Get your blue and gold ready for Homecoming & Family Weekend! We’re planning events help alumni reconnect with friends and faculty, discover how today’s Hilltoppers keep the St. Edward’s spirit alive, and most of all, enjoy their time on campus. Whether you can come for one event or stay for the whole weekend, we’d love to welcome you back home! Check the schedule below for event details.
Join your Hilltopper for a fun filled weekend. Try your luck at Casino Night, catch the opening weekend performance of Pride & Prejudice at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre Production, and cheer on the Toppers at all athletic and club sports games. Round out your weekend together with a parent blessing at Homecoming Mass and a goodbye toast at the Farewell Champagne Brunch. If your student ordered their official university ring, join us in celebrating at the Ring Ceremony. Check the schedule below for event details.
Celebrate your time as a Hilltopper with your friends and share your Hilltop experience with your family. Check out the events schedule and parent & family section to plan your Homecoming & Family Weekend.
In addition to Homecoming & Family Weekend events, student are invited to serve, compete, and cheer through Student Homecoming Week.
Student Homecoming Week includes:
Golden Guard Mass Invite only
10:30–11:30 a.m. | Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
Celebrate the Sacraments during this Mass for those who attended St. Edward’s University or High School 50 or more years ago.
Golden Guard Luncheon Invite only
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms
President George E. Martin, Ph.D. and members of the Congregation of Holy Cross will formally induct St. Edward’s University and High School graduates from the class of 1967 into this special society. All Golden Guard members and families of deceased classmates, former faculty and Holy Cross Brothers are invited to attend. Invitations will be sent separately. Valet parking will be available.
1:30 p.m. | Lucian Hamilton Field
2–5 p.m. | Meet at the Main Building Front Steps
Tour campus to see where today’s students live, learn and grow. We’ve invested more than $375 million in facilities and technology since 1999 to ensure our Holy Cross education provides an environment of collaboration and discovery.
Men's Tennis Alumni Match
3–5 p.m. | Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts
Brother Romard Barthel, CSC, '47 Memorial Ceremony
3–3:30 p.m. | Fleck Hall Courtyard
Father Peter Walsh, CSC, Director of Campus Ministry, will lead a memorial ceremony honoring the life and legacy of Br. Romard Barthel, CSC, '47, who passed away December 7, 2016. Read more.
Our Holy Cross Heritage Presentation
3:30–4:30 p.m. | McCarthy Room, Fleck Hall 305
Learn how Holy Cross values and history continue to enrich the St. Edward’s tradition of improving lives through education and service. Presented by Father Peter Walsh, CSC and Brother Larry Atkinson, CSC.
St. Edward’s University Alumni Honors Ceremony Invite Only
5:30–7 p.m. | Global Events Center in Jones Auditorium
A ceremony will honor Alumni Awards recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Their family and friends will unite to honor their contributions to the Holy Cross values of lifelong learning, commitment to excellence, community building and respect for others.
Welcome Back Celebration
7–9:30 p.m. | Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms
We’re planning a fiesta! Enjoy frozen margaritas, street tacos, personalized cookies from instacookie, and more fun with every member of the Hilltop community. You’ll meet alumni, senior students, parents, and Hilltopper family members while enjoying great food and music.
25 Adult, $15 current SEU graduating seniors, Includes Appetizers and 2 drink tickets
Theater Performance: Pride and Prejudice
7:30–9:30 p.m | Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Join Mary Moody Northen Theatre for Pride and Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen's classic romance.
7:30–11:30 p.m. | Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward St, Austin, TX 78704
Play for prizes alongside students, parents and alumni at this very popular tradition, now including all members of the St. Edward’s community. Sponsored by Student Life.
15 guests, Free current students w/ SEU ID
Austin Tennis Academy, 6800 Spanish Oaks Club Blvd, Austin, TX 78738
9:30 a.m. – Women's game
1:30 p.m. – Men's game
Game Day Tailgating
UFCU Alumni Gym Parking Lot
Tailgate as you prepare to cheer on your favorite Topper teams! Reserve your own space to gather with your friends and family or concessions will be available for purchase in the tailgating area. Tailgating spot reservation is open to all university departments and student organizations, as well as alumni, family and friends that want to get together. Check out the tailgating page for more information on hosting, reserving a spot and what to expect while tailgating.
Hilltoppers and Friends Hospitality Tent
11 a.m.–3 p.m. | UFCU Alumni Gym Parking Lot
You’ll always have friends to tailgate with! Every Homecoming guest is welcome to come to the Hilltopper and Friends Tent. Sponsored by the Office of University Advancement, this large tent offers a place to sit, enjoy lunch, and mingle. Just bring yourself and a smile. Food will be available for purchase by a local vendor.
11:30 a.m. | Lewis-Chen Family Field
Come out and support SEURFC during homecoming weekend as they take on UTSA.
Hilltopper Basketball Double-Header
Recreation and Convocation Center
1 p.m. – Women's game
3 p.m. – Men's game
It’s the battle of the hills when the Hilltoppers face off against the Rogers State Hillcats. Our Men’s and Women’s teams will leave it all on the court, so come in your blue and gold ready to cheer them on.
Fee: Ticket pricing info
CAMP 45th Anniversary
1:30–3:30 p.m. | Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms
Since 1972, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at St. Edward’s has served more than 2,800 students from migrant farm working backgrounds. Join us to celebrate 45 years of student access and achievement. We will also honor Esther Yacono, CAMP Director since 1994, who has helped to elevate the program and its students to new heights.
Humanities on the Hilltop
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. | Munday Library
Join us in celebrating the School of Humanities with alumni author readings, live music, historical photo collection, and The Butterfly Project art exhibit.
Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
2:30–4:30 p.m. | Fine Arts Gallery
Enjoy the wine and cheese bar, stroll through the exhibition, and talk to the artists about their creative processes.
St. Edward's High School All Class Reunion
6–9 p.m. | Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms
St. Edward’s High School was an unforgettable part of our history. All SEHS alumni are warmly invited to reminisce and reflect together during this event planned by a committee of Tigers!
50th Reunion for the University Class of 1967
6:30–9 p.m. | El Gallo, 2910 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
When so much can happen in just one year, we can only imagine the stories you’ll have from the past fifty. Come back to reconnect on the campus where your bonds were forged and never forgotten. Join us at El Gallo – we’ll provide a few Tex-Mex appetizers. Beverages and additional food available for purchase.
45th and 40th Reunion for the Classes of 1972 and 1977
6:30–9 p.m. | El Gallo, 2910 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Join us at El Gallo – we’ll provide a few Tex-Mex appetizers, music and a shared space for you to laugh and look back together. Beverages and additional food available for purchase.
Rugby Alumni and Parent Dinner Invite Only
6–9 p.m. | UFCU Alumni Gym
GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Reunion for the Classes of 2007 to 2016
7:30–9:30 p.m. | Jones Courtyard, between Ragsdale and Fondren Hall/Campus Bookstore
Last year’s GOLD Reunion was a hit and this year will be even better! We'll have a DJ, cupcake bar, photo booth, and a bar, featuring a signature drink. Come and relive the memories, make new ones, reconnect with classmates and faculty, and see how St. Edward’s has changed – and how it’s stayed the same. Grab your friends and join us!
10:30–11:30 a.m. | Robert and Pearl Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms
Join students, family, alumni and friends as Father Peter Walsh, CSC, leads a Mass of Thanksgiving to close out the Homecoming and Family experience for all.
Club Soccer Alumni Games
Lower Practice Field
11 a.m. – Men's game
1 p.m. – Women's game
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | UFCU Alumni Gym
Goodbyes can be bittersweet – better not face them on an empty stomach!! This year, we’ll provide a mimosa bar for every Hilltopper of age and entertainment from the Steady jazz band.
17.50 Adult, 15 SEU Students, 10 Children 4-11, Free children under 3
Noon | Lucian Hamilton Field
2–3:30 p.m. | Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms
Club Lacrosse Game
3 p.m. | Location TBD