Homecoming Announcement 2020

Dear Alumni, Parents, Students and Friends,

Greetings from Roberts! We hope you and your family healthy and well.

The past few months have been a challenge like none we could have ever imagined. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all.

For the health and safety of the Roberts community, and in order to be good stewards of our financial resources, Homecoming 2020 will be primarily a virtual experience. We are disappointed that many of our on-campus traditions won’t happen in 2020, including many of our 5-year reunions. However, we are excited for you to connect and interact with other alumni through fun and creative new ways. The events listed below will be hosted throughout the week of September 21 - 26, culminating in a socially-distanced on-campus Drive-In Movie event!

Homecoming 2020 Highlights:

  • In-Person Event:
    • Homecoming Drive-In Movie with Student Association "SNL Digital Shorts" hosted on Campus - Saturday, September 26th
  • Virtual Events Hosted on Zoom:
    • Class Reunion Pizza Parties for 10, 25, 40 & 50 year reunions (2010, 1995, 1980 & 1970)
    • Faculty Talks throughout the week with Live Q&A Sessions
    • Circle Member Coffee & Dessert Reception with President Deana Porterfield
    • Prayer & Guided Reflection Service hosted by Northeastern Seminary
  • Virtual Content Hosted on Homecoming Website:
    • Close-ups from Roberts today with Campus Tours, the Best of Roberts Past Performances & More!

We thank you for your support of the College. Our alumni are the heart and soul of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary. Please continue to pray for us as we move forward in an uncertain environment. While we cannot know the future, we trust in the Lord’s faithfulness for whatever lies ahead.

We look forward to the days when we can get together in person again! Stay tuned for more information and Registration details. 

Michelle Blaakman & Kirk Kettinger
Alumni Relations Office


Relive Homecoming 2019!

Homecoming 2019 was one for the books! The weekend started with the Yesteryears Brunch, gathering over 150 alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.  Yesteryears was held in a sentimental location, Parmerter Chapel at Pearce Church. Afternoon activities included the 50th Anniversary Class Dinner where they received their 50th Reunion Medallions from President Deana Porterfield.

Circle Members of Roberts and Northeastern Seminary enjoyed a reception at the President’s home just before the evening Homecoming concert: An Evening on Broadway. The concert’s program, developed by the Music Department, featured the RWC Community Orchestra and student ensembles. It was a night full of familiar favorites for the whole family.

We were thankful the rain held off on Saturday as alumni enjoyed the Homecoming Festival and Reunions. The live music stage set the tone with alumni bands performing throughout the day in a variety of musical styles. Alumni and student vendors lined the pathways of center campus selling kettle corn, coffee, artwork, food and crafts. In addition to the traditional parade, families and kids enjoyed inflatable fun, face painting and more. Our food tents were such a hit this year --we had quite the lines for lunch, over 1,000 people were served! Highlights were the Loaded Mac & Cheese, BBQ Platter, Redhawk Plate, and the brownie Sundae!

Five-year reunion classmates met in designated tents on Mersereau Green to reconnect and enjoy lunch together. Through the Reunion Class Giving Competition alumni raised over $22,000, with the Class of 1969 coming in first place with $9,758.76 to Roberts students, making them the winners of our 2019 Reunion Class Giving competition! The current sign will now read “Alumni Lane – Class of 1969”.

We are thankful for another great Homecoming weekend, celebrating all of the people who represent the past, present and future of Roberts Wesleyan College!

See the picture gallery of the weekend here!

Check out the Campus Close Up Video of Homecoming 2019: