Defender Days

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3:00 PM, Friday, October 28–9:00 PM, Saturday, October 29, 2022
Campus Center


Defender Days is Scheduled for October 28-29, 2022.

Defender Days is the biggest event on campus as students, alumni, and parents celebrate Dordt and reunite on campus for home sporting events, concerts, the fall theatre production, and much more.

Registration for Defender Days opens on August 1.


Tentative schedule

THURSDAY, October 27
  • 5:30 p.m. - Women’s Basketball vs Presentation in the De Witt
  • 7:30 p.m. - Fall Theatre Production:  Our Town
FRIDAY, October 28
  • 6:45 a.m. - Business Connection Breakfast, Campus Center
    • Speaker: Dr. John Visser “Lessons learned from four decades encountering God in the global economy.”
    • RSVP’s appreciated.
  • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Registration, Campus Center Lobby
    • Pick up your name tags (free passes into some events), the latest schedule and get your questions answered. 
  • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Visit Classes, location varies
  • 11 a.m. - Chapel, BJ Haan Auditorium
  • 3 p.m. - 4th Avenue Jazz concert, B.J. Haan Auditorium
    • Featuring 4th Avenue Singers and 4th Avenue Band. Free will offering.
  • 5:15 p.m. - Defender Nation Dinner, De Yager Student Activity Center in the Campus Center
    • Ticket purchase and online RSVP necessary. Tickets are not available at the door.
  • 7 p.m. - Fall Music Festival: Instrumental Ensembles, B.J. Haan Auditorium
    • Featuring Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and Campus-Community Band. Free will offering.
  • 8:30-9:45 p.m. - Fall Music Festival: Choral Ensembles, B.J. Haan Auditorium
    • Featuring Concert Choir, Chorale, Canons of Dordt, and Bella Voce. Free will offering. 
  • 7 p.m. - Hockey vs. University of Nebraska-Omaha, All Seasons Center
SATURDAY, October 28
  • 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. - Registration, Campus Center Lobby
  • 8:45 a.m. - President’s Brunch, Rec Center
    • Complimentary with online RSVP. This sit-down meal is for alumni, parents, grandparents and adult friends and relatives. It is a great place to meet other parents and friends and includes a welcome and campus update from President Erik and Dr. Barb Hoekstra.
    • Note: This is not a come and go event.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Hymn Festival, BJ Haan Auditorium 
    • Featuring Dordt’s Casavant organ, brass, and other instruments. All are welcome to come and sing beloved hymns of our faith!
  • 11 a.m. - Dedication at Ag Stewardship Center
  • 12 p.m. - Women’s Soccer vs. Hastings, Soccer field
  • 1 p.m. - Football vs. Jamestown, Football field
    • Dance and Cheer will also be performing
  • 2 p.m. - Fall Theatre Production: Our Town
  • 3:15 p.m. - Men’s Soccer vs. Hastings, Soccer field
  • 5 p.m. - Women’s Varsity Volleyball vs. NWC, De Witt Gymnasium
  • 5:45-7 p.m. - 25th Reunion (from 1995 to 1998), Founder’s Room (located in the President’s Home)
    • Complimentary to any ’95 through ’98 grads and one guest. RSVP required. Enjoy a light meal and reconnect with old friends at a standing reception hosted by President Erik and Dr. Barb Hoekstra.
  • 7:30 p.m. - Fall Theatre Production: Our Town
    • This beloved drama follows two small town families brought together through the monumental and the mundane, illuminating both the beauty and heartache of life lived simply. A poignant reminder of the eternal in the now.

Event Location: Campus Center