Ohio Dominican University invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and family to join together on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 to celebrate the university’s annual Homecoming Celebration.
This year’s celebration will feature a wide range of family friendly events and activities, including a free tailgate prior to the football team’s matchup against Walsh University, a special Homecoming Mass, a recognition dinner to celebrate this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame honorees, and a ceremony to celebrate recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the university’s 50th anniversary classes (classes of 1970, 1971 & 1972).
This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award honorees are Dr. Martha Armstrong (class of 1971), Jaime Capestany (class of 1990), Valerie Peters Cardwell (class of 1983), Janice Knoefel (class of 1972) and Dr. Martha Galloway Petrucci (class of 1956). The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated a life according to the Ohio Dominican University motto: “To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation.”
This year’s Black and Gold Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are Mira Wright (class of 1978), Kevin McDonald (class of 1993) and Shan Wade (class of 2008), who is unable to attend this year's ceremony, but will be recognized in 2023. Click here to read more about this year’s Hall of Fame class.
A full schedule of events can be found below. Click here to register for Homecoming-related events, and here to register for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner.
Homecoming 2022 Schedule of Events
Friday, Sept. 30, 2022
5:30 – 9 p.m. | ODU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner. (Click here to register.)
Dinner is $45 per person and will take place in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, rooms 258-260.
6 – 9 p.m. | Social for the Classes of 1970, 1971 & 1972
50th anniversary gathering in the Colonial Room in Sansbury Hall
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Free Homecoming Lunch Tailgate by Panther Stadium
Join us for lunch, games, and fun for all ages – Plus, win some free ODU gear! Be sure to stop by the Alumni Office Tent by Panther Stadium to check in and pick up your free tickets.
11:30 a.m. | Class of 2012 Tailgate
Attention, members of the class of 2012 – Join your classmates for a special 10-year reunion tailgate in the reserved section of the main parking lot by Panther Stadium. Be sure to bring a comfortable chair, drinks of choice, and any food or snacks you wish to share. Families and guests are welcome. Tent and tables will be provided.
1 p.m. | ODU Homecoming Football Game in Panther Stadium
The ODU Panthers take on the Walsh University Cavaliers.
4:30 p.m. | Homecoming Mass in Christ the King Chapel in Sansbury Hall
Celebrant Fr. Jerry Rodenfels ‘70 and Concelebrant is Fr. Dan Millisor ‘81, ODU Chaplain
5:30 p.m. | Homecoming Reception and Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Celebration
Join us in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center’s Fireplace Lounge
6:15 p.m. | Homecoming Reunion Dinner
Dinner is $25 per person and will take place in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, rooms 258-260. Join in fellowship with alumni of all eras. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classes 1970, 1971 and 1972 as well as the university’s five new recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
For more information, contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90, Director of Alumni Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-253-3502.