Welcome: USD Homecoming and Family Weekend is Oct. 3-6

Welcome: USD Homecoming and Family Weekend is Oct. 3-6

Hail to you Alma Mater 
Hail to USD 
We sing this song 
Our spirits high 
With strength and loyalty 
Hail to you Alma Mater 
Home of the blue and white 
You lead us onward in our lives 
By your guiding light 
Honor and proud tradition 
Spirit and unity 
Hail to you our Alma Mater 
Lyrics by Thomas G. Ventimiglia

The university located on Alcalá Park was founded 70 years ago in December 1949. The first classes in the San Diego College for Women took place in February 1952. The San Diego College for Men and the School of Law opened in 1954. In 1972, the three units merged into what is now the University of San Diego. But no matter your affiliation with this Linda Vista-based institution of higher education, everyone connected with it is invited to return to this beautiful campus Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 3-6, to celebrate at their college alma mater as a member of the Torero family.

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2019 has arrived. Students who graduated in a year ending in 4 and 9 are celebrating a milestone reunion. The Class of 1969 is the newest group of Golden Toreros, those who graduated 50 years ago and will have a host of celebratory events planned in their honor this particular weekend. The football team will open its Pioneer Football League schedule on Saturday. Alumni and Family Mass is Sunday at Founders Chapel.

There are new events, venues, experiences and opportunities to take part in Homecoming and Family Weekend as an alumnus or alumna of USD. Some events are complimentary to attend (designated by an asterisk*) and those with a specific fee charge are listed.

Thursday, Oct. 3

Alumni Honors has been added to the HFW schedule for the first time and is slated as the weekend’s opening event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. The 24th annual Alumni Honors will celebrate 11 “USD Superheroes” including the recipients of the Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award, Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award, Alumni Emerging Leader Award, Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Awards and the newest award, the Therese Truitt Whitcomb Faculty Award. Furthermore, the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame inductee will also be feted. Cost to attend is $55 for young alumni (graduates between 2010-19) and $75 for all others.

Friday, Oct. 4

*”Christ: Life, Death and Resurrection” art exhibit, Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall, 12-5 p.m.

*Legacy Pinning Ceremony, Torero Stadium Field House/Patio, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

*Homecoming Sponsor Reception, Jenny Craig Pavilion Warren Hospitality Suite, 5:30-7 p.m.

50th Class/Class of 1969 Reunion, Degheri Alumni Center Courtyard, 6-8 p.m., $25 per person.

*Big Blue Bash Concert: Headliner: Bryce Vine, Rapper, Jenny Craig Pavilion, 6:30-10 p.m.

Fabulous Torero Casino Night, Eagan Plaza, 7-10 p.m., $50 per adult, $30 per student.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Torero Talks (Homecoming Brunches), 9:30-11 a.m., $10 per person (5 and under free):

Books and Bubblies, Mother Hill Reading Room, Copley Library; USD School of Business is Getting a New Home, in front of Olin Hall; Knowledge Transfer Mixer (Food, Drink and Fun: Alumni in Food, Beverage and Sports Industries, Manchester Hall, Career Development Center; Building the Retail Revolution: From Engineer to Influencer, presented by Baxter Box, Shiley Engineering Ideation Space, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering; Mentoring as a Superpower, Beyster Institute Plaza, School of Nursing; What Binds Us Together (College of Arts and Sciences), O’Toole’s; Freedom Through Empowerment: An Innovative Solution to Support Human Trafficking Survivors (by Jamie Beck ’11), Guadalupe Hall Back Patio, School of Law.

*Torero Tailgate, Vistas Parking Lot and Eagan Plaza, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (optional costs for Torero Tailgate reserved tent $500 for 8 people, Torero Tailgate reserved table $150 for 8 — both options include 8 football game tickets, too).

Football Game: USD vs. Marist, Brian Fogarty PFL Classic, Torero Stadium, 2 p.m., Tickets $10 or $25, depending on seat selection. Children under age 3 are free. Free to students with USD ID.

Golden Toreros 50th Class Dinner with President Harris, La Gran Terraza, $60 per person.

Sunday, Oct. 6

*Alumni and Family Mass, Founders Chapel, 10:30 a.m., Light reception afterward in new Ministry Center and Courtyard.

Golden Toreros Champagne Brunch and Exclusive Gallery viewing of “Christ: Life, Death and Resurrection,” Founders Hall French Parlor (Brunch) and Hoehn Family Galleries (exhibit), 11:30 a.m., $30 per person.

In addition to the daily scheduled events, there are specific class and affinity reunions throughout the weekend, including events that are nearby, but are off-campus and have separate fees.

Online registration for all Homecoming and Family Weekend events closes at 9 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Oct. 1, including Alumni Honors. For additional information, please visit or call the Office of Alumni Relations at (619) 260-4819 or email

The annual USD Homecoming and Family Weekend takes place on campus this Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6. Online registration concludes at 9 p.m. on Oct. 1.The annual USD Homecoming and Family Weekend takes place on campus this Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6. Online registration concludes at 9 p.m. on Oct. 1.

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