Campus to Welcome Hundreds of Alumni, Family, and Friends for Homecoming

Among Weekend’s Activities: A Cappella Concert, Hillel Shabbat, and Cheering on the Bantams

Hartford, Connecticut, November 9, 2017 – Members of the Trinity community look forward to welcoming a crowd of alumni, family, and friends for Homecoming Weekend 2017. While Saturday’s noon football game vs. Wesleyan—Connecticut’s oldest sports rivalry—is a standout event, visitors are expected to flock to many other activities and gatherings Friday morning through Sunday afternoon along with students, faculty, and staff.

On Friday, several classrooms will be open to visitors, and the Watkinson Library will hold an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Watkinson’s current exhibition is “Easy Vehicles of Knowledge for an Enlightened and Free People: American Periodicals in the Watkinson, 1750-1950.” At 1:00 p.m., Associate Curator of the Archives and Manuscript Collections Peter Rawson will give a talk, sharing his archival expertise.

On both Friday and Saturday, the Admissions Office will offer guided tours of campus and information sessions (click here to schedule an Admissions visit). Friday evening, Trinity Hillel, which has started celebrating its 70th anniversary year, will host a Homecoming Shabbat Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

On Saturday, many Bantam sports gatherings and activities will take place. At Ferris Athletic Center there will be a 10:00-10:30 a.m. Pregame Report with Head Football Coach Jeff Devanney ’93 and, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., a reception with incoming Athletic Director Drew Galbraith.

Saturday’s pre-football game festivities for alumni, students, and families will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Vernon Social and under an adjacent tent. Among the highlights are an a cappella concert—featuring all five Trinity student a cappella groups—on the Vernon Social main stage from 10:00-11:00 a.m.; an IDP (Individualized Degree Program) gathering at Vernon Social (look for the red balloons near the main stage); and a photo opportunity for multigenerational Bantam families, also at Vernon Social.

The pregame ceremony on the Jessee/Miller Field will begin at 11:45 a.m. and will include a Veterans Day flag ceremony, featuring a huge, 30-by-50-foot American flag donated to the college by Lindley Scarlett ’66. About 75 members of the Trinity community—a multigenerational group including many veterans—will serve as flag bearers. The Trinitones a cappella group will sing the national anthem just before the noon kickoff.

Following the game, students from the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization (TCBWO), IMANI, and Men of Color Alliance (MOCA) will sponsor an alumni panel and dinner at Vernon Social with alumni from the Black Alumni Organization (BAO), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Director of Alumni Relations Steve Donovan said he considers this weekend one of the highlights for the Trinity community. “I am especially excited about the new joint tailgate celebration for alumni and students along Vernon Street,” he said. “Our students and alumni both benefit immensely from these interactions.”

Student Government Association (SGA) President Emily Claytor ’18 also shared her enthusiasm about the new tailgate tent next to Vernon Social. “I’m delighted that SGA, the Dean of Students, and the Alumni Office were able to collaborate to make this a reality. This is one of the first times in many years that there will be an event this big that is open to students and alumni. I can really see this as an opportunity for the Trinity community to feel closer and more connected than ever."

For up-to-date information on all the events of the weekend, including gatherings of alumni planning for upcoming Reunion celebrations as well as get-togethers for athletic teams and alumni athletes, please see the Homecoming schedule.