Lancer Days: Homecoming and Alumni Reunion

join us for a family-friendly weekend of fun!

This year, the Alumni Reunion and Homecoming will be celebrated on the same weekend during Lancer Days 2021! Alumni events for Lancer Days will be October 15-17, 2021 in Yankton, SD.

Lancer Days Schedule

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Lancer Locker Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MMU Women’s Soccer Game vs. Dakota Wesleyan University | 5 p.m. | Crane-Youngworth Field
Women's Soccer Schedule

MMU Men’s Soccer Game vs. Dakota Wesleyan University | 7:30 p.m. | Crane-Youngworth Field
Men’s Soccer Schedule

Homecoming Coronation | 7 or 7:30 PM | Marian Auditorium
Followed by a reception in Benny’s Cafe

Lancer Locker Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

History of Mount Marty presented by S. Terry Lafferty | 12 p.m. | MMU Dining Hall

Join your fellow classmates for a lecture on the history of Mount Marty and to be reminded of the Benedictine fortitude and dedication that remains on campus today. Lunch will be available for purchase. Register here

Campus Tours by MMU Student Ambassadors | 2-4 p.m.

After the history lesson, take a tour of campus to spark memories from your time in Bede, Corbey, and Roncalli. Visit the new Avera Science and Nursing Lab, which features a Nursing School Timeline with an interactive yearbook. Lastly, be sure to stop by the newly renovated Cimpl Arena and the Ruth Donohoe-First Dakota Fieldhouse. Schedule a tour

Athletics Hall of Fame | Social at 5:30 p.m. Presentation at 6 p.m. | River Rock Events Center

Join the Mount Marty community as we recognize and celebrate the success of the following 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame inductees:

  • James Cimburek ‘94
  • Albert Fernandez ‘97
  • Landon Klock ‘99
  • Melissa (Schmidt) Kosch ‘05
  • Tom Nelson ‘00
  • Tom Schlimgen (WBB Coach 2008-2018)
  • Katie Smelker ‘15

Registration fee of $15 required. Heavy appetizers will be served with a cash bar. Register here

Alumni Welcome Reception | 7-8:30 p.m. | Mount Marty University Welcome Center

As you arrive in Yankton, get settled and then join us on campus for a welcome reception. Look through old photos, archives, and newspaper clippings while you mingle with old classmates and take a class photo.
Registration fee of $10 required. Drinks and light appetizers provided. Register here

MMU Volleyball Game vs. Dordt University | 7:30 p.m. | Sioux Center, IA
Volleyball Schedule

Alumni After Party | 9 p.m. | Czeckers Bar & Grill

If your weekend doesn’t start until Friday evening, no problem! Meet up with your classmates at Czeckers Bar & Grill for a casual get-together.

Lancer Locker Hours: TBD

Honor Guard Breakfast | 8:30 a.m. | Meridian Venue (Former Hatch Furniture Building, 109 E 3rd St, Yankton, SD)

The esteemed Honor Guard is reserved for those who graduated in 1971 or earlier. As a member of the Honor Guard, you will be recognized with the official Honor Guard pin at a special Saturday morning breakfast with classmates. After the breakfast, step out onto the street to enjoy the Lancer Days parade or watch inside from the Meridian Venue's beautiful street windows.

Registration fee of $10 required. Breakfast will be provided. Register here 

Lancer Days Parade | 10 a.m. | Meridian District, Downtown Yankton

This year, we are holding the First Annual Lancer Days Parade! Consider getting your classmates together to have your own parade entry--a float, vintage cars, or as parade-walkers. If you’d rather enjoy the parade from the sidewalk, meet us along the parade route on Levee and 3rd streets in downtown Yankton. Be sure to wear your blue and gold!

To register a parade entry, click here.

Lancer Tailgating | 10 a.m. | Memorial Park

Are you ready for some football? Us too! Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, and favorite tailgating snacks to Memorial Park for a pre-game tailgate. We’ll meet you there with food trucks, music, games for kids, and plenty of school spirit.

Meridian District Shopping | All Day | Downtown Yankton

After the parade, take some time to reacquaint yourself with downtown Yankton by visiting the many old and new shops in the Meridian District. Not up for shopping? Instead, be sure to walk across the Meridian Bridge to enjoy the beauty of the Missouri River.

Special Tours | All Day | Yankton

If tailgating and football aren’t your thing, then consider signing up for a local tour. We can arrange tours of Mount Marty, Sacred Heart Hospital, the Mead Cultural Education Center, which includes a permanent exhibit on Yankton State Hospital, or any other old stomping ground of yours. Just email or call the alumni office!

Lancers Football Game | 1 p.m. | Crane-Youngworth Stadium

Cheer on the Mount Marty University Lancers football team as they take on the Concordia University Bulldogs. Don’t leave your seat at halftime!--we’ll be honoring this year’s Homecoming Royalty. To purchase tickets, click here.

Volleyball Game vs. Northwestern College | 3:00 p.m. | Orange City, IA
Women’s Volleyball Schedule

Dinner with Classmates | Reach out to your classmates, we’ll help you coordinate!

We’re leaving Saturday evening open just for you and your classmates! Groups could meet up at Charlie’s for pizza or Czeckers for wings. Or perhaps you’d like to meet up with your classmates down by the lake and have supper at the Marina Grill. Or maybe you’d prefer to rendezvous at the Ice House or Ben’s. There are plenty of options in Yankton, and we’re here to help you make those plans! Plan Your Classmate Dinner

Lancer Locker Hours: TBD

Alumni Mass | 10 a.m. | Bishop Marty Chapel

Return to campus for Sunday morning mass celebrated by Fr. Grant Lacey. Masks will be required and all conversations after mass will be held outside. At the conclusion of mass, the annual alumni award recipients will be announced. This year, we will be honoring the following individuals:

  • Robert Neswick '17
  • Joan (VanWell) DeRouchey '72
  • Andy '99 and Stephanie (Sieler) '00 Bernatow
  • Adrienne (Bielenberg) Rochleau '09
  • Nicholas Wenande '11

Fine Arts Hall of Fame | Luncheon at 12 p.m. Induction & Student Performances at 1 p.m. | MMU Dining Hall

To finish our jam-packed weekend, we will be holding the First Annual Fine Arts Hall of Fame. The luncheon starts at noon in the dining hall. At 1 p.m., attendees will experience Fine Arts performances intermixed with the Hall of Fame inductions. Join us as we recognize and celebrate the success of the following Hall of Fame inductees:

  • S. Jane Klimisch H’38, ‘41 (posthumous award)
  • S. Jeanette Klimisch H’38, ‘41 (posthumous award)
  • Jack Lyons (Music Faculty 1966-1998)
  • Eugene Brinkmeyer (Music Faculty 1975-2004, founder of Gregorian Club)

Registration fee of $20 required. Lunch will be provided. Register here

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels under “Lancer Days” starting Thursday, October 14 through Sunday, October 17.

  • Best Western Kelly Inn (605-665-2906)
    • 2 queen beds - $120 / 1 king bed - $110 (rooms released September 16)
  • Econo Lodge (605-689-3400)
    • 2 queen beds or 1 king bed - $80 (rooms released October 1)
  • Days Inn (605-679-6519)
    • 2 queen beds - $60 (rooms released October 1)
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites (605-665-3177)
    • $105 plus tax per room (rooms released September 23)