Alumni Events 2021-2022

The Alumni Events page highlights all upcoming University of St. Francis alumni events, including outings, music events and more! Please note the following:

  • Some events have unique registrations with their listings; be sure to check for special registration links.
  • All ticket sales are FINAL and no refunds will be given.
  • Reservations MUST be made at least 24 hours in advance of any event.
  • For more information, contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.

Upcoming Events 2022-23

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 72 hours of the event will be required for entry to all events!

2022

Kidzfest
Kidzfest is an annual, free event in Downtown Joliet hosted by the Joliet City Center Partnership and sponsored by USF! Kids of all ages can attend! Activities include games and giveaways, pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy houses, and sing & dance along with excellent DJ entertainers. All activities are FREE!

Saturday, August 6
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Details forthcoming on jolietccp.com

Alumni Board Executive Meeting 
Elected executive board members come together to discuss committee efforts and prepare the agenda for the next full board meeting. 

Monday, August 29 
Noon – 1 p.m. 
Zoom 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

Business Alumni Network (BAN) Meeting 
Join fellow business alumni, whether you graduated with a business degree or now currently work in a business field, to share ideas, offer feedback, and network with others. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for the Zoom link to attend virtually. 

Saturday, September 10 
9 – 10 a.m. 
Executive Conference Room C316, Motherhouse 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

Homecoming & Reunion 
Come back to USF for Homecoming & Reunion! Join fellow alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University for reunions, tailgate and football game, kids activities, mass, awards dinner, and much more. Whether you graduated this year or fifty years ago, there is something for everyone.

Saturday, September 24 
Joliet, IL 
Register today at stfrancis.edu/hcrw

Annual Alumni Board Meeting 
Want to learn about the Alumni Association or get more involved? Join our Board of Directors for the annual meeting open to all alumni to listen as programming is discussed and implemented and bring your ideas. A light breakfast will be served. 

Saturday, September 24 
9 – 10 a.m. 
Board Room, Alumni Center, Motherhouse 2nd Floor 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

Ambassador Day 
Ambassador Day at the University of St. Francis is a special opportunity for community leaders, elected officials and university partners to become more engaged in the university’s mission and further understand the importance of USF within our community. During the event, which takes place over breakfast, attendees hear the State of the University Address by USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. 

Tuesday, October 18 
7:30 – 9 a.m. 
Assembly Hall, St. Clare Campus 
Complimentary | RSVP Required

Learn more at Ambassador Day. To register, contact Dave DiLorenzo, Director of Community & Employee Relations, at ddilorenzo@stfrancis.edu.

Student Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Induction Dinner
This event commences the 11th annual Student Alumni Mentoring (SAM) program for alumni and student participants this academic year. We will participate in ice breakers getting to know our mentor/mentee. Dinner will be served. Interested in participating in this elite program that matches alumni with students based on career goals and interests for a mentorship? Apply at Student Alumni Mentoring Program (SAM).

Thursday, November 3 
6 – 8 p.m. 
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

Alumni Board Committee Meeting & Holiday Lunch
Alumni Board members will join us for a full board committee meeting in which we will break out into round table discussions to brainstorm various alumni engagement efforts. Stay for lunch and our annual holiday gift exchange. 

Saturday, November 12 
9 – 11:30 a.m. 
Board Room, Alumni Center, Motherhouse 2nd Floor 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

Light Up the Holidays Parade 
The Joliet City Center Partnership’s Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade, presented by the University of St. Francis, is held annually on the Friday following Thanksgiving. USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. and Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk lead the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at 5:15 p.m., followed by USF mascot Bernie St. Bernard leading the parade from atop the USF float at 5:30 p.m. USF campus community members are invited to participate by riding on the USF float. 

Friday, November 25 
Tree Lighting @ 5:15 p.m. and Parade @ 5:30 p.m. 
Downtown Joliet 
Complimentary | RSVP required at stfrancis.edu/holidayparade.

Giving Tuesday 
Join us for #GivingTuesday, a day for the USF community to be part of something big, and help us raise funds for our next generation of Saints! Support our student scholarships at stfrancis.edu/givingtuesday

Tuesday, November 29 
All Day; Online at stfrancis.edu/givingtuesday

Breakfast with Santa 
Our annual Christmas tradition continues with a delicious breakfast and visit with Santa Claus! Take photos with St. Nick and sip some hot cocoa while nibbling on holiday cookies. Activities include holiday coloring pages and a visit with our “Bernie” Saint Bernard dogs from Illinois Saint Bernard Rescue. 

Saturday, December 3 
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Sullivan Recreation Center 
RSVP Required | $20 per person; Age 3 and under free 
Special registration link coming soon… 

2023

Business Alumni Network (BAN) Meeting 
Join fellow business alumni, whether you graduated with a business degree or now currently work in a business field, to share ideas, offer feedback, and network with others. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for the Zoom link to attend virtually. 

Saturday, January 14 
9 – 10 a.m. 
Executive Conference Room C316, Motherhouse 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

Alumni Board Committee Meetings 
Alumni Board members are asked to join us for six spring committee meetings focused on different alumni engagement efforts. A light breakfast will be served. 

Scholarship & Nominating 8:30 a.m. 
Engagement & Young Alumni 9:45 a.m. 
Constitution 11 a.m. 

Saturday, February 4 
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Alumni Center, Motherhouse 2nd Floor 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

Alumni Board Executive Meeting 
Elected executive board members come together to discuss committee efforts and prepare the agenda for the next full board meeting. 

Saturday, Feb. 4 
1 – 2 p.m. 
Alumni Center, Motherhouse 2nd Floor 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

There are no events scheduled at this time.

Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt 
Hop your way to the front of the line for our annual Easter holiday tradition with fellow alumni families. Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast and can take photos with the Easter Bunny followed by an egg hunt on the quad rain or shine! Don’t forget to bring your Easter baskets! 

Saturday, April 1 
8:30 – 10 a.m. 
Sullivan Recreation Center & Quad 
RSVP Required | $20 per person; Age 3 and under free 
Special registration link coming soon

Alumni Board Meeting
We invite our alumni board of directors to bring their ideas and committee notes to participate in the last board meeting of the year. Election of new leadership will take place. Breakfast will be served. 

Saturday, April 15 
9 – 10:30 a.m. 
Board Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor 
Complimentary | RSVP Required 

Class of 1973 50th Reunion at Commencement 
Congratulations on your upcoming 50th reunion from the University of St. Francis in 2023! We have a wonderful tradition at USF and would love to include and honor you at our May Commencement ceremony. You will process down the aisle with the graduating class of 2023 in full graduation regalia with an “alumni” banner. President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. will also formally recognize your group during the ceremony. It’s a very memorable experience and reflection of the legacy you’ve left at St. Francis and we hope you’ll join us for this special event. 

Saturday, May 6 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Brown Science Hall & Sullivan Recreation Center 
Complimentary | RSVP required at stfrancis.edu/commencement-programs

Pat Sullivan Golf Outing 
Sponsored by USF Athletic Department 
Grab your friends and join us on the course for our annual golf outing benefitting student-athletes in the university’s athletics program. Your participation directly supports our current students. Games, prizes and giveaways, food, and guaranteed fun are all included. Contact the Athletics Office for tickets at (815) 740-3464 or register online at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=fzE4PQ

Friday, June 2 
9 a.m. Shotgun Start 
Inwood Golf Course, Joliet 
$160 per person/$640 foursome 
RSVP Required 

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We appreciate your feedback. If you join us for an event, we ask that you please take a moment to fill out our survey and let us know how we did– in order to help improve USF alumni and family programming. Every time you complete the survey, your name will be entered into a raffle. Then twice each year, in May and December, we will draw a name and give away two $25 Amazon gift cards! The more alumni events you attend, the more opportunities to fill out a survey and the greater your chances to win.  See you soon!