Homecoming 2022

Join Us For Garrett-Evangelical’s First Homecoming!


Garrett Tower behind a set of trees in autumn colorsNovember 9-10, 2022
Evanston, Illinois


Fall in Illinois – leaves crunch underfoot, crisp breezes stir, and warm classrooms thrum with conversation and laughter.


Whether you attended seminary in Naperville or Evanston, we happily invite you to our Homecoming celebration!


We are thrilled to welcome all alums to campus for worship, classes, storytelling, food, chatter, and laughter. Come home to Garrett-Evangelical. We’ll have hot cider waiting for you.


Questions? Contact Mary Bowmann Arents, director of annual giving and alum relations, at 847.866.3889 or mary.arents@garrett.edu.

Registration Rates


    • $15 per person or $25 per couple for Wednesday only

    • $30 per person or $50 per couple for Thursday only

    • $40 per person or $70 per couple for Wednesday and Thursday

“Our seminary community is thrilled to welcome you back to campus. Our Chapel Planning Team is designing worship that will enliven your spirit. Faculty members are preparing sample classes that will stimulate your mind. And of course, there will be plenty of time for fellowship that feeds the soul.” – President Javier A. Viera

“I am looking forward to reconnecting with classmates, creating connections with new students, faculty and staff, and sharing information about the Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond.” – Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson (G-ETS 2013)

“I’m excited to connect with friends, meet new students, and invest into this community!”

– Rev. Scott Marsh (G-ETS 2019)

“I enjoyed my seminary experience and would love to seeing my fellow colleagues again.”

– Rev. Harlene Harden (G-ETS 1994)

Homecoming Preacher

Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran
(G-ETS 2004)


“Garrett-Evangelical is not a building or a fixed address. Rather, our seminary is a people, richly diverse. A web of relationships—local and global. A nexus of life-long and life-wide apprenticeship for active leadership and discipleship. A synergy of charisms dedicated to the vision of joining in God’s transforming work in this world. As such, whenever and wherever we are gathered, that is Garrett-Evangelical. Let’s come together and share what God is doing in and through each one of us!

Mai-Anh Le Tran Preaching in Chapel

All events will take place on the Garrett-Evangelical campus at 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL. Specific locations will be provided upon arrival.


Homecoming Schedule

Wednesday, November 9th

12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Table

Stop in for your name tag, schedule of events, and a cup of hot cider.

4:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Join our seminary community for our weekly chapel service in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful – preaching, communion, and stained-glass windows.

5:00 p.m.

Community Meal

Enjoy a casual meal with the opportunity to mix and mingle with current students as well as long-time friends.

7:00 p.m.

Evening on Your Own

Following Community Meal, we encourage you to visit with friends off campus, and we’ll see you in the morning!

Thursday, November 10th

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Table

Stop by for your name tag and schedule of events.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning Refreshments

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a morning pastry.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morning Open House

Learn about our centers and institutes, connect with resources for alums, and/or enjoy a campus tour.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch with Classmates

Reconnect and reminisce with contemporaries in breakout rooms based on graduation year.

3:00 p.m.

Sample Courses

Feel like a student all over again! Attend a sample course taught by a member of our world-class faculty:


“Hacking Christian Ethics: Practices for Living in a Digital World” with Dr. Kate Ott, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics


“Rediscovering the Joy of Two Christmases in the New Testament” with Dr. Dong Hyeon Jeong, Assistant Professor of New Testament Interpretation


“Exploring Biblical Interpretation: The Case of the “Clobber Passages”” with Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Professor of Old Testament

5:00 p.m.

Dinner with President Viera

President Viera invites you to hear about the seminary’s future and strategic directions.

Hotel Information


Campus housing is currently at capacity with students, so we encourage you to take advantage of group rates at one of the following hotels.

The Graduate Hotel

1625 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

$119/night + tax

Breakfast and valet parking available for additional fees

For Reservations
By Phone: Call 847.475.3300 option #2 and request the “Garrett” rate; based on availability.
Online: Click the button below and use Group Code: GARR221109

Hotel Room with Two Beds

Holiday Inn Evanston

1501 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

$159/night + tax

Includes breakfast and parking.

For Reservations

Book online

Call the hotel directly at (847) 491-6400 asking for the Garrett Theological Homecoming Rooms, provide the arrival and departure dates and mention rate code: GEH

Call Central Reservations at (888) 695-4678, ask for the Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston, IL, asking for the Garrett Theological Homecoming Rooms, provide the arrival and departure dates and mention rate code: GEH

NOTE: Reservations must be made by October 31st.

Hotel Room with Two Beds
Bring a Prospective Student!

Prospective students will be joining us on November 9 & 10 for a concurrent event called Discover Garrett. Know a prospective student? Encourage them to register for Discover Garrett and come with you!


Yes. The Worship Service on Wednesday will be streamed online. Please watch your email and this webpage for updates.

Not at this time. Homecoming will serve as our signature event welcoming alums to campus each year. This decision was made in an effort to create an alum-specific experience distinct from the student-oriented events surrounding Commencement. We are thrilled to host Homecoming for ALL alums so you can return as often as you would like!

Precautions will align with the recommendations of our Campus Safety Committee, which are currently as follows: masks are strongly recommended while indoors and required for indoor gatherings with 50 people or more, regardless of vaccination status.