Cheerleaders fire up the crowd during the Raider Nation Celebration football game.

Raider Nation Celebration  Homecoming and Family Weekend | Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 2022

During Raider Nation Celebration, alumni come back to campus from across town and around the world. They reconnect with faculty who mentored them over the years and bring their families to revisit former classrooms, residence halls and the chapel. They marvel at how much the campus has changed—and how much it still feels like home. And Raider Nation Celebration gives current students' families opportunities to spend time together and experience what makes Northwestern stand out. See 2022 news release

Schedule of Events

A tailgate picnic and Raider football game. Morning on the Green and a children's play. An alumni men's basketball contest and reunions for members of the classes of 1972 and 1982. Whatever your age or interests, there's something for everyone at this year's Homecoming and Family Weekend. See the full schedule 

Alumni Band Reunion

Did you play in the Northwestern College band when you were a student? Then make plans to take part in this year's band reunion. Rehearse and perform with former and current NWC musicians. You even have the choice to join others in playing the national anthem prior to the Homecoming football game. Learn more

Alumni Awards

Northwestern will honor the lives and accomplishments of five alumni during a banquet on Saturday evening:

  • Doug Boone ’82, Distinguished Professional Achievement
  • Dr. Kristine Legters ’82, Distinguished Professional Achievement
  • Kathy (Bonnecroy ’73) Meendering, Distinguished Service to Northwestern
  • Alison (Sadler ’05) Ter Horst, Standout Young Alum
  • Joyce (Beukelman ’57) Wrage, Distinguished Service to Humankind

Read more about the awards and award winners