Homecoming Weekend. In high school, students look forward to sporting their bright school colors, cheering on classmates during a football or soccer game, and celebrating what makes their school so special. For the many students who enjoy Homecoming, the good news is that the experiences at Villanova University are no different.
Villanova’s Homecoming Weekend not only welcomed the crisp fall weather, but it also welcomed hundreds of families and friends to campus, coming together to celebrate what makes our university so special. Saturday morning began with an open men’s basketball scrimmage in our Pavilion, introducing an amazing new team to spectators. The Homecoming Festival on Saturday afternoon spanned across our main campus and included performances from several a cappella and dance groups and an appearance from our very own mascot, Will D. Cat. Later, fans flooded the football stadium to watch our Wildcats obtain victory. On both Friday and Saturday evenings, alumni events welcomed members of organizations like the Engineering Alumni Society and the Black Alumni Society back to campus. At Villanova’s Homecoming, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Whether you’re listening to an a cappella group at the Oreo, tailgating with friends and family, or watching our football team secure a 24-13 win over Albany, the Nova Nation’s spirit winds through campus during Homecoming Weekend. Our blue and white pride was evident everywhere you looked, and while this is the norm for our school, Homecoming Weekend further exemplified how tight knit of a community Villanova University is. As members of Greek life, musical groups, family, friends, and alumni celebrated together, it was clear that events like Homecoming keep Villanova alumni and families coming back for more.
The spirit of Villanova runs through the veins of hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, and families, and celebrations like Homecoming allow for those veins to join together, forming the true body of Villanova University. What is most exciting, however, is how many students are actually the children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of Villanova alumni, and families often come to Homecoming Weekend to reconnect and celebrate the sense of community that leaves a lasting impression for generations.
James Wroblewski ’19 is a third generation Villanovan, as his grandfather, father, uncle, and sister graduated from the university. James spoke at Villanova’s Legacy Day on Sunday, telling alumni and their children about the impact Villanova has left both on his family and on him as an individual. During his college search, James visited many schools, but constantly told himself, “It’s not Villanova.” He described our university as “a warm, open, inviting and friendly community of individuals.” James considers Villanova to be “an emotional topic” for his family, and Villanova’s principles of truth, unity, and love are what have been bringing his family back for more than 70 years.
Another speaker, Elizabeth Buonomo ’18, is the daughter of two Villanova alumni whose wedding actually took place in our beautiful St. Thomas of Villanova Church. Elizabeth stated that the school felt like home and she felt very proud to be a legacy student. She advised students of alumni to “celebrate the stories that make you a Villanova legacy, but don’t be afraid to write your own.” Though she did follow her parents to our Augustinian university, Elizabeth was able to shape her own journey here, and it is that ability to make the most of your experience at Villanova that encourages more and more people to visit.
Whether you’re the child of a Villanova alumni, a current student at the university, or a prospective student, the community, academics, and endless school spirit can be found almost anywhere you look. While the Nova Nation’s pep is maintained throughout the entire year, events like Homecoming Weekend truly bring people together in a way that reminds alumni why they chose Villanova and encourages hopeful high school students to become Wildcats too.