Plan Your Homecoming & Family Weekend

  • Alumni

  • Parents & Families

  • Students


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. 

Pre-Registration is now CLOSED. If you would like to join us, please register on-site at paid events. 

Parents & Families

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 CeremonyCheck the schedule below for event details. 

Pre-Registration is now CLOSED. If you would like to join us, please register on-site at paid events. 


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, Feb. 11–19.

Student Homecoming Week includes:

Register your team, apply for Court, sign up to serve, and learn all the ways to show you Topper pride!


2017 Events Schedule 

Alumni Alumni Parent Events Parents Students Students 

Friday, February 17

Golden Guard Mass  Alumni  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.
*Registration for this event is now closed, if you would like information please call 512-428-1224

Golden Guard Luncheon  Alumni 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. 
*Registration for this event is now closed, if you would like information please call 512-428-1224

Hilltopper Baseball vs. Colorado Mines Alumni Parent Events Students
1:30 p.m. | Lucian Hamilton Field

Campus Tours  Alumni Parent Events Students
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. *Tours start at 2, 3, and 4 p.m.

Men's Tennis Alumni Match Alumni Parent Events Students
3–5 p.m. | Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts

Brother Romard Barthel, CSC, '47 Memorial Ceremony Alumni Parent Events Students  
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  Alumni Parent Events Students  
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  Alumni Parent Events Students  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.

Documentary Photography and Marine Science in Thailand – Lecture and Exhibition Opening Reception Alumni Parent Events Students  
6–7.30 p.m | Carter Auditorium, John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center - South
Please join us for a beautifully illustrated talk about the recent faculty-led interdisciplinary study abroad program in Southern Thailand.  Photographer Joe Vitone, from the School of Humanities, and biologist Raelynn Deaton-Haynes, from the School of Natural Sciences, will discuss the Thailand program hosted by Walailak University in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Conversation and light refreshments served following the talk. 

Welcome Back Celebration Alumni Parent Events Students 
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. 
Events with Fee25 Adult, $15 current SEU graduating seniors, Includes Appetizers and 2 drink tickets
Pre-Registration is now CLOSED. If you would like to join us, please register on-site at paid events. 

Theater Performance: Pride and Prejudice  Alumni Parent Events Students
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. 
Events with FeeTickets: 512-448-8484 

Casino Night Alumni Parent Events Students
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.
Events with Fee15 guests, Free current students w/ SEU ID
Pre-Registration is now CLOSED. If you would like to join us, please register on-site at paid events. 

Saturday, February 18

Game Day Tailgating  AlumniParent Events Students
UFCU Alumni Gym Parking Lot
Tailgate as you prepare to cheer on your favorite Topper teams! Check out the tailgating page for more information on hosting and what to expect while tailgating.
*Tent times vary depending on group

SEU Rowing Alumni and Boat House Day  AlumniParent Events 
9–11:30 a.m. | Off Campus – Austin Rowing Center
Invitation only to Rowing alumni and parents. 

Hilltoppers and Friends Hospitality Tent  AlumniParent Events Students
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.

Rugby Game AlumniParent Events Students
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.  | Lewis-Chen Family Field
Come out and support SEURFC during homecoming weekend as they take on UTSA.

Humanities on the Hilltop AlumniParent Events Students
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.

Hilltopper Baseball vs. Colorado Mines AlumniParent Events Students
noon–2:30 p.m. | Lucian Hamilton Field

School of Natural Sciences Weather Balloon Launch AlumniParent Events Students
12:30– 1:30 p.m. | In Front of Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Join the School of Natural Sciences for an air quality balloon launch and scientific talk featuring Dr. Gary Morris, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Paul Walter, Visiting Associate Professor of Science.

Hilltopper Basketball Double-Header AlumniParent Events Students
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.
Events with FeeFee: Ticket pricing info

Hilltopper Tennis AlumniParent Events Students
Austin Tennis Academy, 6800 Spanish Oaks Club Blvd, Austin, TX 78738
1:30 p.m. – Women's & Men's teams

CAMP 45th Anniversary AlumniParent Events Students
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.

Graphic Design Senior Exhibition Alumni Parent Events Students
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.

Club Lacrosse Game AlumniParent Events Students
4 p.m. | Lewis-Chen Family Field
Men's Lacrosse battle rival Sam Houston 

Athletics Hall of Fame Recognition AlumniParent Events Students
4:15 p.m. | Hilltopper Basketball Double-Header – Recreation and Convocation Center
Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees will be recognized during halftime.  

St. Edward's High School All Class Reunion Alumni
6–9 p.m. |  Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms A and B
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!
Events with Fee25

50th Reunion for the University Class of 1967  Alumni
6:30–9 p.m. | Fleck Hall, 305
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.
Events with Fee25 Includes Diner and 2 drink tickets 

45th and 40th Reunion for the Classes of 1972 and 1977  Alumni
6:30–9 p.m. |  Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballroom C
In celebration of their 45th and 40th Reunions, alumni from the Classes of 1972 and 1977 are invited to gather on campus for a night to reconnect and reminisce about their time on the Hilltop.
Events with Fee25 Includes Diner and 2 drink tickets 

Rugby Alumni and Parent Dinner Alumni Parent Events Invite Only
6–9 p.m. | UFCU Alumni Gym

GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Reunion for the Classes of 2007 to 2016 Alumni
7:30–9:30 p.m. | Doyle Cortyard, between Doyle and Premont Hall
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!
Events with Fee15 Includes Appetizers and 1 drink ticket 

Pride and Prejudice Theatre Production Alumni Parent Events Students
Various Times TBD | Mary Moody Northen Theatre 
Events with Fee: Ticket pricing info

Sunday, February 19

Homecoming Mass  Alumni Parent Events Students
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  Alumni Parent Events Students
Lower Soccer Field
11 a.m. – Women's game
1:30 p.m. – Men's game
Invite only to St. Edward's Club Soccer Alumni.

Farewell Brunch  Alumni Parent Events Students
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.  
Events with Fee17.50 Adult, Events with Fee15 SEU Students, Events with Fee10 Children 4-11, Free children under 3
Pre-Registration is now CLOSED. If you would like to join us, please register on-site at paid events. 

Ring Ceremony Alumni Parent Events Students
2–3 p.m. | Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballrooms 
This event marks a student's first steps into the St. Edward's University alumni community with the presentation of the University Ring. All are welcome to attend! Ring recipients purchased rings in advance and should check in at 1:30 p.m.