Trinity College Welcomes Alumni Back to Campus for Homecoming 2016 Festivities

New Traditions Include Friday Block Party and Free T-Shirts for Undergraduates

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 2, 2016 – Members of the Trinity College family from near and far will soon return to campus to reunite with fellow alumni, meet current students, celebrate the College and, of course, cheer on the Bantams at the football game. On Saturday, November 5, at 12:30 p.m., Trinity will face off against NESCAC league rival Amherst at the Jessee/Miller Field, with game tickets available to purchase at the stadium. Those who cannot attend in person can watch the game via webcast on NSN.

​See the Homecoming 2016 promotional video here.
This year, Homecoming Weekend will also include several new elements thanks to the combined efforts of the School Pride student working group of Campaign for Community, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Student Government Association.

Campaign for Community is a student-led initiative that was launched by President Joanne Berger-Sweeney in the spring of 2015 and puts students at the center of conversations and projects to promote respect, inclusion, and collaborative partnerships throughout campus. As part of the Campaign, students proposed ideas for more campuswide events that would unify the student body and alumni around school spirit and tradition. The School Pride student working group, led by Elise Lasky ’17 with support from the campaign’s administrative working group, has been working to implement many of these ideas this semester. The Student Government Association and SGA President Ryan Miller ’17 also have provided expertise and funds to assist in Homecoming planning.

The first new element of this year’s Homecoming is a block party on Friday, November 4, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The entirety of lower Vernon Street – including Greek houses, cultural houses, the Zachs Hillel House, Campus Safety – will host the campus community on their lawns for food, games, music, and more to kick off the weekend. Organizations located on that section of the street will partner with other student organizations to co-host inclusive activities such as games, crafts, and more to celebrate Homecoming. The Homecoming Shabbat Dinner at the Hillel House begins at 7:00 p.m. Alumni arriving to campus on Friday are invited to attend the events.

Additionally, the School Pride student working group organized a new Trinity tradition: class shirts for all undergraduates. This year, all students will receive long-sleeve t-shirts featuring their class year, completely free of charge. After receiving the shirts on Friday, students are encouraged to wear them to festivities on Saturday.

Of the additions to this year’s Homecoming program, Director of Alumni Relations Steve Donovan said, “I’m delighted that Campaign for Community students have stepped up to enhance Homecoming from a student perspective. I am also looking forward to welcoming many of Trinity’s alumni volunteers back for the Volunteer Leadership Conference on Saturday so we can say thank you for all they do to help keep alumni connected with each other and the college and also to give them an opportunity to hear from President Berger-Sweeney and others with campus updates.” Donovan also said that the Black Alumni Organization and black student organizations’ (Imani, TCBWO, and MOCA) joint panel event and reception and The Class of 1963’s celebrations of their Class of 1963 Scholars will be exciting elements of the weekend.

To promote this year’s Homecoming to all members of the Trinity community, the Campaign for Community’s School Pride group also created a video to get people in the spirit. Directed and edited by Cassia Armstrong ’18 and featuring various Trinity students and the Bantam mascot, the video has already been viewed more than 1,400 times. To watch the video, click here.

Homecoming offers many other events, in addition to the game and the block party. Some highlights of the weekend will include:

  • Watkinson Library Open House and 150th Celebration, featuring Ben Barber '65
  • Half-Century Club “Pass the Baton” Reception and Dinner
  • National Alumni Association Meeting
  • Trinity Chapel and Carillon Tour
  • Women's Basketball Alumnae Breakfast
  • Varsity Wrestling: Blue and Gold Dual and Alumni Reception
  • 4th Annual “Bantam See, Bantam Do” presented by the Black Alumni Organization
  • International House Panel and Reception
  • Trinity Homecoming Hillel – AEPI Oneg Shabbat Reception
  • Men of Color Alliance Talent Show
  • Holy Communion Service at the Trinity Chapel

For more details and a complete schedule of all of the weekend’s events, click here.

Written by Molly Thoms ’17