It’s Friday night and the floats are rounding the corner. People crowd the streets as the clattering noise of the parade rides by. Later that night, a large Bonfire will fill Cannery Field. Then comes Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Pacific football team plays University of Puget Sound.
From the Noise Parade and Bonfire Rally to multiple sport events, homecoming weekend is full of Pacific traditions. Yet, it is also an opportunity for Alumni to visit campus for their class reunions and connect with current students as well as various members of the Pacific community.
“Homecoming is a pinnacle of everything we do. That’s when most of our reunions take place,” said Director of Alumni Relations Martha Calus-McLain. “It’s important that that not end, the university can provide an environment where those connections can last for the rest of your life.”
Although alumni are a big part of that weekend, students are just as important.
“I wouldn’t say it’s just about alums,” said Assistant Director of Student Activities and Multicultural Interest Pete Erschen. “I think because the idea of homecoming is coming home, that [alums] are a big part of it.”
With both alumni and students together, the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning will focus on student clubs and activities.
“It’s a time when the past and the present collide and everyone gets to be together as one community,” said Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Ginger Moshofsky.
One of the largest attractions this year will be a live concert on Saturday night after the football game. There will also be the Gamma Sigma 150th reunion.
It will be the first time in years that “every sports team that’s in season right now will be on campus,” said senior Zach Cohen. “No one is missing it and it will keep everyone together.”
Cohen said the goals of homecoming are to get the community together and have a good time with everyone. This is made possible with the help of ACE board, student life, alumni relations, admissions and many other people on campus.
“It’s one of the biggest events in the fall that helps build community on our campus,” Cohen said. “Plus it’s sort of the last time of the year that everyone gets together outside until April rolls around and people crawl out of their caves.”
Homecoming will take place on Oct. 11, 12 and 13. Visit the Pacific calendar for more information on homecoming activities.