If you were at KeyArena this past weekend, then you know that Seattle University successfully celebrated its 2nd Annual Homecoming with a major win on the court. But our defeat of Idaho wasn’t the only win of the weekend; we are counting the return of Homecoming itself.
From the 1940s up to the late 1970s, Homecoming held great significance for Seattle University. It was a time when students and alumni celebrated their pride in our great university, and the city celebrated with us. The spark of Homecoming was rekindled last year with an alumni rally and the first Homecoming court in almost 30 years, but that spark burst into a flame this year with a full weekend of Homecoming activities and a tremendous show of Seattle U pride.
On Friday, Fr. Steve and the students led a parade through campus ending with the announcement of the 2014 Homecoming Court in the packed Student Center.
On Saturday, alumni and students filled KeyArena in droves of red. Alumni started at the Homecoming pre-game rally and then marched into the arena with the students for the game. All those present could feel the excitement and the sense of a community coming together with a shared goal of cheering their team on to victory. At halftime, the Homecoming Court was honored and the Royals crowned following the introduction of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.
Following the game, alumni flocked to T.S. McHughs for an after-party celebrating the outstanding victory on the court and the sense of camaraderie that comes with watching your alma mater triumph.
For a weekend all about tradition, Homecoming came to a close rather fittingly with an alumni mass on Sunday morning and the Hall of Fame Luncheon in the afternoon, paying tribute to some of the best athletes Seattle U has seen over the years.
If the growth of Homecoming over the last year is an indication of anything, it’s that you won’t want to miss next year, when the flame of Homecoming tradition will be burning brighter than ever.
Did you make it out to Homecoming? What was your favorite part? If you missed it, you can check out some of our favorite shots from Homecoming in our Homecoming Alumni Album.
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