Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

Click here to register for all events!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The last day to register for these events
is Tuesday, Sept. 18– the registration form 
will close on that date.

All ticket sales are final and no refunds will be given.

For more information, contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at
877-811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.
We look forward to welcoming you back to your alma mater!


Saturday, Sept. 22

Annual Alumni Board Meeting
Want to learn about the Alumni Association and get more involved with your alma mater? Join our Board of Directors for the annual meeting open to all alumni to listen as programming is discussed and implemented. Bring your ideas and meet our board members!

8:30 a.m. meeting; 9:30 a.m. breakfast
Board Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor

Alumni Baseball Game
Join Coach Brian Michalak and participate or watch from the dugout while the older alumni take on the younger alumni! Meet the current Fighting Saints team. The morning includes batting practice, home run derby, infield/outfield practice and game. Bring your families to watch from the stands!

9 a.m., Silver Cross Field
Complimentary; Register by Sept. 7 for a free game shirt

Alumnae Softball Game
Bring your family and friends and join us for this annual alumnae vs. Lady Saints softball game! Spend the afternoon with fellow alumnae for this slow-pitch game before the tailgate and football game. Hosted by Coach Amanda Jensen.

9 a.m., Inwood Softball Complex
Complimentary; Register by Sept. 7 for a free game shirt

Alumnae Volleyball Game
Do you daydream about your St. Francis volleyball career or wonder what some of your old teammates are up to these days? Join Coach Cara Currier and fellow alumnae and current players for our annual alumnae volleyball game. Families are invited as spectators and may join us in the stands.

9 a.m.
Sullivan Recreation Center
Complimentary; Register by Sept. 7 for a free game shirt

Hospitality Room
Are you looking for a place to meet your classmates or rest your feet? Stop by our Hospitality Room, grab a snack, relax, mingle with friends, and view our alumni photos and artifacts. Enjoy your time in a room designed in honor of our alumni.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor

“Joliet Gems” City Tour & Merichka’s Lunch
Tour historic Joliet aboard the USF shuttle including well-known buildings and landmarks ending with a mouth-watering, delicious lunch at Merichka’s!

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Off Campus w/shuttle; Departs USF Motherhouse Lot
$25 per person
Limited Space Available

Homecoming Tailgate & Football Game
Join the USF family for our Homecoming tailgate and football game! Fun for all ages, enjoy free food, music, giveaways, children’s activities and other great fun before the big game. Stop by the Alumni table for your FREE t-shirt! Limited quantity available.

11 a.m. Tailgate (Sponsored by the Alumni & Family Relations Office and Student Activities Board)
1 p.m. USF vs. Siena Heights
Joliet Memorial Stadium

Nursing Alumni Lunch & Tour
Bring a guest and join fellow nursing alumni from SJSN, SJCN, CSF and USF! Bring your stories and mingle with your former classmates whether you are retired or still working in the field. A delicious lunch will be served among friends and nursing faculty, including Dr. Carol Wilson, Dean of the Leach College of Nursing. A tour of our new nursing building will immediately follow.

Noon, Clare’s Garden, Guradian Angel Hall 1st Floor, St. Clare Campus

USF History in Photos
Lots of great memories will be on display! Reminisce with old pictures while the USF Archivist is on hand to assist you with questions and requests. Find pictures of you and your classmates on campus and obtain your own personal copies of any photos of interest.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admissions Conference Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor

Campus Tour
The University of St. Francis campus has changed dramatically in the last few years including many beautification efforts as well as our new St. Clare Campus, St. Bonaventure Campus (downtown), and our new Laverne & Dorothy Brown Science Building that opened this spring. It is a campus and university filled with both beauty and Franciscan spirit. Come and take a tour with us and see all the amazing changes happening at USF! Led by Student Ambassadors.

3 p.m., Departs Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor

Football Alumni Reunion
Join Coach Curry and other Saints football alumni and friends after the Homecoming football game for food, drinks and camaraderie! We’ll celebrate the past, present, and future of the Fighting Saints football team.

4 p.m., McBride’s on 52, Joliet

Young Alumni Happy Hour
Bring your friends and join fellow young alumni for networking and food at McBrides on 52. Register by Sept. 14th for a free drink ticket! Hosted by the Young Alumni Committee of the Alumni Association Board.

4 p.m., McBride’s on 52, Joliet

WCSF Radio Station 30th FM Anniversary
Calling all journalism, mass communication and communication and media arts alumni! Please join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of WCSF being a FM station featuring special faculty guests. Tour the recently renovated radio station and mingle with friends. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Radio Station, Tower Hall 4th floor

Alumni Memorial Mass
All alumni and friends are invited to worship as a community of faith as we celebrate our homecoming and offer thanks for our lives and remember those alumni and friends who have gone before us. Fr. Terry Deffenbaugh, the University’s chaplain, will be our celebrant.

5 p.m.  St. Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse 3rd Floor

Education Doctoral Alumni Reunion
Hosted by: Dr. Steve Midlock & Dr. Shawn Walsh ’00, ‘15
Did you receive your Doctor of Education from USF? Please join us as we gather and network with fellow doctoral alumni and faculty. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and cash bar available.

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Fireside Lounge, Motherhouse 1st Floor
Alumni & Faculty Complimentary/Guests $15

Assisian Club Champagne Reception
Classes of 1968 and before will join President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. for a champagne toast celebrating their 50+ anniversary class reunions. Let us honor you!

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Conference Rooms A & B, Motherhouse 3rd Floor

Distinguished Alumni Dinner & Awards Ceremony
All are invited to join us for dinner as we honor this year’s honored year alumni (classes of 2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968 and before) and celebrate our 50th reunion alumnae as they are inducted into our Assisian Club. Alumni award winners will be presented by Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., USF President. Winners are selected by college based on their outstanding professional and personal successes and/or involvement in civic, cultural, and charitable activities. Want to nominate a worthy candidate? Visit www.stfrancis.edu/alumni/awards.

7 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Honored Year Alumni & Award Winners Complimentary
Guests $20 per person


General Information

Maps & Directions: Click here for a map or directions to campus or call (877) 811-ALUM.

Hotel Recommendations: We recommend you make your hotel reservation early and take advantage of the USF discount rate where applicable.

  • Home 2 Home By Hilton
    4095 Hennepin Dr.
    Joliet, IL 60431
  • Comfort Inn North
    3235 Norman Ave.
    Joliet, IL 60435
  • Harrah’s Joliet Hotel & Casino
    151 N. Joliet St.
    Joliet, IL 60432


Parking: Parking space on campus is limited. Guests are welcome to park in campus lots and can disregard USF parking permit restriction signs. Click here for a campus map.

Attire: Dress is generally casual, though you may want to wear a jacket and tie or dress to Mass and dinner. Comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for outdoor activities and tours are recommended. Wear your favorite USF gear!

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