Saint Xavier University Homecoming

Events and Regional Gatherings

Homecoming 2017

September 24-30, 2017
Saint Xavier University
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Preparations for Homecoming 2017 are underway! It will be a time to recognize the achievements of our alumni and students, demonstrate our Mercy heritage, celebrate our faith and renew friendships.

SXU alumni from graduation years ending in "2" and "7" have significant milestones to celebrate. Mark your calendars for September 29 and 30 and start spreading the word. Please remember that volunteers are an asset to the success of every reunion. Interested in helping? Contact or call 773-298-3316 to learn more.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Jeanmarie Gainer '85 and Maloree Johnson '15

Homecoming Liturgy and Spirit of Saint Xavier Awards Ceremony

Sunday, September 24, 2017
10 a.m.
McDonough Chapel

Our annual Homecoming Liturgy is an opportunity for all to renew their spirituality and deepen their faith with family and friends. During the liturgy, the members of the SXU National Alumni Board of Directors will recognize the following distinguished alumni:

Spirit of Saint Xavier Award


The Spirit of Saint Xavier Award is awarded to a graduate who reflects the ideals of Saint Xavier University through both volunteer efforts and professional accomplishments. Recipients are proven ambassadors of the University and long-standing supporters of Saint Xavier University's mission and its goals.

Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon '19 Award


Internationally recognized for her outstanding contributions to education, Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon '19 traveled the world, embracing cultures and languages. Honoring one of the first graduates of Saint Francis Xavier College for Women and a foreign language instructor at Saint Xavier for over 60 years, the Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon '19 Award is presented to an SXU graduate whose life is marked by "service, compassion and a yearning for knowledge." The recipient of this award creates "an opening to life" for students and embodies the values of the Sisters of Mercy.

Rita A. Ford '98 Faith in the Future Award


Presented to a promising graduate of the past ten years, the Rita A. Ford '98 Faith in the Future Award recognizes the alumnus/a whose personal, professional and/or social accomplishments reflect the core values of Saint Xavier University -- respect, excellence, compassion, service, hospitality, integrity, diversity and lifelong learning.

Faculty and Staff Homecoming Kickoff

Monday, September 25, 2017
8:30-10 a.m.
Butler Reception Room

All staff and faculty are welcome to kickoff Homecoming Week at a continental breakfast in gratitude for the work you do for SXU.

Academic Distinguished Alumni and the O'Brien Student Leadership Awards

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Butler Reception Room

The Saint Xavier community gathers to honor distinguished alumni and students from the School of Nursing; School of Education; Graham School of Management; and College of Arts and Sciences. For additional information and lists of past recipients, please view our Academic Distinguished Alumni Awards page.

Spirit of Mercy Day

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Liturgy of the Holy Spirit
McDonough Chapel

The Spirit of Mercy Day will be celebrated at noon in McDonough Chapel. The Saint Xavier University Community joins in prayer, faithful to its Catholic Mercy heritage and in anticipation of the inauguration of Dr. Laurie Joyner to be held on Friday, September 29.

Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) Service Project: Brown Bag Project

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Diner Atrium

In the Spirit of Mercy all are welcome to join us as we prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to benefit those served by PORT Ministries which for thirty years has served community members affected by poverty, hunger and despair in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. In addition to the donation of your time, donations of supplies such as: peanut butter, jelly, snacks, sweets and juice pouches, or monetary donations to offset the cost of additional supplies are always appreciated. If you would like help or donate, please contact or phone 773-298-3316.

Cougars Connect: Career Networking

Thursday, September 28, 2017
7 p.m.
Butler Reception Room

Meet alumni professionals from across all fields, majors and disciplines and find out their secrets to career success after graduation! Open to all majors and levels -- FREE PIZZA!

Class of 1992 Reunion

Friday, September 29, 2017
7 p.m.
Fourth Floor Board Room, Warde Academic Center

All graduates from the Class of 1992 are welcome back to campus for a 25th Reunion celebration. The festivities will be held in the beautiful Fourth Floor Board Room, in the Warde Academic Center, on Saint Xavier University's Chicago campus.


Online registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and includes food, soda and live entertainment by A Week Back. A cash bar will be available to purchase drinks. Online registration coming soon for discounted pricing.

Class of 1967 Reunion

The Class of 1967's 50th Reunion will be held on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, 2017. For those requiring hotel accommodations, rooms at the reduced rate of $139 per night have been secured at:

The Hilton Oak Lawn
9333 S. Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: 800-HIL-TONS (800-445-8667)
Code "Saint Xavier University"

We welcome all our Golden Graduates from the class of '67 to celebrate this milestone. Gather your classmates and join us for a walk down memory lane. We will begin the celebration with a noon liturgy, followed by a tour of campus lead by SXU student ambassadors and a traditional tea with President Joyner.

Time Event Location
Noon Liturgy McDonough Chapel
1 p.m. High Tea Butler Reception Room
2:30 p.m. Campus Tour Depart from the Butler Reception Room
4 p.m. Toes Up Time Opportunity to relax in the Scholarly Den or return to hotel to change
5 p.m. Cocktail Reception Ridge Country Club, 10522 South California, Chicago, IL 60655
6 p.m. Dinner Ridge County Club


Online registration is $65 per person. Invitations have been mailed but if you have questions contact or 773-298-3316.

17th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, September 30, 2017
9 a.m.
Shannon Center

Don't forget about the annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk! For more details and information about registration, view the Cougar 5K Run/Walk page.

Cougars' Corner Tailgate Tent and Family Fun Zone

Saturday, September 30, 2017
11 a.m.
Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field

Immediately following the Cougar 5K Run/Walk, join us for an amazing afternoon of football as our SXU Cougars face Taylor University (Ind.).

Take this opportunity to gather your family and join us for a celebration of your heritage as an alumna/us of SXU. Children's activities will include inflatables, arts and crafts, games and more!


Advance online registration is $15 per person. Admission on the day of the event is $20 per person. Children under 12 accompanied by a paid adult are free. Admission includes food, soft drinks and two drink tickets for beer or wine. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase.

For additional information please contact or 773-298-3316.

Homecoming Football Game: SXU vs. Taylor University

Saturday, September 30, 2017
1 p.m.
Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field

Come out and cheer on the SXU Cougars as they take on Taylor University (Ind.)!