Join us for Homecoming 2017!

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Homecoming is the perfect time to show your Spartan Spirit! Participate in UD Homecoming activities to relive your days on campus, explore the many new features of campus, and connect with UD alumni and friends! Below you will find a wonderful array of events that are opportunities to be together and celebrate Homecoming 2017. Be sure to check back often for the latest schedule of events. We look forward to welcoming you back to your campus home! 

Relive past Homecoming moments with these albums:

Homecoming 2014 (180x180)‌   Homecoming 2015 (180x180px)‌   Homecoming 2016 (180x180px)‌‌   

Thursday, October 19

Aviation Career Day
11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Flight Operations Center, Airport Road, Dubuque, IA 52003
Kick off Homecoming with students, flight instructors, and UD alumni pilot recruiters from Sky West, ExpressJet, Envoy, Republic Airways, Textron Aviation, and more! Refreshments will be provided. 

Heritage Society Dinner
5:30 p.m. | Dubuque Golf & Country Club, 1800 Randall Place, Dubuque, IA 52003
The Heritage Society honors those who have indicated the University of Dubuque will receive a future investment from their estate. An invitation with additional details will be mailed to Heritage Society members.

Friday, October 20

Homecoming Registration – Spartan Welcome Center
10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. | American Trust Lounge, 2nd Floor, Heritage Center
Check in to pick up your name tag, event tickets, and Homecoming t-shirt! Check out the photo station to see who is attending Homecoming and be sure to get a picture with all of your friends. Stop by the Spartan Welcome Center throughout the day for additional event details, to grab snacks, and reminisce with friends.

Chapel Service
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. | Blades Chapel
Reflect with alumni and students during this special Homecoming Chapel Service. 

Campus Tour
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center
Take a walk down memory lane as you explore UD’s beautiful and ever-expanding campus where you’ll see new buildings, renovations, and student resources. This special "Then and Now" tour will be led by UD alumnus David Proudfoot (C'73) and a current UD staff member, with special surprise guests along the way. Join in to hear great stories from fellow Spartans, and be prepared to share your campus memories! Walking tour, golf carts available upon advanced request.

Campus Lunch
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Cyber Café, Heritage Center
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Juice Bar, Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
Explore the different dining options available on campus and take the opportunity to talk with students about their experiences.

Black Alumni and Student Social 
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Welch Dining Room, Charles and Romona Myers Center
Join in to hear an update from the Black Student Union, followed by an alumni panel. After the panel, enjoy refreshments, mingle with fellow alums and students, and be sure to check out an excerpt from Ahead of the Curve: The First Century of African American Experiences at the University of Dubuque.

Click here to see all of the Black Alumni Reuion Events  

Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center Open House and Scholarship Presentation
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Blades Hall (garden level)
Dedicated at Homecoming 2015, the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veteran’s Center is committed to providing support services for those veterans studying on campus. Stop by to congratulate the 2017 Veterans Award for Distinguished Service honoree, Richard “Ernie” Goebel, and join us as we honor this year’s Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Scholarship Recipient, Johnathan James.

Dedication of the Dan W. Runkle Baseball Field 
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Baseball Field, Chlapaty Sports Complex

Campus Tour
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center

Alumni Reunion Celebration ~ Recognizing the Class of 1967
4:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
The Class of 1967 invites their UD Family – ALL UD SPARTANS – to join them as they celebrate their 50th Class Reunion! This is a great opportunity to visit, reminisce, and celebrate with fellow Spartans, a true UD celebration! Dinner included, catered by L.May Eatery.

Visit the Class of 1967 Reunion page!

Alumni Choir Rehearsal 
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Aitchison Welch Choral Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center
Relive your days in choir by joining the current UD Concert Choir in rehearsal for the National Anthem prior to the football game.

Spartan BBQ on the Patio
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Cyber Café & Patio, Heritage Center
Join fellow alums, students, and other members of the campus community for a Homecoming BBQ.  This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy great food, fellowship, and music to kick off the evening's festivities. 

LIVE Pre-Show on Knapp Stage - Jake Theisen: Cool Acoustic Tunes
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Cyber Café, Heritage Center
Get pumped up for Heritage Center's Main Stage event while enjoying some great music by Jeff Theisen. Jeff plays classics like Paul Simon, Pearl Jam, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, and Johnny Cash to cover tunes from current artists such as One Republic, Zac Brown, and Ed Sheeran. All Spartans are welcome for this free event! 

Art Show – 5th Annual International Photography Exhibit
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Bisignano Art Gallery, Heritage Center
UD students, staff and faculty go away. They travel to study; they travel to eat; they travel to see art; they travel to meet new people. And, thankfully, they all travel with their cameras. This exhibition displays over 100 images from around the world taken and submitted by our University community.

Tony Danza: Standards and Stories
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center  
Alumnus Tony Danza (C’72, HON’04) makes his debut appearance on the Heritage stage. Best known for his starring roles on two of television’s most iconic series, Taxi and Who’s The Boss, Danza has also established himself as a song and dance man, recently receiving rave reviews for his performance in the hit Broadway musical, Honeymoon In Vegas. Danza performs a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as selections from Honeymoon in Vegas, while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music.

Special Alumni Ticket Pricing: $44 Prime Seats, $40 Rear Balcony.
Use code: classof72
Seats can be purchased by calling the Farber Box Office, 563.585.SHOW (7469), or online at 

Saturday, October 21

Homecoming Registration - Spartan Welcome Center
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center

Class of 1968 & 1993 Planning Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Room 207, Heritage Center

Alumni Recognition Brunch
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Straatmeyer Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center
Join President Bullock as we honor Alumni/ae Achievement Award recipients. This year’s honorees are:

  • Alumnus of Distinction: Richard “Dick” Svrluga C’71
  • Award of Merit: Charity Edgar C’07, Matthew Metelak C’11
  • Professional Achievement: Thaddeus Foucher C’78
  • Service to Community: Rick Wallace C’81
  • Veterans Award for Distinguished Service: Richard “Ernie” Goebel C’82
  • Volunteer Recognition: Lenis “Lenny” Weih C’67

Campus Tour
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | American Trust Lounge, Heritage Center

Homecoming Registration – Tailgate Central
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Chalmers Field Tent 

Spartan Fest! – University Tailgate
11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Under the Big Tent, Upper Finley Parking Lot
It’s a Spartan Festival!! Ramp up your Spartan Spirit before the football game and visit with classmates, friends, and the UD community. Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon – enjoy inflatable obstacle courses, games, competitions, and activities. Get game day ready and stop by the face painting and tattoo station, while enjoying live music!  

Organizations hosting tailgate tents this year include:
- Black Alumni and Black Student Union 
- Mu Sigma Beta Fraternity
Interested in hosting a tailgate tent for your organization?
Contact the UD Alumni Office at

NEW THIS YEAR…it’s not a festival without FOOD TRUCKS! Local vendors will be on campus serving up your favorites!

  • 1st and Main
  • Catfish Charlies
  • Habits Coffee & Mini Donut Co.
  • Magoo's Pizza
  • Mi Ranchito

Spartan Volleyball Game
Noon | Stoltz Gymnasium

Alumni Choir Rehearsal
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Aitchison Welch Choral Rehearsal Room, Heritage Center

Spartan Football Game vs. Simpson Storm
2:00 p.m. | Chalmers Field
Show your Spartan Spirit and wear your favorite Spartan Blue attire for an exciting football game as our Spartans take on Simpson Storm. During half-time, join us in congratulating the 2017 Alumni/ae Achievement Award recipients. Prior to the game we will recognize, Ernie Goebel and Johnathan James as they participate in the flag raising ceremony.

Spartan Nation Reunion
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Spartan Fest continues immediately following the football game for an All Alumni Reunion! Join us under the "Big Tent" at Champps Americana as we gather with fellow Spartans for a great Homecoming celebration. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with alums and enjoy refreshing beverages and tasty food at one of our favorite spots.  Dinner included, a private cash bar will be available throughout the evening. 

Organizations hosting gatherings include (click for more details): 

Interested in hosting a gathering with your organization?
Contact the UD Alumni Office at

Sunday, October 22

Worship Services
Various times and locations in Dubuque.
Worship service information will be available at Homecoming Registration. 

UD Choir Concert
3:00 p.m. | Blades Hall
There’s no better way to wrap up your Homecoming Weekend than with this special UD Choir event to benefit the music program. Members of the UD Concert Choir will be performing while you are served dessert.