New Events, Experiences for Oct. 12-15 Homecoming and Family Weekend

Come home. Maybe it’s been awhile since you've been back. Maybe you just finished up in May and you’re already homesick. Perhaps it’s a milestone year, even a golden year, or you want to see your favorite professor or classmates or meet new people and connect with them because you do share something in common — you are both Toreros.

Whatever your reason, the University of San Diego invites and welcomes all Torero alumni (Pioneers, too!), students, parents, families and friends to spend October 12-15 at the most beautiful campus in the nation — The Princeton Review agrees with us! — for Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Graduates from class years ending in 2 and 7 are celebrating milestone reunions — the 1967 class members are officially Golden Toreros and will be treated like gold with special receptions throughout the weekend, a campus tram tour, dinner with USD President James T. Harris III on Saturday night and Sunday brunch after Mass.

What’s New for Homecoming Weekend

There are new events for Torero attendees, starting with a Welcome and Launch Party at Humphrey’s by the Bay’s Backstage Live Thursday night. New events Friday include Classes Without Quizzes, a Legacy Pinning Ceremony, and a TGI Toreros on the Terrace gathering.

A new venue for the traditional tailgate party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is USD’s Fowler Park baseball stadium.  Enjoy multiple food vendors, entertainment, and beer tastings presented by San Diego’s Brew Project. The cost is $15 for general admission adults (kids 12 and under free) and free for USD students with valid ID. It’s $25 (advance), $30 at the gate for general admission and access to beer tastings; Also during the tailgate, the top three teams from Friday’s The Amazing Torero Race preliminary round will vie from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for the Torero Race Trophy.

For those attending the Oct. 14 USD football game, a 2 p.m. Pioneer Football League battle between the Toreros and Morehead State, a public beer garden (cash bar) will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. for those 21+ years and with a football game ticket ($8 per person, student tickets free with valid ID). If you’re in the Class of 2007, come to the game because your 10th year reunion is at the Torero Stadium beer garden.

On Sunday, the final event and a new experience is a private event Fashion Valley Mall Shopping Tour. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon including a special Passport that provides access to unique experiences, bites, treats, gift bags and more at select Fashion Valley stores and restaurants. Complete all Passport stickers for the chance to win a $500 Fashion Valley gift card!

Popular, Traditional Events

There are several popular events that are a big part of the packed Homecoming and Family Weekend itinerary.

There are numerous affinity reunions on tap throughout the weekend, including Saturday brunches hosted by individual academic schools — College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, The Kroc School, School of Leadership and Education Sciences — to reunions for athletics and club sports programs, the Black Alumni Network, Veteran Alumni Network, Latino Alumni Network and student organizations ranging from Greek Life, Associated Students and the Founders Chapel Choir. 

A number of other special and traditional Homecoming events include:

• The 16th annual USD Men’s Basketball Sixth Man Dinner and Auction takes place in the UC Forum C from 6-9 p.m. Thursday night. The program will recognize former head coach Hank Egan’s 1984-94 era and introduce the 2017-18 Torero men’s basketball team, which is coached by Lamont Smith ’99. Tickets are $175 each, young alumni (2007-17) $75.

• The USD Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference takes place in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre from 5:30-8 p.m. Come hear USD alumni entrepreneurs tell their stories and ask them questions that can help with your own entrepreneurial pursuit. Open to the public. Register here.

• USD Campus Recreation hosts a nine-hole, two-person teams scramble tournament on Friday at Riverwalk Golf Course. Arrive at 12:30 p.m. and tee off at 1 p.m., cost is $60;

• The free Big Blue Bash and Concert on Torero Way is from 6-10 p.m. Friday with live music, games, food and activities;

• USD’s Outdoor Adventures will take participants on an ocean kayaking experience Saturday morning, touring the Seven Caves and La Jolla’s Underwater Park. Times are 9:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. (plan to arrive one hour before your outing to change and ready to kayak), cost is $55 per person;

• The 10th annual Danny Burkett Memorial Golf Tournament and Banquet consists of golf at Tecolote Canyon Golf Course starting at noon and a buffet meal and program at USD’s La Gran Terraza starting at 5 p.m. Cost is $90 per person for golf and banquet, $50 for banquet only;

• A free San Diego College for Women Tea event is in Founders Hall’s French Parlor from 2-4 p.m.;

• A Moonlight Canoe adventure on the San Diego Bay is Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and is done through USD’s Outdoor Adventures for $40 per person;

• The five-year reunion for the Class of 2012 takes place at Mission Beach’s Sandbar where there’s a private, reserved skydeck for Toreros 21+ only. Drink specials and light appetizers are provided for anyone who makes a gift to USD of $5 or more in advance or at the door.

Sunday Mass and Alumni Procession

The Alumni and Family Closing Mass takes place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in USD’s spiritual home, Founders Chapel. Reunion classes from 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992 will be featured in a processional, and recipients of the Torero Parents of the Year Award will be recognized. A light breakfast reception follows Mass in the Founders East Patio. To serve at Mass, contact Mary Kruer at (619) 260-5903 or To sing at Mass, contact Annette Welsh ’79 at (619) 260-6717 or Those wanting to participate in the reunion processional and reserve seating with your guests, please call (619) 260-4819.

HFW Online Registration Ends Oct. 9

We look forward to seeing a wonderful cross-section of Torero alumni, past and present, and families at Homecoming and Family Weekend. Be sure to register online by Monday, Oct. 9.