Doane’s impact on students lasts longer than the years they spent in the classroom.
Homecoming provides a chance for past students to reminisce and reflect as they walk campus once again.
Returning alumni get to reconnect with past friends, meet new members of their sororities and fraternities, play in the Doane Tiger Pep Band, dance with the dance team and share stories from their time at Doane to new faces.
Addy Harland, a graduate of 2018 and alumni of Omega Psi Theta sorority found herself back on campus this weekend.
“I’m always happy to come back to Doane, it always puts a smile on my face to step back onto the campus,” Harland said. “Plus homecoming is such a fun time to be back with all of the school spirit going around.”
Many alumni showed their school spirit by sporting Doane apparel, wearing their Greek letters, playing in the pep band and cheering at the football game.
Carl Santiago, class of 2016 and Alpha Pi Epsilon alumnus, drove all the way from Chicago to participate in homecoming festivities.
“It felt like a warm hug being back on campus,” Santiago said. “It was ike I was gone for a long summer vacation.”
2019 graduate Adam Ewalt came back after just recently graduating this past May.
“There was a lot of nostalgia and joy,” Ewalt said. “It was great to be back in a familiar environment that I miss.”
Santiago explained that his fraternity was a big reason he came back.
It wasn’t just recent graduates that found their way back to campus.
Joann Couton, a 1974 graduate, returned to Doane this weekend.
“The weather was beautiful and so was the campus,” Couton said. “I always try to come back for the Homecoming concert and of course this year for the Alumni Awards Banquet.”
Couton was the recipient of the Platt Music Award.
This award is presented to an alumnus for outstanding achievement in music. Recipients are selected by the music department, according to the Doane University website.
Homecoming is a unique experience for all involved.
“My favorite part was, of course, receiving the Platt Music Award and having my daughter and friends with me, but also the concert,” Couton said. “I always enjoy hearing the first concert of the year.”
Couton was heavily involved in music during her time at Doane. She graduated with a music education degree and went on to teach instrumental music.
“I always love skit night,” Harland said was her favorite part of homecoming. “It was always such a fun part of being in the Greek system and made homecoming so much more special for me as an individual being able to participate in it with girls in my own sorority and the rest of the Greek system.”
Ewalt felt that homecoming was more relaxed this year.
“There seemed to be a more relaxed feel to the events such as the skits and tailgate,” Ewalt said. “People didn’t seem to be super worried about breaking strict rules like they had in the past.”
Current students may find the planning and execution of homecoming events stressful and tedious but when these alumni return to campus they are reminded why they chose Doane in the first place.
They are home.