Homecoming Weekend

Hartford, Connecticut, October 19, 2018 – Scores of alumni, family, and friends came out for Trinity College Homecoming Weekend 2018, October 12-14. The weekend kicked off on Friday afternoon with members of Trinity College Greek Life leading an engaging mentoring event involving students and alumni at Vernon Social.  In addition, members of the Half Century Club joined with students and faculty emerti for the annual Pass the Baton dinner at the Smith House, in honor of the Class of 1969.

Although the Homecoming festivities last all weekend, Saturday events were once again the heartbeat of the Homecoming celebration. In true Trinity fashion, alumni, staff, faculty, students, and parents turned out in force. “Homecoming Headquarters” at Vernon Social was bursting all day with Bantams listening to Trinity’s a capella groups, playing Trinity Trivia, and singing karaoke. The Student Government Association (SGA), working alongside several campus partners, created a welcoming space for all Bantams to come together throughout the day for a free tailgate and family-friendly activities.

Reunion Committees gathered in Hamlin Hall for breakfast, while others met on the practice soccer field for a special presentation about the future of Trinity College athletics.  President Joanne Berger-Sweeney and Director of Athletics Drew Galbraith announced plans for a Trinity College Athletics Hall of Fame. The announcement fueled an exciting day of sports events. Thousands of fans enjoyed cheering on the Bantams and tailgating throughout campus that brought together generations of Bantams for a day 'neath the elms. This year, the Trinity Women’s Leadership Council hosted their first ever tailgate tent at the entrance of Jessee/Miller Field (photo - Dan) and joined dozens of other Bantams as flag bearers prior to kick off, in a special American Flag ceremony. Trinity's Independent Degree Program (IDP) hosted a tailgate for students and alumni at the Center for Global and Urban Studies and had wonderful participation in their new annual tradition.

The centerpiece of Homecoming is always the Trinity football game. The Bantams faced off against Tufts and handed the opposing team their first loss of the season, with Trinity winning, 38-24. During halftime of the game, alumni from the football teams of 1993 and 2008 were recognized for their undefeated seasons.

This year an earlier date for Homecoming allowed fans to enjoy competitions in women's volleyball, women's field hockey, and men and women’s soccer. “We were delighted with the large turnout for the earlier Homecoming date,” said Steve Donovan, director of alumni relations. “Saturday turned into a beautiful autumn day and the campus was alive with students, alumni, parents, and friends celebrating all across the campus. Almost all of our fall sports teams competed at home that day and our student-athletes appreciated the larger crowds to cheer them on.”

The Homecoming energy continued on Saturday evening. The Office of Alumni Relations, the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization, Imani, and the Black Student Union hosted a lively discussion, entitled “Black Bantams: Keeping the Passion Alive” about pursing dreams after graduation. Trinity College trustee, Shawn Wooden ’91 reminded students to never give up on their dreams and to always remember the value of time in your life. The Chapel hosted a presentation on the upcoming restoration project and entertained guests with an organ demonstration and tours of the carillon.  The Class of 1963 hosted its annual reception and dinner in honor of their class scholars and the Pipes celebrated its 80th anniversary with a gathering at the Underground Coffee House.

Dozens of alumni visited the Chapel prior to departing on Sunday morning, where a special service and fellowship gathering was held.  Once again, Bantams showed their eagerness to reconnect with one another on campus and their pride for Trinity.

View pictures from the weekend.