Wine tasting with alumni vintners, a captivating Conservatory concert, key athletic matchups and an all new vow renewal ceremony are among the dozens of activities planned for alumni, families and students during Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 14-16 on the Stockton Campus.
“We are thrilled to welcome our alumni back to campus,” said Kelli Williams Page ’87, associate vice president for alumni relations. “Students at Pacific form life-long connections and this is a great chance for alumni to reconnect with each other and their professors. It is also an opportunity for the families of our new students to experience how special it is to be part of the Pacific community.”
Most events are free to attend and registration is open through Oct. 1.
This year’s homecoming includes new and traditional events and activities.
A sell-out last year, the Tiger Tasting craft beer sampling will be held Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and this year adds a new VIP option that includes a guided tour through the tastings by McGeorge Professor Dan Croxall, a leading scholar on craft beer law.
The Orange and Black Ball, the annual major fundraiser which supports student athletes in Pacific’s 17 sports programs, will be held Friday night at 6 p.m. with live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing.
A family-friendly movie under the stars on the DeRosa University Center lawn, a new event, will begin at 8 p.m.
Saturday morning festivities kick-off at 8 a.m. with the popular Tiger Dash, a 5K race around the beautiful Stockton Campus for participants of all abilities. Children are encouraged to join in the half-mile Cub Run.
At 11 a.m. President Christopher Callahan will share his vision for the future of Pacific during Champagne with the President on Baxter Walkway near the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House.
The popular Food Truck Frenzy and tailgate gets underway at 12 p.m. and features new dining options. Pacific’s newly renovated food truck also will be on hand.
In an afternoon of spirited match-ups, the women’s volleyball team will take on Brigham Young University, the defending West Coast Conference champions, at noon and Pacific’s men’s water polo team will play conference rival Pepperdine University at 1 p.m.
The women’s volleyball game will reunite many of the players from Pacific’s storied teams from the 1980s and 1990s.
The returning players and coaches will be honored during the match with special focus on players from the nine teams that finished among the top four in the nation. A post-match reception with the 2022 team will be held at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center. Three former players have daughters on the current team.