Alumni Events & Travel

Looking to stay connected to Otterbein and your fellow alumni? Well, look no further!

Below you’ll find a list of virtual and in-person engagement opportunities, both on campus and around the world. Sign up for one – or more! – today and strengthen your connections with old friends, make some new ones, and maybe learn something, too!

Please contact the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement if you have any questions about our events or if you are interested in hosting an event in your area:

Phone: 614-823-1650
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Otterbein’s Annual Tree Lighting

December 1, 2023  |  5:30 p.m.
Towers Plaza, Campus

Join us as we celebrate the season with our annual tree lighting. In addition to the tree lighting by President John Comerford, the event features live music, carols, and hot chocolate and candy treats.

This event is free and no advance registration is required.

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Toast to the December Graduates!

December 6, 2023  |  5-7 p.m.
Roush Hall, Campus

While we look forward to the formal Commencement exercises in April 2024, we invite all December 2023 graduates and a guest to join us for a special reception to celebrate their achievement. This event is hosted by the Office of Engagement and features aAlumni Welcome by Alumni Council Chair Erin Sites Ensign ’08 and a champagne toast. 


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The NEW Retirement: Don’t Just Survive… Thrive! with Holly McFarland ’78 and Ben Hoeger ’07

January 9, 2024  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Point at Otterbein (Room 140), 60 Collegeview Rd, Westerville and online via Zoom

Join Alumni Council members Holly McFarland ’78 and Ben Hoeger ’07 to discover both the non-financial and financial aspects of retirement planning and what you need to enjoy retired life to the max. You’ll gain invaluable insights into:

• The top myths around retirement.
• How your finances will fund and align with your new life.
• The non-financial conversations around family and relationships, social networks, mental and physical well-being, profession and business, and volunteering/giving back. 

This workshop is ideal if you are:

• Five years or less from retirement
• Just retired or about to retire
• Being made to feel redundant or thinking about leaving work

Get ready for the best years of your life by joining fellow alumni in person or on line for this informative and interactive session.

View the full event flyer and presenter bios here.

This event is free but we do ask that you register in advance.


Basketball Double-header vs. Capital University

January 20, 2024  |  5:00 p.m.
Rike Center, Campus

Do you love Otterbein and basketball? Well we’ve got the perfect event for you! Join fellow Cardinals and players’ families at the Rike as we cheer on both the men’s and women’s teams as they take on cross-town rival Capital University. The women tip off at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m. We’ll provide refreshments.

The pre-game gathering is a free event but we do ask that you register in advance.

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Toast to the Class of 2024! 

April 27, 2024  |  7:00 p.m.
The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Rd, Westerville

The Class of 2024 will be celebrated in style on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at The Point. Parents and immediate family members are invited to join their 2024 graduates for refreshments, music, and a champagne toast by President Comerford. 

Advance registration is required for this free event.

Central Ohio Young Alumni Happy Hour

Winter TBD | Columbus, OH

Get together with local Cardinals to network and share our Otterbein connection. Details to come!

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