By UO student Chelsea Fullmer
Homecoming at the University of Oregon brings Ducks back to campus for a weekend full of festivities, reunions and, of course, football. On October 18 and 19, alumni and families from various generations reunite with campus life and old friends. With the Class of 1963 50th Reunion, the Third Annual Multicultural Reunion, and a Pac-12 matchup against the Washington State Cougars, campus will be flooded with even more green and yellow than usual.
The Class of 1963 50th Reunion brings back alumni to explore the campus, reconnect with old classmates, and be inducted into the Order of the Emerald. Activities for the reunion include campus tours, the opportunity to sit in on classes across various subjects, a banquet reception, and an official tailgate party before the big game.
Tom Hoyt ’63 and his wife Peggy ’68 have been working with the UOAA staff to bring this reunion to life, and hope to see many old and new friends come together.
“Our 50th reunion will give us an opportunity to see all of the new buildings constructed since we were students, and how the campus has maintained and enhanced its world-wide reputation. Fun and nurturing of old friendships is the theme of this two-day event. Registrations are coming in the rapidly. All classmates are encouraged to attend,” Hoyt said.
While the Class of ’63 is rekindling old friendships, alumni and friends of color return for the Third Annual Multicultural Reunion. Bringing together diverse alumni spanning all ages and graduation years, the Multicultural Reunion offers a chance to visit campus, meet with current students, learn about the happenings at the UO and connect with other alumni.
“The Multicultural Reunion serves to recognize and celebrate the diverse alumni and history that continue to shape the UO. Alumni return to reconnect with old friends, engage students, and share stories from their days as UO students. This reunion has been a great opportunity for us to partner with multicultural alumni to share and celebrate their stories with the greater UO community,” said reunion committee member and recent UO grad Kendaris Hill ’13.
Last year’s reunion included a campus tour, lunch at the Global Scholars Hall, the newest residence halls on campus, open houses at the various students clubs, and a banquet dinner with alumni speakers such as Jordan Kent ’06 and a student panel discussion.
In conjunction with the students’ Homecoming celebrations, alumni visiting campus also get the chance to attend the ASUO student parade down 13th Avenue, and the pep rally at the EMU Amphitheater held on Friday evening. “Fall Family Weekend,” hosted by the Parent and Family Association, also welcomes moms, dads, brothers, and sisters to campus for the Homecoming festivities.
The parade consists of floats from student clubs and Greek life members competing for the best float. Part of Greek Week, sororities and fraternities team up with each other to embody a particular theme set for the week.
Immediately following the student parade is the pep rally hosted in the EMU Amphitheater with appearances by the Duck, marching band, cheerleaders, and all sorts of entertainment. The winner of the float contest is announced after the final tally is counted. Last year’s highlight was listening to The Duck’s presidential campaign speech for the 2012 election.
With Homecoming right around the corner, it’s not too late to plan a trip back to Eugene and the beautiful UO campus. And even if you can’t make it for a reunion, the pep rally, or even the football game, be sure to stay connected through social media throughout the week, no matter how far away from Eugene you may be. Be on the lookout for photos, and other ways to be involved. Once a Duck, always a Duck.
Register here for this year’s Class of 1963 50th Reunion. Click here for photos from last year’s Class of 1962 50th Reunion.
Register here for this year’s Third Annual Multicultural Reunion. Click here for photos from last year’s Second Annual Multicultural Reunion.