On Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30, the College of the Holy Cross community celebrated its annual homecoming weekend on campus. Holy Cross alumni traveled to campus for the festivities. Highlights included a football game versus Lafayette, a pep rally, and various networking opportunities.
The annual Sader Nation Pep Rally kicked off the event on Friday evening. Representatives from Holy Cross athletic teams gathered on the Kimball Quad to greet students and alumni, offering free t-shirts and enjoying performances from the Goodtime Marching Band and cheerleading team.
Also the Holy Cross Alumni Association dinner was on Friday evening, during which the 2017 In Hoc Signo Award recipients were honored and presented with the Young Alumni Leadership Award. Recipients included Colleen M. Doern ’89, Ronald T. Maheu ’64, Thomas F. McCabe ’65, as well as The Honorable Harry K. Thomas Jr. ’78 and Sara M. Jensen ’08. This annual event seeks to provide an opportunity to acknowledge and honor alumni for their service and commitment to the College since graduation.
Prior to the football game on Saturday afternoon, students, alumni, and their families gathered for a tailgate on Freshman Field. Other pregame events included the Holy Cross Fund Breakfast and Awards Ceremony, which honored last year’s class volunteers and reunion record award winners, as well as panels and receptions for Holy Cross alumni in the law, insurance, and education fields.
At 1:00 p.m., the Crusaders faced off against the Lafayette Leopards in their fifth overall and second home game of the season. Although Holy Cross scored first with an eight-yard touchdown by sophomore tailback Miles Alexander and maintained their lead until the end of the third quarter, the Leopards responded with a 32-yard touchdown and a game-winning field goal. In a 10-7 defeat, the Crusaders fell to a 2-3 season record and 1-1 record in the Patriot League. Later in the afternoon, Women’s Soccer lost to Bucknell and Men’s Ice Hockey fell to Carleton.
Following the football game, multicultural student organizations sponsored a Kimball Quad takeover, and students and registered guests attended the yearly homecoming Edge in the Field House. The Edge, which was originally set to take place on the Kimball Quad, was moved to the Field House due to weather conditions. The event was held from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and was co-sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and Caribbean African Student Assembly (CASA).
Other notable homecoming events included the Crusader Happy Hour Meet-Up for alumni and the O’Callahan Society Homecoming Celebration, which featured keynote speaker Hon. Jeh C. Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security and General Counsel of the Department of Defense. Alumni do not have long to wait for the next Holy Cross homecoming event, as winter homecoming is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2018.