Be Part of the Tradition – Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2019!
Events and Lectures

Homecoming logoFranklin College’s annual Homecoming and Alumni Weekend festivities will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 13. Registration, when required, is available online at or by calling (317) 738-8040. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 3.

The highlights of Homecoming and Alumni Weekend festivities include:

“How to Be an Adult” lecture with Julie Lythcott-Haims, Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Julie Lythcott-Haims, M.F.A., J.D., will kick off Franklin College’s Homecoming and Alumni weekend with a preview of her forthcoming book on adulting. Join her for a frank, funny and compassionate conversation about supporting Millennials and Gen Z-ers in being the adults we all need them to be. Lythcott-Haims is a former Stanford University dean and New York Times best-selling author of the book, How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter-parent manifesto. The event is free to the public and will take place in the Branigin Room located on the second floor of the Napolitan Student Center. Registration is not required but highly requested. This lecture is generously underwritten by the Tillman Lecture Fund, established by Franklin College alumnus and Board of Trustees member Doug Tillman ’70.

 Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Alumni and friends are invited to join the celebration of a long tradition of athletic excellence. Alumni Roger Schroder ’58, Bill Schwab ’77 and Craig Bland ’03 will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The banquet will be held in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center. Cost is $20 per person and registration is required.

B.F. Hamilton Library Open House, Friday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 from      10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alumni are invited to tour the library, including the new HamiltonONE and new state-of-the-art presentation practice/group study rooms.

 Roy E. Tillotson Alumni Golf Tournament, Friday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m.

The Roy E. Tillotson Alumni Golf Tournament will be held at Hillview Country Club in Franklin. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The registration fee of $75 per player includes green fees, cart, dinner and tournament prizes. Registration is required.

Old Gold Reception and Luncheon, Friday, Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m.

Honoring the 50th year reunion class (1969), this traditional reception and luncheon is open to all alumni graduating prior to 1969. Cost is $12 per person and registration is required. Members of the class of 1969 will receive two complimentary tickets at the door.  The luncheon will be held in the Dietz Center Dining Room in the Dietz Center for Professional Development.

Hail to Franklin Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception, Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
Since 1954, the Alumni Council of Franklin College has had an established award program designed to honor alumni and friends of the college, recognizing outstanding professional/community achievement as well as service to the college. Those to be honored include Dr. Jeff Huxford ’99, Ann Smith (posthumously) ’69 and Suzanne Hahn ‘94. Registration is required.

Alumni/Class Reunion Gathering, Friday, Oct. 11 from 7-11 p.m.

Join fellow alumni at the Garment Factory, 101 E. Wayne St., Franklin, for an informal gathering.

Faculty Music Recital, Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

The recital will showcase faculty members of the Franklin College Music Department. It will feature a wide range of musical talents. The performance will be held in the Clarence E. & Inez R. Custer Theatre in Old Main.

Traditional Burning of the Privy, Friday, Oct. 11 at 8:45 p.m.
Join students and fellow alumni for the annual privy burn at the corner of Monroe and Forsythe streets.

Grizzly Football vs. Anderson Ravens, Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.
The Homecoming football game will be played at Stewart “Red” Faught Stadium where the Grizzlies will take on the Anderson University Ravens. Crowning of the Homecoming king and queen will be held at halftime. Admission to the game is $5 per person at the gate for middle school age and up, free for anyone younger and individuals with a valid FC ID.

The Gathering Reunion, Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.
The annual Gathering reunion is back, and will meet at the Richardson Chapel. Dinner is provided.

Alumni Worship Service, Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

All alumni and friends of the college are invited to join in worship at Richardson Chapel.

This is a limited list of the many events that will take place during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. For a complete list and for more information, visit or contact the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement at (317) 738-8040.


By Pulliam Fellow Emily Ketterer ’21


(Edited Jan. 27, 2020)

POSTED Sep 16, 2019