Friends University to honor distinguished alumni at Homecoming Sept. 22-24

Friends University Homecoming will be Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24 and features a variety of special events including an awards banquet, food trucks, a football game and a jazz concert. 

The Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards dinner and banquet will take place on Friday, Sept. 22 at Crown Uptown Theatre. The 2023 Distinguished Alumni award winners include Bob Minter for Outstanding Achievement in R.I.S.E. Values, Tracy Resseguie for Outstanding Achievement in the Fine Arts and Ferril Williamson for Outstanding Christian Leadership and Service. Honors also include Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees, Khadijah Bland (softball), Marcus Carter (football), Addie Petersen (volleyball) and the 2013 softball team along with 2023 Young Student-Athlete Alumni award inaugural winners Aimee Counce (volleyball) and Dr. Colton Heinrich (tennis). Tickets for the event can be purchased here.  

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the 1963 and 1973 classes will celebrate with a reunion at 2 p.m. in the Casado Campus Center. The 2018 class reunion will take place at 3 p.m. in the Lower Level Casado Atrium. The Falcons athletics have a full day. First the Lady Falcon’s soccer team takes the pitch against Bethel College at 11 a.m. while the men’s soccer team takes on Bethel College at 1:30 p.m., both at Adair-Austin Stadium.  

The Friends University Homecoming parade begins at 4:45 p.m. on University St. crossing the campus to the practice field at St. Clair St. where patrons can enjoy additional festivities with a pep rally and food trucks before the 6 p.m. kickoff for the Homecoming football game between the Friends Falcons and the Tabor College Bluejays. 

On Sunday, Sept. 24, the Friends University Concert Jazz Band is hosting a Jazz Homecoming Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Odd Fellow Hall at 930 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita Kan. In addition to all the weekend activities, the University Alumni Office is hosting the fourth annual Run with Friends 5K virtual run/walk during the week of Homecoming, Sept. 18-24.  

For a complete Homecoming schedule and to purchase tickets in advance, visit    

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.