Holy Names University alumni returned to campus to celebrate Homecoming 2017 from Friday, November 3, through Saturday, November 4. The event honored the classes of 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007, and 2017.
To open Homecoming celebrations, alumni gathered in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA) for the 44th Annual HNU Alumni & Faculty Awards Ceremony on Friday night. Ronisha Parker ‘13 received the Young Alumni Award, Cecelia Tutt '62 received the Alumni Recognition Award for Service to the Community, Doreen Jones '67, EdD, received the Alumni Recognition Award for Professional Achievement, and Sr. Chris Patrinos, SNJM '81, PhD, received the Faculty Alumni Award. The award winners were announced with warm introductions and standing ovations. The evening was particularly special for Ronisha Parker and Cecelia Tutt, as they were also celebrating their birthdays!
On Saturday morning the alumni came together again for breakfast, followed by Homecoming Mass in McLean Chapel. After Mass, alumni were invited to a traditional strawberries and champagne reception in the Mealey Living Room.
At the all-alumni luncheon in the Public Market, Terry Scott ’87, master of ceremonies, welcomed everyone to the gathering, and Carol Sellman, SNJM ‘67 offered a prayer. Remarks were made by a current freshman, Shaniah Ritzie-Lebron ’21 and Joan Corey Semonella ‘67, a scholarship donor who spoke on the importance of supporting students. HNU interim president Mike Groener welcomed the gathered alumni back to campus for the Homecoming festivities.
Following lunch, alumni participated in a guided campus tour with Sr. Carol Sellman. The afternoon’s events also included a Homecoming Concert in the VCPA with a wine and cheese reception, a family barbecue picnic, and the men’s and women’s alumni basketball games in Tobin Gymnasium.
Mark your calendars for Homecoming 2018, which is scheduled for October 19-20, 2018.