Homecoming and Family Day


October 19, 2019 - More details to come!

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.

The schedule below is from our 2018 events.


Alumni and Friends

We ask all families planning to attend Homecoming & Family Day complete a registration form. There is no cost related to registering for the day, with the exception of the family brunch. Please select the registration form that fits your family's plans.

Current Students - See the Full List of Spirit Week Events -  No registration required

2018 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 12

12 PM

Golden Reunion Luncheon
Dunn Conference Suite
Crimson Hall
The Bridgewater Alumni Association is pleased to welcome all graduating classes from 1940 through 1967 to the Golden Reunion Luncheon. To register visit https://alumni.bridgew.edu/golden.

2 PM

The renaming of the 26 Summer Street house to the John W. Jones, '62 G'66 and Martha D. Jones, '64 Alumni House
John "Jack" and Martha Drinkwater Jones have a combined total of more than 80 years of distinguished service to Bridgewater as a whole and its Alumni Association in particular. Join us to celebrate their dedication at the renaming.  To register visit https://alumni.bridgew.edu/alumnihouse.

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

6 PM
Swim Meet
Moriarty Pool - Kelly Gym
7th Annual Michael Arsenault Memorial Relay
BSU vs. UMass-Dartmouth/UMass-Lowell

6 PM

Class of 1968 50th Reunion Welcome Home Reception
Dunn Conference Suite
Crimson Hall
Class of 1968, welcome back to Bridgewater State to celebrate your 50th class reunion!  Join us at your Welcome Home Reception. Reminisce with classmates and see how much your alma mater has grown through the years. To register visit https://alumni.bridgew.edu/68reunion

6 - 8 PM

"You Have a Home at BSU" LGBTQ+ and Allies Alumni Reception
Boyden Hall

Come enjoy meeting friends – old and new – while partaking in this wine and cheese event.  President Clark will offer brief remarks, highlights of BSU’s accomplishments in LGBTQ+ student success will be shared, and a spirited game of LGBTQ+ and allies themed bingo will be played! 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. To register visit www.alumni.bridgew.edu/LGBTQ18

Saturday, October 13

8 AM – 6 PM

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 19th 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.

9 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

Women's Softball Alumni Game
Alumni Park Softball Field
Parking available in Burnell/Hart
Take part in the alumni softball game! There will also be a post-game tailgate in Swenson Lot. 
Interested in joining or being involved? Email Coach Lindsey Couturier at lcouturier@bridgew.edu or call 508.531.1898.

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.

Download a Great Hills trail map (PDF).

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Family Brunch (student and family event)
Flynn Dining Common, Tillinghast Hall
Family Brunch Registration is Full. If you are interested in being placed on a wait list, please contact New Student and Family Programs by calling 508.531.1840.
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
Paul Stopforth

This search for structures that would embody my increasing engagement with color, led me to discover that I live in an environment that contains an abundance of trees, and this has been a shape revealing revelation.

For further reading on the work of Paul Stopforth; the Anderson gallery has published a catalogue that is a great overview of the life-time work of this artist. Titled Bethesda, Breakwater, Bridgewater; written by Jonathan Shirland, Associate Professor of Art History.

11 AM - 4 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.

11:30 AM

BSU Men's Soccer vs. Westfield State University
Swenson Field
PLEASE NOTE: Parking will NOT be available in Swenson Lot
There will also be a Uniform Yard Sale featuring retired BSU atletics uniforms, 1-5 p.m. Cash only. This event is FREE.

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! To register visit https://alumni.bridgew.edu/Wecomehomeluncheon.

Class of 1978 40th Reunion  
The Class of 1978 40th Reunion activities start at the Welcome Home Lunch. To view the full list of activities and register visit https://alumni.bridgew.edu/78reunion.

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

This year's food drive is supported by the efforts of two student organizations, Feed the Bears and Sigma Pi. 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 Alumni 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.

Watch some of our student organizations showcase their talents in one of our many Homecoming competitions.  See the crowning of the 2018 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.

Peace Flag Project - Community Service Center (Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice)
Contribute to our BSU community art project and design your own peace flag! The 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 art project 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 to observe International Peace Day on September 21.

12:30 - 4 PM

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.

12:30 - 1:30 PM
BSU Families Facebook Meetup
Observatory, DMF Science and Math Center
You asked, and we listened! Drop by to meet with the familiar faces you connect with on the family group. Not a member of the group yet? Not a problem, stop by our meetup to join! Not on Facebook but want to join? NSFP student staff will help you create your own Facebook page and you to the group. 

1 PM

Women's Volleyball vs. MCLA
Adrian Tinsley Center
Following games 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.

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.

Download a Great Hills trail map (PDF).

1:30 PM

WBIM Satellite Radio Station Dedication
Rondileau Campus Center
Ground Floor Lobby


Student Leader Alumni Reception
Hosted by Carrie Kulick-Clark, '85, G '98
Barry House

Gather with fellow former student leaders from SGA, Program Council and former Student Trustees.
To register visit: https://alumni.bridgew.edu/SLAR18

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. To register visit https://alumni.bridgew.edu/Rat18.

4 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 an evening Homecoming Game. 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.


Class of 1968 50th Reunion Dinner
Flynn Dining Commons
To register visit https://alumni.bridgew.edu/68reunion.

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.

Throughout the weekend, the classes of 1963, 1968, 1993 and 2008 will be celebrating reunions.

Arrival on Campus

When you arrive on campus plan to check in at any Information Tent to create your affinity pin and be entered into a drawing for BSU swag ($150 value)! 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.


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 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. "Guest Passes" can be used.

On East Campus: The ECC dining hall will serve brunch from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ($8.50 set price), 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. Come in to Enter To Win a $25 gift card or a $10 Gift card and a T-shirt. There will also be a BSU Bookstore kiosk at the football game.


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