Join us for Homecoming 2017!

Save the Date - Homecoming 2017

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

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 out who is attending Homecoming while you check in to pick up your name tag and event tickets. Stop by the Homecoming Photo Station to get a picture with all of your friends! Be sure to 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 Student Union: Alumni & Student Forum
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Myers Library
Join alumni and current members of the Black Student Union for a State of the Union update, exchange experiences, ideas, and best practices. After the Forum, be sure to check out an excerpt from Ahead of the Curve: 100 Years of African American History at UD.

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.

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

Alumni Reunion Celebration ~ Recognizing the Class of 1967*
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons
The Class of 1967 invite 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.

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. 

Black Alumni Social*
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | American Lady Riverboat, Catfish Charlies
Enjoy good company and views of the beautiful Downtown Dubuque Riverfront as you set sail for the “Happy Hour” cruise on the American Lady Yacht. To register, contact the American Lady at 563.577.9700

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.

Alumni Pre-Sale: August 7-13, 2017 | Public Sales begin on August 14
Special Alumni Ticket Pricing: $44 Prime Seats, $40 Rear Balcony
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. | TBD, 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! Enjoy live music.  
Organizations hosting tailgate tents this year include:
- Mu Sigma Beta Fraternity
- Black Alumni and Black Student Union

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!
- Catfish Charlies
- Mi Ranchito
- Stay tuned for more announcements! 

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. - 5:00 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 the 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! More details coming soon! 

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.