Saint Xavier University Homecoming

Events and Regional Gatherings

Homecoming 2017

September 24-30, 2017
Saint Xavier University
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Preparations for Homecoming 2017 are underway! It will be a time to recognize the achievements of our alumni and students, demonstrate our Mercy heritage, celebrate our faith and renew friendships.

SXU alumni from graduation years ending in "2" and "7" have significant milestones to celebrate. Mark your calendars for September 29 and 30 and start spreading the word. Interested in helping? Contact or call 773-298-3316 to learn more.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Jeanmarie Gainer '85

Homecoming Liturgy and Spirit of Saint Xavier Awards Ceremony

Sunday, September 24, 2017
10 a.m.
McDonough Chapel

Our annual Homecoming Liturgy is an opportunity for all to renew their spirituality and deepen their faith with family and friends. During the liturgy, members of the SXU National Alumni Board will honor the the following alumni for exemplifying mercy in their words and actions.

Magdalen "Midge" Ward '50 Spirit of Saint Xavier Award
Brian P. Swift '84 Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon '19 Award
Carol A. Bradtke '10 Rita A. Ford '98 Faith in the Future Award

To view the previous recipients or learn more about each award, please visit the Alumni Association Awards page.

Faculty and Staff Homecoming Kickoff

Monday, September 25, 2017
8:30-10 a.m.
Butler Reception Room (L-203)
Warde Academic Center

All staff and faculty are welcome to kickoff Homecoming Week at a continental breakfast in gratitude for the work you do for SXU.

Academic Distinguished Alumni and the O'Brien Student Leadership Awards

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Butler Reception Room (L-203)
Warde Academic Center

The Saint Xavier community gathers to honor the following distinguished alumni whose personal and professional lives emulate the values of SXU.

Sister Joy Clough, R.S.M. '65 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award
Justin M. Anthos, Ph.D. '08 George K. McGuire, School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award
Elizabeth Fassl Cumpian '88 School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award
Joseph A. Collins '80 (posthumous) Angelo A. Bonadonna, Jr. '08 Spirit of WXAV Award

For additional information and lists of past recipients, please view our Academic Distinguished Alumni Awards page.

Spirit of Mercy Day

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Liturgy of the Holy Spirit
McDonough Chapel

The Spirit of Mercy Day will be celebrated at noon in McDonough Chapel. The Saint Xavier University Community joins in prayer, faithful to its Catholic Mercy heritage and in anticipation of the inauguration of Dr. Laurie Joyner to be held on Friday, September 29.

Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) Service Project: Brown Bag Project

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Diner Atrium
Warde Academic Center

In the Spirit of Mercy all are welcome to join us as we prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to benefit those served by PORT Ministries which for thirty years has served community members affected by poverty, hunger and despair in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. In addition to the donation of your time, donations of supplies such as: peanut butter, jelly, snacks, sweets and juice pouches, or monetary donations to offset the cost of additional supplies are always appreciated. If you would like help or donate, please contact or phone 773-298-3316.

Cougars Connect: Career Networking Night

Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Butler Reception Room (L-203)
Warde Academic Center

Cougars Connect: Career Networking Night allows you to meet alumni professionals from across all fields, majors and disciplines and find out their secrets to career success after graduation! Open to all majors and levels -- FREE PIZZA!

Carlos Andrés Gómez

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7 p.m.
McGuire Hall (L-216)
Warde Academic Center

Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker, and writer from New York City. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House. Named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine and Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards. A former social worker and public school teacher, Carlos has lectured and performed at more than 500 colleges and universities, facilitated countless workshops, and delivered numerous keynotes and commencement addresses.

Free and open to the public.

Class Reunions

Friday, September 29, 2017

Connect with your former classmates by attending your class reunion! Saint Xavier University's Alumni Relations is offering you the opportunity to relive old memories and share new updates with the people who shared in your academically formative years.

Saint Xavier is hosting three upcoming reunions. For more information, please visit the Reunions page.

17th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, September 30, 2017
9 a.m.
Shannon Center

Don't forget about the annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk! For more details and information about registration, view the Cougar 5K Run/Walk page.

Cougars' Corner Tailgate Tent and Family Fun Zone

Saturday, September 30, 2017
11 a.m.
Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field

Immediately following the Cougar 5K Run/Walk, join us for an amazing afternoon of football as our SXU Cougars face Taylor University (Ind.).

Take this opportunity to gather your family and join us for a celebration of your heritage as an alumna/us of SXU. Children's activities will include inflatables, arts and crafts, games and more!


Advance online registration is $10 per person. Admission on the day of the event is $15 per person. Children under 12 accompanied by a paid adult are free. Admission includes food, soft drinks and two drink tickets for beer or wine. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase.

For additional information please contact or 773-298-3316.

Homecoming Football Game: SXU vs. Taylor University

Saturday, September 30, 2017
1 p.m.
Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field

Come out and cheer on the SXU Cougars as they take on Taylor University (Ind.)!