year reunion class of 1969.
Friday, September 27
  • Meet & Mingle Breakfast
    9:30 a.m. | Student Center, CJ's Place

    50-year reunion attendees, alumni and Grand View alumni employees are invited to CJ's Place to chat and enjoy a complimentary light breakfast sponsored by Grand View Alumni Relations.

  • Alumni College
    11:00 a.m. - Noon | Various locations on campus

    Alumni are invited to embrace Grand View's tradition of lifelong learning by taking in a brief lecture presentation on various topics. More program details coming soon.

  • Lunch
    12:00 p.m. | Student Center, DuPont Pioneer Dining Center

    Enjoy lunch on campus with Grand View students, faculty and staff. Tickets available for purchase at the door.

  • Campus Tours

    Available by request. Email alumni @ grandview.edu to register.

  • Song Fest with the Grand View Choir
    3:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Cowles Center, Room 131

    Join the Grand View choir for a singing of traditional Grand View songs that span the decades of GV history.

  • Young Alumni Happy Hour
    5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Jensen Bridge

    Graduates from the last 10 years (and those young at heart) are invited to meet with friends for drinks and a chance to win great door prizes! Free to attend with cash bar available.

  • Homecoming Festival
    6:30 p.m. | Grand Central Plaza*

    Free family fun for all ages at this outdoor festival. Live music, food trucks, balloon artist, and cash bar.
    *This event will be moved to Johnson Wellness Center Field House in event of inclement weather.

  • Grand View Faculty Recital
    7:00 p.m. | Student Center, Speed Lyceum

    Grand View's music faculty share their talents and present a free concert for all ages.
Saturday, September 28
  • Football Tailgate
    9:30 a.m. | Maple Street Baptist Church parking lot, south of Williams Stadium

  • Football vs. Evangel
    Noon | Williams Stadium, 15911 E. University Ave. Des Moines

    Tickets available at the gate. $5 adult / $3 child

  • Men's Soccer vs. Missouri Valley College
    3:30 p.m. | Cownie Soccer Complex, 2600 Hartford Ave. Des Moines

    Tickets available at the gate. $5 adult / $3 child

  • Women's Soccer vs. Missouri Valley College
    6:00 p.m. | Cownie Soccer Complex, 2600 Hartford. Ave Des Moines

    Tickets available at the gate. $5 adult / $3 child

  • Athletic Awards Dinner
    6:00 p.m. Cocktails | 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program | Student Center, Speed Lyceum

    Hall of Fame inductees and alumni athletic award winners are recognized during this annual celebration. Tickets available for purchase.

  • Women's Volleyball vs. Culver Stockton
    Time TBD | Johnson Wellness Center, Field House

    Tickets available at the gate. $5 adult / $3 child

  • Bingo Night
    7:00 p.m. | Ibsen's Valhalla, Student Center?

    Alumni and students are invited to enjoy a free bingo night filled with prizes and fun.
Sunday, September 29
  • Worship Service
    10:00 a.m. | Student Center, Speed Lyceum

    Luther Memorial Church invites all alumni, friends and students for a Homecoming inspired church service. LMC is meeting at the Speed Lyceum during their building renovation and construction.

  • Brunch
    11:00 a.m. | Student Center, DuPont Pioneer Dining Center

    Tickets available for purchase at the door, $7

  • Softball Alumni Slow Pitch Game
    Noon | Luhrs Athletic Complex

    Varsity inter-squad scrimmage to follow.

2018 Alumni Winners

Alumni Awards for 2019 will be announced Thursday, September 26, at the 1896 Club Dinner. Learn about 2018 winners below:

2018 Alumni Award Winners

Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Chad Wagener '86
Danish Heritage Preservation Award
  • Rita (Pedersen) Juhl '52
Robert L. Mahaffey Community Service Award
  • Amedeo Rossi '93
10 Under 10 Alumni
  • Nicole Barreca '12
  • Danielle (Ameling) Chargo '09
  • Marcus Dawson '09
  • Hallie (Beeler) Havard '11
  • Rocio Hermosillo '13
  • Annie (Williams) Hockins '09
  • Aaron Martinez '18
  • Dr. Linda Parker '09
  • Taufeek Shah '16
  • Alex Shrewsberry '15
Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Kendra (Miller) Ely '04 (women's soccer)
  • Carrie (Norman) Lowry '04 (women's basketball)
  • Garey Smith (retired head coach, women's basketball)
  • Colleen (Brady) Sobocinski '04 (women's soccer)
  • Todd Thomason '00 (baseball)


Reserve your hotel at:
Holiday Inn Downtown Mercy Campus
1050 Sixth Ave, Des Moines, IA

Ask for the discounted Grand View Homecoming rate of $109.
Book directly online or call (515) 283-0151.

If you have questions about Homecoming, contact the alumni office at alumni @ grandview.edu or (515) 263-2957.