November 15, 2018

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Pristine, blue skies did not deter paraders from popping open their parasols with pride during SU's Homecoming festivities. The parade was just the beginning of a weekend filled with merriment and meaning as the SU family reconnected and celebrated. Click here for a slideshow of other scenes.

Following is a recap of Homecoming, compliments of University Advancement:

Homecoming’s move to November was a great success thanks to the deep and collaborative partnerships between University Advancement, Student Development and Athletics. 

From November 8 to 10 Seattle University showed our Redhawk pride by celebrating our veterans throughout Homecoming. Between the ceremonial cake cutting and the Robert Bennedsen Veteran’s Day 5K, we were grateful for the opportunity to honor such an important community. We saw our Seattle U students, alumni, families and friends come out and support some of our beloved Homecoming traditions: 

  • 250 in attendance for the Red Umbrella Parade with 10 student clubs participating in the club banner competition, leading into the Redfest Celebration
  • 150 volunteers served the community for the Day of Service working with nine organizations
  • A Redhawks WIN over Bryant University at Saturday night’s Homecoming basketball game 

And we also incorporated new aspects to Homecoming to further our collaboration with campus partners: 

  • The Class Cab ride around where student leaders asked their peers trivia about Seattle U while giving them a ride to class on golf carts to spread Homecoming cheer
  • The creation of the Residence Life Challenge to encourage resident assistants to get at least 20 residents to various Homecoming events throughout the week and to the Homecoming basketball rally and game
  • Supporting the Outreach Center’s Silent Auction benefiting the Veteran’s Emergency Fund, raising $2,180 for veteran needs. (We have permission to continue to sell the Vacation Internationale packages through next Wednesday, Nov. 21. If you’re interested in traveling to Mazatlán, Palm Springs, or Vancouver, BC, please reach out to Stephanie Jamieson.)
  • The inaugural Homecoming Court Pageant to learn more about our Homecoming Court and see them in action
  • The Alumni Board of Governors generously sponsored the Redhawk Ticket, a play on the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket, to incentivize students to attend the Homecoming Rally and Game 

We are grateful for this opportunity to build and grow a beloved university tradition and are excited for next year’s even bigger celebration.

Enjoy these Homecoming highlights produced by SU Videographer Carter Johnson: 

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