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Charter Day, Bryn Athyn College’s homecoming weekend, is held in October of each year to celebrate the signing of the Charter in 1877.

Charter Day 2015: Friday, October 9

Festivities will take place from Thursday, Oct. 8 through Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

Every year, traditional festivities include Bryn Athyn College reunion events, Kite Day, Alumni Open House, Young Alumni Mixer, Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser, Charter Day Banquet, and a golf outing fundraiser for our Student Scholarship Fund. The weekend begins with a visually-striking procession in which our students march from the Brickman Center to a worship service and address in Bryn Athyn Cathedral, led by the country flags of our International Student Organization.

Events Schedule

Please view some of the Bryn Athyn College specific events below, or View the Full Calendar.

  • 9:00am-2:00pm – Bryn Athyn College Book Store open, Swedenborg Library
  • 10:15a – ANCSS and Bryn Athyn College Students, Faculty and Corporation procession to Bryn Athyn Cathedral
  • 10:30am – Charter Day Service and Address at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
  • 1:30-3:30pm – Bryn Athyn College Kite Day. Come fly kites with the college community. Bring your own kite or buy one on site. North Campus (behind Cairnwood Village). Parking available at the Jungé Pavilion. Weather and wind permitting; please check www.brynathyn.edu for updates.
  • 8:00-10:00pm – Bryn Athyn College Alumni Open House at the Brickman Center
  • 10:00pm – Bryn Athyn College Young Alumni Event at TBD. Hosted by the Bryn Athyn College Alumni Association.
  • 9:00am-12:00pm – Bryn Athyn Bounty Farm Market. Located between the BAC Garden and Jungé Pavilion. Bryn Athyn Bounty is sponsored jointly by the College and the Secondary Schools.
  • 9:00am – Bob Eidse Run/Walk at Asplundh Field House. Registration 8:00-8:45am; Run begins promptly at 9:00am.
  • 12:00-1:30pm – Charter Day Chili Cook-off & Carnival at the TBD. Bring your family to taste and vote on the best chili in town, test your luck bingo and raffles. Proceeds support the Student Scholarship Fund for ANC Secondary Schools and Bryn Athyn College.
  • 2:00pm – Bryn Athyn College Men’s Soccer vs. Morrisville State
  • 7:00-9:00pm – Charter Day Banquet in the Asplundh Field House; Doors open at 6:30 pm. Choice of meat or vegetarian entrée. Business casual attire. Tickets $30 each, must be pre-purchased by October 6. Please note, tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets are limited to 350 attendees.
  • 9:00pm-12:30am – Mix & Mingle at Cairnwood. 21 and up only. All class reunions and friends invited. Musical entertainment provided; light refreshments, wine and beer included. Enter to win exciting raffle drawings. All-inclusive tickets $25; designated driver tickets $15. Proceeds support the Student Scholarship Fund for ANC Secondary Schools and Bryn Athyn College
  • 2:00pm – Bryn Athyn College Men’s Soccer vs. Cazenovia College
  • 10:30am-8:30pm – Student Scholarship Golf Outing at Philmont Country Club. Lunch, golf, dinner, and raffle. Shotgun start at noon.

Charter Days of the Past

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013
    • 9:00am-1:00pm — BAC Bookstore
    • 10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
    • 4:30-7:00pm — Reception: Reunion Artists
    • 7:00pm — Women’s Volleyball – Bryn Athyn College Women’s Volleyball vs. Gwynedd Mercy College at Asplundh Field House
    • 8:00pm — Alumni Volleyball – Bryn Athyn College Alumni Women’s Volleyball: Alumni vs. College at Asplundh Field House
    • 8:00-11:00pm — Welcome Reception: Wine & Cheese
  • Friday, October 18, 2013
    • 9:00am-1:00pm — BAC Bookstore
    • 10:15am — Procession
    • 10:30am — Service and Address
    • 1:30-3:30pm — Kite Day
    • 2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
    • 4:00pm — Men’s Soccer – Bryn Athyn College Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Penn State York
    • 8:00-10:00pm — Alumni Open House
    • 10:00pm-1:00am — Red Hot Club Night
  • Saturday, October 19, 2013
    • 9:00am-1:00pm — Bryn Athyn Bounty
    • 9:30am — Bob Eidse 5K Run/Walk
    • 10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
    • 2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
    • 11:30am — Alumni Soccer
    • 1:00-4:00pm — Cathedral Tours
    • 1:00-4:30pm — Glencairn Museum
    • 6:30-8:30pm — Charter Day Banquet
    • 9:00pm-12:30am — Mix & Mingle
    • 9:00-10:30pm — BAC Comedy Show
  • Sunday, October 20, 2013
    • 9:30am — Church Services: Contemporary Service at the Society Building, Children’s Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Family Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
    • 10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
    • 10:30am — Church Services: NewChurch LIVE at MPAC
    • 11:00am — Church Service – Adult Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
    • 2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
    • 2:00pm — Men’s Ice Hockey – Men’s Hockey @ University of Pitt-Johnstown
  • Monday, October 21, 2013
    • 10:00am-8:30pm — Golf Outing – Student Scholarship Golf Outing at Philmont Country Club. Lunch, golf, dinner, and raffle. Shotgun start at noon.

Charter Day 2012 was held on October 12. Festivities went from Thursday, October 11, and continue through the annual Student Scholarship Golf Outing on Monday, October 15.

Thanks to all our volunteers, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends, the weekend went off smoothly again once again. Our alumni and friends demonstrated tremendous support for our schools, both by reaffirming their pride in our schools and through generous financial contributions.

Special Events included:

• ALUMNI REUNION & OPEN HOUSE
Friday, October 12, 7:30 pm | Brickman Center

• TOTALLY-NOT-WORTH-IT-CONCERT for a TOTALLY-WORTHWHILE-CAUSE
Friday, October 12, 9:00 pm | Mitchell Performing Arts Center

• BRYN ATHYN BOUNTY FARM MARKET
Saturday, October 13, 9:00—2:00 pm | Oak grove next to Junge Pavilion

• ACADEMY EXPO & FUNDRAISER
Saturday, October 13 | Asplundh Field House
2:00-4:00 pm: All ages welcome | 5:00-7:00 pm: Adults ages 21+

• CHARTER DAY BANQUET
Saturday, October 13, 7:30 pm | Asplundh Field House

• ANCSS CLASS OF ’82 PRESENTS ERASERHEAD AT THE MIX & MINGLE
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 pm | Jungé Pavilion

• STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP GOLF OUTING
Monday, October 15 | Philmont Country Club

Special Events included:

 Gourmet omelets served at Glencairn Museum’s Castle Café, made with Bryn Athyn College Garden vegetables.

 An evening of song and entertainment at our Blast from the Past III at Mitchell Center.

 An alumni win (2–0) in the annual students vs. alumni soccer game.

 A fantastic Charter Day Banquet speech, entitled New Church Education on the Edge delivered by Chaplain Rev. Dr. Thane Glenn.

 Wonderful alumni support at the Academy Expo, raising over $40,000.