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Homecoming 2020: Day 2
images from Holy Names University 2020 homecoming

Homecoming 2020 is going virtual! RSVP Here.



9 AM | Morning Workout

A mindfulness workout with HNU strength & conditioning coach Juan Garcia.

10 AM | Brunch with the President

President Mike Groener and Vice President for University Advancement Mary Boivin-McGhee lead a conversation about fall 2020 at HNU. Mike and Mary will discuss who our students are, how we’re supporting them, and how the University is responding to constantly changing health and social justice landscapes.

11 AM | School of Education presents: Books & Beats

Join the School of Education to discuss Dapper Dan’s memoir Made in Harlem, which follows the author’s journey from humble beginnings to breaking barriers as a pioneer of high-end streetwear. Experts in the field will discuss fashion influences in Hip Hop both locally and internationally, and will explore Hip Hop fashion’s deep African roots.

11 AM | School of Nursing presents: A Snapshot of Service

Today, many nursing students obtain their clinical experience not in hospitals, but at community centers, clinics, and other organizations in the Oakland community. In this session, HNU nursing students and local partners will share stories of student leadership amid the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare education.

1 PM | HNU Athletics Trivia

Join HNU Athletics’ sports information team to see how much you know about the history of HNU Athletics. Winner will receive a prize!

1 PM | HNU SOARS: Re-Imagining Academia at Holy Names

Explore the blueprint for an academic experience that reflects HNU’s diverse student body, encourages lifelong learning, and prepares students for leadership roles after graduation. Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, HNU’s Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, will lead the conversation.

2 PM | Tea with the Sisters

In this session, the Holy Names Sisters will discuss the SNJM core values: which values attracted them to the order, how they see those values lived today, and how to sustain the values in our rapidly changing world.

3 PM | Afternoon Workout with HNU Athletics

Chelsea Smithback ’17, women’s tennis alum, will lead a virtual full-body workout.

3 PM | Dedication to Justice: Striving for Antiracism and Activism

Learn about the steps HNU is taking toward being an antiracist community both on and off campus, and how you can participate in that effort. Conversation led by Sheila Smith McKoy (Provost and VP, Academic Affairs), Laura Lyndon (VP, student affairs), Mary Boivin-McGhee (VP, Advancement), and Shaylah Ellis ’19 (alumni activist).

4 PM | Homecoming Mass

A special alumni-focused, Sunday vigil Mass will honor the feast day of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, SNJM foundress. Hosted by HNU Campus Ministry, we invite you to join with the Class of 1970 and members of our HNU community as we celebrate all alumni and remember those who have passed away this year.

5 PM | Nursing Alumni Mixer: “Let’s Wine Down: Caring for Ourselves in Crucial Times”

Come network with HNU nursing alumni and faculty, and discuss tools and tips for self-care in a time of unprecedented healthcare challenges.

5 PM | HNU Athletics Reunion

Hear news and updates from Athletic Director Debbie Snell and assistant director Esteban Contreras. Then, split into breakout rooms for networking and activities specific to your sport.

5: 30 PM | School of Education Alumni Mixer

Network with fellow HNU education alumni, and hear updates on the School of Education from Dean Kimberly Mayfield, CRED ’94, EdD.

6 PM | Alumni Trivia Night

Join fellow alums from all programs and classes for a friendly, HNU-themed Kahoots trivia competition. Includes prizes for the winners!