Gannon University Celebrates Homecoming and Family Weekend

Gannon Family gather for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2018, photo by Rick Klein

Gannon Family gather for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2018, photo by Rick Klein

More than 1,000 alumni of Gannon University and Villa Maria College, and their family and friends are expected to arrive on campus for Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 4-7.

In addition to the old friends and classmates who will reunite during weekend festivities, this year's event combines the traditional activities of both Homecoming and Family Weekend to include family members of current students.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, attendees will enjoy the pre-game and Tailgate Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon. West Fourth Street between Peach and Myrtle streets, and Sassafras Street between Third and Fifth streets will be closed to traffic as Gannon alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gather together to enjoy food and drink from local businesses and food trucks, and live entertainment from FREE DAPS, an impromptu rap and hip-hop group. Gannon students will perform for the tailgating crowd at 10 a.m., as a corn hold tournament is held throughout the event.

Activities for all ages will be offered throughout the Tailgate Celebration, including a KidZone, to engage attendees right up to the kickoff of the football game at noon at McConnell Family Stadium. The Golden Knights will take on Seton Hill University, while Women's Volleyball will also take on Seton Hill at 2 p.m. in the Hammermill Center.

The University's Distinguished Alumni will be honored at 6 p.m., rounding out the day's activities. This year's honorees include: Dr. Ryan Carlisle '08, '10DPT; Timothy Craig '99; Edward Curley '86; Dr. Seeniann John '97; and Rev. Nicholas Rouch '83.

For a full schedule of events, visit:


Villa Maria School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

4:30-7 p.m. | Morosky Academic Center

Homecoming Kick-off

5-7 p.m. | The Bourbon Barrel

Alumni and Gannon families will start the Homecoming and Family Weekend celebrations

Heritage Society Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Room 219, Waldron Campus Center
Celebration for alumni from the Class of 1968 and prior


African American Alumni & Black Student Union Reception

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. | The Knight Club

Celebrate and reunite with classmates and friends!


Pep Rally

7:30-8:30 p.m. | Hammermill Center

Students, their families and alumni kickoff Homecoming and Family Weekend as Homecoming Court is announced


Who's Who at Voodoo

8-10 p.m. | Voodoo Brewery

The Alumni Association sponsors the event that welcomes Alumni and Families to reunite and reminisce

Homecoming Tailgate Celebration

9 a.m.-Noon | Sassafras and Fourth streets

Student performances will begin at 10 a.m.

Homecoming Football Game vs. Seton Hill

Noon-3 p.m. | McConnell Family Stadium

"Cheer the Knights"

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Molly Brannigan's Irish Pub

Post-game celebration after the Homecoming game.


Villa Maria College Tea

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Nash Library

Good friends reunite and reminisce about their special days at Villa Maria College


Greek Reunions

3 p.m.- 5 p.m. | Various locations

Gannon Women of the '60s Reception

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Schuster Art Gallery

Gannon's Women of the '60s are invited to catch up about their experiences attending Gannon

Physical Therapy 25th Anniversary Reception

3-5 p.m. | Morosky Academic Center, Room MAC116


Alumni/GU Family Mass

4:15 p.m. | Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel


50th Reunion Celebration and Dinner

5 p.m.- 7 p.m. | Old Main Boardroom

Members of the Class of 1968 will reunite and reminisce


Gannon Family Movie Knight

7 p.m. & 10 p.m. | Gannon Recreation & Wellness Center

Bring the family to this first of two movies, starting with "The Incredibles 2," at 7 p.m.

"Black Panther," for more mature audiences, will start showing at 10 p.m.

Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Dinner

6-9 p.m. | Yehl Alumni Room, Waldron Campus Center

Schuster Theatre Presents Trojan Women

8 p.m. | Schuster Theatre


"Meet me at the Plymouth"

8 p.m.-10 p.m. | Plymouth Tavern

Come join meeting classmates and friends at a Downtown Erie landmark.



Brunch with University President
10 a.m. | Yehl Alumni Room, Waldron Campus Center

Gannon Family and Student Mass
11 a.m. | Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel
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