Whether it was laughing at an improv show, touring the historic neighborhoods on a bike, taking in the glow of the Titan Tailgate bonfire, catching up with friends and classmates or enjoying the old-fashioned BBQ, Detroit Mercy’s 2022 Homecoming had something for everyone.
Hundreds of people — alumni, students, faculty and staff, family and friends — attended nearly two dozen events from Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 on the McNichols Campus to help celebrate Homecoming.
“This year’s Homecoming activities were a crowd-pleaser!” said Angelina Jaroszewski, assistant director for Alumni Relations at Detroit Mercy. “It was refreshing to see so many current students stay on campus, and so many alumni come back to enjoy some perfect, Michigan fall weather with their families and friends.”
The annual Spirit Awards kicked off the Homecoming festivities on Thursday, Sept. 29, honoring seven individuals who have been leaders in their field. Friday’s events included a Titan Tailgate and bonfire, which followed a Hoop Night in the D event to help usher in the men’s and women’s basketball seasons.
Mirroring Friday evening’s perfect fall weather, Saturday’s events began under sunny conditions with the annual Tour de Titan bike ride, led by head women’s basketball coach Kate Achter and alumnus Tom Page ’71, ’76. The bike ride concluded with the unveiling of a new sculpture near the updated Student Union, which was commissioned by Page.
Events indoors Saturday included a 50th reunion for the Honors College, KBG reunion lunch, a panel discussion in the College of Health Professions as well as a Golden Jubilee reunion for the Class of 1972.
Alumni and others took part in the annual softball tournament at Buysse Ballpark, a 50-year reunion for the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company, a taping of “Ask the Professor” and Mass in the St. Ignatius Chapel.
Many in attendance also enjoyed the tasty BBQ food, as well as carnival games and activities, which included a rock wall, craft tent, petting zoo and bubble soccer, at Sacred Heart Square.
Titan Field was also active during Homecoming on Saturday with the men’s and women’s lacrosse squads hosting alumni reunions, prior to the Titan women’s soccer team defeating visiting Green Bay, 2-0, later that afternoon.
Alumna Jaime Moyer ’01, along with 313 improv troupe friends Marc Evan Jackson and Nancy Hayden, helped wrap up Homecoming with a free improv show in Life Sciences. The show followed the conclusion of the Titan Slam Monologue competition, that saw many current students and alumni compete for prizes.
Stay tuned for updates on Detroit Mercy’s Homecoming for 2023.