Homecoming at California Baptist University begins Nov. 6 and will host events such as the Block Party on the Front Lawn, concerts from Danny Gokey and class reunions.
The annual event is an opportunity for both current students and alumni to enjoy and appreciate all that the school and surrounding community has to offer.
“We’re really trying to connect with students while they’re here so they’ll want to come back and be a part of what’s happening on campus,” said Carrie Smith, alumna and parent communications manager. “We want our alumni to feel welcome, to come home.”
Smith helped plan this year’s event, along with Gail Ronveaux, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, and Janet Crate, special events and volunteer coordinator. Because the campus community is continually growing, they try to make Homecoming accommodate the changes that take place.
“I’m always open to suggestions,” Crate said. “If we can afford to and there’s a place for it, we are open.”
The Block Party on the Front Lawn will include booths from within the CBU community, such as academics and alumni relations, and from local businesses in the Riverside community, such as Blaze Pizza, that sponsor the event.
American Idol finalist Danny Gokey will headline the weekend with special performances during chapel on Friday and the Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday night, and the Music “Zest”ival in Stamps Courtyard on Saturday.