University Events

University Events and Promotions serves as the centralized event-planning team charged with supporting the university’s mission and advancement priorities.

The University Events and Promotions team plans and executes high-impact, signature events, for both internal and external audiences, on behalf of the President, Board of Trustees, and University Relations division, as well as significant university-wide and community events, such as special anniversaries, building dedications or fundraising campaigns.

Through these activities, the University Events and Promotions team provides outstanding experiences that enhance the understanding and appreciation for the University of San Diego, while fostering support and engagement in its mission. The dedicated team collaborates with various campus departments and offices to assist and advise on event protocol, conception and production, logistical coordination, facility layout, cost management, program design and event promotion.

Event highlights include Homecoming and Family Weekend, Alumni Honors, Twilight Blues, President’s Club events, the Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon, Grandparents Weekend and Founders Gala.

Signature Events

The Founders Gala is the University of San Diego's signature fundraising event. Funds raised from the Founders Gala provided scholarships to USD’s best and brightest students. The scholarships give USD a distinct advantage when competing for sought-after scholars who, through their work and through their service, are leading change in the world. The Founders Gala draws more than 600 of the region’s most prominent corporate, philanthropic and community leaders, along with university trustees, administrators, alumni and friends. The black-tie event includes an exclusive VIP lounge, silent and live auctions, an exquisite dining experience and after party.

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The Wine Classic is the Alumni Association’s signature scholarship fundraising event and has become San Diego’s “can’t miss” event of the summer! This exceptional wine-tasting event was founded by the USD Alumni Association Board of Directors and is held on the USD campus in the beautiful Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Garden of the Sea overlooking Mission Bay. More than 700 wine aficionados from across Southern California enjoy tastes from approximately 30 wineries (owned or operated by USD alumni, parents, and friends), gourmet food, and live entertainment. Guests also have the opportunity to participate in the Vintner's Dinner the evening before the big event at La Gran Terraza, USD’s fine dining restaurant.

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University of San Diego’s Alumni Honors celebrates the accomplishments of ten illustrious USD alumni. Recipients are recognized for volunteer service, contributions to humanitarian causes, athletic excellence, and outstanding career achievement. The program is followed by a soirée under the stars that includes live music, tantalizing food and beverages, and mixing and mingling with honorees and friends.

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University of San Diego’s Homecoming and Family Weekend is a weekend long celebration of activities and events that brings together the entire USD community – including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Highlights from the weekend include the Friday night Welcome Party, Torero Tailgate (estimated attendance of 2,000 people), USD Football, Alumni Reunions and Closing Mass.

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