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November 15, 2022

Check out photos from Homecoming and Family Weekend 2022

Homecoming 2022

An unseasonably warm November weekend was the perfect complement to La Salle University’s Homecoming celebration.   

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2022 brought more than 1,500 alumni, students, families, and friends to La Salle’s campus across three days of events, reunions, and athletics. Highlighting the annual event, held from Nov. 11–13, was Saturday’s 20th and Olney block party. 

The inaugural block party—a format change from Homecomings of recent memory—included food trucks lining North 20th Street, which had been closed to traffic. A DJ operated from the steps of Connelly Library. A kid-friendly area on the tennis courts welcomed families and children of all ages, with an inflatable obstacle course, a nine-hole mini golf course, and lawn games. Just south, student organizations met with revelers at tabling events near Alumni House.  

Of historical significance, Homecoming and Family Weekend 2022 was the first at La Salle to include a Divine 9 stroll near the steps of Connelly Library. This is a cultural tradition for Black sororities and fraternities, including organized dance, calls, and hand-signs. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., which has a chapter on La Salle’s campus, participated in the Divine 9 stroll, as did Greek organizations with citywide chapters. Students, La Salle staff, and alumni were among the participants.

Families and alumni also got a peak at the University’s academic offerings with a tour of the Communication Center, the Art Museum, and Connelly Library’s Special Collections. A biology professor led a science demonstration, explaining how he captures wild yeast on campus to make home-brewed beer and turn his microbiology class into an interactive, unique learning exercise.  

Saturday’s events led up to a Men’s Basketball game at Tom Gola Arena in TruMark Financial Center. The Explorers, in their home opener, clinched a win against Wagner, 77-69.  

“Welcoming the wider La Salle community to our campus for Homecoming and Family Weekend is one of our greatest annual traditions,” said Vice President of University Advancement Dan Joyce, M.A. ’01. “There’s a strong affinity for our University and that was on display with so many participants across the weekend of events.” 

Homecoming and Family Weekend also included the Alumni Association Awards on Friday, Nov. 11. Sunday’s events rounded out the event with Mass, family brunch, and the 50th reunion dinner for the Class of 1972. 

Scroll down for highlights from the weekend.  

—Meg Ryan 

Alumni, faculty, staff, and students mingle on 20th Street during Saturday’s block party.
Food trucks give Homecoming attendees plenty of dining options along 20th Street.
Students participate in a Divine 9 stroll near the steps of Connelly Library. This was the first La Salle Homecoming to featuring a Divine 9 stroll—a cultural tradition for Black sororities and fraternities that includes organized dance, calls, and hand-signs.
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Student organizations line a walkway outside Alumni House, introducing their interests to Homecoming attendees.
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Families and alumni play lawn games on the grass outside College Hall.
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President Allen speaks with alumni on 20th Street, which was closed to only pedestrian traffic during Saturday’s block party.
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Brother Gerard “Gerry” F. Molyneaux, ’58, M.A. ’59, FSC, Ph.D., receives the John J. Finley, ’24, Award at the Alumni Association Awards reception.
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Michael Marrone, ’93, who founded and opened Liguori Academy, receives the 2022 Signum Fidei Medal on its behalf at the Alumni Association Awards reception.
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President Allen speaks with alumni from the Class of 1972 at their 50th reunion on Sunday.
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Mementos, including yearbooks, line a table in the Union Ballroom during the 50th reunion for the Class of 1972.
Members of the Class of 1972 pose in the Union Ballroom for a group photo.