Homecoming and Family Day

2019 Schedule - More details to come!

PLEASE NOTE: The ongoing EEE threat has changed Homecoming and Family Day weekend game times:

Men's Soccer: Friday at 3:30 PM
Women's Field Hockey: Saturday at 11 AM
Football Game: Saturday at 3 PM
Fireworks: Canceled

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.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, October 18

12 - 2 PM

Golden Reunion Luncheon
Dunn Conference Suite
Crimson Hall
All classes prior to 1969 are welcome to enjoy a delicious lunch and remarks from President Fred Clark, '83.
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3 - 10:30 PM
WBIM Alumni Takeover
Radio Station
Rondileau Campus Center

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3:30 PM
BSU Men's Soccer vs. Framingham State
Swenson Field

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5:30 - 8:30 PM

Class of 1969 50th Reunion Dinner
Dunn Conference Suite
Crimson Hall
Cheers to 50 years! Join us for two days of celebration including a "Walk Down Memory Lane," cocktail reception and dinner.
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6 - 8 PM

LGBTQ+ Alumni and Allies Reception
Weygand Hall, Room 1047

Come enjoy meeting friends – old and new. We hope you can attend and help us celebrate BSU’s commitment to and accomplishments in creating a campus that supports the success of LGBTQ+ students – and their peers.  You – and all of our students – have a home at BSU.
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6:30 PM

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom

Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.
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Saturday, October 19

8 AM – 8:30 PM

WBIM Alumni Takeover
Radio Station
Rondileau Campus Center

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9 - 11 AM

Alumni and Family Campus Tours
Harrington Hall Bus Stop
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9 AM

Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
Swenson Turf Field
Parking available in Burnell/Hooper 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.
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10 AM

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
Tinsley Field #1
Parking available in Burnell/Hooper Lots
Take part in the 18th annual alumni lacrosse game! There will also be a post-game reception at RIV cafe at noon.
Interested in joining or being involved? Email Dan Warren '98 at danwarren12@hotmail.com for information.
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9:30 AM - 11 AM

Family Breakfast (student and family event)
Flynn Dining Common, Tillinghast Hall
Start your day with a hardy fall breakfast that offers an abundance of delicious menu choices for the whole family. Enjoy a casual, social environment with opportunity to meet other families and mingle with the President and BSU staff. Those who wish to hear President Clark's welcoming remarks should plan to arrive prior to 10:15 AM. The buffet will be open until 11 AM.
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10 AM - 12 PM

Softball Alumni Game
Alumni Park Softball Field

Following game tailgating area for Alumni in Swenson Lot. Alumni and Families will need to park for event in Hooper, Moakley, Burnell Lots or Parking Garage. Tinsley and Swenson Lots will be closed.
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10 AM - 12 PM

Men's Soccer Alumni Game
Tinsley Grass Fields

Contact Head Coach Brendan Adams at kbadams@bridgew.edu.
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11 AM - 3 PM

Anderson Art Gallery Exhibit
Carol Sullivan Exhibit
In Carol's words, "Painting the surf lets me communicate in verbs instead of nouns- in motion instead of static elements. From the dramatic breaking of waves on the rocks, to subtle changes of light in the sky, to the slow pull of the tide, the seacoast provides inspiration like few other subjects".
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11 AM

BSU Field Hockey vs. Plymouth State
Swenson Field

Parking will not be available in Swenson Lot. Alumni and Families will need to park for event in Hooper, Moakley, Burnell Lots or Parking Garage. Tinsley and Swenson Lots will be closed.
There will also be a Uniform Yard Sale, featuring retired BSU athletics uniforms, from 1-5 p.m. Cash only.
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11:30 AM (also 1 PM and 2:30 PM)

BINGO
Dunn Conference Suite, Crimson Hall
As one of the most popular campus activities among 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!
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

BSU Families Facebook Group Meetup
University Park
Calling all BSU Families Facebook group members! Join the group’s moderators to meet the familiar faces you connect with in the group. Enjoy light refreshments and learn more about upcoming programs for families. Not a member of the group yet? Not a problem, stop by our meetup to join. Register for Homecoming

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Alumni Champagne Brunch
Flynn Dining Common, Tillinghast Hall
21+ Event
Join President Clark and Alumni staff while you enjoy a full brunch menu.
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11:30 - 3:30 PM

Homecoming & Family Day Fair
University Park
The fair is the centerpiece of the day with an array of activities for all ages and a showcase of life at BSU. Come view student performances, and enjoy a variety of family friendly activities, novelties and inflatables. Guaranteed 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:

  • Family Fun on UPARK!
  • Kid Zone: Petting Zoo, Story Hour, Bouncy House
  • Face Painting
  • Decorate your Own! Cookies, pumpkins and caramel apples, Oh My!

Mainstage
Watch some of our student organizations showcase their talents in one of our many Homecoming competitions.
See the crowning of the 2019 Homecoming Champion.
Enjoy Live music from local bands, Mountain Weekend and Craig DeMelo.

Midway
Visit tables and play games created by BSU students. Enjoy inflatable rides, carnival eats and novelties. There is something for everyone!

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.

1 PM

BINGO
Dunn Conference Suite, Crimson Hall
As one of the most popular campus activities among 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!
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1:15 - 2:30 PM

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.
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1:30 - 3:30 PM

Reunion Class Photos
Boyden Hall Stairs
All reunion classes with years that end in 4 or 9 are invited to meet to take a group photo with their classmates.
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2:30 PM

BINGO
Dunn Conference Suite, Crimson Hall
As one of the most popular campus activities among 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!
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3 PM

Homecoming Football Game
BSU Bears vs. UMass Dartmouth
Swenson Field
Parking will not be available in Swenson Lot.
The BSU Football Team takes the field for the first evening Homecoming Game. Halftime will feature announcement of Hall of Fame inductees and Jennifer Goodwin’s MASCAC Conference Hall of Fame induction. There will also be a Uniform Yard Sale, featuring retired BSU athletics uniforms, from 1-5 p.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.
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3 PM - 6:30 PM

Alumni Rathskeller Tailgate Tent
Swenson Field
21+ Event
Join fellow alumni as we cheer on the Bears!
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7 - 10 PM

Decades Homecoming "After Party"
21+ Event
Advanced Registration Only
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Arrival on Campus

When you arrive on campus plan to check in at any Information Tent. 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 Tents are conveniently located on the Boyden Quad and at University Park.

Attire

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 Brunch or Family Breakfast 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 and Tinsley Lots 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

Bridgewater Dining welcomes BSU families and alumni by offering a variety of dining options throughout the day including brunch specials in East Campus Commons Dining Hall from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 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 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cash, credit, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Dining Dollars and Flex Dollars are accepted.

On East Campus: The ECC dining hall will serve brunch from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ($8.65 set price), late lunch from 2 – 4:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 - 7 p.m. and Crimson Hall will be open for service 2 - 11 p.m.

BSU Bookstore

The BSU Bookstore is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Homecoming and Family Day.

Directions

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.

Residence Inn Boston Bridgewater
2020 Pleasant Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324
508.822.8383

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Raynham
37 Paramount Drive
Route 44
Raynham, MA 02767
508.822.8383

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Middleboro
4 Chalet Road
Middleboro, MA 02346
508.946.4000

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Middleboro
43 Harding Street
Middleboro, MA 02346
855.442.8567

Hampton Inn Raynham
600 New State Highway
Raynham, MA 02767
508.822.6222

Holiday Inn Taunton
700 Myles Standish Blvd
Taunton, MA 02780
888.983.2984

Holiday Inn Express Brockton
405 Westgate Drive
Brockton, MA 02301
855.584.2438

Homecoming Hotel Shuttle Information

BSU will provide shuttles to the Residence Inn in Bridgewater and the Courtyard Marriot in Raynham in the morning and evening of October 19th.

MORNING SHUTTLE
9:00      Pick up at Courtyard Marriott Raynham
9:15      Pick-up at the Residence Inn Bridgewater
9:35      Drop off at the Harrington Bus Stop
10:00    Pick up at Courtyard Marriott Raynham
10:20    Pick up at the Residence Inn Bridgewater 
10:45    (traffic pending) Drop off Tillinghast 
11:15     Pick up at Courtyard Marriott Raynham
11:40     Pick up at Residence Inn Bridgewater
12:00     Drop off at the Homecoming Family Day Fair – Train Station parking lot cul-de-sac.
 
EVENING SHUTTLE
6:30    Bus will pick up at the turnabout behind the tent at Swenson Field at completion of Football Game/Rathskeller event and go to Citizens Club 
6:45    Drop off at Citizens Club
7:00    Loop back to Swenson Field for pick up 
7:30    Drop off at Citizens Club then to Residence Inn Bridgewater, and Courtyard Marriott Raynham.
9:00   First loop to hotels from Citizen’s Club to Bridgewater Residence Inn then Courtyard Marriott Raynham
10:00   Last loop to hotels – Bridgewater Residence Inn the Courtyard Marriott Raynham

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

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