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Homecoming & Family Weekend

There's nothing quite like the University of Denver in the fall. The air is crisp, a new academic year begins and students past and present excitedly come together with their families and each other for Homecoming & Family Weekend.

The weekend includes events like the Taste of DU, Pioneer Symposium, an All-Class Reunion and Pioneers hockey.

Homecoming & Family Weekend

October 30-November 2, 2014

Come back to our beautiful campus from Thursday, October 30 - Sunday, November 2 to reconnect to your DU family, renew your ties to classmates, meet other parents and welcome our new chancellor. Celebrate our sesquicentennial year with an All-Class Reunion, athletic events, Pioneer Symposium lectures, sessions just for parents, Taste of DU featuring the 15th Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, PioneerFest other special events. Schedule of Events (pdf) |  Register today!

Crimson & Gold All Access Pass

One price. All the perks! The Crimson & Gold All Access Pass is your ticket to exceptional value, savings and benefits at Homecoming & Family Weekend! For only $99 or $89 for recent graduates (GOLD members) per person, you get a:

• Friday ($19 tickets) AND Saturday night hockey tickets ($27 tickets)
• Ticket to the Friday’s All-Class Reunion ($25)
• Saturday Breakfast with our new Chancellor, Rebecca Chopp ($5)
• Taste of DU ticket featuring the Athletic Hall of Fame 15th Anniversary Celebration ($25)
• PLUS: Coors Fitness Pass ($18.64) and a Homecoming & Family Weekend t-shirt ($10)

This is a value of $129.64. There are limited numbers of Crimson & Gold All Access Passes so buy yours today!

Please note: this offer is primarily intended for alumni however parents, students, friends, and guests of the University of Denver can also purchase.

Pioneer Symposium

Experience the joy of discovering a new idea, especially when guided by an inspiring teacher or leader. For this sesquicentennial year, the University of Denver has gathered an expert faculty of accomplished alumni and distinguished professors to engage your mind around critical current issues and delight you with new knowledge. With lectures over two days and a keynote luncheon speaker, you’re sure to find something to ignite your intellectual passion.

View the entire Pioneer Symposium schedule of events here (pdf). Or, click here to register.

All-Class Reunion

Our 150th anniversary calls for a celebration of historic proportions, so we’re gathering alumni from every decade for our first-ever All-Class Reunion. There will be something for everyone in the Pioneer family during this extended evening of fun and entertainment. Enjoy delicious cuisine and live music, an early-evening kids costume parade and late-night casino games, a photo booth, steaming hot chocolate bar, and plenty of great memories. Tables by decade make it easy for you to connect with classmates. All we need now is you!

View the All-Class Reunion schedule here (pdf).

Breakfast with the Chancellor

Meet the University of Denver’s 18th Chancellor, Dr. Rebecca Chopp. Dr. Chopp brings to the University more than 20 years of experience in higher education leadership, most recently as president of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Before assuming the presidency of Swarthmore in 2009, she served as president of Colgate University, dean of the Yale Divinity School, and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University. Help us welcome Dr. Chopp to the Pioneer community.

PioneerFest

Enjoy the fall colors and crisp mountain air at this afternoon outdoor carnival celebrating all things DU. Stroll down Driscoll Green with your family and friends while taking part in lawn games, an inflatable bounce house for kids, face painting, live performances from student bands, and local food from Denver’s popular food truck community. Learn more about what the University has to offer alumni, parents and students at the information tables. Be sure to wear your crimson and gold and show off your Pioneer pride.

Taste of DU and Athletics Hall of Fame

You’ll be amazed by the diversity of delicious local fare at this indoor festival. This annual, family-friendly event showcases Colorado restaurants and businesses, many of which are alumni-owned or operated. Approximately 500 Pioneer alumni, parents and friends are expected to attend this year’s event, which will also feature the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony complemented by DJ music, giveaways and activities for little Pioneers.

University Of Denver Athletic Scholarship Golf Tournament

In further celebration of the University of Denver's Sesquicentennial, the annual Floyd M. Theard Memorial Golf Tournament will be played on Friday, October 31 as a part of the Homecoming and Family Weekend. The tournament will take place at the home of Pioneer golf, the Highlands Ranch Golf Club (9000 Creekside Way, Littleton, CO).  The tournament is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. with a shotgun start for all participants. Foursomes are $400 and individuals can sign up for $100. The event includes lunch, with gifts and awards for all in attendance.  As in previous years, all proceeds and donations from the outing benefit the fifth-year aid and summer scholarship fund for DU student-athletes. Those who are unable to attend may donate directly to the tournament or perhaps register for one of the $300 hole sponsorships.

The Floyd M. Theard Memorial Golf Tournament honors one of the all-time great men's basketball coaches in Pioneer history. Theard posted a 107-38 record as head coach from 1980-85. He ranks first all-time in winning percentage (.738) and third in wins. Theard led the Pioneers to a school best 79-game home winning streak from 1981-84.

Homecoming & Family Weekend Hotel Block

The Alumni Relations department has secured special group rate at the Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek for 124.00 USD  - 129.00 USD  per night, for Thursday, Oct. 30 thru Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Book your group rate>>

Here are some pictures that capture last year's excitement and videos of our Pioneer Symposium keynote speakers, Matt Bond (BSBA '83) and Ellie Schafer (BA '90). We've also included the Chancellor Robert Coombe's update to alumni in case you missed it.