Registration is Open!

Virtual Homecoming will take place on Friday, October 2 beginning with a special message from President Rob Coons at 8:00 p.m. EDT. This message will provide an update about campus activities, an inside peek at our new academic building, and will feature Homecoming history and insights from the Rose athletics department. A link to access this video will be sent out to all alumni during Homecoming week.

And there is more!

Get the most out of this ‘Homecoming at Home’ by registering for Homecoming. All registrants will receive a complimentary Build Your Own Bonfire (BYOB) kit in the mail. Note: Your registration must be received by midnight on Thursday, September 24 to be sure you receive the bonfire kit in time. Registration also ensures you will have properly signed up and can access other virtual activities. In the registration form, you can sign up to:

Pop-in to the virtual Academic Open House.
This year, we plan to host a virtual open house that will facilitate interactions with your favorite professors and departments. Details are still being finalized, and registration guarantees you’ll receive information to access the event!

Join us for GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Trivia Night.
Alumnus Marc Pardee (’11) will once again host a fun night of virtual bar trivia, with questions geared towards our younger graduates (classes of 2011-2020). While you do not have to be a graduate from this era to participate, we do suggest you brush up on your knowledge of electric cars, the Marvel Universe, and the Kardashians. Register by clicking here.

Support our students by purchasing a Homecoming Box of Really Good Stuff.
Bring a taste of Homecoming to your living room by purchasing a package of our traditional Homecoming goodies. Each box contains a traditional Rose-branded pint glass, custom Rose Sherpa blanket, mask and mask lanyard, car coasters, Rose magnet, and a window cling, sun and Chapstick, and sunglasses! Single Boxes are $25 and couples' boxes are $40. All box orders must be made by Thursday, September 24 at midnight to ensure receipt by Homecoming.

Participate in the Build Your Own Bonfire (BYOB) Challenge.
Nearly all alumni have experienced our traditional bonfire during the Fall. Help to keep this tradition alive by participating in the 2020 BYOB Challenge! Rules and requirements are managed by the Office of Student Affairs and all submissions must be made by midnight on Wednesday, September 30. See below for rules, deadlines, and how to register.

In addition, be sure to share your Rose memories with us by sending us your photos or videos. If this year is a reunion year for you, we will collect this information and share memories specific to your class.

Be sure to follow the Rose alumni association accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for the latest updates on virtual Homecoming and announcements.

Bonfire Rules and Deadlines

Participate in the 2020 Bonfire Challenge!

#BuildYourOwnBonfire #BYOB

All submissions are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 30 – sorry, no exceptions!

What is the 2020 Bonfire Challenge?
Help us keep the Homecoming bonfire tradition alive! Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to build our traditional, large bonfire. As an alternative, we are asking Rose-Hulman students, staff, faculty, and alumni to come together and build their own homecoming bonfires by participating in one of the challenges below.



For Students


For Alumni

Physical Bonfire


Must be portable and no larger than 3’ x 3’ x 3’. Must be made with a safe, burnable material but not contain any accelerants that pose a fire risk. Must submit a max 45-second video and submit up to 5 photos. Student teams must be from the same living group (e.g. floor, Greek house, etc.)


Submissions have no size limits but should be within accordance with local and state laws. Must submit a max 45-second video and submit up to 5 photos. Team sizes for this bonfire may be no more than 10 people. There is not a limit on expenses as the alumni will be expected to cover their own costs.





Virtual Bonfire


Submissions may be created using a virtual medium of your choice. Submissions will be judged based on 5 screenshots and a max 45-second video. Team sizes for this bonfire may be no more than 10 people.


Submissions may be created using a virtual medium of your choice. Submissions will be judged based on 5 screenshots and a max 45-second video. Team sizes for this bonfire may be no more than 10 people.

Where do I upload my submission?
One video and up to five photos can be uploaded on the Bonfire Challenge submission page.

What are the judging criteria?
Equal weight will be placed on the following criterion:
• Authenticity – Did you get the important details right? Can the judges tell that you are trying to replicate the Rose-Hulman bonfire?
• Creativity and Originality – How unique is the design and the medium used?
• Presentation – How well is the submission presented in the video and photos?
• Craftmanship– Was attention paid to every little detail of the design? How polished and organized is everything?
• Lighting – The bonfire must include some element of how it is lit or how it would be lit. Submissions will be judged based on unique or authentic lighting methods

Who are the judges?
Erik Hayes, Vice President of Student Affairs
Eric Liobis, Assistant Director of Residence Life
Steve Brady, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Alumni Board Representative
Charlie Ricker, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Student Rep – Bonfire Committee
Student Rep
Faculty Rep

What is the deadline?
All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 30. Competitors will be sent a link to submit their entries in the initial messaging about the competition. Judging for the Student Physical Bonfires will take place Thursday, October 1. Bonfire presentation will take place virtually on Friday, October 2.

What is the winner’s prize?
Each winner will receive a custom trophy made from the bonfire wood and a custom “I Built the Bonfire” T-Shirt for their entire team. Bonfire winners will be cited in future Rose-Hulman publications, including Echoes magazine and social media. The winning student physical bonfire will be lit during Friday night Homecoming. Most of all? Bragging rights!

Questions about the 2020 Bonfire Challenge can be sent to

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