ENC celebrated a momentous Homecoming this weekend, October 18-20, celebrating both the Inauguration of our new president, Dr. Jack Connell, and the college’s 100 years in Quincy.
Nearly 400 alumni and friends gathered on Friday night in Lahue Physical Education Center to connect with classmates and reminisce at the Homecoming Celebration Dinner. Afterward, the ENC community gathered in Wollaston Church to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s alumni award winners and athletic hall of famers followed by a lively time of fellowship during Java and Jazz, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts (founded in Quincy in 1950).
Gorgeous fall weather provided the perfect setting for a whirlwind of activities on ENC’s campus on Saturday. The day was highlighted by class reunions ranging from five to 70 years, with former Lions coming together from all across the globe to celebrate.
The festivities continued through the afternoon as a large crowd gathered for the College’s 100 Years in Quincy Ceremony. Emceed by history department professor, Dr. Bill McCoy, the event captured ENC’s rich history in the city while also setting a vision for what our community hopes to be in the next century by Dr. Jack Connell. Perhaps the most anticipated part of the event was the time capsule, buried in the pine grove running along East Elm Avenue. The capsule is set to be opened in the year 2119. Concluding the 100 Years in Quincy ceremony was a time of celebration and an opportunity for alumni to spend time with their new president. Everyone enjoyed an anniversary cake provided by Montillio’s Bakery in Quincy and the New Hampshire Ukeladies who serenaded the crowd during Music on the Lawn.
The Student Government Association hosted the annual favorite Street Fair outside the athletics events at Creedon Field. Clubs, ministries, and class councils sold food and provided information about their organizations. The Women’s Volleyball Team held an alumni match, the Women’s Soccer Team hosted Southern Maine, and the Men’s Soccer Team faced off against Salve Regina. For scores and other information about athletics, visit athletics.enc.edu.
The weekend culminated with the ENC Fund Dinner held at the Neighborhood Club. The fundraising event reached its capacity of 200 people, helping ENC toward its goal of raising $1,000,000 in scholarship funds from Homecoming 2018 to Homecoming 2019.
Thank you to everyone who joined us this year for Homecoming. If you couldn’t make it to campus, check out our social channels to view photos of the weekend celebration at https://www.facebook.com/EasternNazarene and https://www.instagram.com/easternnazarene/.