Homecoming and Family Day


October 13, 2018

Homecoming and Family Day at Bridgewater State University unites the past with the present, creating a wonderful opportunity for alumni to rekindle ties with old classmates and families to reconnect with their students while experiencing an array of cultural, athletic and entertainment events. Join our students, alumni, families, and friends for one of our largest annual gatherings to celebrate campus pride and experience BSU life.

Registration Available September 1, 2018

Alumni and Friends
Students (No registration required)


2017 Schedule of Events

6 PM

Friday, October 20

Hall of Fame Dinner
Information and Registration


8 AM – 6 PM

Saturday, October 21

WBIM Alumni DJ Takeover
Tune into WBIM 91.5 FM to hear your favorite Alumni DJs.

9 AM

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
Tinsley Field #1
Parking available in Burnell/Hart Lots
Take part in the 18th annual alumni lacrosse game! Odds vs. Evens Grad years face off at 9 a.m. Then the Alumni vs. Varsity game is at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a post-game reception.
Interested in joining or being involved? Email Dan Warren '98 at danwarren12@hotmail.com for information.

10 AM

Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Reunion/Game
Swenson Turf Field
Parking available in Burnell/Hart Lots
Take part in the alumni lacrosse game! There will also be a post-game tailgate in Swenson Lot.  
Interested in joining or being involved? Email Coach Erica Adams at erica.adams@bridgew.edu for information.

10 AM & 1:30 PM
(arrive 15 minutes early)

Explore Great Hill Walking Trails
Tinsley Center
Join staff from campus recreation for a 30-minute trek through the Great Hill Trails.
Located behind the Tinsley Center, explore parts of this well-groomed, three-mile, on-campus natural resource.
Open to the community. Questions can be directed to Dan Rezendes at 508.531.2976 or drezendes@bridgew.edu.

PDF icon Download a Great Hills PDF trail map.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Family Brunch (student and family event)
Flynn Dining Common, Tillinghast Hall
Please Note: Registration is closed due to maximum capacity. Please contact New Student & Family Programs at 508.531.1840 to be put on a waitlist.
Start your day with a hardy fall brunch that offers an abundance of delicious menu choices for the whole family including breakfast pizzas, pumpkin pancakes, eggs benedict, yogurt waffle bowls and traditional breakfast staples. Enjoy a casual, social environment with opportunity to meet other families and mingle with the President, BSU staff and members of the Family Association.
Those who wish to hear President Clark's welcoming remarks should plan to arrive prior to 11 AM. The brunch buffet will be open until 11:30 AM. There is no charge for students with a BSU meal plan.

11 AM - 3 PM

Anderson Art Gallery Exhibit
Christoffer Relander
For a year Relander has been double exposing landscapes into mason jars, this to realize a childish dream. He plays with the idea of being an ambitious collector conserving his environments into a large personal collection. Most landscapes are from where he grew up, in the countryside in the south of Finland, where Relander's roots still lie. After becoming father separation anxiety to his own childhood absorbed him into this project. With analog multiple exposures, Relander is able to manipulate his film in-camera—this project was not created or manipulated in an external software such as Photoshop.

11 AM - 3 PM

CANCELLED Biology’s Natural History Collection Open House
Department of Biological Sciences
DMF Lower Level Atrium/Park Avenue Hallway
Bridgewater State University is among few academic institutions in Massachusetts to house an exceptional collection of biological materials showcasing the tremendous diversity of life on our planet. The BSU community and their families are invited to stop by the first floor of the Science and Mathematics Center to visit and learn about specimens proudly housed in our Natural History Collection. Come speak with a curator and student curators about the past, present and future of this and other valuable collections. Learn how we manage biological specimens while keeping with our mission to cultivate scientific research, aid in the learning process of higher education by getting to see interesting and important species, preserve an important biological tradition, and foster an appreciation for biodiversity through public outreach.

11 AM - 3 PM

Science and Mathematics Center
Located on the rooftop of the Science and Mathematics Center, students and staff will be available to show you the telescopes, one built by our very own students, all of which provide a lens to wonders of the night sky.
Please note this event is subject to cancellation due to weather.

11 AM - 2 PM

Men's and Women's Basketball Alumni Games
Adrian Tinsley Center
Women's Alumni 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Men's Alumni 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Following games tailgating area for alums in Swenson Lot. Alums and families will need to park for event in Hooper, Moakley, Burnell Lots or Parking Garage. Tinsley and Swenson Lots will be closed.

11:30 AM

Welcome Home Lunch
Rondileau Campus Center, Ballroom
Alumni, friends and family will have a chance to meet up before the festivities to enjoy a casual meal and a fun atmosphere! Tables will be available by request for groups to sit together. Around noon the football team will swing by to ramp up the excitement on their way to the fair!

Noon - 4 PM

Homecoming & Family Day Fair
University Park
The fair is the centerpiece of the day and a showcase of life at BSU. Come view student performances, meet our student leaders, and enjoy a number of novelties, inflatables and fun for all ages. Be sure to check back for a more detailed listing of activities, performances and vendors. Enjoy all of the activities including:

Feed the Future! - Donate to Food Bank 4U

Drop located near the Martin Richard Statue on University Park
Our call to action, “FEED THE FUTURE” ensures that a student can fuel their minds and bodies so they may put aside the worry and stress of food insecurity and achieve their potential here as a student, and beyond into a productive member of society.

We hope all our friends, families, students, and Alumna will drop a donation at the Food Bank 4U booth located next to the Martin Richard statue. Common items needed: Cereal, granola bars, oatmeal, rice, canned black beans, meat soups and ANY canned meat.

Meet special guest and alumna, Chakara White-Cardillo, recently crowned as Mrs. Massachusetts, who will be present to help support this important cause.

Watch some of our student organizations showcase their talents in one of our many Homecoming competitions.  See the crowning of the 2017 Homecoming Champion.

Visit our tables and play games created by BSU students. Enjoy some inflatable rides and novelties.  There is something for everyone! At 12:15 PM, cheer on our Football Team and Pep Band as they parade through the fair!

Beantown Trolley - Boarding at University Park
Enjoy a tour of the beautiful BSU campus narrated by staff or alumni. Tour Guides will highlight BSU's past, present and future. Sit back, relax and capture the beautiful fall foliage for an insider's view of BSU on our San Francisco style trolley cars. Tours will board on a first come, first served basis.

Be A Peacemaker! - Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice
In observance of International Peace Day, design your own peace & justice flag! The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice and Community Service Center will have materials available for you to create a flag symbolizing how you can promote peace by working for justice in your community.  The flags will be displayed on campus to reflect the BSU community's commitment to peace and justice.

This event is inspired by the original Peace Flag Project in Providence, RI.

More activities are being planned! Check back for updates.


BSU Men's Soccer vs. Mass Maritime Academy
Swenson Field
Parking will not be available in Swenson Lot.

There will also be a Uniform Yard Sale, featuring retired BSU athletics uniforms, 1-5 p.m. Cash only. This event is FREE.

12 - 3 PM

NEW Backstage Tours
Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium
Take a guided tour with Mark Johnson, director of the RCC Auditorium to learn about what happens behind the scenes of a theater production. Get an exclusive sneak peek at the stage set-up for the current production of the musical Gypsy that was built completely by BSU students. Tours will be limited to 10-12 people and will last approximately ½ hour, leaving on a first come basis, with the last tour at 2:30PM. Accessibility to the stage may be limited due to staging.

Gypsy will be playing at 8:00pm. Click for Gypsy tickets and more information.

12 - 4 PM

NEW EarthView
Kelly Large Gym
EarthView is a must see! Come learn more about the earth from a new perspective, from the inside of an inflatable model of the Earth, 22 feet in diameter and two stories tall! Dr. Vernon Domingo in the Department of Geography will lead you through this fascinating teaching tool and a delicate work of art. The outside is a hand-painted, large-scale map of the Earth's surface, showing biological communities, rivers, seas, landforms, continents, islands, oceans, and major cities. The inside reveals the positions of tectonic plate boundaries and ocean spreading centers, along with all of the detail visible from the outside. All those entering the EarthView should remove their shoes (unless precluded by a physical disability) and MUST BE WEARING SOCKS.

1 - 4 PM

Dunn Conference Suite, Crimson Hall
As one of the most popular campus activities amongst our BSU students, families and guests are invited to enjoy a fun, interactive game of BINGO with their BSU student. Be sure to stop by and take a chance at winning great prizes!

1:30 PM (arrive 15 minutes early)

Explore Great Hill Walking Trails
Tinsley Center
Join staff from campus recreation for a 30-minute trek through the View Great Hill Trails Map.
Located behind the Tinsley Center, explore parts of this well-groomed, three-mile, on-campus natural resource.
Open to the community. Questions can be directed to Dan Rezendes at 508.531.2976 or drezendes@bridgew.edu.

PDF icon Download a Great Hills trail map PDF .

2 PM

Student Government Association Alumni Reception
Barry House
Gather with fellow former SGA alumni, including Carrie Kulick-Clark '85, G'98, at the President's House on campus.

3 - 6 PM

Rathskeller Tent
Swenson Lot
We're bringing back the "Rathskeller" for one day only! A tented event with music, drinks, food and TVs streaming the game! 21+ only. ID required.

4 PM

Homecoming Football Game
BSU Bears vs. Western Connecticut State University
Swenson Field
Parking will not be available in Swenson Lot.
The BSU Football Team takes the field for an evening Homecoming Game. Halftime will feature entertainment and traditional announcement of the winners of student group competitions. There will also be a Uniform Yard Sale, featuring retired BSU athletics uniforms, from 1-5p.m. Cash only. This event is FREE for students with ID and children under 12, $5 for all other guests. Open to the public. (Limited $8 Red Zone tickets available with full seat backs) Proceeds benefit BSU Athletics.

Sundown-After the Game

Homecoming festivities will close with a spectacular display of fireworks at Swenson Field immediately following the football game! Some space will be available on the Tinsley/Swenson field for lawn viewing after the game. Please bring a blanket.

8 PM

Rondileau Campus Center

Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success . . . while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication.
The celebrated score, by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” “Small World,” and “Together Wherever We Go."


Performance Dates:
Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 26 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 27 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m.


Throughout the weekend, the classes of 1962, 1967, 1992 and 2007 will be celebrating reunions.

More details to come!

Arrival on Campus

When you arrive on campus plan to stop by the information tent on the Boyden Quad where you will be greeted by staff who can assist you with navigating the day and provide you with an updated schedule and campus map. Information Tables will be conveniently located throughout campus.


Dress for Saturday festivities is casual. We encourage you to plan for the ever changing weather in New England. We encourage attendees to accentuate campus pride by wearing BSU colors and logos.

Disability Access

Guests and students who require accommodations should contact BSU as soon as possible.

Students and family: New Student and Family Programs at 508.531.1840

Alumni: Alumni Relations at 508.531.1290

Parking Information and Shuttle Bus Service

The campus parking restrictions are lifted during weekends beginning on Friday at 4 pm and ending Sunday at 6 pm. Parking will be permitted in all parking areas during this time. Based on the layout of the day, the following parking options are recommended:

    1. The Parking Garage (GPS: 451 Great Hill Drive) is highly recommended as it is most central to activities throughout the day
    2. Visitors attending the Alumni or President's Brunch may opt to park on west campus in the lots behind Harrington Hall (Harrington Lot) or next to the Dana Mohler-Faria Science Center (West Lot).
    3. Visitors just attending the football game are encouraged to park in the Hooper Lot (Note: Swenson Lot will be closed).

A shuttle bus servicing parking areas on both east and west campus will run throughout the day. Shuttle stops will include locations closest to scheduled events including East Campus Commons and parking garage, School Street and Park Avenue on West Campus and Swenson Field. Download Campus Map PDF

On-Campus Dining Options

Sodexo Food Service welcomes BSU families and alumni by offering a variety of dining options throughout the day including brunch specials in East Campus Common Dining Hall from 10am-2pm and a concession stand at Swenson Field during the football game. Families may also purchase meals at any of the campus food service areas during normal operating hours.

On West Campus: the Bear's Den, open 9am-2pm. "Guest Passes" can be used.

On East Campus: The ECC dining hall will serve brunch from 10-2 pm, and dinner from 4:30-7 and Crimson Hall will be open for service 2-11pm.

BSU Bookstore

The BSU Bookstore will be open 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Homecoming and Family Day.


Download a Campus Map PDF

Bridgewater State University is located in Southeastern Massachusetts within easy reach of major highways. The campus is approximately 40 minutes south of Boston, 30 minutes north of Cape Cod and 50 minutes northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. There is an MBTA stop right on campus for easy access via public transportation. The link above provides directions from various locations.

Hotel Information

The following area hotels are located within approximately 20 miles of the university. Some offer a discounted rated for BSU community so be sure to ask when making your reservation.

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Middleboro
4 Chalet Road
Middleboro, MA 02346

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Middleboro
43 Harding Street
Middleboro, MA 02346

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Raynham
37 Paramount Drive
Route 44
Raynham, MA 02767

Hampton Inn Raynham
600 New State Highway
Raynham, MA 02767

Holiday Inn Taunton
700 Myles Standish Blvd
Taunton, MA 02780

Holiday Inn Express Brockton
405 Westgate Drive
Brockton, MA 02301

Area Restaurants

There are a number of area restaurants for those who wish to dine locally. Please contact restaurants for individual reservation policies for lunch or dinner.

99 Restaurant & Pub (Campus Plaza)
233 Broad Street
Bridgewater, MA

Barrett’s Alehouse
425 Bedford Street (Rte. 18 South)
Bridgewater, MA

Cape Cod Café
220 Winter Street
Bridgewater, MA

Chatta Box
755 Bedford Street (Rte. 18 South)
Bridgewater, MA

Sugar Cane
180A Winter Street
Bridgewater, MA

Crispi’s Italian Cuisine
136 Broad Street
Bridgewater, MA

Emma’s Pub and Pizza
1420 Pleasant Street
Bridgewater, MA

Mee King Garden
33 Main Street
Bridgewater, MA

Boston Tavern
389 West Center Street
West Bridgewater, MA

Johnny Macaroni’s
582 West Center Street
East Bridgewater, MA

Fireside Grill
30 Bedford Street
Middleboro, MA

Stoneforge Tavern
90 Paramount Drive
Raynham, MA