Community Picnic

USD employees are the best! The annual Community Picnic is our way of showing our appreciation and thanking our amazing employees. Faculty, staff, and administrative employees and their families are invited to this event filled with entertainment, games, contests, and delicious food. The Manuel Hernandez Staff Employee of the Year Award and Administrator of the Year Award are announced and presented at this event. Click to RSVP to this year's picnic.  For more information on events taking place at the Picnic, see below..

To start things off Mardi-Gras style, join us as we parade on over to the Community Picnic, starting in front of the UC immediately following the President's Forum.


Torero Cup

This competition will be the talk of Executive Cabinet meetings for the year ahead. University Relations is prepared to defend their title, but who will win bragging rights this year?

Adult Canvas Painting

Back by popular demand, we'll offer a quick 45-minute painting session at which employees will create a fun Mardi Gras themed canvas painting. Please note that this event has reached capacity.

Employee RSVP Drawing

All you have to do is RSVP for the Picnic for a chance to win one of the prizes at this year’s picnic! Be sure to RSVP for the picnic to be automatically entered in this drawing. Good luck!


The Community of Human Resources (CHR@USD) 50/50 Raffle tickets are on sale now. You can purchase your tickets in the Department of Human Resources (Maher Hall room 101), from one of our CHR representatives, or on the day of the Picnic at the CHR table. Tickets are 2 for $1 or 12 for $5.

Scavenger Hunt

We are looking for teams of 2-4 to get creative and explore the USD campus. We will provide a list of ten things for your team to find and/or do, and each team will be asked to submit photos of five completed tasks. BE CREATIVE! Read the contest rules and see the list of ten things.

Bead Count Contest

How many strands of beads are in that container? The closest guess of the total amount of strands of beads without going over wins a prize. In the event of a tie, the guess with the closest number of purple strands of beads without going over will be declared the winner. One guess per employee. The jar will be on display in Human Resources (Maher Hall room 101) from May 1st through May 30th. You can also submit your guess on the day of the picnic at the CHR table.

Musical Chairs

Join us for Musical Chairs! We’ll be looking for eight kids ages 10-17 for the first game and 13 USD employees for the second game. You never know what to expect with this game, but it is pure entertainment. If you have never seen or played this game, you are in for a treat!

Photo Booth

The photo booth is back! Stop by the mobile photo booth with your family and friends and use the props to create a memory that will last a lifetime!

For the Kids

Bring your little ones to the kids area to play in the Bounce House. It even has a slide! They can jump, slide, and wear themselves out!

Check out pictures from last year's Community Picnic.