COVID-19 Updates

Read the latest on our Fall Term preparations.

Logo on a blue background reading

Homecoming 2021: September 20-26

Cheers to 150 years of Elmhurst University!

Come one, come all to celebrate this historic Homecoming weekend with us. Full of Bluejay fun, activities for the weekend include student events, alumni gatherings, athletic competition, the Bluejay Block Party, a parade and so much more.

You’ll find all of the event information and event registration below. Make sure to check back, because the list of events is ever-growing.

Traveling in from out of town? You can find special hotel rates for Elmhurst University guests below. But make sure to book your room soon! Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register Now!  Event & Parking Map  Email Us

Event Schedule

Thursday, September 23

Quest Lecture: Shark Tank’s Daymond John
“Diversity: A Good Business Practice”
7:00 p.m. | Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Tickets: $15


Friday, September 24

Retired Faculty and Staff Luncheon
11:30 a.m. | Frick Center, Prospect Room

Class of 1970 and 1971 50-Year Club Dinner and Induction
5:00 p.m. | Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Price: $30

Class of 1961 Pre-Reunion Get-Together
5:30 p.m. | Frick Center, Alexander Room

Alumni and Parent Mixer
7:00 p.m. | University Mall

All alumni and Bluejay parents are invited to join in on the Friday night celebrations! Drinks and heavy appetizers will be served.

Bonfire, Pep Rally and Fireworks
University Mall

  • 7:00 p.m. Bonfire begins
  • 8:00 p.m. Pep Rally
  • 8:30 p.m. Fireworks display
  • 9:00 p.m. Music by Mel Senese
Saturday, September 25

Tailgate Lot Opens
7:00 a.m. | Alexander Parking Lot
Make sure to bring your own tailgating essentials!
Registering for this event does not include a reserved tailgate spot. Tailgate spots are first-come, first-served. Registration information is for administrative purposes to know how many people are planning to be on campus.

Social Clubs Reunion Breakfast
9:00–11:30 a.m. | Frick Center, President’s Dining Room

Calling all alumni from the ’60s and ’70s! Were you involved in a social group during your time on campus? Members of Adelphae, HIZ-I, Omicron Delta, Praetors, Squires and Tau Kappa Epsilon are invited for a reunion breakfast before the big game.

Homecoming Parade
10:00 a.m. | Main route: Prospect Ave.

Bluejay Block Party
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Alexander Blvd.

Join us for activities for the whole family, games, food trucks, music and more!

Department of Nursing 50th Anniversary Reunion
11:00 a.m. | Memorial Hall

ELSA Tailgate
11:00 a.m. | Alexander Parking Lot

Music Department Open House
11:00 a.m. | Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

Music Department BBQ
Noon | Irion Hall Lawn

The Bill Fraccaro Alumni Hospitality Tent
Noon | Langhorst Field
Game tickets must be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for seniors (with proper ID). Drink tickets can be purchased for $5, cash only.

Ceremonial Coin Toss with the Classes of 1970 and 1971
1:50 p.m. | Langhorst Field

Football vs. Washington University in St. Louis
2:00 p.m. | Langhorst Field
Game tickets must be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for seniors (with proper ID).

Honors Program Reunion
4:30 p.m. | Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel Patio

Maranatha Reunion
4:30–6:30 p.m. | Frick Center, Prospect Room

Class of 1961 60th Reunion Cocktail Hour
5:00 p.m. | Frick Center, Alexander Room

50-Year Club Dinner
6:00 p.m. | Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Price: $30

Open to all members of the 50-Year Club (The class of 1971 and earlier) to connect with fellow Bluejays and welcome the newest classes to the Club.

Music Fest on the Mall
University Mall

  • 6:00 p.m. HiFi Superstar
  • 7:30 p.m. Manny Torres

Enjoy the musical stylings of Chicago-based singer-songwriter and American Idol alumnus Manny Torres. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, so just bring yourself and lawn seating to enjoy the performance!

Sunday, September 26

Homecoming Sunday Service
10:00 a.m. | Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

Town vs. Gown Vintage Baseball Game
1:00 p.m. | University Mall

Join us for an old-fashioned baseball game played by the wildly different rules of 1858. Bring a picnic basket and lawn chair and get ready to cheer, jeer and enjoy an exciting afternoon of vintage baseball that will be fun for all ages. Huzzah!


Register Now!

In order to keep our students, alumni, employees and guests safe from the potential spread of COVID-19, we are requiring all guests on campus to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. This will be required for both indoor and outdoor events. For your convenience, handwashing stations and hand sanitizer are available for your use. Ongoing disinfecting efforts will be in effect at all Homecoming events and locations. Thank you for helping us keep campus a safer place for everyone!

Hotel Information

Two local hotels are giving our Bluejays a Homecoming discount:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Elmhurst | 370 N IL Route 83 | Rates starting at $99/night | Reserve your room online now or by calling (888) 236-2427 and mentioning the Elmhurst Homecoming Event discounted rate | Reserve by September 6
  • Springhill Suites Elmhurst | 410 W Lake Street | Rates starting at $96/night | Reserve your room online now or by calling (630) 782-6300 and mentioning the code EUHC for the Elmhurst University Homecoming block discounted rate | Reserve by August 24

Homecoming 2020 Memories

View photos from last year’s celebration.

Check out our Flickr album!

Connect with #elmhurstu