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Gannon University to Celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend Sept. 23-26

Published: 09/21/2021

Gannon University to celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Gannon University to celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Gannon University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration returns to campus Sept. 23-26. Nearly 500 Gannon and Villa Maria College alumni and current Gannon students, family and friends are expected for an exciting weekend of events that will also include a special university announcement.

The event combines the traditional activities of both Homecoming and Family Weekend to include current students and family members in addition to old friends and classmates in the weekend festivities.

As part of this year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, Gannon University is excited to feature a special announcement as we approach our milestone centennial anniversary in 2025. Believe. Inspire. Transform. Gannon’s Next Century will be announced at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 as the university embarks on its next century of success. Gannon family, friends and community members are invited to join in this special announcement via Facebook Live at

As part of traditional Homecoming events, all are invited to join us for a Gannon Family Tailgate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Recreation and Wellness Center parking lot prior to the football game. The tailgate will feature three student bands in addition to Average Joe’s food truck, Kona Ice, a beer garden from Molly Brannigan’s and more. Children can enjoy a bounce house, an interactive experience with Asbury Woods and much more. Game time begins at 1 p.m. as the Golden Knights undertake Clarion University during the Homecoming football game at McConnell Family Stadium. 

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Gannon will proudly honor five remarkable alumni who will receive the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s honorees include: John A. (Jack) Walter ’69, retired vice president controller at General Dynamics Corp.; Denise L. Kolivoski ’01, ’08M, executive director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Erie County; David J. Gustafson ’71, ’73M, retired professor at Gannon University; Landis E. Erwin ’12, director of Development at Crossroads Foundation; Lawrence B. Ryan ’56, president of Lawrence Ryan International. 

Tony DiPasqua, director of Constituent Engagement at Gannon, said the university is excited to welcome back nearly 500 alumni and family members for this year’s in-person Homecoming and Family Weekend.

“Current students will have the chance to meet and connect with alumni through a weekend full of events and programs. Homecoming and Family Weekend is an opportunity to reconnect and celebrate our shared Gannon and Villa experiences while highlighting the progress and vision for the future of Gannon University,” DiPasqua said.

Join us for some of the festivities.


Friday, Sept. 24
Believe. Inspire. Transform. Gannon’s Next Century *Special Announcement*
7 p.m. | I-HACK, 131 Ninth St.
Facebook Live @


Saturday, Sept. 25
Gannon Family Tailgate
10 - 11 a.m. | Recreation and Wellness Center, 130 W. Fourth St. 

Homecoming Football Game 
1 - 4 p.m. | McConnell Family Stadium, 430 Sassafras St. 


For a full schedule of events, visit:


All media inquiries can be made by contacting Haley Figurski, Media Relations and Marketing Manager, at 814-823-1886.