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Closing the Curtain on Homecoming 2016


This fall has been a great start to the 125th celebration of Central Washington University. We are constantly aiming to reach new heights with engagement opportunities with our alumni.

We would like to give thanks to everyone who made it out to CWU Homecoming 2016. The weekend was packed with events and programs that were a true celebration and achievement of our Wildcat family.

We kicked the weekend off with the Science II Grand Opening. The Dean of the College of Sciences celebrated this event by the ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by cake, and tours of the facility. This project was designed and formulated 15 years ago, and join the Dean, President, and the Provost in thanking everyone who made the building of this wonderful facility possible.

After an exciting Thursday night we welcomed back the class of 1966 at our 50-year reunion luncheon held at the Pasta Company. Then we moved on to Friday evening where we awarded the distinguished alumni of our great university with a celebratory dinner. Our special celebration highlighted the achievements of these Wildcats through their philanthropic ventures, generous donations towards the advancement of our university, and professional success since they walked across the stage to receive their degrees. Congratulations to all of the recipients. You can check out their stories and more photos online. We invited the Ellensburg community and our alumni to enjoy hosted appetizers and drinks at the newly renovated Elks Lodge in downtown Ellensburg. We were proud to partner with a variety of different groups and organizations that represented Wildcat Pride and the CWU community. Washington’s favorite glass blowing company, glassybaby was on hand selling Wildcat themed products, CWU Continuing Education was there selling custom pint glasses, 88.1 the ‘Burg was playing music, and we were able to showcase our custom CWU AlumnIPA growlers courtesy of Iron Horse Brewery. We also were able to premiere our specialty Wildcat Reserve red wine from Hamilton Wine Cellars with all proceeds going directly to scholarships. We still have a few bottles for sale if you are interested in purchasing a bottle please contact us at for more information (bottle will be available for pick-up ONLY. Contact us for more information). You can see photos from this event on our Facebook page.

We started out Saturday morning by having breakfast with the CWU football team which lead into a pep-rally to celebrate the days activites. All current Alumni Association Members had access to the special hospitality tent during halftime of the football game and the opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and friends. Despite the weather the Wildcats were able to come away with a win!

CWU Alumni Association wants to extend our thanks to all of the alumni, students, staff, faculty, and members of the Ellensburg community, for making the 2016 Homecoming a fun-filled weekend that embodied the Wildcat spirit.

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