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Save the Date, Homecoming Weekend 2020: October 8-11, 2020!

This fall, return to your alma mater for Homecoming Weekend 2020! Reconnect with old friends and classmates, see what's changed, what remains the same and celebrate your lifelong connection to Avila. Whether you attend a game, dinner theatre, one of the reunions, or another event, you don't want to miss Homecoming Weekend 2020 to share your Eagles pride!

The Alumni Office is seeking volunteers to help plan reunions for the classes ended in “0” and “5.” If you would like more information on how to help, contact the Alumni Office at or 816.501.3780.

All alumni and friends are welcome! A full schedule for the weekend will be released in June and registration will open in August. You can also keep up-to-date on the Alumni Association's Facebook page.

Questions? Contact us at or 816.501.3780.

Homecoming Weekend 2019 Schedule

Thursday, October 3

Thursday, October 3

5:30 p.m. President’s Circle and Arts at Avila Opening Night Reception • Jeanne Hamilton Olofson Plaza

This special reception recognizes President’s Circle donors and Arts at Avila patrons, thanking them for their support. By invitation only.

7:30 p.m. Goppert Theatre Presents “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” • Whitfield Center

Contact the box office at 816.501.3699 or to reserve your tickets.

Friday, October 4

Friday, October 4

10:30 a.m. Heritage Day Welcome • Orscheln Memorial Chapel Lobby, Foyle Hall

Reconnect with your classmates and friends prior to Mass.

11 a.m. Heritage Day Mass • Orscheln Memorial Chapel, Foyle Hall

Join in our annual celebration of the heritage of Avila University and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Mass includes a beautiful choral presentation by the University Singers.

12:15 p.m. Heritage Day Luncheon • Athletic Pavilion  

This annual luncheon honors Heritage Society members who have designated a gift to Avila in their estate plans or have established a named endowed scholarship. Alumnae celebrating their 50-year reunion, as well as other milestone reunion years, will also be recognized.

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2:30 p.m. Class of 1969 50-Year Reunion Reception • Learning Commons

Avila is proud to welcome back alumnae from the class of 1969, celebrating 50 years since graduation.

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4 p.m. Eagle Madness • Mabee Fieldhouse

Join Avila students for fun contests, drawings and performances by Avila Cheer & Dance teams. Free food will be provided, as well as a caricature and balloon artists, face painting, carnival games, giveaways and more!

4 – 5:30 p.m. Special Education Alumni Reception • Marian Center

Special Education alumni are invited back to celebrate the program’s 55 years at Avila. Enjoy drinks and light appetizers, while reconnecting with classmates and faculty members.

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5 p.m. Athletics Alumni Reunion • Mabee Fieldhouse

Alumni who were student-athletes are invited for drinks and light appetizers during Eagle Madness. The new Director of Athletics and coaches will be available to meet.

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6 p.m. Dinner Theatre & “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” Goppert Theatre Performance – Parent Night  • Whitfield Center

Avila parents are invited to attend a special dinner theatre night. Enjoy a dinner buffet, including prime rib, and the play immediately following for $28.

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7 p.m. Volleyball Game • Mabee Fieldhouse

Come cheer on the volleyball team as they compete against the Bethel Lions.

Saturday, October 5

Saturday, October 5

10:30 a.m. Athletics Hall of Fame Induction • Athletic Pavilion

Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be celebrated in front of their family, friends and other Hall of Fame members at this invitation-only event. Please visit to see this year’s inductees.

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10 a.m. Campus Tour • Begin at Foyle Hall

See how campus has changed and learn more about Avila today on this student-led campus tour.

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Noon – 2 p.m. Tailgate & BBQ • Thompson Hall and McCarthy Observation Deck

Bring the family to enjoy delicious Jack Stack Barbeque and the carnival atmosphere at this year’s tailgate, featuring Dom the Eagle, face painting, a bounce house and more. The $10 fee includes the tailgate and game. Children 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

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1 p.m. Football Game • Zarda Family Athletic Complex

Cheer your Avila Eagles to a victory over the Bethany College Swedes. Don’t forget to wear your purple and gold!

3 – 5 p.m. Alumni Choir Rehearsal • Orscheln Memorial Chapel Lobby, Foyle Hall

Alumni who participated in University Singers as students are invited to return to Avila to be a part of Alumni Choir, which will perform the Sunday of Homecoming Weekend.

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5 p.m. Performing Arts Alumni Reunion Reception • Thornhill Gallery

Alumni who participated in theatre or choir as a student are invited for wine and light appetizers before Dinner Theatre.

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5 p.m. Alumni Reunion Reception • Learning Commons

Alumni who are celebrating a milestone reunion year are invited to gather and reconnect, and enjoy drinks and light appetizers. Milestone reunion years end in a “9” or a “4.”

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6 p.m. Dinner Theatre & “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” Goppert Theatre Performance – Alumni & Friends Night  • Whitfield Center

Avila alumni and friends are invited to attend a special dinner theatre night. Enjoy a dinner buffet, including prime rib, and the play immediately following for $28.

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Sunday, October 6

Sunday, October 6

11 a.m. Alumni Mass • Orscheln Memorial Chapel, Foyle Hall

Join us as we celebrate Mass as a community, a homecoming tradition. The Alumni Choir will perform.

Noon Campus Ministry Alumni Reunion Brunch • Carondelet Activities Room, Carondelet Hall 1st Floor

All alumni who were active in Campus Ministry as students are invited to this reunion brunch. Mimosas, coffee, brunch … what better way to reconnect with fellow alumni!

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12:15 p.m. Alumni Awards Ceremony & Luncheon • Athletic Pavilion

Outstanding alumni will be honored and their accomplishments celebrated at this annual event. Please click here to see this year’s awardees. By invitation only.

1 & 3:30 p.m. Soccer Games • Zarda Family Athletic Complex

Cheer on the women’s soccer team at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3:30 p.m. Both teams will compete against the Southwestern College Jinx.

2 p.m. Goppert Theatre Presents “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” • Whitfield Center

Contact the box office at 816.501.3699 or to reserve your tickets.


To continue the tradition set by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to serve the dear neighbor without distinction, Avila will host a collection for items to be donated to the Feed Your Friends Avila University Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry at Avila University opened in the spring of 2020 to assist students and their families who struggle with food insecurity as we continually strive to find ways to support students and help them be successful.

The following items can be brought to any homecoming event for the Food Pantry:

  • Canned Meat (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)
  • Rice
  • Canned Fruit
  • Diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, & tomato paste
  • Canned Vegetables (besides green beans)
  • Cereal
  • Beans especially: garbanzo beans, pinto beans, & baked beans (canned or dry)
  • Pasta
  • Deodorant - Men's and Women's
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Condiments - salad dressing, ketchup, mayo, etc.
  • Jelly
  • Cooking Oil
  • Baking and Pancake Mixes
  • Microwave meals/to-go meals
  • Peanut butter alternatives: Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Coconut Butter, etc.

An up to date Amazon wish list can be found by clicking here.

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