homecoming and reunion weekend 2021


For indoor events, we kindly ask that you wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. For outdoor events, please wear a mask if you cannot maintain a six-foot distance between others.


Show your USF pride by wearing USF gear on Friday! We want alumni to participate from anywhere in the world, so take a photo in your Saints gear and post it on social media using the hashtag #StFrancisFriday and tag us @alumniusf. Participants will receive a gift from the Alumni & Family Relations Office for showing your school spirit and be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Friday, October 1, 2021 | All Day

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 evening includes batting practice, home run derby, infield/outfield practice, game, and food. Bring your families to watch from the stands! Consider joining us for the Homecoming Tailgate & Game beginning at 11 a.m. at Joliet Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Friday, October 1, 2021 | 6 p.m.
DuPage Medical Group Field
Complimentary; Registration Required (Register by September 17 to receive a complimentary Homecoming & Reunion T-shirt.)

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
Award winners and their supporters are invited to join us for a wonderful evening including dinner as we honor them for their professional and personal successes and/or involvement in civic, cultural, and charitable activities. Winners will be presented by President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. Alumni Board members and Distinguished Leaders will also be recognized for their service to the university.

Friday, October 1, 2021 | 6 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary; Registration Required
Limited Seats Available


Alumni Board Meeting
Interested in learning about the Alumni Association and getting more involved with your alma mater? Join our Board of Directors for the annual meeting open to all alumni and listen as we discuss and implement alumni programming. Board members will participate in a group photo prior to, and breakfast is offered following the meeting.

Saturday, October 2, 2021
8:40 a.m. photo | 9 a.m. meeting | 10 a.m. breakfast
Members: Banks-Bellah Auditorium, LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall
Guests: Zoom (register for link)
Complimentary; Registration Required

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.

Saturday, October 2, 2021
11 a.m. Tailgate (Sponsored by the Alumni & Family Relations Office and Student Activities Board)
1 p.m. USF vs. Missouri Baptist University
Joliet Memorial Stadium
Complimentary; Registration Required

Multicultural Reception
Join the Office of Institutional Diversity and International Programs during the Homecoming Tailgate! Dedicated tables will be reserved under the main tent for those who want to network with our multicultural community, International populations, and first-generation alumni and students. We would love you to share photos from your time at USF and will even capture video messages during the event. Meet us at the tailgate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

Saturday, October 2, 2021
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Joliet Memorial Stadium
Complimentary; Registration Required

Nursing Alumni Lunch & Tour
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. Lunch will be served among friends and nursing faculty. A tour of our nursing building will immediately follow. This is an alumni-only event.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | Noon
Assembly Hall, St. Clare Campus
Complimentary; Registration Required
Limited Seats Available

USF History in Photos
Many 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.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 1-3 p.m.
Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor
Complimentary; Registration Required

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 the Laverne & Dorothy Brown Science Building that opened in 2018. It is a campus and university filled with both beauty and Franciscan spirit. Take a tour with us and see all the amazing changes happening at USF! Led by Student Ambassadors.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 3 p.m.
Departs Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor
Complimentary; Registration Required

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.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 4 p.m. (immediately following the football game)
The Dock at Inwood, Joliet Park District
Complimentary; Registration Required

Time Capsule Burial Ceremony
Join us as we honor our past and celebrate the start of our second century! A short program will be followed by the burial of the time capsule on the Quad to be opened again in 2045, the university’s 125th year. Be a part of this historical event.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.
Complimentary; Registration Required

Communication Reunion
Calling all journalism, mass communication, and communication and media arts alumni, please join us as we reminisce and gather together. Hors d’oeuvres will be served; cash bar.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 5-7 p.m.
Pavilion, Quad
Complimentary; Registration Required

Alumni Memorial Mass
Alumni 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.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 5:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
Complimentary; Registration Required
Limited Seats Available

Volleyball Game & Alumni After-Party
Join Coach Cara Currier and cheer on the women’s volleyball team, then join us for an alumni after-party and reminisce! Pizza will be served.

Saturday, October 2 | 6 p.m.
Recreation Center
After-party on the second floor balcony
Complimentary; Registration Required (Register by September 17 to receive a complimentary Homecoming & Reunion T-shirt.)

Honored Year Alumni Dinner
President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., cordially invites alumni from the following honored year classes to join us for dinner as we celebrate you! Our 50th reunion alumnae will be inducted into our Assisian Club, an honor bestowed on the 50th class. This event will be live-streamed for honored year alumni 1986 and later, as well as for family and friends to participate virtually.

Class of 2016 – 5th reunion
Class of 2011 – 10th reunion
Class of 2006 – 15th reunion
Class of 2001 – 20th reunion
Class of 1996 – 25th reunion
Class of 1991 – 30th reunion
Class of 1986 – 35th reunion
Class of 1981 – 40th reunion
Class of 1976 – 45th reunion
Classes of 1971/1970 – 50th reunion
Classes of 1969 and before – Assisian Club

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 6:30 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor and via Zoom
Complimentary; Registration Required
Limited Seats Available

Contact Us

General Information

Click here for a map or directions to campus or call 877-811-ALUM.

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 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.

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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