The University of San Diego recently welcomed its alumni back to campus to reminisce, and renew old friendships and their school spirit at the annual Homecoming festivities. Starting Friday, Oct. 22, the USD family will welcome those who support current students — future alumni — during Family Weekend.
“Family Weekend is a special time for us,” said Renda Quinn ‘86, director of USD’s Office of Parent Relations. “We welcome the extended USD family to campus because the families of our students are part of our USD family.”
Quinn and her staff, with the help of many among the campus community, have put together a whirlwind weekend to give parents and siblings the opportunity to see and do a lot of what is available to USD students on a regular basis.
“The schedule highlights key components of the USD student experience and offers parents and family members the opportunity to learn about campus resources and programs that will support student success,” said Sarah Rodrigues ‘99, ‘05, Parent Relations’ associate director. “A family can learn about academic support and career planning, taste the best of USD cuisine, see the San Diego skyline from a USD canoe, cheer for Torero victories and experience Founders Chapel, all in only three days.”
Friday’s highlights include an open house for the International Center and the Undergraduate Honors Program, presentations from various USD schools, campus tours, programs involving Career Services, a student art exhibition, a sustainability tour of the Hahn University Center and Student Life Pavilion, a picnic lunch, graduate programs information sessions, and a classroom technology demonstration. Friday’s evening activities include dinner at La Gran Terraza, a moonlight canoe experience and the chance to root on USD’s women’s soccer team in an 8 p.m. home game against University of Portland.
Saturday’s events involve learning about international study abroad experiences from USD professors and students, kayaking in La Jolla Shores, a sidewalk sale at the newly named USD Torero Store (formerly USD Bookstore), an informational discussion about on-campus housing with Residential Life staff, a Torero tailgate party prior to USD women’s volleyball’s 1 p.m. West Coast Conference match against Pepperdine and the USD football team’s 2 p.m. Pioneer Football League game against Valparaiso.
Family Weekend closes with Sunday mass in Founders Chapel and a closing reception in Camino/Founders Patio area.
To check out the complete schedule of Family Weekend events, click here.
— Ryan T. Blystone