Liberty University’s 2012 Homecoming weekend on Oct. 5-6 was a huge success. More than 18,200 were in attendance for the weekend’s events. Of that number, 2,630 alumni along with their families and friends were present to reconnect with those they spent their pivotal college years with, on the campus that brought them all together.
The weekend began with an encouraging message from Friday’s Convocation speaker, Christian actor Kirk Cameron. That night, alumni and their families enjoyed a catered dinner at one of Liberty’s newest campus additions, the Hancock Welcome Center. Student Activities hosted a bonfire to keep the fun rolling throughout the night, and a carnival, hosted by Alumni Relations, also kicked off on Friday for kids and adults alike to enjoy throughout the weekend.
Saturday was packed with Liberty Athletics events and activities, including Lady Flames Soccer, Field Hockey, and Volleyball, as well as men’s hockey and soccer games throughout the afternoon. Liberty’s SOAR Dunk team left the crowd in awe of their flips and tricks during their performance at the famous Doc’s Diner. Many also took part in the Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5K, hosted Saturday on the Liberty Mountain Trail System.
The annual Homecoming Parade revved up the crowd before the football game, the weekend’s main event. Alumni Relations heightened the anticipation with a tailgate party before the game. The Flames took on Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m. Alumni and fans experienced Head Coach Turner Gill’s first ever victory, as the Flames conquered the Runnin’ Bulldogs 42-35.
The carnival was enjoyed by all in attendance on Saturday, and the excitement continued well into the evening as Homecoming attendees skied, snowboarded, and tubed down the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre’s artificial ski slope. Many also paid a visit to the Tower Theater and watched students perform an enchanting rendition of Into the Woods.
With so many opportunities for former students to catch up with old friends, establish new relationships, and bring their families home to the campus that helped shape their lives, Homecoming 2012 was enjoyed by all in attendance.
To watch our Homecoming video, read more details from the weekend, or learn more about alumni events, visit the Liberty News Web page.