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Homecoming Tradition

Taking Pride in Tradition

Rose (Juliano) Patton can’t recall ever missing a Homecoming Weekend since graduating from Widener University in 1998.

“I don’t know what it is as soon as I step foot on campus I just feel so good,” said Patton. “I love the nostalgic factor of being able to walk the same sidewalks I did almost 20 years ago.”

Patton is not alone in her passion for Widener. Every graduate has special memories they hold onto from their time here and Homecoming is where those memories come back to life.

The football game, tailgate, broom drill, Homecoming court, and the parade; Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 13–15) is steeped in tradition. It connects all members of the Widener community whether they graduated in 1965 or 2005.

Homecoming King and Queen 2016
2016 Homecoming King and Queen - Mike Dixon and Caleah Kitchens

This connection is especially strong for Widener legacy families such as the Froio’s who have routinely attended Homecoming together.

Gregg Froio is a double graduate of Widener having earned his undergraduate degree in 1984 and his MBA in 1988. Kelly, his daughter, graduated in 2014 with a degree in early childhood education and Tom, his son, is currently a freshman nursing major.

“I’m very proud that my kids chose Widener,” said Gregg Froio, a financial services consultant at NTT Data. “I think the fact that we all pursued different degree says a lot about how highly rated the university is in all their majors.”

With a weekend packed full of events, Tom Froio is especially excited about experiencing his first Homecoming as a student. He recalled attending past Homecoming events with his dad as a youth and how funny it was listening to the inside jokes he had with all his fraternity brothers.

“Now that I’m a student it’s time for me to start making my own Widener memories,” he said.

Kelly Froio added that Widener Homecoming is something the family will always be able to bond over.

“There is a homey feeling when I’m on campus,” remarked Kelly Froio, who is now a kindergarten teacher at Katz Dalsey Academy. “And I think our connection to the university is that much stronger because of our family’s history here.”

These bonds are an important part of the Widener experience. Events like Homecoming bring our alumni back to campus to help strengthen those relationships, so they last a lifetime.

“Widener helped me become the person I am today,” said Patton, a Senior Accountant at The Chemours Company. “And I think part of the reason I come back each year has to do with reminiscing how life-changing a time I had here and to share the joy I have for Widener.”