Attending Torero Days orientation? Mass in The Immaculata or Founders Chapel? Class with a favorite professor? A fun event that took place in the residence halls? Playing a club sport or attending football or basketball games? Making friends through a sorority or fraternity? Meeting your best friend and, in some cases, your significant other?
Whatever the reason, we know that a person’s college years are important and it is our hope that the answers to these questions and more will be part of the conversation when alumni, parents and friends return to Alcalá Park to take part in USD’s Homecoming and Family Weekend this Friday through Sunday.
“Even though USD is still a young institution, it’s important to build traditions. Homecoming is one of the great traditions at USD and it always means a festive time with friends and family,” said USD Alumni Relations Director Charles Bass.
The weekend will be celebrated everywhere on USD campus with fun, informative and unique events each day. Homecoming and, for the first time, Family Weekend are combined to maximize the opportunities to find out about all that USD has to offer. There are open house-style events as well as special alumni and family session events.
“We feel that merging the two events will create a fantastic atmosphere on campus,” Bass said. “There will be lots of Torero pride among the alumni, students and families throughout the USD community.”
Some of more festive events will be those involving food. Friday from noon to 1 p.m. offers a Picnic on the Patio at Camino/Founders Patio; USD’s on-campus restaurant La Gran Terraza is offering a three-course dinner menu, exclusive to Homecoming and Family Weekend guests, available at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
A new event, Party on the Point, starts at 7 p.m. Friday at IPJ’s Garden of the Sea with food, live entertainment provided by the Mar Dels and serves as the kickoff for the weekend. While online registration has closed for Party on the Point, there will be onsite registration available.
Saturday’s food options include separate breakfast events with Dean Mary Boyd and alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences (9:30-11 a.m., O’Toole’s), Dean David Pyke and alumni of the School of Business Administration (10-11:30 a.m., IPJ Rooms A&B). RSVPs for both school breakfast events are available through Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The annual USD Tailgate and Picnic will occur from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the USD Law School parking lot. This event will be fun for the whole family with food, games and appearances by some friends from the San Diego Zoo. A golf cart parade will lead fans over to Torero Stadium for the 3 p.m. football game pitting USD against Davidson. Again online registration for this event has closed, but onsite registration will be available.
All reunion gatherings for those celebrating five, 10, 20, 25 or 50 years and everything in between will be held throughout the day and night on Saturday. For information about all USD affinity reunions, from Greek Life, Residential Life, club sports, organizations and the 40th anniversary of Associated Students, click here.
The USD football team, which brings a 3-1 record (1-0 Pioneer Football League) into Saturday’s Homecoming game, isn’t the only Toreros team playing at home this weekend. Men’s soccer hosts West Coast Conference foe St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. Friday and the women’s volleyball (15-1, 1-1 WCC) opposes BYU at 1 p.m. Saturday in the teams’ first-ever meeting as WCC opponents.
A few Torero sports teams are conducting events that allow alumni to participate, including a morning run with the cross-country teams — contact Coach Will Guarino at email@example.com for more information — and an alumni women’s swim meet at 10 a.m. Saturday on campus. Alumni swimmers interested in participating can contact Coach Mike Keeler at (619) 260-2372. There will be a post-BYU match alumni party hosted by the women’s volleyball team, too.
Sunday’s main event is the Alumni and Family Closing Mass for all members of the USD community. Mass takes place at Eagan Plaza at 10:30 a.m. The classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981 and 1986 will be recognized with a reunion class processional at the mass. To participate and reserve seating with your guests, please call (619) 260-4819.
There will also be a Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Alumni Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at IPJ’s Garden of the Sea, RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The University of San Diego is ready for its Big and Blue Homecoming and Family Weekend. Are you?
— Ryan T. Blystone