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Homecoming Recap 2021 

By: Shayna Griffith

Staff Writer

The University of St. Francis celebrated their homecoming and reunion over the weekend of October 1 and 2. A variety of events took place for students and alumni to come together and enjoy the festivities. Hundreds of people attended making it a homecoming weekend to remember.  

On Friday, homecoming weekend began with students showing their USF pride with #StFrancisFriday. Then, the alumni baseball game took place at 6 pm with an 11 am tailgate. Events for the baseball game included batting practice and a homerun derby. The alumni also got a chance to meet the current Fighting Saints team and enjoy some complimentary food! After playing a fun game of baseball, alumni enjoyed a distinguished awards dinner where they were honored for their professional and personal achievements. 

Saturday was packed full of exciting homecoming events, including the tailgate and football game. The Fighting Saints took on the Missouri Baptist University at Joliet Memorial Stadium. USF won the game with a score of 20 - 13 against MBU. Immediately following the game, Coach Curry and Saints football alumni joined to celebrate our win with food, drinks, and camaraderie.  

The nursing alumni lunch and tour took place at noon with alumni from SJSN, SJCN, CSF, and of course, USF. Then alumni took a walk down memory lane during the USF “History in Photos” event. Later, the Student Ambassadors gave participants an updated tour of the campuses and showed alumni how much our campus has changed over the years. The Time Capsule Burial Ceremony then took place to honor the university’s past and celebrate the future. The capsule was buried in the quad and is not to be opened until 2045! 

Communications and Media Arts alumni got the opportunity to reunite and reminisce about their time at USF studying journalism, mass communication, or their related concentrations. Afterwards, the alumni memorial mass was held to remember former students and alumni who have passed. Father Terry Deffenbaugh, USF’s chaplain, was the celebrant for the mass.  

Saturday night, the volleyball team played, with alumni cheering them on, followed by an after-party. Finally, homecoming weekend came to a close with the Honored Year Alumni Dinner, hosted by USF President Arvid Johnson, for the classes of 1970-2016. The class of 1970/1971 celebrated their 50th reunion and were inducted into the Assisian Club.  

Needless to say, the events of the 2021 Homecoming and Reunion were a success and will be remembered by University of St. Francis for many homecomings in the future.   

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