by Zachary Krauss
This year on October 5th and 6th, Cedarville’s campus was inundated with parents and alumni returning to visit for Homecoming and Parents Weekend.
Some events that happened on campus for Homecoming included the Cardboard Canoe Race, the Homecoming parade, the Encounter the Light worship night, and the State of the University Address given by Dr. White.
The Saturday morning parade was one of the primary ways that students were involved. Campus organizations participated in the parade through floats and performances, and many organizations used this opportunity to show the alumni and the rest of campus how they represent Cedarville.
Katelyn Whalen, a senior accounting major and a member of DAE, the student organization for alumni relations, said that her Homecoming highlight was the parade. As the head of the parade committee for DAE, Whalen spent countless hours planning and organizing everything that went into the parade, while also helping with other aspects of the weekend. She said seeing all of the pieces of the parade come together was an amazing experience for her.
“I love seeing CU come together and seeing that happen in the parade was such an awesome experience,” Whalen said. “I can’t wait until I’m an alumni giving advice to current students; we really are a family and it’s great to meet my Cedarville brothers and sisters in Christ!”
John Sizer, a freshman Spanish and international studies major, helped represent MISO, the international student organization, during the parade. Sizer said that one of the most memorable things about the weekend was how involved and invested the alumni were in everything going on.
“You could really tell during the whole week that the alumni and staff really cared about Homecoming and Cedarville overall,” Sizer said. “My highlight was definitely the worship night on Saturday night; God was so, so present and the production and quality was top notch!”
The worship night was the final official event of the weekend, and as the campus slows back down to a normal pace, Alumni and Parent Relations is already in the process of planning and preparing for next year’s Homecoming. Zach Reeder, a junior marketing major and the social media coordinator for the Alumni and Parent Relations office, encouraged reluctant students to get involved next year.
“I never really participated in my last two years as a student, but this year I did and it was one of the best times I’ve had while at Cedarville,” Reeder said. “There are so many fun events planned for students, not just alumni, and there is so much wisdom in the classes of Cedarville past.”
Zach Krauss is a senior pharmacy/music double major from central Texas and campus reporter for Cedars. He loves music, theatre, biology, community, and meeting new people.