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A Year of Firsts

This year’s Homecoming was unlike any other in Widener University’s history.

It was the first time that more than 30 events were held, including the annual football game, 5K run, PMC Museum Welcome Breakfast, and Widener’s Homecoming party. More than 1,700 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends attended at least one of the 32 Homecoming/Family Weekend events.

Some festivities were new to the campus-wide celebration. For the first time, Widener ROTC cadets competed against PMC alumni in a skills challenge held on Memorial Field. The event helped integrate the university’s older and current generations.

PMC alumni also commemorated the First Captains' for their leadership among the Corps of Cadets from 1947 to 1972. For many of these alums, it was their first time on campus in years.

Another important alumni milestone was the inauguration of four individual inductees and one team into Widener’s Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Current students also took part in the homecoming fun. The weekend marked yet another first— the debut of Widener’s Pep Band. The band was established to create an energetic atmosphere for Widener’s community during sporting events and campus activities. It performed at the pep rally hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA). The band also played at the football game as the Widener Pride beat Wilkes 59–12.

During the game, seniors Patton Vo, a psychology major from Philadelphia, and Emmi McCauley, a psychology major from Middletown, NJ, were crowned homecoming king and queen.

“Overall, it was one of our most successful homecomings,” said Meghan Radosh, associate director of alumni engagement. “What made it unique was that it introduced a lot of firsts.”

Notable Stats:

  • 100+ runners signed up for the 3rd Annual Homecoming 5K

  • In planning, it takes: 80+ Homecoming volunteers and 250+ staff

  • 35 golf carts

  • Almost 4,000 fans in the stands

  • 14 tents, 184 tables, and 1,203 chairs were rented