The University of San Diego’s annual Homecoming and Family Weekend takes place this Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, and for some, not only will their participation in the celebration be a true homecoming, but they’ll also be known as gold standard for the Torero alumni family.
Students from the classes between 1953 and 1963 will be the inaugural recipients of the Golden Toreros designation, which is to be given to alumni who’ve graduated 50 or more years ago. There are 73 students for whom they will be celebrated and inducted as members of the San Diego College for Women and College for Men during a 6:30 p.m. dinner Saturday night with USD President Mary E. Lyons in the Mother Rosalie Hill Reading Room of Copley Library.
The recipients of this prestigious new honor will receive gold medals by President Lyons and all Golden Toreros will be invited to homecoming reunion weekend ceremonies going forward to reconnect with friends and to celebrate the ensuing 50th reunion classes.
Additionally, there will be a College for Women afternoon tea event from 2-4 p.m. in Founders Hall’s French Parlor. Many alumnae expected to attend are also Golden Torero honorees.
While the weekend recognizes women and men who paved the way for the university with a special ceremony, USD’s Homecoming and Family Weekend certainly provides all Toreros opportunities to have some fun.
Friday’s schedule has events for alumni and family. The families of students can accompany them to a class and later, they and alumni are invited to attend open house events throughout campus. There’s a golf tournament at 1 p.m. at Tecolote Canyon Golf Course (deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 8, call 619-260-4533 to register) and tours of Founders Chapel and The Immaculata churches are available. The UC Forums A/B hosts a Torero chef cooking demonstration. Dinner is served 5-9 p.m. for those wanting to experience USD’s on-campus restaurant, La Gran Terraza.
The Torero Program Board, which has organized several fun events for students during this week — clubs and organizations are earning “spirit” points to determine who’ll be announced as USD’s most spirited organization at Saturday’s football game — hosts Friday’s free Big Blue Bash Festival and Concert. From 6-10 p.m. on Torero Way and in front of the Hahn University Center, there will be food, beverages and live music with headliner Young The Giant, an opening act and a DJ set by TKS. Separate from the BBB, tickets are required for those who attend the Welcome Party and enjoy food, beer and wine in front of Warren Hall. This event is only for those ages 21 and up.
Saturday’s schedule presents opportunities to take in San Diego’s outdoor recreation opportunities. Outdoor Adventures at USD will take guests for kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard trips at Mission Bay or a kayak tour at La Jolla Shores.
Would you rather stay on campus? No problem. Take a tour of the campus, the new Fowler Park and Cunningham Field or see USD’s residential housing options at San Buenaventura Apartments. Hungry for breakfast or hear what your school is doing these days? The College of Arts and Sciences and new Dean Noelle Norton welcomes alumni for breakfast from 9:30-11 a.m. at O’Toole’s Lounge. The School of Business Administration breakfast with Dean David Pyke is at La Gran Terraza’s terrace area from 9-11 a.m. The Kroc School of Peace Studies will have an alumni event from 10-noon in the IPJ. The newly inaugurated Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and founding Dean Chell Roberts, host engineering alumni and their families for breakfast from 10-11:30 in the Shiley Center for Science and Technology atrium. SOLES hosts an Open House event from 9:30-noon.
The Homecoming Football Tailgate and Picnic will be held at USD’s Valley Field (soccer field), from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy food, beer, games, class reunions and activities for all ages. Tickets are $25 for adults, $8 for USD students and $10 for youth (ages 12-17). Follow the Associated Students golf cart parade to Torero Stadium to root for the Toreros in their Pioneer Football League game against Marist. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Game tickets are $8 per person. If you’d rather see USD’s nationally ranked women’s volleyball team play, instead, you can. The 12th-ranked Toreros host Santa Clara in a 1 p.m. West Coast Conference match at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Tickets are $5.
The traditional Alumni and Family Closing Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Founders Chapel concludes the weekend. Recipients of the Torero Parents of the Year Award will be announced. Members of milestone reunion classes — this year it’s 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978 and 1983 — will be recognized during the reunion class processional. A light breakfast reception follows mass in the Founders East Patio. Also of note, La Gran Terraza will be open for Sunday Brunch and lunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
— Inside USD staff
Pre-registration online for Homecoming has closed. For additional information, go to www.sandiego.edu/hfw.