Events

A Celebration 50 Years in the Making!

It’s time to kick up our heels! Join us at Ripon College for the biggest party of the year as we host the gala grand opening of Willmore Center, our new athletics, health and wellness facility.

As a part of Homecoming and Family Weekend, we will roll out the red carpet for scores of faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members and dignitaries to usher in the transformation of the original 1967 structure to one of the premier athletics, health and wellness facilities in the state of Wisconsin.

The family-friendly festivities will include refreshments, entertainment, tours of the facility and free shuttle service to take visitors around campus. Shuttle stops include Ingalls Field, where the Homecoming football game against St. Norbert College begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 7; Bovay’s Study Bar & Mercantile at 329 Watson St. featuring live bands and beverages; the College’s Woodside Avenue parking lot; and Willmore Center.

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2017 Homecoming and Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Click the tabs below to view the events and activities planned during the weekend of Oct. 5-7, 2017.

Wednesday, October 4

Fall Play Performance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

7:30 p.m., Benstead Theatre, Rodman Center for the Arts

Thursday, October 5

Alumni Career Day Ninja Warrior

Offering free LinkedIn head shots and opportunities for students and alumni to connect. Alumni interested in connecting with students during this event should contact the Office of Constituent Engagement at [email protected].
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lower Level, Pickard Commons

Homecoming Rally Hour and Class of 2018 VIP Party for alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students

6-9 p.m., Roadhouse Pizza

Fall Play Performance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

7:30 p.m., Benstead Theatre, Rodman Center for the Arts

Friday, October 6

Ripon Spirit Day

All faculty, staff, students and alumni are asked to wear Ripon logo'd clothing.

Prize Patrol

Students, faculty, staff and guests who get caught showing their Red Hawks pride on campus will receive a prize. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Orientation.
Times vary daily

Live Music and Beverages hosted by the Alumni Association

8-11 p.m., Bovay's Study Bar & Mercantile, 329 Watson St.

Saturday, October 7

Shuttle Service will be provided beginning at 10 a.m. to transport guests from upper campus to Willmore Center and to Ingalls Field and back.

Registration: Check in to confirm meal and activity reservations

8 a.m.-12 p.m., Willmore Center

Open Gym

Attend a special fitness class or simply play around in one of the many state-of-the-art spaces in the new Willmore Center for health and wellness.
8-10 a.m., Willmore Center

Willmore Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

10:30 a.m., Willmore Center

Homecoming Tailgate Picnic

Featuring a cash beer garden, prizes and more! Picnic is complimentary for alumni and families. Faculty, staff and students can swipe.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lower Sadoff Field (across Union Street from the Willmore Center)

Alumni Baseball Game

To register, contact Baseball Coach Eric Cruise.
11:30 a.m., Francis Field

Red Hawks Football vs. St. Norbert College

#BeatNorbs (make sure to grab a t-shirt from Bovay's Study Bar & Mercantile)
1 p.m., Ingalls Field

Fall Play Performance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

2 p.m., Benstead Theatre, Rodman Center for the Arts

Fifth Quarter

Post-game gathering downtown at Bovay's Study Bar & Mercantile featuring live music, open bar and cash food carts.
4-7 p.m., Bovay's Study Bar & Mercantile (329 Watson St.)

Alumni Swim Meet

To register, contact Swim Coach Ryan Goggans.
4 p.m., Willmore Center

Fall Play Performance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

7:30 p.m., Benstead Theatre, Rodman Center for the Arts

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-947-4766
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