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Homecoming/Gala Weekend Package-October 24-27, 2019

Save the date and save some money! For a limited time Alumni can purchase a reduced price ticket (savings totally $275!) to the 2019 Thrive Gala that includes access to ALL homecoming activities from Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27. Don't miss this opportunity to reconnect with Marian University friends, old and new. Enjoy a fabulous dinner and program, then dance the night away at the Thrive Gala, and then wake up for a tailgate breakfast before cheering on the Knights against Lawrence Tech University at 1 p.m. See the full 2019 Homecoming event schedule here. There's no place like Homecoming. All we need is you!

Homecoming Weekend Package must be purchased by September 15. Rate is per person for alumni, with the option of one non-alumni guest ticket at the same rate.

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Students return to campus this month, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement is already busy preparing for a very full and exciting homecoming and gala weekend from October 24-27. We’re especially excited about a discounted offer for alumni that includes tickets to the Thrive Gala and all Homecoming Weekend events and activities, if purchased by September 15.

If you haven’t attended the gala before, I encourage you to try it. Along with nearly 2,000 of Marian’s closest friends, you will enjoy more than a delicious meal, open bar, live music, and dancing. You will also have the opportunity to learn the latest and greatest about Marian University’s impact on students and the community at large. This year we’ll hear about how Marian is thriving and benefiting our community. We’ll also highlight the beautiful imagery of The Saint John’s Bible in the décor. I have had the good fortune to attend the last seven galas, and have been inspired by what I experience every single year. No one ever regrets attending a Marian University gala! 

Homecoming weekend signature events begin with the always popular Trick-or-Treat and Thirsty Thursday, the Thrive Gala Friday night, tailgating, Knights vs. Lawrence Technological University football game, Mass in honor of deceased alumni, and the All-Alumni Celebration on Saturday. This year we are offering additional events on Sunday, including Sunday Mass, lunch, and an afternoon concert featuring Steinway artist, Theresa Walters. I hope you will join us. 

I am especially excited about the Homecoming Weekend Thirsty Thursday at Sommers Mansion, home to the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement and the Office of Institutional Advancement. This is the “newest” mansion on Marian’s property, and is located at 3650 Cold Spring Road at the top of the hill by Cold Spring Elementary School. If you haven’t been inside this mansion yet, you will be delighted by all the ambiance and personality of this building.

Visit for a full list of the activities, and to make your reservations for Homecoming and Gala Weekend 2019.

Another exciting addition to campus this year is The Saint John’s Bible. All alumni are invited to come see the Bible or to participate in bible-related activities—even train to be a docent. Watch this newsletter and the campus events calendar for upcoming programs and activities and direct all inquiries to

Check out what else is going on in the monthly newsletter. Go, Knights!

Cathy Siler, director of alumni and parent engagement

Upcoming alumni events

For more information

Cathy Watt Siler '86
Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement
(317) 955-6241

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