usf homecoming 2023

That’s a wrap! Homecoming 2023 has officially come to an end. Whether you participated in person or from afar, we hope that you enjoyed reconnecting with your Saints community. We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at one or all of our upcoming events. 

General Information

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Alumni Baseball Game
Join the 2023-24 St. Francis baseball team and coaching staff for our annual alumni baseball game. The evening will include; batting practice, home run derby, the game, and food for all! Families are welcome.

6 p.m. at Duly Health and Care Field in Joliet
Complimentary; Registration Required

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 

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, photos with Bernie and other great fun before the big game. 

Tailgate
Sponsored by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Board
11 a.m. at Joliet Memorial Stadium

Currently Scheduled Tailgate Reunions
-1993 Championship Team Reunion
-Baseball
-Class of 1968
-College of Business & Health Administration
-CRSS Alumni Reunion
-SGA Reunion

Football Game
USF’s Fighting Saints vs. St. Xavier University 
1 p.m. at Joliet Memorial Stadium 
Complimentary; Registration Required

Campus Tour 
The University of St. Francis campus has changed dramatically in recent years including many beautification efforts as well as our St. Clare Campus, St. Bonaventure Campus (downtown), and our Brown Science Building. 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 the USF Saints Ambassadors. 

1:30-3 p.m. 
Departs from Alumni Gathering Room (Motherhouse, 2nd floor) 
Complimentary; Registration Required

Class of 1968 Reunion Reception 
Join your classmates for an opportunity to walk down memory lane! 

1:30-3 p.m. – Merichka’s Restaurant, Joliet
Complimentary; Registration Required

Alumni Memorial Mass 
Alumni are invited to worship as a community of faith as we celebrate our homecoming, offer thanks, and  remember alumni and friends who have gone before us. Fr. Michael Jennrich, OSF, the university’s chaplain, will be our celebrant. Limited seats available.

4:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel (Motherhouse, 3rd Floor) 
Complimentary; Registration Required

Journalism, Mass Communication and CMMA Alumni Reunion 
Please join the Department of Communication & Media Arts (CMMA) at a fun gathering featuring music and fun!

5-7 p.m. on the “4th Floor,” TV Studio & Mac Labs (Tower Hall, 4th Floor)
Complimentary; Registration Required

Distinguished Alumni Dinner 
All are invited for dinner as we recognize this year’s honored year alumni (the classes of 2022, 2018, 2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973 and before) and celebrate our 50th reunion alumnae as they are inducted into our Assisian Club. Alumni award winners will be presented by USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. Limited seats available.

5:30 p.m. in San Damiano Hall (Motherhouse 3rd floor)
Alumni Complimentary/$25 per guest ($5 per transaction is a USF donation); Registration Required

Directions to Campus: Need a map or directions to campus? Visit 5l.doublegcredit.net/visitors/directions or call (877) 811-ALUM.

For your convenience, listed below are several hotels located in the Joliet area and near the University of St. Francis. When making your reservation, please advise them you are with the University of St. Francis to take advantage of the USF discount rate where applicable.

Comfort Inn North
3235 Norman Avenue
815-676-5293

Fairfield Inn & Suite by Marriott
3239 Norman Avenue
Joliet
815-436-6577

Hampton Inn–North
3555 Mall Loop Drive
Joliet
815-439-9500

Hampton Inn–South
1521 Riverboat Center Drive
Joliet
815-725-2424

Home2Suites by Hilton
4095 Hennepin Drive
Joliet
815-727-3310

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
19715 NE Frontage Road
Shorewood
815-768-4282

Wingate Inn
101 McDonald Avenue
Joliet
815-741-2100

Parking space on campus is limited. Guests are welcome to park in campus lots and can disregard USF parking permit restriction signs. For a campus map, visit 5l.doublegcredit.net/main-campus.

Dress is generally casual, although you may want to wear a dress or jacket/tie or dress to the Alumni Memorial Mass and the Distinguished Alumni Dinner. Comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for outdoor activities and tours are recommended. Be sure to wear your favorite USF gear to the tailgate! 

Contact Us

Fore more information or if you are interested in hosting a reunion or event during Homecoming, contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM or alumni@doublegcredit.net.

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