Luther College announces 2024 Homecoming date change
Luther College announced a change of dates for its 2024 Homecoming celebration today, shifting to October 25–27, 2024.
A change in the overall schedule by the American Rivers Conference (in association with the NCAA) regarding the first week of competition for the entirety of Division III has resulted in the shift of the American Rivers Conference schedule for all members.
“Homecoming is a special event at Luther, and both our Alumni Office and Athletic Department work diligently to announce the dates two years in advance,” Director of Athletics Renae Hartl said in a message to campus today. “We considered our options, including holding Homecoming on the original weekend without a football game, but after further consultation with internal and external groups, we have determined the new date for Homecoming will be October 25–27, as the Norse host Nebraska Wesleyan.”
Local Decorah area hotels have indicated they plan to honor reservations for the original 2024 Homecoming dates of October 4–6, but all who have reservations must contact their hotel by Friday, November 10, to confirm their reservations for the new Homecoming weekend. The college has also reached out to area short-term housing owners on platforms like AirBnB or Vrbo to encourage them to also allow visiting alumni and friends to rebook for the new dates.
Key on-campus partners were consulted about the options that were available, and they agreed that October 25–27 was the best option. They are already shifting the many other Homecoming traditions to align with this new weekend, including the numerous class reunions, performances and lectures, Homecoming concert, and Sunday worship service.
“We want to reassure you that we explored a wide variety of options, and we took feedback from many groups in reaching this decision,” Mary Duvall, vice president for development, said. “It is unfortunate that the change of weekends is necessary, but we truly believe it’s the best solution when considering all the factors, and will lead to the best Homecoming atmosphere possible. We recognize this causes an inconvenience in rescheduling accommodations and other plans, and we want to be a resource for you.”
Those with questions related to logistics like rooms or venues can contact Sherry Alcock, executive director of alumni relations, by phone at 563-387-1861 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other questions, Duvall encouraged individuals to contact her at 563-387-1525 or email@example.com.
“On behalf of all of Luther, I want to thank everyone in advance for their support and assistance, and, I might add, your grace,” Duvall said. “We are working diligently to facilitate the changes that will be necessary to shift weekends. But most of all, we are so grateful for the ways you show up and support Luther, and we are all looking forward to a fantastic Homecoming weekend next October 25–27, 2024.”
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