Homecoming

Celebrate tradition and pride with the Alumni Association during Homecoming week. The 103-year tradition of Homecoming brings together alumni, friends and family for a full week of fun activities, celebrations and more.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017


U of M Day of Service

  • Wherever you are!
  • More than 477,000 alumni from across the world, students and others will have the opportunity to serve their communities at various volunteer sites and showcase their school pride
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Monday, October 16, 2017


Party on the Plaza

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Coffman Memorial Union Front Plaza
  • Kickoff Homecoming week with the ultimate pep fest, Party on the Plaza! There will be free food (while supplies last), prizes, and tailgate activities
  • More information


Tuesday, October 17


St. Paul Blood Drive

  • 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • St. Paul Student Center, Northstar Ballroom
  • Join Student Unions and Activities as we partner with the American Red Cross for the Homecoming 2017 Blood Drives. Show your school spirit by giving back to the community.
  • More information


Wednesday, October 18


Minneapolis Blood Drive

  • 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall
  • Join Student Unions and Activities as we partner with the American Red Cross for the Homecoming 2017 Blood Drives. Show your school spirit by giving back to the community.
  • More information


Thursday, October 19


Corn Roast

  • 2:00 p.m.
  • St. Paul Mall
  • Join in on this new Homecoming tradition! Swing by the St. Paul Mall for free corn (while supplies last), yard games, and more!
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Annual Awards Affair

  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Commons Hotel, 612 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis
  • Celebrate recipients of the Alumni Service, Alumni Association, and the President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards at this annual event.
  • $45 per person. Registration begins Sept. 11
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GOLD Soiree

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Carlson School of Management
  • The Mansion Uptown
  • More information

Friday October 20


Class of 1967 - 50th Reunion Celebration

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Homecoming Football game on October 21st
  • Ben Pomeroy Student Alumni Center (St. Paul Campus) and Radisson Roseville
  • More information coming soon

College of Pharmacy 50/25 Year Alumni Reunion/Back to Campus Day

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • Weaver-Densford Hall
  • More information

School of Nursing Speaker: Free Lecture by Princeton Pulitzer Prize Winner

  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Northrop Auditorium
  • Author of Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond will talk about his book with Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson

Alumni Leader Summit

  • The UMAA Board of Directors will host volunteer leaders for an afternoon session to gain alumni perspective from President Kaler, UMAA CEO Lisa Lewis and other alumni leaders.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • McNamara Alumni Center
  • For more information, email Ruth Isaak

CEHD Homecoming Pre-Parade Tailgate Party & Parade Entry

  • Alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, and family are invited to join Dean Jean Quam and alumni society president Mark Grooves for great food, live music, face painting, photo booth picture contests, and more! Homecoming T-shirts will be provided for all CEHD parade participants.
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (parade line up follows the party)
  • Burton Hall Plaza
  • Rain or shine.
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Black Alumni/Professionals Networking Happy Hour

Homecoming Showcase: Forest Resources and Food Science and Nutrition

  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Attend this family-friendly reception leading up to CFANS Beer and Brats at the Bell, featuring light refreshments and kid-friendly activities. You'll have a chance to mingle with fellow alumni from Food Science & Nutrition and the Department of and other peers from across the college, as well as meet the new FSCN & FR department heads. Rain venue will be McNeal Hall lobby.
  • Send a note to your favorite CFANS professor or staff
  • Submission deadline: October 10
  • Spread a little homecoming cheer and send a "Gopher Gram" to your favorite CFANS professor, advisor, or staff member. Gopher Grams will be collected through October 10 and then your note, along with a sweet treat, will be delivered by Goldy to CFANS faculty and staff during homecoming week. Send your Gopher Gram!
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Siehl Plaza on the St. Paul Campus
  • More information

Beer and Brats Parade Party at the Bell Museum

  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • The CFANS Alumni Society's 6th annual Beer & Brats Parade Party at the Bell Museum will take place at the former East Bank location of the Bell Museum of Natural History. From the lawn space between the building and University Avenue, alumni, families, students, and friends will enjoy BBQ, a cash bar, yard games, and premium viewing of the parade. Non-meat options will also be available for vegan/vegetarian guests.
  • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Former site of the Bell Museum of Natural History - 10 Church Street SE
  • More information

Walk with CLA in the Homecoming Parade

  • The CLA Student Board welcomes students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to march as a unit in the parade.
  • Questions? Contact Erica Giorgi giorg003@umn.edu
  • 5:00 p.m. - Gather in lobby of Johnston Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. - Arrive at line-up staging
  • More information

Alumni Band Society

  • Walk in the Homecoming parade
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Information: email homecoming@skiumah.org OR visit www.skiumah.org

Homecoming Parade

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • University Avenue between 11th Avenue and Walnut Street SE
  • Our Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals will be Dave and Linda Mona. Read their story here.
  • More information

Homecoming Parade Watch Party

Gopher Soccer vs. Ohio State

Gopher Women's Cross Country

  • Jacks Twilight Run
  • 6:30 p.m. | Les Bolstad Course
  • St. Paul, MN
  • More information

Saturday, October 21


Ski-U-Mania

  • 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
  • McNamara Alumni Center
  • 200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis
  • Ring in Homecoming at the premier pre-game party for alumni and fans! See the coronation of the Homecoming royalty, an appearance by Goldy, the spirit squads and the alumni band.
  • More information

Alumni and Friends Homecoming Game Reception

  • College of Pharmacy
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • McNamara Alumni Center
  • More information

Black Alumni Tailgate

  • Black Alumni Network
  • Discounted tickets will be available for sponsors, alumni, and their guests via UMNBAN
  • All times and locations are to be announced
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Homecoming Celebration

  • College of Science and Engineering Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering (CEGE)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Civil Engineering Building,
  • 500 Pillsbury Drive S.E.
  • More information

Alumni and Friends Lunch and Gopher Football Game

  • College of Science and Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - (Class of 1992 Reunion and Special Events)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - (General event)
  • 151 Amundson Hall
  • More information

Homecoming Football Game vs. Illinois

Tailgate and halftime performance

  • Alumni Band Society
  • Information: email homecoming@skiumah.org OR visit www.skiumah.org

Gopher Volleyball vs. Wisconsin

  • Official 'Gold Out' match
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Maturi Pavilion, Minneapolis
  • More information

Sunday, October 22


Black Health and Wellness Event

Honors Alumni Homecoming Celebration featuring Reina del Cid

  • University Honors Program
  • Meet up with friends old and new at the 2017 Honors Alumni Homecoming Celebration -- featuring networking with fellow Honors Alumni & current University Honors Program students, and an intimate performance by Reina del Cid (summa cum laude 2010, English and GWSS). Check out a recent live performance by Reina's infectiously folksy band. Refreshments served. Open to all Latin Honors alumni and University Honors Program participants!
  • 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Northrop Auditorium
  • More information

EXHIBITION

Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations by a Textile Innovator

  • September 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018
  • Goldstein Museum of Design
  • Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, St. Paul campus

Jack Lenor Larsen himself will be in attendance for the opening reception of Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations by a Textile Innovator.

This exhibition will celebrate Jack Larsen’s 90th birthday through the stories of fabrics he has identified as his most innovative. Approximately 65-70 textiles will be augmented with didactic text, guided tours, and public lectures. Free and open to the public.

Organized by the Goldstein Museum of Design. Curated by Stephanie Zollinger with Goldstein curator Jean McElvain.

More information

Additional information will be added as more alumni activities are confirmed.

Click here for list of campus activities, events, parade and volunteer information

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