Iowa Wesleyan postpones its 2020 homecoming festivities

MT. PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan University will be postponing its 2020 Homecoming activities, originally scheduled for Oct. 23-25.

The decision comes after the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Upper Midwest Athletic Conferences announced they would be pushing a majority of the fall athletic events to spring 2021, according to a news release.

The college announced in May, following growing concern surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, that it would delay its 2020 commencement to align with homecoming activities. The ceremony was slated for Oct. 23.

The university has yet to announce new dates for either homecoming activities or its 2020 commencement. A grand opening for the campus’ new wrestling facility also will be rescheduled.

According to the release, the Iowa Wesleyan Class of 1970 and Class of 1971 will both be celebrated at the university’s 2021 homecoming, tentatively set for Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, 2021. Hall of Fame and Alumni awards for both classes will be announced at the 2021 event.

“We remain committed to celebrating our recent graduates’ accomplishments, who will be provided with a couple of options for personal recognition,” Iowa Wesleyan President Christine Plunkett said.

“We are all disappointed that the ongoing pandemic is impacting so many of our long-standing and meaningful traditions. However, our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as we make every effort to complete the fall semester face-to-face here on campus.”