A few days ago, I saw the new Downton Abbey film. It was fun to join my fictional friends from another era, to share in the flurry that accompanied a visit by Britain’s king and queen to Downton. They all seemed remarkably unchanged . . . only a little older and still very much in character. For a few hours in the darkened theatre, I had a sense of returning home to the familiar place I visited every Sunday night for years. It was the perfect way to launch into a week that culminates in our 2019 Homecoming weekend here at Aurora University.
Colleges and universities of all shapes and sizes celebrate Homecoming, a higher education tradition that reaches back into the early years of the 20th century. Often athletic contests are a centerpiece of such festivities. On Saturday, our Spartans will play Eureka in the first conference game of the 2019 season. And, while I always love cheering for our teams, I look forward also to the many quiet moments that comprise a Homecoming weekend. This year, as in those past, I hope all who return will feel at home and recognize the enduring values that compel our university.
Rebecca L. Sherrick, PhD